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The LineCombat in Korea, January-February 1951$
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William T. Bowers

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125084

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125084.001.0001

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War Comes to Korea

War Comes to Korea

The First Six Months

(p.1) Chapter 1 War Comes to Korea
The Line
William T. Bowers
University Press of Kentucky

Violence was no longer unfamiliar between North and South Korea as various infantry engagements, guerilla encounters, and artillery bombardment frequently occurred. However, South Korean soldiers as well as their American advisors realized that the attack on June 25, 1950, was different. Frontline Republic of Korea (ROK) forces spread out as a result of several surprise attacks, and soon even the reserve forces were also under attack. Under Kim Il Sung, North Korea's potential for war was already recognized and it was already able to establish a military force comprised of 135,000 men that was divided into ten infantry divisions and was well trained by the Soviet Union, and artillery, a tank brigade, and an air force. North Korea asserted that the South Koreans may be occupied before any intervention from the United States would occur.

Keywords:   United States, North Korea, Republic of Korea, South Korea, Soviet Union, military

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