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Many events make up the entirety of a conflict between opposing forces More specifically there can be many different parts to a war There is not necessarily only one struggle in a war In the Korean Conflict the war can be separated into three distinct and equally important stages each with their own purpose the Norths offensive the Souths offensive and the stalemate Examining these three stages will clearly define the objectives of the war The offensive attack that the North Koreans made on the South is the first of the three stages On June 25 1950 the North Koreans crossed the 38th Parallel which divides North and South Korea to commence their assault Their goal was to take over the South and unite all of Korea under the Norths beliefs and rule It was four in the morning when the 90000 North Korean troops aided by 150 Soviet tanks and 200 aircrafts caught the officers of the United States Military by surprise These men had been stationed in South Korea The results were horrifying for the South The North Koreans had been spying on the South and knew where every post and station of the Souths army was located They began to strike each one individually and force their way south Seoul the capital of South Korea was the main target of the Norths army If they could overtake this city they would force the Souths army farther back as well as obtain control over the Souths main railways and governmental headquarters This would also force the South to set up a temporary government somewhere else The South knew they would have to protect Seoul so they sent what men they did have left to defend the capital Despite their precautions the North eventually captured Seoul Word soon got to the United States and the United Nations President Truman met with his officials and decided to assist the South and join the war
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