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Korean War: Fire and Ice

Updated on September 7, 2014

In high school I think we spent one day on the Korean War while we spent a week covering World War II. Our US History textbook had very few pages on the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Almost like these wars were swept under the table because they were not considered victories. I knew very little about the Korean War until I watched Korean War: Fire and Ice documentary by the History channel.

The Korean War: Fire and Ice documentary contains two DVDs with four 50 minute episodes. The documentary covers the trials, tribulations, and disasters on both sides of the three year war. Edward Hermann is an outstanding narrator. The cinematography of using old film footage and editing were also very engaging. An interesting part of the documentary is how it focused on the politics of the war.

Some documentaries feel link propaganda. Even though this was told from the American view it showed that President Truman, members if Congress, officers in the armed forces and even General MacArthur were fallible and exhibit character flaws.

It is interesting how the "Red" (Communism) scare and McCarthyism led the United States to enter this unpopular war that killed millions. The United States really believed at the time that the Korean peninsula turning Communist would upset the balance of Democracy vs Communism.

This is a great documentary for anyone wanting to know more about the Korean War and I believe it would be a great education tool used to teach high school students, as a supplement to the textbook, as well.

Other Korean War Documentratries

Wikipedia has a good read about the Korean war. This Wikipeida page includes a history of the Korean peninsula, the Korean War itself, and the aftermath of the war.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korean_War

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