Soviets Test Their First Hydrogen Bomb

Throughout the late 1940s, aware that thermonuclear weapons were developed by the United States, the Soviet Union worked to develop a hydrogen bomb to counter the perceived Cold War threat. Soviet physicist Andrei Sakharov (considered the father of the Soviet...

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Arab Republic of Egypt

In July 1952 the Egyptian Free Officers Movement, led by Gamal Abdel Nasser Hussein with General Muhammad Naguib as titular head, seized control of King Farouk’s government buildings, radio stations, and police stations in Cairo. The rule of Egypt passed to...

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Armistice Ends Korean War

The armistice signed on July 27, 1953, formally ended the war in Korea. North and South Korea remained separate and occupied almost the same territory they had when the war began. https://youtu.be/K1otXThthbk

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Attack on the Moncada Barracks in Santiago de Cuba

On 26 July 1953, the Moncada military barracks in Santiago de Cuba was attacked by an armed group of ~135 revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro. Poorly executed, the attack failed and the surviving revolutionaries, including Castro, were imprisoned. This armed attack is...

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Battle of Pork Chop Hill

The Battle of Pork Chop Hill comprised a pair of related Korean War battles fought between United Nations forces and the Chinese and North Korean armies from April through July 1953. Fought while the UN and the Chinese and North Koreans were negotiating...

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Battle of Kumsong

https://youtu.be/CjVCrqQPIkY The Battle of Kumsong  (Chinese: 金城战役) was one of the last battles of the Korean War. During ceasefire negotiations, the United Nations, Chinese and North Korean forces were unable to agree on the issue of prisoner...

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Lt. Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor Commands 8th Army

https://youtu.be/HGU3squqQ_w Lt. General Maxwell Taylor In February 1953, Lt. General Maxwell Taylor assumed command of the Eighth United States Army during the final combat operations of the Korean War. Wikipedia From 1955 to 1959, he was the Army Chief of...

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Last Year of The Korean War  

During 1953, fighting on the ground during the Korean War evolved into a war of attrition. The war in the air, however continued with MIG-15 vs F-86 Sabre Jet dogfights and a massive US bombing campaign North Korea. Warfare History Network History.com National...

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BATTLE OF TRIANGLE HILL

The Battle of Triangle Hill (上甘岭战役) was a protracted military engagement during the Korean War that pitted two United Nations infantry divisions and the US Air Force, against elements of the 12 and 15th Corps of the...

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Battle of Old Baldy

https://youtu.be/TEgZ3lqWzZQ The Battle of Old Baldy refers to a series of five engagements for Hill 266 in west-central Korea. They occurred over a period of 10 months in 1952–1953, though there was also vicious fighting both before and after these...

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Britain Develops Atomic Bomb 

  Although several British scientists worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII, after the war the U.S. government ended cooperation on nuclear weapons development. In 1947, in response to concerns about American isolationism and Britain losing its great...

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Truman Announces U.S. Has Hydrogen Bomb

In his state of the union address in January 1952, President Harry Truman announced that the U.S. had successfully developed a hydrogen bomb. A thermonuclear weapon, fusion weapon or hydrogen bomb (H bomb), is a second-generation nuclear...

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Christmas Home on the Home Front and in Korea

https://youtu.be/fkfs6hd3sMc From the time the liaison officers of both coalitions met in July 1951, until the armistice agreement was signed in July 1953, the Korean War continued as a stalemate. Both sides had given up trying to unify Korea by...

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Truman Declares a National Emergency

On December 15, 1951, U.S. President Harry Truman gave a radio address from the White House and announced that he would proclaim a national emergency "because of great danger created by the Soviet Union."

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Chinese Treatment of Prisoners of War

The issue of Chinese treatment of UN prisoners of war is controversial. Cold war attitudes were often reflected in early reports which had limited actual data. On occasion, the Chinese People's Liberation Army was reported to provide emergency medical treatment for...

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USSR Acknowledges It Has Atomic Bomb

After the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the USSR utilized intelligence gathered from the German nuclear weapons project and the American Manhattan Project to aggressively pursue the development of a Russian atomic bomb. In August 1949, the...

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Chinese People’s Liberation Army Attack

https://youtu.be/BjlrJzCfTMI I have been researching this topic for a historical novel I am writing about the Korean War. This video clip is not representative of Chinese attacks in the Korean War—People's Liberation Army attacks were typically carried out by smaller...

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Armed Forces Radio Service

After WWII, the Armed Forces Radio Service (AFRS) employed mobile radio vans and commandeered Japanese stations on the mainland, Korea, the Marianas, and the Ryukyus. After the Korean War broke out, broadcasts to Korea from Japan were transmitted from the Far...

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Battles of Bloody Ridge and Heartbreak Ridge

By the summer of 1951, the Korean War had reached a stalemate a few miles north of the 38th parallel where UN and Communist forces clashed in several relatively small but bloody battles. The Battle of Bloody Ridge from mid-August to early September 1951 was an attempt...

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United Nations Forces in the Korean War

https://youtu.be/YBSAsvbTT3g Sixteen UN nations supplied fighting units and five sent military hospitals and field ambulances. Australia was one of the very first to contribute military personnel from all three services. The single largest UN contributor was the...

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Did The U.S. Deploy Bioweapons During the Korean War?

https://youtu.be/Y4ALYK8c5Yg A 1950s report published in Peking by an international commission concluded that the U.S. used bioweapons on North Korea. The report raised doubts about claims that captured Americans were brainwashed into confessing the use of such...

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The Caine Mutiny Wins The Pulitzer Prize

The Caine Mutiny, a novel by Herman Wouk, won the 1951 Pulitzer Prize. Derived from Wouk's personal experiences aboard destroyer-minesweepers in the Pacific during WWII, the novel deals with the moral and ethical decisions made at sea by a...

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First H-Bomb Test on Eniwetok Atoll

https://youtu.be/oR3_7A_rQD0 In January 1950, President Harry Truman, despite strong reservations of the Atomic Energy Commission, made the controversial decision to intensify research and production of thermonuclear weapons. On May 12th, 1951, the United States,...

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Korean War Draft Age Lowered From 21 to 18 Years

https://youtu.be/vEji28QamlM With WWII already begun in Europe and Asia, Congress narrowly passed the first peacetime draft in U.S. history. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the Selective Training and Service Act into law in September 1940. All males of ages...

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