Academic journal article Aerospace Power Journal

The Korean War

Academic journal article Aerospace Power Journal

The Korean War

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The Korean War by the Korea Institute of Military History, introduction by Allan R. Millett. 3 vols. University of Nebraska Press (http://www. nebraskapress.unl.edu), 233 North 8th Street, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0255, 2001, 2,621 pages, $95.00 (paper).

One of the enduring problems of American military history is that operational history is written from an American viewpoint. Not only do we have little material on our former enemies (with the possible exception of the Germans), but also we have precious little on our allies. In some cases, however-Vietnam, for example-we have more on the Vietcong and North Vietnamese than on our South Vietnamese allies. This bold effort by the Korea Institute of Military History attempts to come to grips with this situation regarding the Korean War.

The series consists of three huge volumes (volume one is over 900 pages, and volumes two and three are each over 800 pages). They are updated and condensed versions of an earlier 11-volume study begun in 1967. The study makes use of US and Republic of Korea (ROK) sources as well as Communist documents. The first volume relates the conflict from its beginnings to the Chinese intervention in late November 1950; the second traces the story up to the stalemate and armistice of June 1951; and the third follows the final course of the war.

On the positive side, these books offer a detailed and candid view of the war from an ROK perspective. …

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