Battle Analysis: The Battle Of Osan

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The Battle of Osan On the rainy day of 5 July 1950, Task Force (TF) Smith pieced together from the 24th Infantry Division (ID), consisting of 400 soldiers was the first United States (U.S.) Forces during the Korean War to engage in combat. At the Battle of Osan, 1/21 Infantry Regiment made contact with the North Korean People's Army of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). TF Smith received no concept of operation, obsolete equipment and no actionable intelligence. This tragic battle left America with the motto, “No More Task Force Smith’s”. At the Battle of Osan, the U.S. was hit hard and was overtaken by North Korean Forces resulting in a full retreat causing the unit massive casualties. In addition the four-step battle analysis…show more content…
involvement in the Soviet-Japanese War and the surrender of the Japanese. The U.S. and The Soviet Union Commission originally agreed to grant independence to the divided Korea after a five year trusteeship. This was not supported by the Korean citizens, causing protests and riots across the Koreas. From the divide Korea’s point of view they have suffered from foreign occupation and desired to have an independent Korea. The United Nations agreed to this but the Soviet Union along with the Korean Communist Party disagreed stating that it would not be fair and refused to participate. Later, North Korea would hold its own parliamentary elections on August 15th, 1948. Thus this election would establish a Communist North Korean government Led by Kim…show more content…
Army. The South Korean Forces were also equipped and trained to resemble a police force rather than a military force. The U.S. provided South Korea with a variety of equipment that includes but is not limited to foot mobile weaponry that included: sidearm pistols, rifles, shotguns, automatic weapons, machine guns, Hand and rifle grenades, rocket launchers, recoilless rifles, flame throwers and mortars. The heavy infantry equipment included: artillery, armored vehicles, light vehicles, helicopters and additional aircraft. The CIA and the United Nation identified Korean People’s Army (KPA) military unit movement south towards the 38th parallel and it was considered to be a defensive posture and that invasion was still improbable. The CIA released a report to The President, Secretary of State and the Secretary of Defense, based on HUMINT stating “The DPRK has the capability to invade the South.” The intelligence provided gave ample warning that was simply ignored due to the current governments’ narrow minded view towards the Far East and there capabilities. Invasion of South

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