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The publications listed below are about the Korean War. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list of all publications referencing the Korean War. This list is intended for information purposes only and does not reflect an endorsement by the Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee.

Ebb and Flow
Billy C. Mossman

Ebb and Flow records an important chapter in the Korean War, the period from late November 1950 to early July 1951 when battle lines did indeed ebb and flow in pronounced surges. Billy C. Mossman begins with the last weeks of the pell-mell rush of United Nations forces to the Chinese border and goes on to chronicle in great detail the test of American military leadership and resources posed by the taxing retreat of the Eighth Army and X Corps across the frozen wastes of North Korea. He highlights the limitations imposed by terrain and weather on the fighting capabilities of an American army facing surprise attack from a large disciplined enemy. In addition, the operations he describes in such careful detail vivify the principles of war for those with an interest in studying the profession of arms.

South to the Naktong, North to the Yalu
Roy E. Appleman

United States Army in the Korean War series.
Covers United States Army action in Korea from the outbreak of the war to the full-scale intervention of the Chinese Communists in November 1950.

The Korean War - The UN Offensive
Stephen L. Y. Gammons

The Korean War was the first major armed clash between Free World and Communist forces, as the so-called Cold War turned hot from 1950 to 1953. Brief histories, organized into five distinct phases, are accessible and readable commemorative studies designed to enhance understanding of the U.S. Army's role and achievements in the Korean conflict. More than a half century has passed since the end of the conflict, yet the lessons about military preparedness, global strategy, coalition warfare, and the courage and perseverance of the individual soldier still resonate strong. Today the Korean peninsula remains divided, with a militarily strong, economically weak, and unpredictable North Korea posing a continued threat and challenge to the global strategic environment.

Too Young For A Forgettable War

Too Young For A Forgettable War, Publishing History, First Edition
William Edward Alli

Too Young for a Forgettable War (Second Edition) is a coming-of-age story, in the most dangerous of environments. The author takes readers on a vivid journey to a war–and back. ¶You will follow admittedly naive and immature 18-year-old Bill Alli, as he is forced out of his peaceful civilian life in Michigan, in 1950. Eventually he is taken westward, across the Pacific Ocean, to a war-stricken country known as “Land of the Morning Calm.”

The Korean War: Years of Stalemate
Andrew J. Birtle

The Korean War was the first major armed clash between Free World and Communist forces, as the so-called Cold War turned hot from 1950 to 1953. Brief histories, organized into five distinct phases, are accessible and readable commemorative studies designed to enhance understanding of the U.S. Army's role and achievements in the Korean conflict. More than a half century has passed since the end of the conflict, yet the lessons about military preparedness, global strategy, coalition warfare, and the courage and perseverance of the individual soldier still resonate strong. Today the Korean peninsula remains divided, with a militarily strong, economically weak, and unpredictable North Korea posing a continued threat and challenge to the global strategic environment.

The Korean War: The Chinese Intervention
Richard W. Stewart

The Korean War was the first major armed clash between Free World and Communist forces, as the so-called Cold War turned hot from 1950 to 1953. Brief histories, organized into five distinct phases, are accessible and readable commemorative studies designed to enhance understanding of the U.S. Army's role and achievements in the Korean conflict. More than a half century has passed since the end of the conflict, yet the lessons about military preparedness, global strategy, coalition warfare, and the courage and perseverance of the individual soldier still resonate strong. Today the Korean peninsula remains divided, with a militarily strong, economically weak, and unpredictable North Korea posing a continued threat and challenge to the global strategic environment.

Korea, 1951-1953
John Miller

The story of the Korean War in photographs and brief narratives.

Korea, 1950
Department of the Army

Military history of Korean Conflict. Military publication.

The Korean War: Restoring the Balance
John J. McGrath

The Korean War was the first major armed clash between Free World and Communist forces, as the so-called Cold War turned hot from 1950 to 1953. Brief histories, organized into five distinct phases, are accessible and readable commemorative studies designed to enhance understanding of the U.S. Army's role and achievements in the Korean conflict. More than a half century has passed since the end of the conflict, yet the lessons about military preparedness, global strategy, coalition warfare, and the courage and perseverance of the individual soldier still resonate strong. Today the Korean peninsula remains divided, with a militarily strong, economically weak, and unpredictable North Korea posing a continued threat and challenge to the global strategic environment.

