Episode 30 — March 26, 2016

Episode 30

Inchon the Planning

The planning of the Inchon landing.  The difficult nature of the tidal reach at Inchon for the naval planning.  The American and South Korean forces to landed.  The  North Korean defences.  The covert Naval intelligence mission.  A biography of Admiral Struble the Navy commander for the landings.

Admiral Struble
Admiral Struble

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Book Selection — March 23, 2016

Book Selection

Secrets of Inchon

Prior to the Inchon Naval Lieutenant Eugene Clarke with two South Korean Intelligence Officers undertook a dangerous convert military intelligence to find out the strength and disposition of the North Koreans defending the port of Inchon.  In this book Eugene Clarke writes of the operation which is thrilling as any spy book.  He worked with South Korean peasant to built up a spy network, capture a lighthouse in Flying Fish Channel to help guide in the invasion fleet.  Well worth a read.


The Inchon landings — March 21, 2016
Episode 29 — March 19, 2016

Episode 29

Holding the Northern flank

The South Koreans with American help defend the northern flank against the North Korean September offensive.  The effect of the Korean War upon Japan.  General Mac Arthur’s Headquarters in Tokyo.  A biography of Major General Coulter the deputy commander of the Eighth Army.

major general coulter
major general coulter

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Korean War podcasts — March 17, 2016

Korean War podcasts

Yak 9 Fighter

The North Korean Air Force flew Yak 9 fighters in 1950 during the Korean War, however by then they were outdated and easily destroyed by more modern American planes.  The Yak9 had entered service with the Soviet Air Force in 1942.  It was armed with a 20 millimetre cannon and 12.7 millimetre machine gun.  It had a fuel capacity of 400 litres which gave the plane a ranger of 875 kilometres.

Yak 9 fighter
Yak 9 fighter
Episode 28 — March 12, 2016
Korean War weapons — March 11, 2016

Korean War weapons

The British 25 pounder artillery gun

This was the main British field artillery gun of the Second World War and the Korean War.  It fired a 25 pound high explosive shell but it could also fire an anti tank round and a smoke shell.  It needed a crew of six to operate and could fire up to eight rounds a minute but 3 rounds a minutes was the more normal rate of fire.  It had a range of 12 kilometres.

25 pounder
25 pounder


Korean War weapons — March 5, 2016

Korean War weapons

M 1917 revolver

Used as a side arm, mainly by American officers.  This was a six shot revolver firing 0.45 inch bullets.  It weighed about a kilogram and was 270 millimetres long.  It was first issued during the First World War but was still in service during the Korean War and would even be used by tunnel rat units during the Vietnam War to clear Viet Cong underground tunnel systems.

M 1917 revolver
M 1917 revolver
Episode 27 —

Episode 27

The North Korean 1st Corp attacks

As part of the North Korean September offensive the 6th and 7th Divisions are repulsed by the American 25th Division.  Four North Korean Divisions attack the American 2nd Division and the North Koreans retake Cloverleaf Hill.  A biography of General Kim the commander of the North Korean First Corp.

war girl

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The Korean War podcast is six months old —

The Korean War podcast is six months old

I am glad to write that every month the number of downloads grows.  There are new listeners to the podcast every week.  The best way for the podcast to grow is by word of month, so please tell your friends about the podcast.  There will be 68 episodes in total and the series will end on Saturday 17th December 2017 but in the meantime there will be a weekly podcast published.

We now have listeners from Algeria, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Suriname, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Vietnam and Venezuela.

No one yet from North Korea but the leader Kim Jong-Un is welcome to listen.

Of course most of the podcast listeners come from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Australia.

For March, episode 27 -29 will finish off telling the story of the battle of the Pusan perimeter.  Episode 30 will began to tell the story of the Inchon landings.