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59 years ago today…

Written on: June 25th, 2009 by: in Reviews

The Korean War began with the invasion of South Korea by the Communist-led North and the beginning of the United Nations “police action” to restore the independence of the South. Three months later, hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops crossed into the peninsula and began clashing with the predominantly American troops making up the bulk of the U.N. forces.

You can view an incredible set of digitized maps of various phases of the conflict at this U.S. Army Center for Military History webpage, and click here for a public domain collection of photographs from the War. Other downloadable resources from the U.S. CMH include chronologies and posters, and a list of Medal of Honor recipients.

You can find a large number of books about the Korean War in the Delaware Library Catalog. Click here for a full list of books, although the Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War by David Halberstam and the Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea by James Brady are particularly well regarded general histories of the war.

The Korean War never actually ended, of course. The U.S. Army still maintains substantial forces in the Korean peninsula, and the stalemate in which the active conflict ended is still a significant factor in current U.S. foreign relations.