Masterstroke! The Battle for Inchon and Seoul

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Just five years after the end of World War II, America was fighting a new enemy: the spread of international communism. In June 1950, North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung invaded South Korea and, just two months later, he held almost the entire country under control.

The U.S. had promised to repel communist aggression and liberate the ancient South Korean capitol of Seoul, now enslaved by the North. And General Douglas MacArthur — hero of World War II — was determined to make it so. His plan? A treacherous amphibious assault behind enemy lines at Inchon Harbor — one of the most hazardous places on earth to attack from the sea. No one, except MacArthur himself, believed it could be done.

The operation launched on September 15, 1950, and remains one of the most daring feats in military history.

In this episode of "War Stories," you’ll meet the Marines who climbed the seawall at Inchon under fire, and the soldiers of the Army’s 32nd Infantry who joined them in house-to-house, hand-to-hand combat with the enemy on the streets of Seoul. The legendary campaign is known in history as MacArthur’s “Masterstroke.”

Staff for this episode:

Executive Producer: Pamela K. Browne

Produced and Written by: Gregory M. Johnson and Kelly Guernica

Editor: Kristin Kilkenny

Senior Producer: Martin Hinton

Designer: Yong Kim