Korean War

The Korean War, between North and South Korea, began on June 25, 1950 and paused with an armistice signed on July 27, 1953.

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Who Would Win

Who would win in a war North Korea or US?

Okay this shouldn't even be a question. First of all the US is the most powerful country this side of the Galaxy, north Korea Isnt even half that They are extremely poor, they have only one Major ally in China who would not risk its thriving economy whit defending puny little KIm Jong Il. They may have nukes but so do we and if they do that then they might as well be Martyrs because the US has plenty of its own and would easily wipe North Korea off the map literally. We have way more firepower via cruise missles, predator drones, stealth bomberrs(The US is the only country to own one) plus with the help of the South Korean Army this war would end in less than 2 years. They may have a massive army but I completely doubt that North Korea would stand a chance against the Superpower of The United States


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Military Terminology

What does the term amphibious assault refer to?

In military terminology, an "amphibious assault" refers specifically to the movement of troops from a water-borne transport onto land. Historically, this has exclusively meant the use of small boats and similar craft to move troops and equipment from large vessels onto a beach (or, rarely, a prepared dock such as at a port), which may or may not be actively defended.

In modern times, it often includes some component of helicopter-borne troop movements. Thus, a modern amphibious assault generally consists of small units of troops being ferried ashore in special-purpose assault watercraft or hovercraft in combination with some troops being landed immediately behind the beaches by helicopters or parachute. The key portion of amphibious assault is the "over-the-beach" portion, where the vast majority of the fighting force comes ashore. If the attack primarily relies on other methods of transporting troops to the combat zone, then it is called some other form of "assault" (e.g. airborne assault, airmobile assault, etc.)

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Will North Korea destroy the US?


In the 1990s 2 million North Koreans died of starvation. The present situation may dwarf those numbers as 6.5 million people face food shortages and starvation. North Korea is actively engaged in talks with the United States which may result in food aid. South Korea halted aid as it is waiting for North Korea to ask for it. South Korea has a new conservative government that is critical of North Korea, so the poor are suffering as governments hash out their ego contest.

In the past, North Koreans who escaped to China or South Korea reported cannibalism during particularly difficult food shortages.

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History of Korea

What caused the Korean War. Communist aggression by North Korea.?

The Korean War was unquestionably began when the Communist-Inspired North invaded the South. Soviet Russia and the United States were responsible for elevating the status of the conflict into a multi-national war.

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Is North Korea a China ally?

The People's Republic of China is no longer an ally to North Korea. The alliance ended soon after the conclusion of the Korean War.

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Why were the Cold War geographic boundaries drawn?

When Soviet & US/Allied forces drove their invasions toward the enemies positions, such as the center of Berlin or near the 38th parallel in Korea or the 17th parallel in Vietnam, that's where the leadership of those particular combatants would draw the line.

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What was the outcome of the Korean War?

The political boundaries of the Korean peninsula did not change significantly. Korea remained a divided country.

There was a military stalemate resulting in the continued division of the country

An armistice was signed in July 1953.

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Korean war being a proxy war?

The Korean War was fought between the Communist Superpowers of the Soviet Union/Red China and the nations of the Free World, primarily using the North & South Koreans as the fighters and the soil of Korea as the arena. Although US & Red Chinese troops ultimately became directly involved, the war was still fought on Korean soil.

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North Korea

Why does North Korea exist?

North Korea exists as a result of both Soviet and American occupation of the Korean Peninsula after the end of WW2 and as a result of North Korea's initial refusal to participate in the United Nations.

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History of Korea

Who were Kim I1 Sung and Syngman Rhee?

Kim Li Sung was Koreas communist leader and Syngman Rhee was the leader of the South Korea republic


Kim Il-Sung is recorded to have been an anti-Japanese guerrilla fighter during Korea's occupation. Upon the establishment of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, he was given the titles of President and later, Prime Minister. Despite his given titles, he functioned as a communist-inspired totalitarian dictator.

Syngman Rhee was the first president of the provisional government of Korea (during Japanese occupation). After leading the South in the Korean war, he became the President of the Republic of Korea. However, after growing unpopular due to his authoritarian policies, he was forced into resignation and exile.

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What countries were involved in the Korean War?

