The Korean war started in 1949, after WWII. First in WWII, Japan controlled Korea, but when the Japanese lost the war, the USSR and the USA took different sides of Korea which would affect the country for years. The USSR was a communist country, so the USSR took over the North side of the country and the USA took over the South side of the country, splitting the country in half at the 38th parallel line. Both countries were hoping to unite Korea under one government, but the country split in half, with a democratic government in the South and a Communist government in the North, or more like a dictatorship in the North.
The two countries were split in 1945-1946. North Korea invaded South Korea, nearly pushing the South Koreans off their land in three months. That is when the Americans got involved in the war. An officer named Douglas MacArthur invaded Korea at the 38th parallel, and took back the South Koreans land, and nearly pushed North Korea out of there land in three months. Click here to see the difference ->. |^|.
Then the Chinese invaded, supporting the communist side, pushed the Americans and the South Koreans back to the 38th parallel. At this time no land was gained or lost. Most of the battles where in the air with a new kind of plane. The plane was called a Jet, invented by a german. The two jets in the war where the American F-86 sabre, and the USSR jet was called MiG-15. These jets were in air battles called dogfights. Most of the fighting was from the dogfights.
After 3 years, 1 month, and 2 days, they called a ceasefire, but there was no treaty. Now as you look at a map at night on Korea, the first thing you will see is that North Korea is dark and South Korea is all lit up. Korea at night, from NASA.
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