Unpublished photos from Korea’s 1948 Yeosu-Suncheon Rebellion

In October 1948, communist rebels on the Korean Peninsula revolted against the government of President Syngman Rhee, in a violent conflict known as the Yeosu-Suncheon Rebellion, which paved the way for the Korean War. Life.com has published a series of photos by Carl Mydans, who covered the conflict when the rebellion began.

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    "At Yosu in the U.S. zone, where Korea's rebellion began on Oct. 19, loyal troops flush out communists for trial after retaking the city."
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    Not originally published in LIFE. Grieving relatives mourn South Koreans killed by communist rebels during a 1948 uprising.
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    Not originally published in LIFE. South Korean soldiers advance toward the front line during a communist uprising in 1948.
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    Not originally published in LIFE. Large fires in a village during a communist uprising, Korea, 1948.
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    Not originally published in LIFE. Korean and U.S. soldiers watch large fires in a village during a communist uprising, Korea, 1948.
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    Not originally published in LIFE. South Korean soldiers detain a group of suspected young communist rebels during an uprising against the Rhee government, 1948. Click here for the full gallery on LIFE.com.
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