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America's fear of communism pulled them into a war in the Far East. It lasted 3 years and almost caused a Third World War. Watch this video to find out how.

The Korean War

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Key points

  • 1945 - Korea was split between a communist north, and a non-communist south.
  • 1949 - China becomes communist
  • 1950 - the North Korean Peoples Army (NKPA) invaded the South with the support of China and the Soviet Union.
  • September 1950 - U.N troops landed in the south, and drove the North Koreans back.
  • The sides pushed back and forth, and fought along the border. An armistice was eventually agreed to in 1953, with the border as the 38th parallel - exactly the same as when the conflict had begun.

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