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The Korean War The Korean War was a war between North and South Korea However it was fought between people who wanted Communist rule in Korea versus people who wanted freedom and democracy It had no winners All it had was people who lost their lives Korea is a peninsula adjacent to China on the west On the east across the East Sea lies Japan Korea is approximately 5000 square miles It is about the size of Utah and is very mountainous Oberdorfer 3 In Korea lies the most militarized zone in the world Called the Demilitarized Zone DMZ it lies upon the 38th parallel separating Communist North Korea and Democratic South Korea Oberdorfer 1 Korea was first taken over by the Japanese during the Russo-Japan War of 1904 After Japan had won the US approved of Japans domination of Korea In return the Japanese promised not to challenge the USs dominion over the Philippines After Japan lost WWII Korea was freed from Japan However tensions grew as Russia took over the northern part of Korea up to the 39th parallel Upon that Russia placed a communist government in North Korea South Korea was freed and was expected to become a democracy It was more or less a fascist government Oberdorfer 5-9 With a North and South Korea in place more tensions grew as North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung and South Korean President Rhee started civil conflicts upon each other Hastings 51 On June 25 1950 around 400 AM North Korea attacked South Korea with 135000 men in the middle of the night They outnumber the South Korean army which only had 45000 men with very little weapons and supplies Within days South Koreans army was chopped in half with only half the men accounted for Hastings 52-53 In need of help South Korean delegates headed to Washington in hopes of getting military support and aid from the US Instead they were told
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