The Pentagon Dropped Billions of Leaflets … That No One Read
This story originally appeared on March 20, 2015. The United States and its allies dropped some 2.5 billion propaganda leaflets during the Korean War. But after the 1953 armistice which halted the fighting, the Pentagon discovered that few enemy troops ever read the messages, let alone understood them. One reason was that pilots rarely... Read more
Egg Fried Rice and an Air Strike Altered China’s History
War has brought a premature end to countless promising young lives in absurd and horrifying ways. This is the tale of how the death of one man accorded high honor by North Korea may have changed the fate of China. Gen. Yang Di thought there was something strange about... Read more
The Korean War’s Brutality Turned the Stomachs of America’s Most Hardened Soldiers
It’s difficult to try to keep up with developments in the latest round of saber rattling between the United States and North Korea. U.S. President Donald Trump and Korean “supreme leader” Kim Jong-un have repeatedly traded verbal barbs via Twitter and more formal avenues amid news of naval redeployments,... Read more
The P-51 Mustang Made a Korean War Comeback
The public mostly remembers the North American P-51 Mustang as the fighter plane that protected Allied bombers over Germany and Japan during World War II. Overshadowed by newer jet fighters by the time war broke out in Korea in 1950, the re-designated F-51’s relative technological backwardness became a qualified... Read more
American Commandos Once Tried and Failed to Back Korean Guerrillas
Winter was approaching, and the Korean Peninsula was at war. North Korean armies had blitzkrieged over the border, overrunning much of South Korea. The United Nations waged a desperate defense … and counterattacked. U.N. armies outflanked the North Korean armies with the amphibious landing at Inchon, liberated Seoul and pushed north.... Read more