Korean War, an armed conflcit that began on June 25, 1950, when the forces of North Korea invaded South
Korea. North Korea had a very succesful suprise attack on South Korea. When the troops attacked,
at least two thirds of the troops of South Korea were caught off guard. North Korea attacked the main key places
in their suprise attack. They hit Kaesong, Chunchon, and Ongjin. After the battle had gone on for six days, South Korea was
outnumbered and eventually in full retreat.
The United States became alarmed when North Korea attacked South Korea. President Truman thought
that this could possibily be the begenning of World War III. His decision after the attack was to continue to support
South Korea in the War. Most Americans also supported Truman's plan to dispatch U.S. forces to Korea. General MacArthur brought
troops in to attack the North Koreans at Seoul, which was the North Koreans center for communications. The attack was
known as "Operation Chromite", which was a success. The attack made the North Koreans retreat.
The Chinese became involved in the war, supporting the North Koreans. The Chinese attacked the UN,
who was involved in the war, which put them into a full retreat. China took a big part in supporting North Korea. They
urged North Korea to allow them aerial bombardment and naval blockade.
North and South Korea met at Panmunjom, to discuss negociations for a truce. The meeting
didn't do very much and the war continued to be fought.
After the fight continued on the first major battles took place at Heartbreak Ridge and the Punch
Bowl, in east Korea. In these battles, the UN put a stop to the ongiong attacks by the Chinese and began to push them back.
Other big battles that were fought included Pork Chop Hill, Old Baldy, and Iron Triangle, where both sides were trying to
take over good places to attack each other next.
The United States were becoming sick of how their president was making decisions of
what to do in the war, so they held an election for another president. They elected Dwight, D. Eisenhower, who gave a threat
to the North Koreans. North Korea, however, sent a proposal to South Korea, trying to work out a peace agreement and
to end the war.