Korean War

June 25, 1950 - 1953

The Start

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when some 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel, the boundary between the Soviet-backed Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and the pro-Western Republic of Korea to the south.The invasion was the 1st military action of the Cold War.

The Reason

The underlying reason that the Korean War broke out was because it was just another episode in the ongoing Cold War between the USA and the USSR.To the World, the Korean War looked like a war between South Korea and North Korea, but really the superpowers were just using it as an excuse to combat each other without really going into a war.

3 Reasons The U.S. Entered The Korean war

1st - The Domino theory. In the Far East, they were becoming powerful. Truman believed that, if one country fell to Communism, the others would follow, like a line of dominoes. He was worried if Korea fell, next would be Japan, which at the time was important to American trade. This was probably the biggest reason for America’s involvement.


2nd - President Truman believed that capitalism and the american way of life were in danger of being overrun by Communism. The Truman Doctrine was one of ‘containment’ stopping the communists gaining any more territory. This led Trumans consideration in driving the communists out of North Korea.

3rd - and finally, by supporting South Korea, America was able to fight communism without attacking Russia directly.




Harry Truman

Harry Truman was the 33rd President of the United States. It was under his control that the U.S.A got in volved in the Korean War.

North Korea

Kim-il Sung was The ruler of North Korea during the Korean war. Under his Rule North Korea invaded South Korea thus starting the Korean War.

The War Ends

On July 1953, the Korean War came to an end. In all, some 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war. The Korean peninsula is still divided today.