“Fear was the terrible secret of the battlefield and could afflict the brave as well as the timid.”

–David Halberstam

The Korean war began in 1950 when 75,000 soldiers from the Soviet-backed North Korea’s People’s Army invaded the Republic of Korea from the north. This invasion was the first military action of the Cold War. By July, American troops had also entered the way on South Korea’s behalf and as far as US officials were concerned, it was a war against the force of international communism itself. After countless back-and-forth actions, the fighting stalled and casualties mounted with nothing to show for them. At the same time, American officials worked to fashion some sort of armistice with the North Koreans. The alternative, they feared, would be a wider war with Russia with the inclusion of China even. There was fear that it would turn into WW3. Finally, by 1953, the Korean War came to an end. Almost 5 million soldiers and civilians lost their lives and what is worse is that the war never received attention in the international sphere despite the fact that it divided the Korean peninsula into two distinct sections that still remain separated today.