Sixty years ago today the first significant military conflict of the Cold War began when North Korean forces invaded the southern half of the divided peninsula. After a remarkable series of boomerang retreats and advances, the war ended in a stalemate three years later with the border substantially where it was when the conflict began — and where it remains to this day.
Want to learn more? An excellent and engaging classic work, John Toland’s brilliant narrative history of the conflict In Mortal Combat Korea, 1950-1953 remains one of the very best places to begin. Highly recommended for anyone curious about the origins and course of an all-too-often ignored war.