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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2022 9:37 p.m. PST

"Here's What You Need to Remember: Just days after hundreds of thousands of North Korean troops poured over the 38th Parallel into South Korea, starting the Korean War, U.S. President Harry Truman directed the Pentagon to scramble whatever aid was necessary to rescue the beleaguered Republic of Korea.

But while air and sea power could rapidly intervene from bases in Japan, U.S. ground forces required ports if they were ever to arrive in meaningful numbers with heavy tanks and artillery. However, the pace of the North Korean advance meant that the southeastern port of Pusan was the only viable option.

While the North Korean invasion was spearheaded by Soviet-supplied T-34 tanks and supported Yak and Shturmovik warplanes, small boats operated by the North Korean People's Navy also infiltrated troops down the South Korean coastline. One of these operations could easily have changed the course of the war…"

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