Paratroopers waiting until given the signal to jump
(Photograph: U.S. Marines fighting in Seoul, Korea, Sept. 1950)
The UN Offficially began operations in Korea on the 2nd June 1950. Although unofficial histilities and a build up had begun two weeks before.
The Korean war is often a forgotten war, sandwiched between the two great of conflicts WWII and Vietnam. The War can be seen as one of the earliest hot spots of the Cold War. It has been estimated 2.5 civilians were killed during the conflict which pitted Communist North Korea and China against a polyglot force of over a dozenUN member nations including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, France, Turkey and even Luxembourg. The combined casualties of both sides suffered in just 3 years numbers over 3 million.
The war ‘ended’ with a ceasefire on the 27th July 1953. The North and South returned to the status quo of but no official peace has ever been signed. The war has continued for nearly 60 years albeit in low level border incidents and clashes.
A combined arms operation in Vietnam. M113 APCs clear the way through heavy bush while infantry follows.
- South Vietnam, January 1966 ; An Australian sapper inspects a Viet Cong tunnel discovered during Operation Crimp. -
(x) Larry Burrows’ Classic Photo Essay: ‘One Ride With Yankee Papa 13′
United Sates Marines Helicopter Squadron huddled at Da Nang in 1963 for the final briefing on a March 31, 1965, mission: to airlift a battalion of Vietnamese infantry to an isolated area about 20 miles away. // Yankee Papa 13 touches down and Farley holds his fire as South Vietnamese soldiers scramble past his machine gun to join their comrades, who were jumping out of other copters for an assault against the Vietcong.
A female Viet Cong fighter, ca.1954-1976