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Origins of the Threat from North Korea

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  1. The Strategic Peninsula (Chapter duration: 16:41) Brief history of Korea  /  The rise of Syngman Rhee and Kim Il-sung  /  The post-World War II custodianship of North Korea by the Soviet Union and South Korea by the United States  /  Emerging fears of global communism following Mao Tse-tung's overthrow of China  /  Establishment of a democratic government under Syngman Rhee in South Korea, and the installation of a Soviet puppet-government under Kim Il-sung in North Korea  /  President Truman's decision to withdraw U.S. defensive forces from South Korea  /  Secretary of State Acheson's omission of South Korea as an Asian-Pacific country the U.S. would be willing to protect.

  2. Repelling the Invaders (Chapter duration: 15:28) Communist North Korea's invasion of democratic South Korea  /  Evacuation of Syngman Rhee's government from Seoul  /  U.S. deployment of Task Force Smith, and its defeat at the Battle of Osan  /  The commissioning of Gen. Douglas MacArthur to lead U.S. and allied forces in Korea  /  Gen. Walton Walker's defense of the Pusan perimeter in southeast Korea  /  Operation Chromite:  Gen. MacArthur's successful invasion of Inchon  /  U.S. breakout at Pusan  /  Liberation and reestablishment of Rhee's government in Seoul  /  Flight of surviving North Korean forces across the Manchurian (China) border  /  White House refusal to allow U.S. forces to destroy enemy sanctuary in Manchuria  /  Wake Island meeting between President Truman and General MacArthur.

  3. China Attacks (Chapter duration: 15:29) U.S. occupation of North Korean capital of Pyongyang  /  Sinuiju bombing and first aerial dogfight by jet aircraft  /  Communist China's invasion of Korea  /  Issuance of White House restrictions against U.S. counterattacks across the Manchurian border  /  Communist siege of trapped U.S. Marines at the Chosin Reservior  /  Second fall of Seoul to the communists  /  U.S. retreat to Pusan perimeter  /  Death of Gen. Walker, and his replacement by Gen. Matthew Ridgway  /  China's failed Imjin River attack, and the renewed U.S. drive through Korea  /  Operation Thunderbolt: driving communists behind the Han river.

  4. Change of Command (Chapter duration: 11:21) Allied defeat at the Battle of Chipyong-ni  /  U.S. blockade of Wonson harbor  /  Operation Ripper: the retaking of Seoul by U.S. forces  /  Operation Tomahawk: U.S. victory at Uijongbu, completing the second liberation of South Korea  /  Gen. MacArthur's questioning of White House "limited war" policy  /  President Truman's controversial firing of MacArthur  /  MacArthur's delivery of "Old Soldier's" address to Congress.

  5. Stalemate (Chapter duration: 26:01) Promotion of Gen. Ridgway to U.S. and allied command  /  Failed communist attempt to retake Seoul  /  Operation Strangle: sustained U.S. bombing of communist forces near the 38th parallel  /  U.S. Marine victory at the Battle of the Punchbowl  /  Operation Piledriver:  U.S. offensive against the "Iron Triangle" region of North Korea  /  Failure of initial peace negotiations between U.S. and communist forces  /  Operation Strangle: heavy bombing of North Korean capital of Pyongyang  /  U.S. victory at the Battle of Bloody Ridge  /  Renewed peace talks at Panmunjon  /  Gen. Ridgway's appointment to NATO, and his replacement in Korea by Gen. Mark Clark  /  Renewed U.S. bombings of key North Korean targets  /  U.S. victories at the Hook and Heartbreak Ridge  /  Election of Dwight Eisenhower to American presidency  /  North Korea's loss of Soviet support after death of Joseph Stalin  /  Replacement of Gen. Clark by Maxwell Taylor  /  Renewed U.S. offensives at "Old Baldy" mountain and Pork Chop Hill  /  Operation Little Switch: goodwill prisoner of war exchanges  /  Combined U.S.-Australian victory at the Battle of Samichon Valley  /  Signing of armistice agreement, ending the military conflict  /  Operation Big Switch: final prisoner of war exchange  /  Summary of the fifty-year period following the armistice.

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