Battle of Peleliu - Marines wait in their foxholes as others blast a Japanese held cave in the nearby hill. Late September - early October 1944
A US Marine charges across the beach on Peleliu Island, Palau Islands, the “walkie talkie ” firmly strapped to his back and clutching a radio phone in his right hand. Ca. September 1944. (Navy) Exact Date Shot Unknown, possibly September 15.
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. -