The Medics' War
Albert E. Cowdrey

This book is about the U.S. army in the Korean War. 398 pages describe the role of medics during the war, and helping injured soldiers. Book contains many photos and maps. Published by the Center of Military History, Washington, D.C.

Naval Leadership in Korea: The First Six Months
Thomas B. Buell

United States Navy and the Korean War.
2nd in a study in the Naval Historical Center’s new series commemoration the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. This monograph illuminates the role of the Navy’s top flag officers in Washington, in the Pacific area, and in the Korean theater of operations before and during the first chaotic six months of war./p>

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Fleet Operations in a Mobile War: September 1950-June 1951
Joseph H. Alexander

United States Navy and the Korean War.
Highlights fleet operations of the United States Navy in the Korean War from September 1950 to June 1951.

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Sea Power on Call: Fleet Operations June 1951-July 1953
Malcolm Muir, Jr.

United States Navy and the Korean War.
Highlights fleet operations of the United States Navy in the Korean War from June 1951 to July 1953.

Attack From The Sky: Naval Air Operations In The Korean War
Richard C. Knott

United States Navy and the Korean War.
Fourth in the series. Focuses on naval aviation in the Korean War. Describes the prewar political climate in Washington. Covers: rules of engagement, bombing techniques, close air support missions, on board recovery, and air-to-air combat.

Assault From the Sea: The Amphibious Landing at Inchon
Curtis Utz

Illuminates the important contribution of United States and allied naval forces in preserving the independence and freedom from Communist occupation of the Republic of Korea. Describes in detail the masterful amphibious operation conceived by General Douglas MacArthur and executed by the United States and allied naval forces under Vice Admiral Arthur D. Stuble, Commander Seventh Fleet/Commander Task Force 7.

Long Passage to Korea: Black Sailors and the Integration of the United States Navy
Bernard C. Nalty

United States Navy and the Korean War. By Bernard C. Nalty. Series editor: Edward J. Marolda. 3rd in a study in the Naval Historical Center's new series commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Korean War. Covers the contribution of African American sailors in the Korean conflict. Traces the story of racial integration in the United States Navy since the American Revolution.

U.S. Marines in the Korean War
Charles R. Smith

Compiled by the History and Museums Division during the 50th Anniversary commemoration of the Korean Conflict, 1950-1953. Focuses on the Marines who fought and died.

Over the Seawall: U.S. Marines at Inchon
Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Simmons

Just three weeks away and there was still no approval from Washington for the Marines to land at Inchon on 15 September 1950. General of the Army Douglas MacArthur, determined to beat down the opposition to the landing, called a conference for late in the day, 23 August, at his headquarters in the Dai Ichi building in Tokyo.

As Commander in Chief, Far East (CinCFE), MacArthur considered himself empowered to conduct military operations more-or less as he saw fit. But for an operation of the magnitude of Inchon and the resources it would require he needed approval from the highest level.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), doubtful of the landing's chances of success, had sent out the Army Chief of Staff, General J. Lawton Collins, and the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Forrest P. Sherman, to review the situation directly with MacArthur. Now he would have to overcome their skeptical resistance.

Outpost War: United States Marines From the Nevada Battles to the Armistice
Bernard C. Nalty

Marines in the Korean War Commemorative Series.

Describes the conditions under which the Marines fought during the last year of the Korean War.

Coalition Air Warfare in Korea, 1950-1953
Jacob Neufeld, George M. Watson, Jr., Air Force Historical Foundations Symposium

In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Korean War, the official history offices of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force and their respective historical associations collaborated to sponsor as comprehensive a symposium as possible, including as participants some of the coalition partners who contributed forces and weapons to the war. The intent of this symposium, titled Coalition Air Warfare during the Korean War, 1950 -1953, was to focus not only on the contributions made by the armed forces of the United States, but also on those of America's allies. The diverse group of panelists and speakers included not only scholars with subject matter expertise, but also veteran soldiers, sailors, and airmen who had served in that conflict. It was hoped that the melding of these diverse perspectives would provide interesting, if sometimes conflicting, views about the Korean War. The symposium organizers designated an agenda of six specific panels for investigation, including Planning and Operations; Air Superiority, Air Support of Ground Forces; Air Interdiction and Bombardment, Air Reconnaissance and Intelligence, and Logistical Support of Air Operations. Each session began with commentary by the panel chairman, which was followed by formal papers, and in some instances included a lively question and answer session. The papers and most of the proceedings found their way into print and are recorded here in an effort to permanently capture the activities, challenges, contributions, and heroics of the coalition air forces and the airmen who fought during the Korean conflict.

