The Korean War
Chronicle of America's Wars Series
On June 24, 1950, the Korean War began when North Korean troops invaded South Korea in an attempt to unify the country under Communist rule. United Nations member countries sent supplies and soldiers, including a total of more than five million Americans, to defend South Korea from combined forces from North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union. After three years, the war ended in a stalemate. Despite the loss of hundreds of thousands of lives, little had changed, but the Cold War Struggle between the Communist Soviet Union and the United States had begun. The two Koreas remain divided to this day.
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