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Questions tagged [korean-war]

This tag should be used for the war (1950-1953) between S. Korea and N. Korea, and their respective allies.

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Does Bob Hope hold the record for headlining the most USO tours?

Bob Hope entertaining the troops in 1944. Source: Wikipedia Question Multiple sources indicate that Bob Hope headlined 57 USO tours, including Wikipedia and Legacy's article on Bob Hope's USO, ...
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Why did the United States decide to cross over the 38th parallel to North Korea after they attacked South Korea? [closed]

Why did the United States decide to invade North Korea (going across the 38TH parallel) during the Korean War? What did this decision mean to the Americans/ President Truman?
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How did the Chinese Civil War avoid becoming another Korean War?

In light of the recent news the Korean War has been on my mind. Yet how do we understand the Korean War in the broader regional and global contexts in the aftermath of WWII? Was the Korean War merely ...
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Why did South Korea (and the UN) accept an armistice line that put Seoul in artillery range of North Korea?

In 2017, the main threat that North Korea poses to South Korea (aside from the nuclear weapons) is that Seoul is within range of North Korean artillery. For instance (from an article in The Atlantic): ...
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Why didn't USSR “bust a move” to veto the Korean War?

In 1950, the USSR boycotted the UN over the Chinese Nationalists, rather than the Chinese Communists being represented there. During their absence, North Korea invaded the South and the UN voted on ...
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Did many Nationalist Chinese soldiers fight in the Korean War on the Communist side?

Some years ago I was told by some Taiwanese friends that Nationalist troops who had surrendered to the Communists during or after the Chinese Civil War were made to fight for the Communists rather ...
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Why didn't the participants of the Korean War also fight in the Vietnam War?

In the Korean war from 1950 to 1953, a lot of countries including the U.S., the U.K., France, Canada, Australia, and even Colombia, the Philippines and Ethiopia participated in the war under the U.N. ...
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Korean DMZ Soldiers

The recent news about the Koreans got me intrigued so I looked up images of the DMZ and it got me wondering... Here's an image: Why do the South Koreans stand the way they do? Why do the North ...
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How was Mao Anying killed?

Mao Anying, the eldest son of Mao Zedong, was killed in action by an air strike during the Korean War. There is the abstract from wikipedia: Mao was Peng Dehuai's secretary and Russian translator ...
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Why was the US unable to win in Korea? [closed]

The US had just defeated 1 Axis power and contributed greatly to the defeat of another. Its soldiers saw wide ranging combat experience over the 3 years in conflict against veteran soldiers of Germany ...
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Would Korea have divided, without the influence of external powers? [closed]

The question came to me in a roundabout manner, while reading a translation of the Korean Declaration of Independence. I've reproduced some excerpts below (emphasis added): Though Japan has ...