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Armoured Warfare in the Korean War

Armoured Warfare in the Korean War

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Armoured Warfare in the Korean War

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Jan 19, 2013


This fully illustrated history explores the unique role of armored vehicles in the Korean War with more than 180 wartime photographs.

After World War II, military analysts thought that the only place significant armored forces were ever likely to confront each other again was in central Europe where the NATO alliance would fend off the Soviet Red Army. But then during the Korean War of 1950-53, large numbers of armored fighting vehicles were deployed by both sides. This neglected aspect of the conflict is the subject of Anthony Tucker-Jones’s photographic history.

Korea, with its rugged mountains, narrow passes, steep valleys and waterlogged fields. was not ideal tank country so the armor mainly supported the infantry and rarely engaged in battles of maneuver. Yet the wide variety of armor supporting UN and North Korean forces played a vital if unorthodox role in the swiftly moving campaigns.

More than 180 contemporary photographs have been selected to show Soviet-built T-34/85s and Su-76s, American M4 Shermans, M26 Pershings and M46 Pattons, as well as British Cromwells and Centurions in one of the defining conflicts of the Cold War.
Jan 19, 2013

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ANTHONY TUCKER-JONES spent nearly 20 years in the British Intelligence community before establishing himself as a defence writer and military historian. He has written extensively on aspects of WW2 warfare, including Hitler’s Great Panzer Heist and Stalin’s Revenge: Operation Bagration. He has also written Slaughter on the Eastern Front for The History Press (2017).

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Chapter One

Uncle Joe’s Koreans

At the start of the war the North Korean People’s Army (NKPA) had about 223,000 men under arms, with 8 infantry divisions at full strength, 2 more at half-strength, various support regiments and most importantly an armoured brigade. The NKPA was under General Choi Yung Kun who answered to the Supreme Commander, Field Marshal Kim Il-Sung. Relative to other armies in the region, it was well equipped and well trained; the Soviet Union had been overseeing its development since 1945.

Just three months after Nazi Germany surrendered, the Red Army invaded Manchukuo – the Japanese puppet state in Manchuria, and went on to also attack neighbouring Mengjiang, northern Korea, southern Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands.The invasion was conducted between the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima on 6 August and Nagasaki on 9 August 1945.

The fighting lasted less than a week before the Japanese declared a ceasefire.The results were to be far reaching. Soviet-occupied Manchuria provided the main base for Mao’s Chinese Communist forces that would eventually seize power in China. The creation of a Communist state in North Korea led to the Korean War.

Japanese and Chinese relations had first come to a head in 1894 when they fought bitterly over Korea. The outcome was the Treaty of Shimonoseki, China abandoned her rights to Korea ceding not only the Laiodong Peninsula in the north, but also Taiwan and the Pescadore

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