Outbreak

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A nation divided; a world on the brink. The summer of 1950 sees the people of Korea trapped in the vice-like grip of the beginnings of the Cold War, as the two new superpowers of the postwar world flex their muscles - the United States and the Soviet Union. Already divided at the 38th parallel of latitude between a communist supported North and a United States sponsored South, the two Koreas are on a collision course towards civil war. Both the North's leader, ardent communist Kim il Sung, and the South's right-wing autocrat, Syngman Rhee, are determined to reunite their country. The inevitable happens on June 25, 1950, when 200,000 men of the North Korean People's Army invade the South. The attack is almost a complete success, but it is thwarted by a hastily gathered force under the auspices of the United Nations and led by the United States. For the next 12 months, the opposing forces - South Korean and their United Nations allies on one side, North Korean and their Chinese and Soviet allies on the other - march up and down the Korean peninsula in a series of attacks and counterattacks until cease-fire negotiations begin on July 10, 1951. However, the negotiations do not bring an end to the conflict, as the war drags on for another two years



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