The "North Korean" side consisted of

  • Democratic People's Republic of Korea
  • People's Republic of China
  • The Soviet Union

The "South Korean" side consisted of

  • Republic of Korea
  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Colombia
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Greece
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Philippines
  • South Africa
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Naval Support and Military Servicing/Repairs:

  • Japan

Medical staff:

  • Denmark
  • Italy
  • Norway
  • India
  • Sweden

the main important ones were: United States, North Korea, South Korea, and The Soviet Union

china was a major player in this war sending 100,s of thousands of troops.

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Is the Korean war still going on because the US and China and Japan think that Korea in his whole could become one of the most powerful countries in the world?

The Korean War is not really going on. The problem is that the U.S. and Japan seem to be allies with South Korea since the Korean War time. China is an allie with North Korea and this caused a problem. Mostly as you know the U.S. economy is based on Chinese goods, while Chinese economy is based on how much the U.S. spend on their goods. Korea in whole truly has been separated because of the separate parties. I hope I have answered your question!


Technically a state of war still exists between North and South Korea. A peace agreement was never signed- just a cease fire.

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What does DMZ stand for?

In computers it stands for demilitarized zone.

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Were you in the army in Korea in 1966 and 1967?

yes.nov.66 - dec.67

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What was England's involvement in the Korean War?

Britain sent approximately 62,000 men to the Korean War.

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How far is Korea from America?

Approximately 8,000 miles

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How big is North Korea?

Korea's area is about the same size as the state of Utah.

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Why did China get involved in the Korean War?

Viewpoint 1: Self-defence of ChineseThey wanted to keep a 'safe zone' so that no countries would interrupt its internal reconstruction to a communist country. Countries might use this as a chance to overthrow the CCP and change China into a democratic state. It did not want to get into the war in the future at its own economical expense and development. It did not want the hydroelectric damps in South Manchurian to be exploited by other countries at China's expense. Viewpoint 2: MacArthur's Wrong DecisionThe United Nations Forces under the command of American General Douglas MacArthur were pushing the invading North Korean Forces back into North Korea.

The Government of China warned him not to come closer than 20 miles away from the Yalu river, the border between China and North Korea, or they would consider it to be an act of war and would enter the war on the side of North Korea.

MacArthur, an arrogant man who wished to provoke China continued past the 20 miles mark, even though told not to by the US. President Harry S. Truman. Chinese troops swarmed across the border driving the Americans back in disarray all the way back to the original border between north and south with great loss of life to the Americans, President Truman fired MacArthur and ordered him back to the US. where he retired.

MacArthur was a warmongering person who insisted on attacking China previously but was told no by the Truman administration. Strategically, he was a good general but, all in all, he was foolish. He ignored the Chinese warning and lined troops right along the Yalu river. He provoked China as a sibling does to there older brother or sister. China then sent approximately 300,000 men against the US (having support from USSR) and pushed the US back past the 38th parallel.

Counterview: Chance to Prove the Military StrengthI think MacArthur was a bit crazy towards the end of his command but he had been a great general as his record in World War 2 and most of the Korean War proves.

China had only been taken by the communists in 1949 after a long civil war in which the Americans backed the losers, the Nationalist KMT, who then fled to Taiwan. The Nationalists had been given millions of US dollars and lots of military equipment, but they still lost.

Mao and the Red Chinese hated America and were looking for a chance to fight them. Mao also wanted to prove that Red China was a real force in world communism, he felt that the Russians looked down on the Chinese.

So China was looking for a fight, and they had been giving lots of aid to the North Koreans, as had the Soviets.

MacArthur did want to occupy Korea, but he had to obey the orders of his president and to a lesser extent the word of the UN. When he said he wanted to use the atom bomb in Korea Truman sacked him (which was quite appropriate; politicians make policy and generals carry it out).

Viewpoint 3: Threat of US AnticommunismKorea had been a Japanese colony. When Japan lost World War II, the Allies divided up Korea- North Korea to the Russians, South Korea to the US. The Russians set up a communist government, the US, a semidemocratic one.

When North Korea invaded South, the US got involved in the war so as to keep South Korea from falling to communism.

Also, at that time, there were two part of Korean governments grown in China, one was in Shenyang (Northern China) who was the chairman Kim Il Jung, and the other was in Shanghai.

Both of them held different parts of Korea and had different policy, the PRC government helped North, and ROC helped South, and after 1950, Kim Il Jung tried to unify two parts of Korea into one, and the US supported democracy, so they helped the South, and China, Russia supported communist, so they helped North. Also, China worried about US would break into China if the US and South Korea were allowed to win the war.

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Was the Korean war bigger than the Vietnam war?

In terms of violence and scale yes. In terms of area and time no.

