Korea: The Unfinished War (2003): S01E04 – The Gamble


A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War.


General MacArthur devised a bold plan to outflank the North Korean Army (NKA) forces and retake Seoul and cut off the NKA forces from their supplies lines from the north. This was the plan for the Inchon landings.

Since the forces that comprised 10th Corps – the 1st Marine Division and the Army’s 7th Division – represented MacArthur lasts reserves, the initial reaction from the Joint Chief was sceptical since if the landings did not work out well, there were no more reserves to engage the NKA in theatre.

MacArthur convinced the Joint Chiefs and the Inchon landings took place with the United Nations (UN) forces rapidly moving inland and retaking Seoul.

At virtually the same time, the forces in the Pusan Perimeter broke out and the UN forces drove the NKA all the way out of the South past the 38th Parallel.

The question then was: Would the UN forces invade the North?

Korea: The Unfinished War Series

You can find a full index of Korea: The Unfinished War series here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Brian McKenna.
  • Producer(s): Anne Gelbert, Christine Le Goff, and Stephen Phizicky.
  • Narrator(s): Brian McKenna and Terence McKenna.
  • Release Date: 2003.
  • Running Time: 53 minutes.
  • Country: Canada.
  • Language: English.

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