A Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Korean War
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Monday, October 19, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join Mark Albertson in a four-week series exploring the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War.
Week Two: Conventional War in the Nuclear Age
Mark Albertson will dive into the events take took place on June 25, 1950, when Kim Il-sing sent the North Korean People’s Army crashing across the 38th parallel to unify the peninsula under his banner.
The basic course of the war will be discussed, including the involvement of newly minted Red China, which would add more than two years to the war. What began as a war of movement, degenerated in a bloody stalemate akin to that of the Western Front in France in World War I. Only the gridlock on the Korean peninsula occurred in the Nuclear Age.
This last-named development will be explained from the perspective of the American preference of bombing disagreeable powers back to the stone age with its superiority of air power and nuclear ordnance instead of massing armies on the battlefield. Remarkably, the Korean War was a conventional conflict and nuclear weaponry made no appearance on the field of battle.
About the Presenter
Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.