My recent research on Asian SOF based units has taken me back in time for another look at the Korean War, often referred to as America’s Forgotten War due to it taking place in the aftermath of World War Two, being much shorter than that war (1950-1953), and Americans turning a blind eye to a conflict in what was then a small obscure country in East Asia.
Prior to the conclusion of World War Two, Korea had been a Japanese colony. The Korean people were subjected to oppression and humiliation at the hands of their colonial masters, including the widespread use of so-called “comfort women”; Korean women and girls who were forced into providing sexual services to the Japanese military. After President Harry Truman dropped the atomic bomb on Japan and the Imperial Army surrendered, the United States military was caught off guard. Unaware of the highly classified Manhattan project, they were surprised by how quickly Japan surrendered, having expected a years long campaign to capture the island.
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