Silver Wings, Golden Valor: The USAF Remembers Korea
Dr. Richard P. Hallion, Air Force History and Museums Program

To some people, the Korean War was just a “police action,” preferring that euphemism to what it really was — a brutal and bloody war involving hundreds of thousands of air, ground, and naval forces from many nations. It was also termed a “limited war,” in that it took place in a small region of the world versus the worldwide conflict that had ended less than five years earlier. But this “police action,” this “limited war,” cost an estimated 2.4 million military casualties on both sides, while at least another 2 million civilians were also casualties. The United States military alone suffered 33,742 killed and another 103,234 wound-ed. The war in the air was as bloody and violent as that on the ground. The United Nations air forces lost 1,986 aircraft, with the USAF sustaining 1,466 of these. Air Force personnel casualties totaled 1,841, including 1,180 dead. These losses were far greater than can be accounted for in the glib terms “police action” and “limited war.” As the years passed following the end of the war, Korea receded in memory. Another war - in Southeast Asia - became lodged in the public’s mind, and the Korean War became “forgotten.” But to those veterans and historians alike participating in the proceedings recorded in this volume, their reminiscences and perspectives provide the reader with compelling arguments why the Korean War deserves to be remembered.

Within Limits: The U.S. Air Force and the Korean War
Wayne Thompson, Bernard C. Nalty

This book describes how the Air Force learned to be effective under constraints not experienced during World War II. Chronicles the role of the United States Air Force in the Korean War.

Despite American success in preventing the conquest of South Korea by communist North Korea, the Korean War of 1950-1953 did not satisfy Americans who expected the kind of total victory they had experienced in World War II. In that earlier, larger war, victory over Japan came after two atomic bombs destroyed the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. But in Korea five years later, the United States limited itself to conventional weapons. Even after communist China entered the war, Americans put China off-limits to conventional bombing as well as nuclear bombing. Operating within these limits, the U.S. Air Force helped to repel two invasions of South Korea while securing control of the skies so decisively that other United Nations forces could fight without fear of air attack.

The Korean War
Carter Malkasian

The Korean War was a significant turning point in the Cold War. This book explains how the conflict in a small peninsula in East Asia had a tremendous impact on the entire international system and the balance of power between the two superpowers, America and Russia. Through the conflict, the West demonstrated its resolve to thwart Communist aggression and the armed forces of China, the Soviet Union and the United States came into direct combat for the only time during the Cold War.

The Korean War
Max Hastings

It was the first war we could not win. At no other time since World War II have two superpowers met in battle. Now Max Hastings, preeminent military historian takes us back to the bloody bitter struggle to restore South Korean independence after the Communist invasion of June 1950. Using personal accounts from interviews with more than 200 vets -- including the Chinese -- Hastings follows real officers and soldiers through the battles. He brilliantly captures the Cold War crisis at home -- the strategies and politics of Truman, Acheson, Marshall, MacArthur, Ridgway, and Bradley -- and shows what we should have learned in the war that was the prelude to Vietnam.

The Korean War: A History
Bruce Cummings


For Americans, it was a discrete conflict lasting from 1950 to 1953. But for the Asian world the Korean War was a generations-long struggle that still haunts contemporary events. With access to new evidence and secret materials from both here and abroad, including an archive of captured North Korean documents, Bruce Cumings reveals the war as it was actually fought. He describes its origin as a civil war, preordained long before the first shots were fired in June 1950 by lingering fury over Japan’s occupation of Korea from 1910 to 1945. Cumings then shares the neglected history of America’s post–World War II occupation of Korea, reveals untold stories of bloody insurgencies and rebellions, and tells of the United States officially entering the action on the side of the South, exposing as never before the appalling massacres and atrocities committed on all sides.

