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Korea: The Unknown War; Arrogant Display of Strength, An

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Korea: The Unknown War
Arrogant Display of Strength, An
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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

Covers the events in the early part of the Korean War, from the fall of Seoul at the end of June 1950, to the eve of the dramatic landings at Inchon almost three months later. Central figures in this segment include General Douglas MacArthur, President Harry Truman and Chiang Kai-shek.



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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
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