The day North Korea conquered Seoul – level 2
After World War II, the Korean peninsula was divided into a Soviet zone in the north and an American zone in the south. The border was the 38th parallel. Both countries wanted to control the whole peninsula.
On June 25, 1950, 175,000 soldiers from North Korea crossed the border to South Korea. South Korea had only 100,000 soldiers, and North Korea had better weapons. South Korea was unable to defend the country, and on June 28, North Korean soldiers entered the capital, Seoul.
Then, the South Korean soldiers were pushed to the south where they were fighting to defend the last piece of land. They managed to hold it with the great help of the Americans.
Then, the counterattack started, and on September 25, Seoul was freed.
Then, the Americans pushed the opponents to the mountains in the north close to the border with China. The Chinese army was waiting at the border and soon entered the war. Seoul was lost again. Then, the Americans pushed the Chinese back.
The war was 3 years long. On July 27, 1953, both sides agreed to stop fighting and restore the original border along the 38th parallel.
Difficult words: peninsula (a piece of land with sea on three sides), border (a line between two countries), parallel (a horizontal line on a map of the Earth), restore (to return to the original situation).
What was the impact of the Korean War on the people living in the Korean peninsula?
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