North Korea Invades the South (Paperback)
Across the 38th Parallel, June 1950
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When the world held its breath …
It is more than 25 years since the end of the Cold War. It began over 75 years ago, in 1944 – long before the last shots of the Second World War had echoed across the wastelands of Eastern Europe – with the brutal Greek Civil War. The battle lines are no longer drawn, but they linger on, unwittingly or not, in conflict zones such as Syria, Somalia and Ukraine. In an era of mass-produced AK-47s and ICBMs, one such flashpoint was Korea …
Without warning, at 4.00 a.m. on 25 June 1950, North Korean artillery laid down a heavy bombardment on the Ongjin Peninsula, followed four hours later by a massive armoured, air, amphibious and infantry breach of the ill-conceived post-war ‘border’ that was the 38º north line of latitude. At 11.00 a.m., North Korea issued a declaration of war against the Republic of Korea. Three days later, the South Korean capital, Seoul, fell.
‘The attack upon Korea makes it plain beyond all doubt that Communism has passed beyond the use of subversion to conquer independent nations and will now use armed invasion and war.’ A week after his reaction to the North Korean invasion, US President Harry S. Truman, in compliance with a UN Security Council resolution, appointed that iconic Second World War veteran, General Douglas MacArthur, commander-in-chief of forces in Korea.
The first in a six-volume series on the Korean War, this publication considers those first few fateful days in June 1950 that would cement north–south antagonism to this day, the pariah state that is communist North Korea a seemingly increasing threat to an already tenuous global peace.
A very comprehensive Timeline extends from the 1875 Japanese invasion of Korea through to the detailed period 1945 – 1950. A twelve-page Dramatis Personae covering the key players from North and South Korea, Communist China, the UK, UN, USA, and the USSR. The Introduction covers from 1945 until July 2017 when Kim Jong-un test fired intercontinental ballistic missiles.RUSI Victoria
The incredibly ill prepared South Korean Forces, even with US reinforcement from their troops, ships and aircraft located in Japan, were eventually pushed into a ‘postage stamp’ in the SE corner of the Korean Peninsula (the Pusan Perimeter).
Included are three excellent coloured maps: The Korean Peninsula (today) and battle maps of the North Korean invasion (25 – 28 June 1950 and 14 July – 4 August). The aircraft of the US, South and North Korea are illustrated as are the infantry weapons initially involved in the conflict. Again newspaper reports have greatly enhanced the narrative. Included is a short selected Bibliography. A second Korean War volume on the United Nation’s Command’s fight for survival is forthcoming.
A precise account of a recent war that has yet to see peace declared.
As usual, a series that puts the point on the i on important facts that changed the world.José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM
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