In the summer of 1950 the Soviet-equipped North Korean People’s army (NKPA) steamrollered over the 38th parallel into South Korea.

Overwhelming South Korean and American forces the NKPA advanced rapidly south to the Busan perimeter where they almost pushed the defenders into the sea.

In the fall, the tide turned with the landing of UN troops at Incheon, essentially cutting supply lines and trapping the NKPA between two UN forces. The NKPA went into full retreat.

By Thanksgiving, UN forces had advanced to the Yalu River on the border between North Korea and Manchuria.

Then came a massive Communist Chinese attack that forced UN forces south once again.

By year’s end, the war was raging around the 38th parallel.

This silent clip illustrates the misery of war in the Korean winter.