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The Korean War - Fire and Ice [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 3 hours
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0049HBLRQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,239 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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As Korea again regularly hits the headlines we examine the history of the brutal North/South conflict.

The Korean War was a war of firsts: The first jet war; the first war where it was not possible to unleash full power, politically or militarily and the first battlefield of the Cold War. Lasting three years, it took more than 2,000,000 military and civilian lives in its bloody wake. Setting all the rules for East/West conflict during the nuclear age brought an unknowing world closer to an all-out atomic war than has ever been told. Historians, battle veterans and archival footage reveal the pain, glory and pathos of the war.

Includes:
The Making of a Blood Bath:
On June 25, 1950 North Korea surged across its southern border, catching South Korea and its allies off guard. U.S. and United Nations forces acted swiftly, but faced the likelihood of a humiliating evacuation.

Triumph to Tragedy:
With U.N. forces on the verge of defeat, Supreme Commander Douglas MacArthur masterminded a brilliant landing at Inchon. The onslaught of hundreds of thousands of Chinese troops forced the Americans to make a desperate retreat.

Retreat from Hell:
As American forces were nearly overrun, they engaged in the largest retreat in U.S. history. By December of 1950, the Communists recaptured Pyongyang. In January, Seoul fell as both sides dug in at the 38th Parallel.

Bitter Standoff
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American casualties mounted, as did the pressure to end the war. Truman replaced MacArthur with General Matthew Ridgeway, who retook Seoul. U.S. policy shifted from liberation to containment until the armistice of July 1953. Technically, North and South Korea were still at war.

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As my niece married a Korean Veteran I decided to find out more about the Korean conflict her older husband had been involved in, as whilst on holiday with them on the Isle of Wight I was invited to attend their monthly lunch club. Speaking to these old timers was a revelation, as the conditions they often had to fight in, and with equipment and clothing that was often very poor and totally unsuitable, made me realise as to the debt those of us who perhaps didn't know much or anything about this far off war we owe to those who were there. This DVD collection helps fill in what the written word is impossible to convey about the war, and how it could have ended up becoming one where the world could have seen the use of the ultimate weapon, and that is something that doesn't bare thinking about.
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Undestandably mainly an American view of the War.
The United States had every reason to be proud of their contribution to the action taken by the United Nations needless to say prompted by the U. S. A.
The D.v.D although repetative at times captures the feeling of intense cold experienced by the serving soldiers. also for those in U.K. who had no knowledge of General MacArthurs success and then demise it could make interesting viewing for todays Leaders!
For British veterans ,particularly those of 29 Brigade, I would recommend reading"To the Last Round" to be aware more fully of the British contribution.
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Excellent programme which gives a lot more information than 'The Korean War: Our Time in Hell', particularly regarding the political machinations. The British contribution was mentioned briefly, in some detail, but only in passing. This is an American production of course but no punches are pulled in describing the flawed American approach to the Korean War, including the downfall of the 'All American' hero, General Douglas MacArthur. All in all a superb series which describes many of the campaigns in detail, from the American point of view, complete with the privations that the American soldiers suffered. The only criticism I have is that the sound quality was a little poor at times. Highly recommended.
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this was a very informative and well made film full of action and well put together a good look at the korean conflict but you would be forgiven for thinking the British were never there the film covers the whole of the war and paints A picture of general mc arthurs arrogance and commitment to continue the war resulting in his being sacked
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I served in the korean war in the royal navy. unfortunately little or nothing was written about the UN navies activities during the war, In fact little was said about the British contribution. True the americans were the major contributors but remember the royal navy was in action, being first in the area, at the start of the war and suffered damage to the ship and injuries to personel (soldiers on boad at the time). However it is a well made documentary of the conflict so well done and it is an enjoyable DVD.
William Evans. 01/09/2013
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By DJ on 16 Oct. 2013
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I know that we Brits were in Korea but if you have purchased this, you could be excused for thinking it was only the "yanks" out there. It is a bit one sided to say the least.
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This book is fascinating account account of the Korean War. It is well worth reading
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