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First major clash with a communist army
The Korean War was America's first ideological conflict and the first large-scale clash between U.S./UN forces and a Communist army. More than any other event, it signaled the beginning of Cold War mobilization for the U.S. and NATO, and even though the specter of international communism had since faded away, the animosities of "The Forgotten War" threaten to flare up even today.
Focuses on military topics
The Korean Warcontains articles of varying lengths on key topics that range from the origins of the conflict, ground, naval and air operations, and tactical planning to the Truman-MacArthur face-off, the POW issue, and armistice negotiations. The bulk of the Encyclopedia focuses on such military topics as the use of artillery, the pioneering concept of helicopter evacuation of wounded, new infantry tactics dictated by Communist POW riots, civil affairs, larger military units, and communications. There are also articles on civilian and military leaders, including President Eisenhower, General Ridgeway, Kim Il Sung, Chou En lai, Syngman Rhee, and others.
*Articles written by experts in the field
*Useful to librarians, scholars, researchers and students alike
*Includes 48 maps and photographs
*Covers an extraordinary range of key topics
*A chronology, extensive bibliography, and a subject index are included