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Korean War  

The Korean War lasted from 1950-53. In June 1950, North Korea (backed by the USSR) invaded South Korea. The United Nations (primarily the US) joined the war on the side of South Korea, while China aided North Korea. It ended in a cease-fire in July 1953.
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With her brother on her back, a Korean girl trudges by a stalled tank in Haengju, Korea, June 9, 1951. Photo by Air Force Major R. V. Spencer

With her brother on her back, a Korean girl trudges by a stalled tank in Haengju, Korea, June 9, 1951. Photograph by Air Force Maj. R. V. Spencer (80-G-429691) Photo from the National Archives


U.S.S.Toledo fires on military targets on the East Korean coast during the Korean War circa 1950 (ID#2007-707); Image from the Truman Presidential Library

  • 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Korean War, 1950-1953
    Articles and links to websites about the Korean War, hosted by the U. S. Army Quartermaster Museum at Fort Lee, VA.
  • The Korean War, 1950-1953
    Timeline and other resources related to the Korean War. Website is maintained by the U.S. Army.
  • Korean War Maps
    Digital images of war maps used in the Korean War. Website is maintained by the U.S. Army Center of Military History.
  • Korean War National Museum
    Digital images and descriptions of items from the collection of the museum. Website maintained by the Korean War National Museum, Library & Cultural Center in Springfield IL.
  • Korean War 1950-53 Primary Sources
    "A collection of primary source documents related to the Korean War. Obtained largely from Russian archives, the documents include reports on Chinese and Soviet aid to North Korea, allegations that America used biological weapons, and the armistice." (Wilson Center’s History and Public Policy Program.)
  • Korean History and Political Geography
    Information about the Korean War on the website of the Asia Society. According to their website: "Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution."
  • Korean War Atrocities (Library of Congress)
    Documents of the hearings before the Subcommittee on Korean War Atrocities of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations of the Committee on Government Operations, United States Senate (1953-54)
  • Report of the United Nations Commission on Korea, 1950
    Text of the UN report provided by the Modern History Sourcebook hosted by Fordham University.
  • Korean War: Perspectives
    Historical analysis of the Korean War written by Allan R. Millett, Ambrose Professor of History and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. (Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History)

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