Korea commenced immediately as a conventional war; with tanks and aircraft, ships and men. But it was confined to the Korean peninsula, and lasted only 3 years.

Vietnam began like a cancer and escalated from a guerrilla war into a conventional war after 1964 (due to the Tonkin Gulf Incident). In Vietnam, which was not a peninsula, bombing and infiltration affected the bordering nations of Cambodia and Laos, and had the potential to spread to further neighboring countries had the US pursued the war with even more determination than it actually did. However, the US desparately tried to confine the war to only South Vietnam, with an aerial war over North Vietnam, and "secret" bombings of Laos and Cambodia.

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History of Korea

Why did North Korea invade South Korea?

Hoping to unify the Koreas under a single Communist government, the North launched a surprise invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950. In the following days, the UN Security Council condemned the attack and demanded an immediate withdrawal.

Because Kim Il Sung hoped to join the two Koreas into one communist nation.
To spread communism.

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What were the effects of the Korean War?

The Korean War never ended, and they are still under an armistice to this day. (Ulala)

The north was left under Kim Il Sung, and now Kim Jung Il. They live in poverty, fearful of their "Great Leader". Families were split, and only recently have they been allowed to reunite under the watchful eyes of the police, carefully orchestrated by the government to win favour from the world superpowers.

The south was left as a republic, and fought hard for 50 years through bad leaders and quasi-democracy to be a success.

The Korean War brought the US and Russia further apart, and the fear of communism would later lead the US to throw itself into Vietnam, to avoid another North Korea. Back then, communism was the big evil and the US feared North Vietnam's intentions. The world was being divided between nations under the US and the Russian spheres.

The Korean War was a necessary show of strength on the US side, that they would do anything to prevent the spread of communism. It also brought China into conflict with the US, bringing bad feelings between the two countries which would last for decades.

Well probably the most significant is that the Korean Peninsula is still one of the last divided zones left over from WWII. After the war, most of the world was divided between the Communist and Western controlled zones. Korea was no different, except the divide was North-South instead of East-West. The Soviets were able to administer the Northern sector while the West was made responsible for the South. Because of UN involvement on behalf of South Korea, the divide remained. In fact, had certain errors in judgment not been made the UN forces may have been able to liberate the entire peninsula. This was thwarted due to Chinese involvement which pushed UN forces back to the original boundary line before the UN forces finally regrouped and managed to hold their ground. To this day, American troops are stationed along the border between the Koreas and there are still reports of sporadic firing. The Korean War is technically not over; all that's keeping the two sides from going to war again is a cease-fire agreement. That and now both sides it would seem either have, or have allies who possess nuclear weapons. The war also created a strong bond between South Korea and the United States, although that bond has becomes strained which as of late given the movement in South Korea towards unification or at least to a common feeling of brotherhood between all Koreans. This is purely my opinion, but I find the South Korean desire to join with the North incredibly naive. Until Kim Jong Il and the autocracy that supports him is abolished, there will never be a unified Korean Peninsula, because the US will never abandon its positions on that line holding back the North Korean Army.

Korea may also have been looked at as a model for future anti-communist wars like Vietnam, and thus served as a dangerous precedent. It was also one of the first serious military tasks of the United Nations, which proved--at least in that era--it was capable of taking action, even if it only was due to, to paraphrase Frederick the Great, "the divine stupidity of our enemies." The Soviet minister to the UN was not present when the Security Council voted to deploy military forces to aid South Korea after the North attacked, which meant that the resolution passed.

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What role did climate play in the Korean war?

Men that fought in Europe during WWII against Germany and fought in Korea stated that Korea was far colder. British Centurion tank tracks froze to the ground and their gasoline engines had to keep running all night to keep from freezing up (failure to start).

The US Armys mighty .30 caliber M1 carbine (and M2 Carbine, the full auto version) which served so well in WWII, froze up constantly in the Korean weather.

The M1 carbine is not to be confused with the M1 garand rifle; both of WWII & Korean War fame.

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What were the two big policies that the US followed during the Korean and mainly the Vietnam War?

The Monroe Doctrine and the Magna Carta

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What the number of casualties of the Korean War?

See website: Korean War
"The Department of Defense reports that 54,246 American service men and women lost their lives during the Korean War." (source:http://www.abmc.gov/abmc46.htm) There were 4 million military and civilian casualties: 33,600 Americans 16,000 UN allies 415,000 South Koreans 520,000 North Koreans 900,000 Chinese (estimated)

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