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  • Background Info
  • So what is some important background info to know about the Korean war.
  • Post WW2 Korea had become a free country for the first time. The U.S. wanted to implement a democratic governemnt in Korea. The Soviet Union wanted to implement communism. So, the U.S. and Soviet Union split Korea into 2. North Korea being communist under the USSR and South korea being democratic.
  • The 38th Parallel
  • The two countries decided to draw the line temporarily at the 38th parallel (later on making the line permanent at the end of the war). If anyone was to cross that line it meant war. As did North Korea when they crossed the line June 24th, 1950 when they invaded South Korea.
  • So, where was the boundary drawn between the two sides of Korea being that it used to be one unified country?
  • The Role Of The U.N.
  • Yes, almost immediately after North Korea invaded South Korea, the United Nations stepped in. They demanded for North Korea to stop fighting and bring its troops back over the 38th parallel. North Korea ignored this request. So 15 member countries of the U.N. fought with the U.S. and South Korea to push back North Korea.
  • Did any other countries step in and try to prevent the war?
  • In the scene the business man is explaining to the football player some of the important factors/causes which led up to the start of the Korean war because having an understanding of these will give the reader a better idea of why the Korean war began.
  • U.S. Strikes Back
  • The U.S. launched one of the biggest amphibious attacks on North Korea in history. It was known as the Inchon Invasion, General Mcarthur sent out 300 ships with more than 70,000 men. It was a sneak attack which turned out to be one of the most crucial events to the outcome of the Korean war.
  • In the image, the business man is explaining the 38th parallel to the football player because it is the area in which Korea split. Therefore it is crucial to understanding what occured when Korea was divided and the role it played during the war. In the image, the half court line is meant to represent the 38th parallel.
  • Chinese Intervention
  • Yes, the also communist China stepped in to help North Korea and their war agianst South Korea. They intervened in the war in an attempt to preserve the communist state of North Korea.
  • In the slide, the business man is explaining to the football player the role that the United Nations played in the Korean war. The business man does this because the U.N. had a very big impact on the outcome of the war so it is important to know.
  • Talks Of Truce
  • Were the two sides at least working together to try to prevent a prolonged war?
  • Actually, talks of truce went on for most of the war. In fact, talks of ceasefire began in July 1951. At the time, wild unexpected attacks already died down and a truce seemed to be somewhere in the near future. Unfortuanately, certain issues caused negotiations to drag on.
  • The scene portrays the business man explaining to the football player details about the Inchon Invasion. He states these details because the Inchon Invasion was crucial to the outcome of the Korean War. The background is representative of the event because it was an amphibious attack.
  • Did the U.S. have any big succesful attacks on North Korea?
  • In the scene the Chinese man is explaining to the football player how China intervened in the Korean War to assist North Korea. He explains the topic because it is a key event which occured during the war and the battle of capitalism vs. communism.
  • Did any countries step in to help North Korea?
  • The image depicts the business man conveying how talks of truce went on for a good portion of the war. He does this because it is important to know how the negotiations played out during the war in order to understand how the two sides came to an agreement.
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