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This lesson highlights some early developments and challenges in the early Cold War years.

This lesson highlights some early developments and challenges in the early Cold War years.

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    • The Cold War In Action
  • Communist infiltration Truman Doctrine $400 million to Greece and Turkey Poverty, chaos, destruction Marshall Plan $12 billion in aid over four years Soviet blockade Berlin airlift 10 months, 2 million tons of food and supplies Location Problem Strategy in Action Greece and Turkey Truman Doctrine : “It must be the policy of the United States to support free peoples who are resisting attempted subjugation by armed minorities or by outside pressures.” In action: Europe Marshall Plan : the attempt to prevent the spread of Communism through economic aid In action: West Berlin Consolidation of France, US, and British zones prompts Soviet blockade In action: Result: Soviet embarrassment; formation of German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany)
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  • “ Operation vittles” 278,228 Flights 2,336,406 tons of supplies 1.5 million tons of coal
  • Gail Halvorsen, “Uncle Wiggly Wings, the Camdy Bomber”
  • The Teams: The Draft and Free Agency
    • NATO : 9 European counties, US, Canada, Iceland
    • Attack on one is an attack on all
    • Anti-isolationism
    • Eisenhower: Supreme Commander of NATO forces
    • Warsaw Pact : military alliance of Communist countries
    “ Team Captain” “ Team” United States Soviet Union
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  • National Security Act The War Department is replaced by the Department of Defense National Security Council — advises the President on strategic matters CIA— gathering of information overseas
  • Cold War Philosophy In Action
    • Israel
    • China
    • Korea
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  • Chiang Kai-shek Mao Zedong
  • The Causes of the Korean War
    • Both sides wanted the other side.
    • Soviet withdrawal (September 8, 1948) is matched by US withdrawal (June 29, 1949).
    • Acheson Line
    • Soviet permission: gained permission on January 30, 1950
  • KIM-IL SUNG N. KOREA JOSEF STALIN SOVIET UNION T-34 TANKS (SOVIET SUPPLIED) MAO ZEDONG CHINA
  • SYNGMAN RHEE S. KOREA HARRY TRUMAN DOUGLAS MACARTHUR MATTHEW RIDGWAY
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  • “ If Korea should ever be attacked by the Communists, I will defend it as I would California.” Douglas MacArthur
  • INVASION - June-September 1950 In the pre-dawn hours of June 25, 1950, North Korea sent an invasion force across the 38th parallel into South Korea. The Northern forces rapidly advanced southward against the ill-equipped defenders, taking the Southern capital Seoul three days after the invasion began. The United Nations condemned North Korea's attack. The Soviet Union, Pyongyang's mentor, was boycotting the U.N. Security Council at the time -- and was thus unable to veto the council's condemnation, which set up a U.N. force to help defend South Korea. The United States led the U.N. force in the so-called "police action" against North Korea. But four U.S. divisions, rushed to the Korean peninsula to stop the Northern attack, could do little against a superior force. The U.N. forces were soon forced back to a perimeter around the southern port city of Pusan by early August.
  • “ It looks like World War III is here—I hope not—but we must meet whatever comes—and we will” Harry s. Truman
  • 1: Invasion
  • "It was a rout exactly like the one that Napoleon faced leaving Russia. We ran head-long, helter-skelter, pell-mell, trying to get to Pusan, trying to get back to Japan. It was disgusting." Lt. Col. Charles Bussey, U.S. Army
  • "We believed that we had to fight for our motherland, for our people, for our leader Kim Il Sung. We believed it would be better to liberate the South and to unify Korea. That's what we were fighting for." Yan Von Sik, North Korean army
  • "When the invasion occurred of South Korea, I think there was an immediate sense that action had to be taken. Exactly what that action was to be and how far it was to go, was not something we had planned on. We had not worked out a contingency plan for a war started by North Korea with South Korea." Lucius Battle, assistant to the U.S. secretary of state
  • "Korea is a small country, thousands of miles away. But what is happening there is important to every American. The fact that communist forces have invaded Korea is a warning that there may be similar acts of aggression in other parts of the world ..." Harry S. Truman
  • " The lifestyle involved a lot of leisure. Our life was lived through the Sears Roebuck catalogue. We bought nylons and whatnot for the native girls and that sort of thing. It was a ... it was a good life. As a matter of fact, we were told to take our athletic equipment and leave everything else behind because we'd only be gone for maybe six weeks. We'd have a show of force in the field and those gooks would go back across the 38th parallel and we'd come home.” Lt. Col. Charles Bussey, U.S. Army
  • “ If the best minds in the world had set out to find us the worst possible location in the world to fight this damnable war, politically and militarily, the unanimous choice would have been Korea.” … most Americans who served in Korea in the postwar period remember the lack of amenities, the terrible heat in the summer, the unbearable cold in the winter, and above all the ubiquitous foul smell of human fecal matter, which the farmers used for fertilizer.”
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  • COUNTERATTACK - September-October 1950 U.N. forces, under the command of U.S. Gen. Douglas MacArthur, landed at the port of Inchon near Seoul on September 15, 1950. The landing cut off much of the North Korean army, which was attempting to force a way into the Pusan Perimeter. U.N. forces, breaking out from Pusan and coming south from Inchon, were able to overwhelm the Northern troops in South Korea. Seoul was taken by U.N. forces on September 26. U.N. forces moved north of the 38th parallel, capturing the Northern capital Pyongyang on October 19. Despite warnings from China that it would not accept the presence of U.N. troops in North Korea, MacArthur continued to move his forces northward -- with the announced intention of unifying the Korean peninsula. Some U.N. forces reached the Yalu River -- the border between North Korea and China -- on October 25.
  • 2: Counterattack
  • CHINESE ADVANCE - October 1950-January 1951 In late October 1950, while China was issuing its warnings, a large Chinese force had already entered North Korea. U.N. forces began encountering Chinese troops at that time. On November 24, MacArthur announced what he believed would be the final offensive of the war, which he said would "restore peace and unity to Korea." The next day, a Chinese force estimated at between 130,000 and 300,000 attacked the U.N. forces -- quickly pushing them southward in a disorderly retreat. The U.N. abandoned Pyongyang on December 4. Some 20,000 U.S. Marines and Army infantry fought their way out of a Chinese encirclement at the Changjin Reservoir. The U.S. Navy evacuated tens of thousands of refugees and U.N. personnel from the ports of Hungnam and Wonsan. Communist forces invaded South Korea for the second time in the war on December 31, 1950. Seoul was recaptured on January 4, 1951. U.N. forces stopped the Chinese-North Korean advance about 30 miles south of Seoul and began a counteroffensive by month's end.
  • 3: Chinese Advance
  • ARMISTICE - January 1951-July 1953 U.N. forces reoccupied Seoul in March 1951. From there they were able to advance slightly north of the 38th parallel. In April, MacArthur -- who had openly disagreed with President Truman over how to conduct the war -- was relieved of his command. Truce talks began on July 10, 1951. By that time, the war had become static -- with neither side making any real advances. Disagreement over several issues, including the exchange of prisoners, delayed the signing of an armistice for another two years. By the time the armistice was signed in 1953, U.N. casualties were estimated at more than 550,000 -- while North Korean and Chinese casualties were believed to be around 1.5 million. As part of the cease-fire, both sides agreed to withdraw 2 kilometers along the final battleground and establish a demilitarized zone along the armistice line -- a zone that still exists today.
  • 4: Armistice