Korea: The Unfinished War (2003): S01E10 – A Conflict Frozen in Time

Introduction A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War. Outline At the end of 1951 and into 1952, the Korean War looked like World War I: Static front lines. A Main Line of Resistance (for both sides). A No Man’s Land in between. Basically the United Nations forces and the Communist forces manned… Read More

Korea: The Unfinished War (2003): S01E09 – Blood in the Hills

Introduction A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War. Outline In 1951 General MacArthur was advocating an escalation, including an attack into Communist China, besides and embargo and air attacks. This was counter to the Administration’s and United Nations Command’s (UNC) strategic goals of bringing the Communists to the negotiating table through attrition.… Read More

Korea: The Unfinished War (2003): S01E08 – War of Attrition

Introduction A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War. Outline During the withdrawal from the North, the vastly outnumbered United Nations (UN) forces – mostly U.S. Marines and Army infantry – fought 4 Communist Chinese armies with 14 divisions and inflicted over 38,000 casualties. In December 1950 the debate among the US government,… Read More

Korea: The Unfinished War (2003): S01E07 – The Big Bug Out

Introduction A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War. Outline The United Nations forces in the eastern part of North Korea, mostly US Marines and Army infantry, were being pulled out of North Korea to the coast to Hungnam to leave North Korea. This was a fighting withdrawal, especially for the 14,000 Marines… Read More

Korea: The Unfinished War (2003): S01E06 – Retreat, Hell

Introduction A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War. Outline United Nations forces were moving through North Korea, having pushed the North Korean Amry (NKA) back across the 38th Parallel. The 1st Marine and 7th Infantry divisions, comprising X Corps, were moving toward the village of Hagaru-ri, rested near the southern tip of… Read More

Korea: The Unfinished War (2003): S01E05 – Home Before Christmas

Introduction A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War. Outline The United Nations (UN) forces had driven the North Korean Army (NKA) out of the South past the 38th Parallel (the diving line between South and North Korea) and began pursuit into the North with the objective of destroying the remaining NKA forces.… Read More

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

Introduction A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War. Outline 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… Read More

Korea: The Unfinished War (2003): S01E03 – No Place To Go

Introduction A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War. Outline American, Republic of Korea and United Nations troops were holding the Pusan Perimeter in the summer of 1950 as the North Korean invasion had pushed through all of the country. This became the last line of defence while the US was pushing men… Read More

Korea: The Unfinished War (2003): S01E02 – Blocking the Red Tide

Introduction A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War. Outline All through the late 1940’s North Korean leader Kim Il Sung pushed on Stalin, the leader of the Soviet Union, to sanction and support an invasion of South Korea. With the victory of the Communists on the Chinese civil war in 1949 and… Read More

Korea: The Unfinished War (2003): S01E01 – The Land of the Morning Calm.

Introduction A 2003 documentary revealing the history of the Korean War. Outline The Korean Peninsula had been a battlefield for centuries and this episode begins with an overview of the wars fought from the first through the 19th century and shows how the country developed as forged through conflict. The 1904 Sino-Russian War, with the… Read More