At 4am on Sunday 25 June 1950 powerful North Korean forces invaded South Korea, advancing down the Uijongbu Corridor towards the Southern Capital of Seoul. South Korean troops resisted bravely, but were crushed by overwhelming Northern superiority. Later that day the United Nations Security Council condemned the aggression, and on 7 July appointed US General of the Army Douglas MacArthur to command UN forces which would be sent to save South Korea. Nigel Thomas and Peter Abbott explore the history of this conflict, which pitted UN forces against the People's Republic of China in a resulting in hundreds of thousands of casualties.
About the Author
DR NIGEL THOMAS is an accomplished linguist and military historian and is currently a Senior Lecturer in charge of the Business Language Unit at the University of Northumbria, Newcastle. His interests are 20th century military and civil uniformed organisations. He was recently awarded a PhD on the Eastern Enlargement of NATO. PETER ABBOTT is a retired university lecturer with a lifelong interest in both military and African history. His publications include a number of titles for Osprey, two of them being Men-at-Arms 183: Modern African Wars (1) Rhodesia 1965-80 and Men-at-Arms 202: Modern African Wars (2) Angola and Mozambique 1961-74.
Table of Contents
The Course of the War · North Korea · South Korea · United States of America · British Commonwealth · Other United Nations Contingents · People's Republic of China · The Plates
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a good overview of the troops of the Korean War, but because it is so inclusive, the military modeler or action figure enthusiast will find a limited number of illustrations for a given country's soldiers. As is almost always the case with Osprey's Men-at-War series, there is a lot of good info and the illustrations are excellent. I do recommend this book with the caveat mentioned initially.