The Last Stand of Fox Company: A True Story of U.S. Marines in Combat
Bob Crury

November 1950, the Korean Peninsula: After General MacArthur ignores Mao’s warnings and pushes his UN forces deep into North Korea, his 10,000 First Division Marines find themselves surrounded and hopelessly outnumbered by 100,000 Chinese soldiers near the Chosin Reservoir. Their only chance for survival is to fight their way south through the Toktong Pass, a narrow gorge that will need to be held open at all costs. The mission is handed to Captain William Barber and the 234 Marines of Fox Company, a courageous but undermanned unit of the First Marines. Barber and his men climb seven miles of frozen terrain to a rocky promontory overlooking the pass, where they will endure four days and five nights of nearly continuous Chinese attempts to take Fox Hill. Amid the relentless violence, three-quarters of Fox’s Marines are killed, wounded, or captured. Just when it looks like they will be overrun, Lt. Colonel Raymond Davis, a fearless Marine officer who is fighting south from Chosin, volunteers to lead a daring mission that will seek to cut a hole in the Chinese lines and relieve the men of Fox. This is a fast-paced and gripping account of heroism in the face of impossible odds.

A Short History of the Korean War
James L. Stokesbury

As pungent and concise as his short histories of both world wars, Stokesbury's survey of "the half war" takes a broad view and seems to leave nothing out but the details. The first third covers the North Korean invasion of June 1950, the Pusan perimeter crisis, MacArthur's master stroke at Inchon and the intervention by Chinese forces that November. At this point, other popular histories of the war reach the three-quarter mark, ending often with a cursory summary of the comparatively undramatic three-and-a-half years required to bring the war to its ambiguous conclusion on July 27, 1953. Stokesbury renders the latter period as interesting as the operational fireworks of the first six months: the Truman-MacArthur controversy; the political limitations on U.S. air power; the need for the Americans to fight the war as cheaply as possible, due to NATO commitments; the prolonged negotiations at Panmunjom over the prisoner-exchange issue; and the effect of the war on the home front. Whether the United States could have/should have stayed out of the war in the first place comes under discussion: "no" on both counts, according to the author.

This Kind of War: The Classic Korean War History - Fiftieth Anniversary Edition
T.R. Fehrenbach

Updated with maps, photographs, and battlefield diagrams, this special fiftieth anniversary edition of the classic history of the Korean War is a dramatic and hard-hitting account of the conflict written from the perspective of those who fought it. Partly drawn from official records, operations journals, and histories, it is based largely on the compelling personal narratives of the small-unit commanders and their troops. Unlike any other work on the Korean War, it provides both a clear panoramic overview and a sharply drawn "you were there" account of American troops in fierce combat against the North Korean and Chinese communist invaders. As Americans and North Koreans continue to face each other across the 38th Parallel, This Kind of War commemorates the past and offers vital lessons for the future.

Give Me Tomorrow: The Korean War's Greatest Untold Story--The Epic Stand of the Marines of George Company
Patrick K. O’Donnell

From bestselling author Patrick K. O'Donnell, "one of the best combat historians of our time" (John C. McManus, author of "Alamo in the Ardennes"), comes the untold story of the Marines of George Company--or "Bloody George" as they were known. Hopelessly outnumbered on the frozen tundra of the Chosin Reservoir, this small band of men engaged in a battle that would defy the limits of heroism and human endurance. "Give Me Tomorrow" is their unforgettable story of bravery and courage.

Chosin: Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War
Eric Hammel

Told from the point of view of the men in the foxholes and tanks, outposts and command posts, this is the definitive account of the epic retreat under fire of the 1st Marine Division from the Chosin Reservoir.

The author first sketches in the errors and miscalculations on the part of the American high command that caused the Marines to be strung out at the end of a narrow road scores of miles from the sea. He then plunges right into the action: the massing of Chinese forces in about ten-to-one strength; the Marines' command problems due to the climate and terrain and high-level over confidence; and the onset of the overwhelming Chinese assault.

With a wealth of tactical detail and small-unit action Chosin: Heroic Ordeal of the Korean War is the most complete book written to date on this iconic battle. Author Eric Hammel's masterful account offers invaluable perspective on war at the gut level.

The Korean War
William Stueck

This first truly international history of the Korean War argues that by its timing, its course, and its outcome it functioned as a substitute for World War III. Stueck draws on recently available materials from seven countries, plus the archives of the United Nations, presenting a detailed narrative of the diplomacy of the conflict and a broad assessment of its critical role in the Cold War. He emphasizes the contribution of the United Nations, which at several key points in the conflict provided an important institutional framework within which less powerful nations were able to restrain the aggressive tendencies of the United States.

