The Armed Forces History Museum has a display area dedicated to the Korean War, which is often referred to as The Forgotten War. The display includes the Inchon Landing, Rose’s Bar and an ambulance transport vehicle from that era.
Unrest on the Korean Peninsula
The war in Korea began in late June of 1950, but tensions between North and South Korea began long before that day. Conflict between these two regions can be traced back to the end of World War II. Though Japan had ruled the Korea from 1910 all the through the end of WWII, when Japan surrendered in 1945, administrators in America separated Korea using the 38th parallel as the dividing line. This division clearly defined the occupation of the United States troop’s south of the parallel and the Soviet troop’s occupation north of the parallel.
In 1948, an attempt to hold free elections throughout the peninsula failed, further deepening the torn relationship between the two sides. Eventually, the North would become communist ruled and the South would become capitalist. Despite continued efforts to reunify these two sides, tensions continued to increase at the 38th parallel and on June 25, 1950, South Korea was invaded by Northern forces.
Some Highlights from the War
Three years of battles ensued with troops pushing back-and-forth across the 38th parallel. Strategies from both World War I and World War II were used, such as swift infantry attacks followed by air bombing raids. However, by July of 1951 the war had become a static trench war.
With China joining forces with the North and material aid from the Soviet Union, American Officials were hard at work to create some type of armistice. Finally, on July 27, 1953, the Korean War came to an end. Despite the signed armistice and the 5 million soldiers and civilians who were killed during this war, the 38th parallel still serves as a dividing line between the North and the South. Minor outbursts continue along this area even to present day. Despite the continued conflicts in this area the Korean War is still referred to as “The Forgotten War”.
Follow the links below and learn more about a few of the tanks and vehicles used in the Korean War. Those listed below are on display at the Armed Forces History Museum in Largo, FL. Models of these tanks are also available for purchase at the museum store or on-line using the links below.
- M24 Chaffee
- M41 Walker Bulldog
- M46 Patton
- M4 Sherman Tank
- M8 Greyhound
Variations of the following WWII Aircraft were also used in the Korean War. Scale models of these aircraft are also available at the AFHM Museum Store or can be purchased on-line using the links below.
- P51 Mustang
- F84 Thunderjet
- B29 Superfortress
- B17 Flying Fortress
- F4U Corsair