US did nothing to stop mass-executions in South Korea

Discussion in 'Military History and Militaria' started by ECMO1, Jul 7, 2008.

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  1. Don't you just love attention grapping headlines, which don't quite include all the details. It is always interesting to see the interpretations made by people who don't try to understand the mentality of the individuals involved and the events as they were occuring. It always seems to take place all by itself, with nothing else going on and nobody is tired, scared hungry or has been shot at recently. News article here.

    Some of what they forget to mention was that KMAG was an advisory group with no command powers, which consisted at the beginning of the Korean War of about 241 officers and men total.

    Not trying to defend his actions, but MacArthur was given operational control over South Korean forces, not command.

    Appears that the British had a little more guts to make a stand than the US commanders. By the time the British ground forces arrived the main attack southwards had been contained and there wasn't any excuse for the continued executions, unless they had been convicted by a courts martial. This was done during the anti guerrila operation during 1951-52 so it was possible.