The Korean War

   The Korean War was the first major international conflict that followed the end of the Second World War. It was a war between the North and South Korea. At that time, North Korean leader was Kim Il Song and South leader was Yi Seung-man. It started on June 25, 1950 and ended on July 27, 1953 which lasted for 3 years, 1 month and 2 days. Korea was occupied by Japan until the end of WW2. After the end of WW2, Korea was divided by the US to the south and China and Russia to the North. It began when the  North Korean communist wanted to unify the country and when the army crossed the 38th Parallel to invade non-Communist, South Korea. The 38th Parallel is the location of the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea. South was supported by the United States and the UN; North was supported by China and the Soviet Union.

   North Korean armies were easily able to invade South Korea, because the United States had not given South Korea enough weapons. On June 27, Seoul, which is the capital city of Korea was captured by the North. That was when South Korea was aided by the US troops and UN troops, led by McAuthur. Because they managed to push out the DPRK troops (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea), North Korea turned to China for help. China had a lot of soldiers which abled them gain power and push the UN/US troops back to the 38th parallel. The Korean war did not officially end because the U.S and South Korea didn’t sign a peace treaty with North Korea, they only signed an armistice.

   More than 26,000 Canadians served in the Korean war and the Royal Canadian Air Force carried 13,000 personnel and 3 million kilograms of freight and mail between North America and the Korean theatre of operations. The Korean war was significant because it was one of the first tests of the UN and the policy of the U.S. to stop communist aggression

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