On June 25, 1950 the Korean People’s Army (KPA) equipped with T-34 tanks and artillery support, advanced rapidly on the South Korea capital of Seoul.



The Republic of Korea (ROK) Army, lacking both tanks and adequate anti-tank weapons could not stop the KPA advance. Additionally, South Korean forces blew up the bridge across the Han River, trapping their own soldiers and killing hundreds of refugees evacuating the city.

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By June 28, the KPA had captured Seoul.