In Stueck's view, contributors to the U.N. cause in Korea provided support not out of any abstract commitment to a universal system of collective security but because they saw an opportunity to influence U.S. policy. Chinese intervention in Korea in the fall of 1950 brought with it the threat of world war, but at that time and in other instances prior to the armistice in July 1953, America's NATO allies and Third World neutrals succeeded in curbing American adventurism. While conceding the tragic and brutal nature of the war, Stueck suggests that it helped to prevent the occurrence of an even more destructive conflict in Europe.

Valleys of Death: A Memoir of the Korean War
Bill Richardson

A hard-fighting soldier's story-from the trenches of America's first battle in the Cold War.

From the devastating counterattack at Unsan to the thirty-four months he spent in captivity-a period of years in which giving up surely meant dying-Col. Bill Richardson's instinct for leadership and stubborn will to survive saw him through one valley of death after the next. Valleys of Death is a stirring story of survival and determination that offers a fascinating, intimate look at the soldiers who fought America's first battle of the Cold War in the unvarnished words of one of their own. Richardson endured many long months of starvation, torture, sleep deprivation, and Chinese attempts at indoctrination, yet maintained defiance under conditions designed to break the mind, body, and spirit of men.

A Hill Called White Horse: A Korean War Story
Anthony Sobieski

The battle of White Horse lasted ten days, with many lives lost. This story concentrates on the first two days of the battle, as recounted by Joe Adams, Jack Callaway, and the rest from the 213th Field Artillery Battalion who were there. These two days coincide with the letters and personal remembrances of these men and this story is based on their real life experiences. The events and people are real, coming from those personal interviews, declassified documents and historical reference. What they went through is real, documented history. This is a story in that their actual minute-by-minute interactions and words have been interpreted, all with the spirit and intent of their every word. Not one of them has ever bragged about what they did or thought of themselves as some great warrior soldier. Everyone simply did what they had to do, and that there was no glory in it. Not just another war story, this is an attempt to put the reader "there" in the thick it, to be a participant in battle and to feel what it was like to be in the Forgotten War. Exploding artillery shells, bullets striking targets, the eeriness of flares drifting down over a battlefield, breathing the dust of trenches on a hill in the middle of a far off place. Taking the reader out of their seat and putting a rifle in their hands, this story transports you a thousand miles away from your surroundings to an artillery battery receiving "incoming mail", trench lines where death is around every corner, and a bunker on a hill where some of the most violent combat takes place. This book lets you feel, taste and smell it like it was, brutal, unforgiving, and above all, a cold hard reality for those that were there.

The Forgotten War: A Brief History of the Korean War
James K. Wheaton

The Korean War is known to many as the ‘forgotten war’. Resulting from a ‘tug-o-war’ between major world powers and the division of one country, the war would be a haunting legacy that would continue to plague Koreans and the United Nations for generations. Despite an armistice, that legacy would create a tragic path that continues, even to this day, to keep two nations on the brink of war, where peace, it seems, is more about continued sparring than ending the heart-wrenching and sometimes inhumane existences of so many millions of suffering peoples. With a history of varied offensives, battles, sieges, raids and operations, some of which were successful and others which did nothing to aid the situation, the road that led Koreans and others to war must be understood in order to plan a peaceful future that both North and South Koreans can one day enjoy. What follows is a short history of the war, the key figures, and the battles and politics involved.

Hearts of Iron: The Epic Struggle of The 1st Marine Flame Tank Platoon: Korean War 1950-1953
Jerry Ravino

HEARTS OF IRON is the epic true story of a little-known but significant part of the Korean War, told by the brave men of the Flame Platoon, First Tank Battalion, First Marine Division. This book shares the honest, personal accounts of combat, fear, death, and survival of these comrades of the Forgotten War, most of whom were not even trained to be Flame Tankers yet fought with weapons possessing some of the most lethal fire ability of any rolling armament in the war. Join Jerry Ravino and Jack Carty in their compelling narrative of their flame platoon as they courageously stood against the North Korean People’s Army and the Chinese Communist Forces, etching another brilliant chapter in the Division’s storied history.

