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Transcript of Korean War
First started on June 25, 1950.
Around 75,000 Korean soldiers entered the war.
This war started over a conflict between Communist and non-Communist forces.
This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War.
In July of 1953, the Korean War came to an end.
An estimated 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives during the war.
Sygnam Rhee- leader of south Korea, spent most of his life in the United States
Kim IL Sung- leader of north Korea, he officially became a communist when he was training in the Soviet Union
The Korean War in the media
Outcome of the War
The Korean War, unfortunately ,was not in the media as much as World War Two and the Vietnam War.
This is because the fighting that went on during this war only lasted about three years compared to wars like the Vietnam war, which lasted over a decade.
Appropriately named, The Korean War was also known as the 'Unknown War'.
In the media
Although many books, films, and other media have been written about the Korean War, M*A*S*H was the most famous representation of it.
M*A*S*H was a Television series that lasted from 1972 to 1983. This show, produced for CBS, was set in a a field hospital in South Korea. It depicted a team of doctors and their support staff stationed at a mobile army surgical hospital in South Korea during the Korean War. This series followed their journey in saving many lives.
The last episode of M*A*S*H was produced on February 28th, 1983. The last episode, named "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen.", turned out to be the most watched television episode in the United States at the time, with over 125 million views.
Here's a scene from M*A*S*H!
Other forms of media
Very few books and films were produced on the Korean War because it came so soon after World War Two.
Films like "The Japanese War Bride" (1952), and "Battle Circus" (1953) were produced about the Korean War, but were not popular by any sorts. This might have been because so many films on war were produced in the 40's, which in turn exhausted the minds of film makers when the 50's arrived. Besides that, the lack of knowledge on the Korean War was another factor.
Although books called "The Korean War; A history" by Bruce Cumings (2010) and "The Coldest Winter; America and the Korean War" By David Halberstam (2007) have been produced recently, books that would have been produced after the Korean War were overshadowed by a greater, more interesting war; The Vietnam War.
Video about the Korean War...
Gained Nothing through the war but lost over 1.8 million people total. And also lost many of their agriculture.
Gained a lot of respect for talking prompt and taking a lot of direct action. They also gained joint action by all their members. However they lost about 17,000 soldiers in the fight.
We saved South Korea from communism and containment policy worked against the fight of Asian communism. With this came the cost of about 142,000 casualties and our defense spending went from 12 - 60 billion dollars, and we failed to liberate North Korea.
Harry S Truman: President of the United States 1945-1953 he was the president during the early period of the Korean war, took a lot of backlash from firing general MacArthur to the point where people wanted to impeach him
General Douglas MacArthur: Original commander of UN soldiers in Korea. thought as a tactical genius, Truman had him fired when he talked to the press regarding the Chinese intervention
Russia achieved a closer relationship with china coming out of the war, and China and USA conflict was to Russia's advantage. On the downside was that it forced Russia into an expensive arms race with USA.
Gained respect from Asian communism and also "saved" North Korea from America. Also achieved a friendship with Russia. However they lost they lost about 900,000 soldiers in the war. Also in the process helped America get more protection for Taiwan.
Outcome of the War (two)
The invasion paths taken by UN into north Korea.
Joseph Stalin: communist leader of the USSR, primary supplier of weapons and money for North Korea during the later and earlier stages of the Korean war.
Why it started
During the world war Korea was basically a labor camp. Many people died of the Reds.
Korea looking for independence from Japan. Split
in two North(Communist) and
Koreans developed a deep hatred of their Japanese
overlords, and developed a strong nationalism.