The Korean War by Reg Grant

By Reg Grant

The Korean War describes the clash among communist North Korea and U.S.-supported South Korea for regulate of the Korean peninsula.

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The failure of so many soldiers to stand and fight left him with no choice but to order a general withdrawal. The decision to abandon Seoul was made on January 3, and over the following week UN forces retreated about 45 to 50 miles (70 to 80 km) south of the city. S. leaders discussed a possible evacuation of all UN ground troops from Korea. DISORDERLY RETREAT General Matthew B. Ridgway, commander of Eighth Army, described the unruly retreat of South Korean troops in the face of the first Chinese offensive of 1951: “On New Year’s morning I drove out north of Seoul and into a dismaying spectacle.

Ridgway UN COUNTEROFFENSIVE At that point, however, the Chinese army—which relied on supplies carried mostly on foot down the length of the Korean peninsula—was running out of ammunition and food. In addition, the Chinese and North Korean forces had suffered heavy casualties, and replacement troops were slow to arrive. In the middle of January, their offensive came to a halt. The pause in fighting allowed Ridgway to plan the first effective UN counteroffensive since the Chinese entered the war.

The North Koreans had suffered heavy losses of men and equipment. S. and Australian aircraft and from UN naval forces patrolling the coast. S. ground forces, meanwhile, were growing in size and improving in quality and equipment. S. and ROK troops. From the end of July to mid September 1950, North Korean forces repeatedly attacked the Pusan perimeter. UN forces had cracked enemy codes, however, and knew of each new point of attack. S. … We must fight until the end. Capture by these people is worse than death itself….

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