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MacArthur in AsiaThe General and His Staff in the Philippines, Japan, and Korea$
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Hirosh Masuda

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801449390

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801449390.001.0001

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The Korean War and the Dismissal of MacArthur, June 1950 to April 1951

The Korean War and the Dismissal of MacArthur, June 1950 to April 1951

(p.249) 13 The Korean War and the Dismissal of MacArthur, June 1950 to April 1951
MacArthur in Asia

Hiroshi Masuda

, Reiko Yamamoto
Cornell University Press

On June 25, 1950, at 04:00 local time, the North Korean People's Army (later North Korean Army) opened an assault along the 38th Parallel, which served as the boundary between the northern and southern portions of the Korean Peninsula. Shortly thereafter, seven infantry divisions and one brigade of tanks thrust into the south. These actions marked the beginning of the Korean War, which lasted three years and one month. This chapter discusses the outbreak of the Korean War and MacArthur's appointment as Commander of the United Nations Command; MacArthur's directive for Japan's rearmament; secret activities of Japanese minesweepers; the sneak landing operation on Inchon; China's entry into war; and President Truman's dismissal of MacArthur.

Keywords:   Douglas MacArthur, Korean War, North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, Japanese minesweepers, President Truman, North Korean Army

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