Did US Army suck @ Korean War? -1 reply

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General_Henry

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#1 12 years ago

they can't even defeat the Chinese in Korea, which is a exhausted country after her civil war, not to mention without any industrial power, those things. it seemed the US army only stopped the Chinese by their Air superiority and naval support...:eek:,

not to say that the number in both sides aren't having that much difference, the chinese didn't outnumber the US much.

but the US army is not that noob in Europe i think...




RexRaptor

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#2 12 years ago

General_Henry;3814844they can't even defeat the Chinese in Korea, which is a exhausted country after her civil war, not to mention without any industrial power, those things. it seemed the US army only stopped the Chinese by their Air superiority and naval support...:eek:,

not to say that the number in both sides aren't having that much difference, the chinese didn't outnumber the US much.

but the US army is not that noob in Europe i think...

Umm..

China had a such vast numerical superiority, it more than made up for their lack of high-tech weaponry.




Bikewer

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#3 12 years ago

US forces were handily defeating the N. Korean army until China threw hundreds of thousands of troops into the fray. Even with this, superior strategy rather quickly turned the tide, and much as in some other wars, it became more a problem of politics than military strategy.




Jetro

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#4 12 years ago

Indeed, make a big enough rolling wall-o-meat and all the industry, fancy weaponry and tactical genius in the world starts counting for little.




Moose12

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#5 12 years ago

We didn't intend to stay, much like vietnam, so it was a lost cause. We didn't suck, we just didn't care enough to win it once the chinese got involved.




Lt. Rothwell

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#6 12 years ago

I did a lot of research on the Korean War during my graduating year at highschool. One of the main reasons the US and UN forces were sent reeling backwards before the Chinese onslaught was that General MacArthur believed the Chinese were incapable of launching an attack over the Yalu River bordering China and North Korea.

When the Chinese poured across the river in the thousands, the UN and US forces were caught completely by surprise and were already somewhat weakened due to their driving the North Korean forces out of Korea.

After that MacArthur was dismissed and replaced with Ridgeway who was ordered by Truman to keep the war a war of containment, since the UN and the United States didnt want to get the Soviet Union involved and therefore start World War III.

Yet despite all that, the UN did accomplish its primary goal: defend and liberate South Korea from the Northern aggressor.

So to answer your question, no they didn't suck during the Korea War ;)




Fuzzy Bunny

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#7 12 years ago

Let's see

-although completely unprepared, pushed the North Koreans back to the Yalu -although completely unprepared, pushed the massively numerically superior Chinese hordes back North of the 38th parallel and kept them there -maintained a multinational coalition in the face of Soviet bloc hostility and even Soviet intervention -Totally demolished NK and PLA air power -whacked at _least_ (even by Chinese estimates) 3 times as many reds as the combined coalition lost as KIA

Chinese "weakness" was irrelevant given their massive massive manpower, numerical (and one could argue, qualitative as well) material, supply line and home terrain advantages.

So, no. Where the hell do you come up with this crap anyway?




The Last Unknown Soldier

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#8 12 years ago

this question is the same DID THE GERMAN ARMY SUCK IN WWII AGAINST THE RUSSIANS? not really, despite a foe with millions of troops at their command and low tech weapons, they inflicted millions of casualties and had a chokehold on Russia until 1943. The germans lost because they where fighting too many conflicts in too many places, that and that russian winter truly demoralized the germans




Fuzzy Bunny

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#9 12 years ago

Yeah, except the Germans lost.

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#10 12 years ago

Although I hate the idea of "one man influencing history" it really was Hitler's interference with the strategic planning that was Germany's greatest flaw on the Eastern front. After the victories in the West, he started believing his own propaganda, that he was the "greatest military leader of all time." I think the German acronym was "GROFAB", it was almost certainly used ironically, (though undoubtedly privately), amongst his military leaders after 1943. As for the Korean War, the Americans were at the end of a very long supply line, facing a massive army that was preparing a full counter attack. Meanwhile the American commander decided they would not attack and ignored all signs to the contrary. The seeds of a defeat were well sown. The Chinese attack precipitated the longest retreat in American history. The Americans did stop them eventually, and the Chinese losses were appalling. If you look at the history of the PLA, their main lesson from the Korean War was to abandon the dearly held theory that superior numbers can make up for inferior technology. Ever since then they have focused on modernization.