Consequences

The Korean peninsula

The Korean peninsula, showing the strategic importance of Korea (lying between the powers of Japan, China and the Soviet Union) and the 38th parallel of latitude along which the country was divided in 1945.

The Korean War exercised a dramatic effect on the policies of many countries, effects which were still being felt many years later. Perhaps, however, it's greatest significance lay in the combined effort of troops, all wearing the badge of the UN and all obeying a common commander appointed by the UN, to resist aggression.

The Korean peninsula, showing the strategic importance of Korea (lying between the powers of Japan, China and the Soviet Union) and the 38th parallel of latitude along which the country was divided in 1945.
Between 1950 - 1953 nearly 60,000 British troops served in Korea - just over half the soldiers were national servicemen. Total British losses were about 1,100. Well over 36,568 Americans died in combat, and over 100,000 South Koreans and other UN forces were killed. It is estimated that some 780,000 Chinese troops, North Koreans Civilians and Military personnel died during the conflict.

The impact of the Korean War can be seen a significant landmark battle in the Cold War, in that an estimated 3,000,000 people died. Moreover, the threat of using an atomic bomb and the start of World War III between the East and the West had not been at its highest, since the end of the Second World War.