THE KOREAN WAR: THE CHINESE INTERVENTION
With that in mind, Colonel Dean Rusk and Colonel Edward Bonesteel, with the approval of the Soviets, chose the 38 th Parallel as the dividing line between North Korea and South Korea—a line with zero historical significance. Still, U.
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Concurrently, Joseph Stalin was once again trying to solidify his control over foreign Communist governments, as his authority had been weakened during the war. He was content with war so long as the United States did not get involved—that was his only stipulation. Theoretically, Stalin did not have to worry since Russian agents confirmed to him that classified documents of the United States clearly stated that it would not intervene in a Korean conflict.
Kim Il-sung, the leader of North Korea, was also extremely confident that his army could swiftly defeat South Korea. Their initial campaigns were successful, as they drove the South all the way to the Pusan Perimeter see map. Rather than have Congress declare war, the U.
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Truman offered up soldiers, the UN placed all forces in Korea under American control, and Congress responded by further extending the draft and allowing Truman to call up reserve forces. The Pentagon immediately called for the military to resupply the soldiers at the Pusan Perimeter. However, General Douglas MacArthur proposed that the invasion force should land at Inchon—above the invading enemy forces.
The invasion was a huge success, and this victory frightened the Chinese. They believed that the Americans were laying the groundwork for an invasion of China. As a result, China sent troops under the command of Peng Duhuai. Peng was able to get his forces south of the American military, forcing—at the time—the largest retreat in American military history. Prior to the Korean War, in , Peng was the only Chinese general to launch an offensive against the invading Japanese forces— against the orders of Mao.
Years later, when Mao asked for someone to lead the offensive against the Americans in Korea, most refused—except Peng. The Chinese chased the Americans passed the 38 th Parallel, but, at the same time, became very overextended.
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Around this time, General MacArthur and Truman found themselves in a very public quarrel about how the United States should proceed in the war. Truman would eventually fire him over these disputes. The generals who replaced MacArthur quickly restored discipline to the Army.
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Unlike China, Manchuria, and the former Western colonies seized by Japan in —42, Korea, annexed to Japan since , did not have a native government or a colonial regime waiting to return after hostilities ceased. Most claimants to power were harried exiles in China, Manchuria , Japan, the U. They fell into two broad categories.
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The first was made up of committed Marxist revolutionaries who had fought the Japanese as part of the Chinese-dominated guerrilla armies in Manchuria and China. One of these exiles was a minor but successful guerrilla leader named Kim Il-sung , who had received some training in Russia and had been made a major in the Soviet army. The other Korean nationalist movement, no less revolutionary, drew its inspiration from the best of science, education, and industrialism in Europe, Japan, and America.
At least from the American perspective, this geographic division was a temporary expedient; however, the Soviets began a short-lived reign of terror in northern Korea that quickly politicized the division by driving thousands of refugees south. The two sides could not agree on a formula that would produce a unified Korea, and in U.
President Harry S. Both the South Korean national police and the constabulary doubled in size, providing a southern security force of about 80, by In the meantime, Kim Il-sung strengthened his control over the Communist Party as well as the northern administrative structure and military forces.