In June 1950 the North Koreans invade South Korea. Truman is reluctant to intervene, but two weeks later a UN resolution is passed setting up a unified command. The South Korean Army and the hastily-assembled and ill-equipped American reinforcements from Japan are driven back. The war is transformed by General MacArthur's amphibious assault. The momentous decision is made to strike north across the 38th Parallel towards the border with Manchuria. Quite unexpectedly, a 'new kind of war' erupts as 1.3 million Chinese troops pour over the border swamping UN positions.
Thus began the struggle which did not end until the armistice in 1953 and which saw the world teeter on the brink of a Third World War. To mark the 50th anniversary of the outbreak of the first and only war fought by the United Nations against a communist aggressor nation, this book provides a gripping account of a conflict in a faraway peninsula where young men battled and often died for principles they barely understood.
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In June 1950 the North Koreans invaded South Korea. This book recounts these military operations, the slogging war on the ground as well as the UN naval superiority and the importance of air power. It also explains the diplomatic background of international relations between China and the West, the communist propaganda in the north, the issue of prisoners-of-war, the talks leading to armistice and the creation of the demilitarized zone. The war enabled the UN to act in an official capacity to defend a state under military attack , the only time during the Cold War it did so. But it did not enhance the reputation of the UN for resolving international disputes.Review:
"* 'Meticulous in his coverage......a gripping book' - Economist
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Book Description Constable, 2000. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0094802300