The Images Tell A Story: Korean War

 In this in September 1950 file photo, United Nations (Read American)  troops fire from a barricade in Seoul, South Korea. The building at left carries portraits of Soviet leader Josef Stalin and North Korean leader Kim Il Sung.


An American soldier consoles acomrade who lost a friend in action.. The man sitting beside is preparing tags for the bodies.


1950. American soldiers take cover from North Korean snipers (left behind by withdrawing North Koreans to hamper American advance into Seoul)


 September, 1950. An US soldier clambers over a barrier in war torn Seoul. The North Koreans had held it for three months.


 Same time. Moving through Seoul.

 October 1950. American paratroopers jump into North Korean territory to trap withdrawing North Korean troops.

October 1950.  North Korean POW in Seoul.

 Bodies of some 400 Korean civilians lie in and around trenches in Taejon's prison yard during the Korean War in Sept. 1950. The victims were bound and slain by retreating Communist forces before the 24th U.S. Division troops recaptured the city Sept. 28. Witnesses said that the prisoners were forced to dig their own trench graves before the slaughter.

July 1950. US troops alight at Pohang, on the eastern coast in Korea

July 5, 1950. American soldiers leave the railroad station at Taejon, South Korea, en route to the battlefront.

In this Dec. 4, 1950 photo, residents from Pyongyang, North Korea, and refugees from other areas crawl perilously over the shattered girders of the city's bridge as they flee south across the Taedong River to escape the advance of Chinese Communist troops. The Chinese entered the Korean War as allies of North Korea. U.S. troops battled on the side of South Korea. Begun in June 25, 1950, the war ended on July 27, 1953, with a military demarcation line set near the 38th parallel where it started.

In this photograph taken by the U.S. Army in April 1951, provided by the U.S. National Archives, South Korean troops shoot political prisoners near Daegu, South Korea.

July 1950. An American 155 mm gun booms

Chinese POW in the northern mountains in Korea. December 1950

April 1951. More Chinese POW

Seoul 1950. A scene of strife and destruction.

An American soldier takes an injured N. Korean soldier for medical help

Koreans fleeing the advancing Chinese troops are perched perilously between coaches of a freight train

 General Douglas McArthur, chief of the UN forces, sitting on the bridge of the warship U.S. McKinley "during his arrival at Inchon Harbor in September 1950 Behind him, left to right: Commander U.S. Seventh Fleet, Vice Admiral Arthur D. Strabbl; brigadier general  Wright and General Edward M. Almond

An American B-29 bombs industrial North Korean targets

American patrol in 1952

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Quotes about war....

"War grows out of the desire of the individual to gain advantage at the expense of his fellow man."
--Napoleon Hill

"We have failed to grasp the fact that mankind is becoming a single unit, and that for a unit to fight against itself is suicide."
--Havelock Ellis

'Politics is war without bloodshed while war is politics with bloodshed."
--Mao Tse-Tung (1893 - 1976)

"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in."
--George McGovern

"The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic."
--Joseph Stalin

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
--Voltaire, War

In war, truth is the first casualty.
-- Aeschylus

"The ability and inclination to use physical strength is no indication of bravery or tenacity to life. The greatest cowards are often the greatest bullies. Nothing is cheaper and more common than physical bravery."
--Clarence Darrow, Resist Not Evil

"The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."
--Adolf Hitler

"To walk through the ruined cities of Germany is to feel an actual doubt about the continuity of civilization."
--George Orwell

"Patriots always talk of dying for their country and never of killing for their country."
--Bertrand Russell

Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.
--Francis Meehan

Snippets From History

German Soldiers in Russia: Part 1

Hubert Menzel was a major in the General Operations Department of the OKH (the Oberkommando des Heers, the German Army headquarters), and for him the idea of invading the Soviet Union in 1941 had the smack of cold, clear logic to it: 'We knew that in two years' time, that is by the end of 1942, beginning of 1943, the English would be ready, the Americans would be ready, the Russians would be ready too, and then we would have to deal with all three of them at the same time.... We had to try to remove the greatest threat from the East.... At the time it seemed possible.'

Battle for Berlin, 1945

'We started to fire at the masses,' says one former German machine gunner. 'They weren't human beings for us. It was a wall of attacking beasts who were trying to kill us. You yourself were no longer human.'


Berlin after it fell to the Russians, 1945

"Vladlen Anchishkin, a Soviet battery commander on the 1st Ukrainian Front, sums up the horror of the whole event, when he tells how he took personal revenge on German soldiers: 'I can admit it now, I was in such a state, I was in such a frenzy. I said, 'Bring them here for an interrogation' and I had a knife, and I cut him. I cut a lot of them. I thought, 'You wanted to kill me, now it's your turn.'
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Dramatic Pictures: Battle For Stalingrad
"...Effective command no longer possible... further defense senseless. Collapse inevitable. Army requests immediate permission to surrender in order to save lives of remaining troops."
General Paulus' radio message to Hitler on January 24, 1943

"...Capitulation is impossible. The 6th Army will do its historic duty at Stalingrad until the last man, the last bullet..."

Hitler's response to General Friedrich Paulus' request to withdraw from the city


Points To Ponder....

The fall of France was shocking. It reduced France to virtually a non-player in the Second World War. The efforts of Charles de Gualle were more symbolic than material. But the martial instincts of the French must never be doubted. Under Napoleon they were a formidable military power. The French definitely have more iron in their blood then say, the Italians [I do not mean it in a derogatory sense. War never makes sense]


Bias Of Western Historians

Soviet resistance made possible a successful Allied invasion of France, and ensured the final Allied victory over Germany.

It can hardly be called mere 'resistance'! If it hadn't been for the Russians, Hitler would have made mincemeat of British forces in Africa and landed on British shores in no time. Hitler attacked Russia first because it had more land and resources than Britain. It is as simple as that.

Eastern Front: Bias Of Western Historians