Seoul During The Korean War Essay

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Kyle Jenkins Civilian Impact in Seoul during Korean war. The civilians had a big impact and effect during the Korean war especially in seoul, but before it all happened World War 2 divided Korea into a Communist, northern half and an American-occupied southern half, divided at the 38th parallel. The Korean War began on June 25th, 1950 when the North Korean Communist army crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded non-Communist South Korea. As Kim Il-sung's North Korean army, armed with Soviet tanks, quickly overran South Korea, the United States came to assist South Korea. Now here is the impact that it had on the civilians in Seoul. Within three months after the beginning of the war, 57,000 South Koreans were listed as missing and more than a half million homes had been either destroyed or damaged.…show more content…
The first year of the Korean War was a very heated battle, Seoul changed hands four times. Seoul was pretty much the battlefield and North Korea didn't care much about the civilians health. After the fall of Seoul, North Korea's forces paused briefly to regroup, then resumed their southward drive. War always puts a heavy toll on civilians. But the impact of the Korean War on the civilian population was especially dramatic. Korean civilian casualties was either dead, wounded, or missing and it totaled between three and four million during the three years of war (1950-1953). Others fled with both immediate and extended family but then saw their family bonds breached in the actual rush south as parents were captured or killed and children were lost or died of starvation. Recent media reports on reunions in Korea estimate that as many as one million civilians in the northern part of the country fled south ahead of the Communists in the early days of fighting. Many of those people assumed their flight to be a temporary move, they fully expected to return to their lands after the fighting ended. So many left not just property,

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