Korean War : Forgotten War Essay

2041 Words Dec 11th, 2016 9 Pages
Korean War (Forgotten War) The end of the Second World War meant peace and prosperity for the Americans and many others around the world. This was certainly not the case for the Korean people, this meant struggle and difficulty. As many Korean people thought this would be the end of Japanese control, and a chance to become unified. Due in part because Korea was part of the Japanese Empire from 1905 until 1945. This quickly led to a great deal of tension between the Soviet Union and the United States. When Korea was liberated at the end of the Second World War, the United States and the Soviet Union held a temporary trusteeship. The Soviet Union or Red Army occupied the territory north of the 38th Parallel. Whereas, the United States occupied the southern part of Korea. This was a political war due in part because the Soviet Union held a communistic view. The United States opposed this idea, as they wanted a democracy. The Korean War suddenly started, June 25th, 1950. When North Korean forces crossed the 38th parallel, and launched a surprise attack. The poorly trained South Korean Army under the rule of Syngman Rhee were immediately overrun by the North Korean advance. Kim II Sung’s North Korean Communist Army was well prepared. They received superior training and weaponry supplied by the Soviet Union’s Army. As the North Korean Army advanced south through the countryside, they were expecting some sort of confrontation. They were shocked when they were virtually unnoticed…

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