Korea was divided in August 1945 at the 38th parallel (latitude 38° N). The Korean War began in June 1950 when North Korea launched a surprise attack on South Korea. North Korea was led by a communist leader Kim Ill-Sung. Kim Ill-Sung Wanted to unite Korea under communist rule. The war ended in July 1953 with Korea still divided.
The Spark That Started The War
On June 1949, the U.S. had with drawn their remaining forces from South Korea. Kim Ill-Sung took a trip to the capital of Russia, Moscow. There he asked for the approval to invade South Korea with their help. Joseph Stalin, leader of The Soviet Union, agreed to supply North Korea with their invasion. On June 25, 1950, North Korea launched a surprise invasion on South Korea.
There was a lot of air warfare going on in Korea. North Korea had MiG-15 aircraft and because of this, it let to the U.S. building the F-86 Sabre. MiG-15s stood no chance against the F-86 Sabres and it led to 800 MiGs destroyed and 58 Sabres lost during the war.
Korean war - Air action
Overview of the War
The impact of the war didn't really effect the people of the U.S. but some even called it "The Forgotten War" and because of this, when soldiers return home, there wasn't a big celebration or anything big waiting for them. The soldiers did get a Korean War memorial service. Unfortunately some of the return soldiers developed Mental health issues. As for Korea, the damage of their nation was incalculable. Villages were destroyed by U.S. troops abuse of power and innocent civilians were killed.
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