Overwhelming Odds

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The horde of communist forces from North Korea quickly overwhelmed the smaller number of U.S. and South Korean defenders. The communist forces conducted a major offensive, knowing this might be their best chance to take complete control of the entire Korean peninsula.

The North Korean troops were bolstered by several hundred thousand troops from communist China. The enemy forces were equipped with Soviet tanks, while the American and South Korean units were outgunned, outnumbered and pinned down.

The outcome of this battle was never in doubt. The allies sent as many troops to the beleaguered defenders as they could muster, which wasn’t as many as were needed. After several days, the American and South Korean troops were overcome by the onslaught of the North Koreans and Chinese.

But while this battle was lost, the war, after three years of fighting, ended when an armistice was signed. The agreement created the Korean Demilitarized Zone to separate North and South Korea.

Tensions between the North and South have never really ceased, but with the ascendance of Kim Jung-un and Donald Trump, they appear today to be at their worst in more than 60 years.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “overcome.”

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One thought on “Overwhelming Odds

  1. newepicauthor September 9, 2017 / 10:11 am

    I know that the 38th parallel north is a circle of latitude that is 38 degrees north of the Earth’s equatorial plane and I did watch MASH.

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