The Forgotten War: The Korean War

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The Korean War is known as the ‘Forgotten War’, but to the countries that were impacted by this war it was anything but forgotten. The Korean War took place on June 25, 1950 and did not end until July, 1953 (History, 2015). There were twenty-one members of the United Nations, commonly known as UN, that sent military forces and aid to South Korea. This war is a ‘world war’ because it included several countries around the world help either North or South Korea. North Korea was under the influence of the USSR and China, while South Korea was under the influence of the United States and other western nations. There was one special nation that helped send aid to South Korea, and this nation would be Australia. Australia had helped South Korea by …show more content…
After a year of the Korean War there were ninety-seven Australian soldiers that had been killed, injured, or wounded at the Battle of Kapyong, which was one of the turning points of the war. The lives that were lost or changed because of this battle happened because they were “stalling the Chinese advance and preventing Seoul from falling into the enemy hands (Australian War Memorial, 2015).” This Battle was important because the United Nations, specifically Australia, had secured the capital of Seoul from falling to communism, although it did not last long. Over the span of a year after the battle the capital had changed ownership four different times between North and South Korea until peace negotiations were starting between the two sides. The last two years of the war had been fought in trenches on the sides of Korean mountains until the two sides came to a ceasefire agreement on July 27, 1953. The two countries made an agreement that “allowed the POWs to stay where they liked; drew a boundary near the 38th parallel that gave South Korea an extra 1,500 square miles of territory; and created a 2-mile-wide ‘demilitarized zone’ that still exists today (History, 2015).” Even though the agreement stopped the war, the two countries still have tension between one

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