Episode 34 — April 26, 2016

Episode 34

Crossing the 38th parallel

General Mac Arthur decides that the United Nations army should cross into North Korea, President Truman agrees.  The resistance of the North Korean Army collapses.  Pyongyang the capital of North Korean falls to the Eighth Army.  An airborne landing is made north of Pyongyang.  The South Korean Army captures Wonsan before an American Marine landing can be made.  A biography of George Marshall the American Secretary of Defence.


George Marshall
George Marshall
Korean War weapons — April 19, 2016

Korean War weapons

LST landing ship

Used by the American Marines at the landings at Inchon and Wonsan, it could be used to transport vehicles including tanks on onshore.  It could also land equipment and large number of troops on the shore.  They were armed with cannons and machine guns to provide support for the marines as they stormed ashore.  The speed on water was 12 knots or 22 kilometres an hour.

LST landing ship at Inchon
LST landing ship at Inchon


Korean War Map — April 16, 2016
Korean War weapons —

Korean War weapons

HMS Belfast

The HMS Belfast served during the Korean War.  She was build in 1938 as a Royal Navy cruiser and played an active role during the Second World War.  She arrived off the coast of Korea in July 1950, her six inch guns proved highly effective in supporting United Nations ground against the Communist.  She finally left Korea in July 1952 having sailed over 80,000 miles in her Korean War service and fired over 8,000 rounds from her six inch guns.  She is now a museum ship on River Thames in London.

HMS Belfast
HMS Belfast
Episode 33 —

Episode 33

The Perimeter breakout

The Eighth Army planned an attack against the North Korean Army holding the Pusan perimeter in order to pin down those troops as the Tenth Corp land at Inchon.  At first the Eighth Army progress is slow but the North Korean defences begin to crumble.  As the Eighth Army advance they found evidence of North Korean war crimes especially when the City of Taejon is liberated.  The Eighth Army links up with the Tenth Corp, north of Osan.  A biography of Lieutenant General Milburn the commander of the First Corp.


General Milburn
General Milburn
Episode 32 — April 12, 2016

Episode 32

Seoul falls for the second time

The Tenth Corp moves out from Inchon towards the City of Seoul.  The Marines capture the Kimpo peninsular and the airfield, then cross the Han River.  The Marines fight a three day battle with the North Korean Army at the western edge of Seoul.  The Tenth Corp capture Seoul and secure the area the City.  General Ma Arthur and the South Korean President Rhee visit Seoul.  A biography of Major General Almond the commander of the Tenth Corp.


Major General Almond
Major General Almond
The Korean War Podcast is now seven months old — April 5, 2016

The Korean War Podcast is now seven months old

I can now give a complete episode guide to the series.

Korean War Podcast Episodes

Pre War

1 – Korea Occuiped

2 – North Korea 1945 – 1950

3 -American Occupation

4 -The War before the War

5 – Invasion plans


The North Korean Invasion

6 – Invasion part one

7 – Invasion part two

8 – The Fall of Seoul

9 – America goes to War

10 – South of the Han River

11 – American 24th Division

12 – The South Korean retreat

13 – The defence of the Kum River

14 – The Battle of Taejon

15 – The Left flank is wide open

16 – American reinforcements

17 – The Battle of Andong

18 – Stand or Die

19 – The war in the air and the sea


The Battle of the Pusan perimeter

20 – The Pusan perimeter

21 – The Battle of the Bloody Glutch

22 – The Battle of Cloverleaf Hill

23 – The Central Sector

24 – The Northern Flank collaspes

25 – Battle Mountain

26 – The Battle of the Bowling Alley

27 – The attack of the North Korean First Corp

28 – The Battle for Taegu

29 – Holding the Northern Flank


The United Nations strikes back

30 – Inchon the Planning

31 – Inchon the landings

32 – Seoul for the second time

33 – The perimeter break out

34 – Crossing the 38th perimeter


The Chinese intervention

35 – China decides on war

36 – The Chinese First Offensive

37 – The American defeat at Unsan

38 – Mac Arthur’s decision

39 – The Chinese Second Offensive

40 – The Marines fight for surival

41 – American’s Longest Retreat

42 – The Chinese Third Offensive

43 – Seoul falls for the third time

44 – The Chinese Fourth Ofensive

45 – Seoul falls for the fourth time

46 – The sacking of Mac Arthur

47 – The Chinese Fifth Offensive

48 – The Chinese Sixth Offensive

49 – Meatgrinder



50 – Stalemate

51 – The Battle of Heartbreak Ridge

52 – Prisioners of War

53 – Rhee the unfaithfully ally

54 – The aerial and naval war

55 – The Battle of Old Baldy

56 – I like Ike but what does Ike like

57 – The Battle for the hills

58 – The Communist side of the hill

59 – The War grinds on

60 – The death of Stalin

61 – The Battle of Pork Chop Hill

62 – Coming to terms

63 – The Great Escape

64 – The Chinese Summer Offensive

65 – Armistice



66 – Heroes of the Korean War

67 – Questions and Answers

68 – Korea 1953 – 2016

The next episode deals with the liberation of Seoul, here a map to help with that episode.


Episode 31 — April 2, 2016

Episode 31

Inchon the landings

The Naval and Air Force attacks on Inchon and Moon Tip Island.  The capture of Moon Tip Island by American Marines in the morning.  The wait for the high tide to return.  The Marines land in Inchon.  South Korean Marines mop up remaining North Korean resistance.  A biography of Major General Oliver Smith, the commander of the 1st Marine Division.

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