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The Korean War: 1950-1953

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On June 25, 1950 the attack from North Korea began, and the United Nations demanded that the invasion stop. This demand was opposed by Stalin, as he pointed out that Korea was not a member of the UN and did not have to accept its decrees. The first Americans arrived on June 29 to set up anti-aircraft guns that are used that day to shoot down one aircraft and damage a second. On 30 June two American divisions landed in Korea. With continuous and rapid deployments, by September the American troops had reversed the tide and North Korean troops were retreating north . However, this alarmed the Communist Chinese government and they sent their troops into Korea in November, pushing American troops back.

Canada became involved in the conflict as a member of a United Nations, when the UN officially called for a "policing" action in Korea. As in the First and Second World Wars, Canadians distinguished themselves in battle.

The Korean War reinforced the belief of the time that there was a Communist surge that had to be carefully watched. It was the foundation of the Cold War that would dominate the decades that followed. Alberta felt the effects of the Cold War as Albertan airfields and citizens became involved in projects like the building of the Distant Early Warning Line to monitor any intrusions into North America by Russian bombers.

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