Fire and Ice : The Korean War, 1950-1953
Michael Varhola

This handy "At A Glance" volume contains an exceptional amount of material on the Korean Conflict, with much information that will be new to virtually all readers, such as dissension between the U.S. and South Korea, the differing treatment of prisoners by the Chinese and North Koreans, the widespread service of Korean nationals in American units, and the important contribution made by Turkey, the British Commonwealth and other nations to the U.N. effort.

Frank and Me At Mundung-Ni: A Korean War MemoirJoseph Donohue

It was 1937 when Joseph Donohue first met Frank Milisits in grammar school. As they grew up together on the Upper East Side of New York City, the two boys kept scrapbooks on World War II, became junior aid-raid wardens, and attended block parties for returning veterans. But little did Joseph and Frank know that their fascination with war would eventually lead them one day to fight in a hostile climate thousands of miles away. In his Korean War memoir, Joseph Donohue chronicles the captivating story of how two naive twenty-year-old kids made a full-circle journey from draftees to basic training recruits to airborne troopers who somehow summoned the courage to jump out of the first planet they ever set foot in. As the young men arrived in Korea during a time of uncertainty and chaos, Donohue details how the two men quickly moved from days of complete boredom to hair-raising moments as the crawled in the rat-infested trenches, dodged booby traps and minefields, and risked their lives to keep hordes of enemy soldiers at bay. One year later, they returned home as combat veterans who has somehow survived terrifying battles and a one-in-nine chance of becoming a war casualty. Frank and Me at Mundung-ni provided an eye-opening glimpse into the realities of "The Forgotten War" and the compelling personal memories of two childhood pals who shared an impassioned journey to a war neither would ever forget.

The War for Korea, 1950-1951: They Came from the North
Allan R. Millett

In The War for Korea, 1945-1950: A House Burning, one of our most distinguished military historians argued that the conflict on the Korean peninsula in the middle of the twentieth century was first and foremost a war between Koreans that began in 1948. In the second volume of a monumental trilogy, Allan R. Millett now shifts his focus to the twelve-month period from North Korea's invasion of South Korea on June 25, 1950, through the end of June 1951--the most active phase of the internationalized "Korean War."

Moving deftly between the battlefield and the halls of power, Millett weaves together military operations and tactics without losing sight of Cold War geopolitics, strategy, and civil-military relations. Filled with new insights on the conflict, his book is the first to give combined arms its due, looking at the contributions and challenges of integrating naval and air power with the ground forces of United Nations Command and showing the importance of Korean support services. He also provides the most complete, and sympathetic, account of the role of South Korea's armed forces, drawing heavily on ROK and Korea Military Advisory Group sources.

Millett integrates non-American perspectives into the narrative--especially those of Mao Zedong, Chinese military commander Peng Dehuai, Josef Stalin, Kim Il-sung, and Syngman Rhee. And he portrays Walton Walker and Matthew Ridgway as the heroes of Korea, both of whom had a more profound understanding of the situation than Douglas MacArthur, whose greatest flaw was not his politics but his strategic and operational incompetence.

Researched in South Korean, Chinese, and Soviet as well as American and UN sources, Millett has exploited previously ignored or neglected oral history collections--including interviews with American and South Korean officers--and has made extensive use of reports based on interrogations of North Korean and Chinese POWs. The end result is masterful work that provides both a gripping narrative and a greater understanding of this key conflict in international and American history.

This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.

The War for Korea, 1945-1950: A House Burning
Allan Reed Millett

When the major powers sent troops to the Korean peninsula in June of 1950, it supposedly marked the start of one of the last century's bloodiest conflicts. Allan Millett, however, reveals that the Korean War actually began with partisan clashes two years earlier and had roots in the political history of Korea under Japanese rule, 1910-1945.

The first in a new two-volume history of the Korean War, Millett's study offers the most comprehensive account of its causes and early military operations. Millett traces the war's origins to the post-liberation conflict between two revolutionary movements, the Marxist-Leninists and the Nationalist-capitalists. With the U.S.-Soviet partition of Korea following World War II, each movement, now with foreign patrons, asserted its right to govern the peninsula, leading directly to the guerrilla warfare and terrorism in which more than 30,000 Koreans died. Millett argues that this civil strife, fought mostly in the South, was not so much the cause of the Korean War as its actual beginning.

