The Korean War was an armed conflict that took place between North Korea and South Korea from June 25, 1950, until July 27, 1953. North Korea was supported by the People Republic of China and the Soviet Union and South Korea was supported by the United Nations. It was the first significant armed conflict to be facilitated by the Cold War. Initially, the war was fought through infantry attacks and air raids, later it became a trench war. Many lives were lost during the war on both sides.
What was the cause of the Korean War?
During the World War II Korea was occupied by Japanese forces. After the war ended an agreement was made between the Allied Forces and the Soviet forces. The country was divided along the 38th Parallel by American administrators. The northern part of the country was occupied by Soviet troops and the southern part was occupied by troops from the United States. This caused much tension between the two countries particularly as the Cold War intensified and allegiances were drawn. During the late 1940’s Northern Korea established a communist government and the 38th Parallel became a political border between the two sides. North Korea, as a communist state, wanted to expand it borders and many skirmishes and raids were carried out by both sides across the 38th parallel. The United Nations supported South Korea’s government and tensions continued to mount. North Korea sought assistance from both the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China to mount an assault against South Korea. China committed to support the leader of North Korea an on the June 25, 1950, North Korean troops advanced across the 38th Parallel and invaded South Korea. This event instigated what is now known as the Korean War.