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Korea: The Unknown War; Armed Truce

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Korea: The Unknown War
Armed Truce
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Series Description

Broadcast Nov. 12-14, 1990

This series spans the history of the Korean War with a look at its origins and legacies. The programs combine archival material with the testimony of key eyewitnesses and present new evidence regarding the controversial aspects of the war. The story of a "police action" that grew into a multinational war claiming 34,000 US casualties - in the first and only confrontation between forces of the United Nations and the Communist bloc. Episode titles: 101: Many Roads to War," 102: An Arrogant Display of Strength," 103: "There is No Substitute for Victory," 104: "An Entirely New War," 105: "The Battle for Minds," 106: "Armed Truce." Series release date: 11/12/1990

Program Description

Final program covers the last months of the fighting in Korea, examining the reasons behind the consequences of the armistice that was finally reached in July 1953. It considers the history of the Military Armistice Commission and the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and examines the contrasting characters of the two successor states that confront one another across the 38th parallel.



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Broadcast program

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Global Affairs
War and Conflict
Hoyt, Austin (Series Producer)
Dorme, Mike (Producer)
Whitby, Max (Producer)
Halliday, Jon (Writer)
Whitehead, Phillip (Executive Producer)
Publication Information
WGBH Educational Foundation
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