Millett describes two revolutions locked in irreconcilable conflict, offering an even-handed treatment of both Communists and capitalists-nationalists. Neither movement was a model of democracy. He includes Korean, Chinese, and Russian perspectives on this era, provides the most complete account of the formation of the South Korean army, and offers new interpretations of the U.S. occupation of Korea, 1945-1948

Millett's history redefines the initial phase of the war in Asian terms. His book shows how both internal forces and international pressures converged to create the Korean War, a conflict that still shapes the politics of Asia.

This book is part of the Modern War Studies series.

The Korean War
Brian Catchpole

From the American attempts to take back Pusan from the North Korean communist forces at the outset of the war in 1950, to the U.S. assault on Inchon and capture of Seoul, to the final bloody battles of Pork Chop, Old Baldy, and the Hook in 1953, this military history authoritatively chronicles the conflict that became America's first unwinnable foreign war and gravely demonstrated the limits of the West's power in the East.

Breakout: The Chosin Reservoir Campaign, Korea 1950
Martin Russ

On General Douglas MacArthur's orders, a force of 12,000 U.S. Marines were marching north to the Yalu river in late November 1950. These three regiments of the 1st Marine Division--strung out along eighty miles of a narrow mountain road--soon found themselves completely surrounded by 60,000 Chinese soldiers. Despite being given up for lost by the military brass, the 1st Marine Division fought its way out of the frozen mountains, miraculously taking thier dead and wounded with them as they ran the gauntlet of unceasing Chinese attacks. This is the gripping story that Martin Russ tells in his extraordinary book. Breakout is an unforgettable portrayal of the terror and courage of men as they face sudden death, making the bloody battles of the Korean hills and valleys come alive as they never have before.

In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation: The Americans Who Fought the Korean War
Melinda L. Pash

In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation traces the shared experiences of Korean War veterans from their childhoods in the Great Depression and World War II through military induction and training,the war, and efforts in more recent decades to organize and gain wider recognition of their service.

Largely overshadowed by World War II’s “greatest generation” and the more vocal veterans of the Vietnam era, Korean War veterans remain relatively invisible in the narratives of both war and its aftermath. Yet, just as the beaches of Normandy and the jungles of Vietnam worked profound changes on conflict participants,the Korean Peninsula chipped away at the beliefs, physical and mental well-being, and fortitude of Americans completing wartime tours of duty there. Upon returning home, Korean War veterans struggled with home front attitudes toward the war, faced employment and family dilemmas, and wrestled with readjustment. Not unlike other wars, Korea proved a formative and defining influence on the men and women stationed in theater, on their loved ones, and in some measure on American culture. In the Shadow of the Greatest Generation not only gives voice to those Americans who served in the “forgotten war” but chronicles the larger personal and collective consequences of waging war the American way.

Voices from the Korean War: Personal Accounts of Those Who Served
Douglas Rice

Voices from the Korean War presents a collection of first-person accounts of those who served in the Korean War.

The Korean War is often dubbed the "Forgotten War," although more than 36,000 soldiers died in this three-year conflict. In Voices from the Korean War, author Douglas Rice makes certain the men who served are not forgotten as he shares first-person accounts from seventy-nine soldiers who fought in the war from June of 1950 through July of 1953.

Voices from the Korean War follows the soldiers as they trek and fly over the mountainous terrain of the Korean peninsula. Through these eyewitness accounts, hear a soldier describe what happened to a small group of North Korean villagers who refused to divulge their location. Listen in as a wounded soldier tells a flight nurse the story of how he was rescued by American soldiers as he lay wounded in a North Korean home. Learn how some prisoners of war walked their imaginary dogs to irritate their captors.

This compilation of different soldiers' perspectives conveys what it must have been like to be directly involved in the conflict. It serves as a reminder of the challenges and the sacrifices the soldiers made in the name of war.

Korean War Atrocities
US Army

Hearing before the Subcommittee on Korean War Atrocities

MIG ALLEY: The Fight for Air Superiority: The U.S. Air Force in Korea
William T. Y’Blood

The fight for air superiority began the day the Korean War started and only ended with the armistice three years later. Once the shock of the North Koreans’ invasion wore off, it did not take long for the United States Air Force, assisted by other United Nations air forces, to destroy the North Korean Air Force. The arrival of the MiG–15 in November 1950, often flown by Soviet pilots, changed things considerably however. For the remainder of the war, bitterly contested air battles were fought almost daily. Yet despite a decided numerical superiority in jet fighters, the Communists were never able to gain air superiority, testament to the skill and training of the UN fighter pilots, primarily those U.S. Air Force airmen flying the magnificent F–86 Sabre.

