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Korea: The Unknown War; There Is No Substitute for Victory

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Korea: The Unknown War
There Is No Substitute for Victory
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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

On Sept. 15, 1950, a detachment of Marines stormed onto the island of Wolmi-do in the Korean harbor of Inchon. Their landing marked the execution of an audacious strategic gamble by General MacArthur, undertaken despite grave misgivings among the Joint Chiefs of Staff in Washington. Program follows the dramatic turnaround at Inchon and ends with the disastrous impact of the Communist Chinese intervention in November 1950.



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Broadcast program

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Global Affairs
War and Conflict
Social Issues
Politics and Government
Hoyt, Austin (Series Producer)
Dorme, Mike (Producer)
Whitby, Max (Producer)
Halliday, Jon (Writer)
Whitehead, Phillip (Executive Producer)
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WGBH Educational Foundation
Chicago: “Korea: The Unknown War; There Is No Substitute for Victory,” GBH Archives, accessed March 3, 2024,
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APA: Korea: The Unknown War; There Is No Substitute for Victory. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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