Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
The war in Korea was the first time that the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union heated up into armed conflict. It was a classic struggle between the proponents of democracy and those of communism. The Chinese and Soviets supported the forces in the North, with America sending military aid and personnel to the South Koreans. They two sides battled to a standstill at the 39th parallel, and the two nations have remained divided ever since. Soldiers fought courageously a half world away from America's self-absorbed postwar recovery efforts. Never-before-seen film footage illustrates the intense fighting and tremendous loss of life that characterized the so-called Forgotten War.