The Korean War
Cameron Forbes

The Korean War was a 20th Century conflict that has never ended. South Korea, a powerhouse economy and dynamic democracy sits uneasily alongside North Korea, the world's most secretive, belligerent, unpredictable and repressive totalitarian state. Today, tensions simmer and occasionally flare into outright violence on a peninsula dense with arms, munitions and nuclear warheads. Cameron Forbes, acclaimed author of 'Hellfire', tells the story of the war and Australia's involvement in it in a riveting narrative. From the letters and diaries of those diggers who fought across Korea's unforgiving hills and mountains to the grand strategies formulated in Washington, Moscow and Beijing, 'The Korean War' reveals the conflict on all its levels - human, military and geopolitical.

Ice Men: A Novel of the Korean War
Steven Spruill

“Ice Men” chronicles the pivotal first year of the Korean War, leading up to the clash of three U.S. Army battalions and a Marine division against a far larger Chinese force surrounding them at the Chosin Reservoir. Staying true to history, the novel brings the war to life through three characters: Marine Sergeant Harlan Hood is glad to be in another fight five years after storming the beach at Iwo Jima. His son isn’t so happy. An amiable playboy, Sam waited until World War II was over to put on an Army uniform, confident that America’s next war must be decades away. Lieutenant Bonnie Brisbane, a dedicated young nurse who grew up without a father, serves in a MASH unit facing a hard choice: obey Army regulations or try a risky new surgery to save men torn in battle. The veteran sergeant and his green lieutenant son, their family torn apart by divorce, find themselves bound back together by the demands of combat––and by a woman who went to war not just to save men but to study them.

The Coldest War: A Memoir of Korea
James Brady

America's "forgotten war" lasted just thirty-seven months, yet 54,246 Americans died in that time -- nearly as many as died in ten years in Vietnam. On the fiftieth anniversary of this devastating conflict, James Brady tells the story of his life as a young marine lieutenant in Korea.

In 1947, seeking to avoid the draft, nineteen-year-old Jim Brady volunteered for a Marine Corps program that made him a lieutenant in the reserves on the day he graduated college. He didn't plan to find himself in command of a rifle platoon three years later facing a real enemy, but that is exactly what happened after the Chinese turned a so-called police action into a war.

The Coldest War vividly describes Brady's rapid education in the realities of war and the pressures of command. Opportunities for bold offensives sink in the miasma of trench warfare; death comes in fits and starts as too-accurate artillery on both sides seeks out men in their bunkers; constant alertness is crucial for survival, while brutal cold and a seductive silence conspire to lull soldiers into an often fatal stupor.

The Korean War affected the lives of all Americans, yet is little known beyond the antics of "M*A*S*H." Here is the inside story that deserves to be told, and James Brady is a powerful witness to a vital chapter of our history.

War Trash
Ha Jin

Ha Jin’s masterful new novel casts a searchlight into a forgotten corner of modern history, the experience of Chinese soldiers held in U.S. POW camps during the Korean War. In 1951 Yu Yuan, a scholarly and self-effacing clerical officer in Mao’s “volunteer” army, is taken prisoner south of the 38th Parallel. Because he speaks English, he soon becomes an intermediary between his compatriots and their American captors.With Yuan as guide, we are ushered into the secret world behind the barbed wire, a world where kindness alternates with blinding cruelty and one has infinitely more to fear from one’s fellow prisoners than from the guards. Vivid in its historical detail, profound in its imaginative empathy, War Trash is Ha Jin’s most ambitious book to date.

Bully Able Leader: The Story of a Fighter-Bomber Pilot in the Korean War
Lt. Gen. George Loving USAF (Retd.)

"Valuable insights of the flying environment that earmarked this first war of extensive use of jet combat aircraft." --Col. Joe McCue, USAF (Ret.), Air Power History

Action-packed memoir by an American pilot and squadron commander in the Korean War

What it was like to fly the F-80 Shooting Star against MiGs and ground targets

Author flew 112 combat missions in five major campaigns in 1950-51

"Bully Able Leader" was the author's radio call sign

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