The Korean War

Michaela Jones & Madeline Lafferty

Causes of the Korean War

The Korean War started due to North Korea invading South Korea. North Korea was a Communist country and wanted to spread that to South Korea and all around.

Effects of the Korean War

Some of the effects were that Korea was divided into North and South, the Cold War then came to Asia, NATO interests were preserved and continued to promote, Japan was defended by the U.S., many people lost their lives, and it encouraged containment and militarization for the U.S. Cold War Policies.

Human Toll

Total Deaths of Korean War:

South Korea:
58,127 combat deaths
175,743 wounded
80,000 MIA or POW

United States:
36,516 dead (including 2,830 non-combat)
92,134 wounded
8,176 MIA
7,245 POW
United Kingdom:
1,109 dead
2,674 wounded
1,060 MIA or POW
721 dead
2,111 wounded
168 MIA
216 POW
516 dead
1,042 wounded
339 dead
1,200 wounded
300 KIA or MIA
112 KIA
South Africa
28 KIA and 8 MIA
Total: Over 474,000

North Korea:
215,000 dead,
303,000 wounded,
120,000 MIA or POW

(Chinese estimate):

114,000 killed in combat
34,000 non-combat deaths
380,000 wounded
21,400 POW
(U.S. estimate):
400,000+ dead
486,000 wounded
21,000 POW
Soviet Union:
315 dead
Total: 1,190,000-1,577,000+

Battle Mountain

This battle during the Korean war was an engagement between the UN and North Korea. The result was a United Nations victory located on the Sobuk-san mountain range, in South Korea. It was one of the largest battles fought continuously throughout the Pusan Perimeter. There were many casualties; 400 killed, 1,000 wounded United Nations. Under North Korea, there were 8,000 people killed, captured, and deserted.

Kim II Sung

He was the dictatorial leader of North Korea who fought against Japanese forces. He wanted to unify Korea as a Communist country. He was the leader of North Korea throughout the war and later on when it was a single country.