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Interesting information: U.S. and UN troops had amassed in South Korea at the Pusan Perimeter in 1950. Both American Soldiers and United Nation's forces held there while reinforcing the line and while building the boots-on-the-ground force by a nearly two-to-one ratio over the Korean People's Army, or KPA. Finally, UN forces broke out Sept. 15, 1950, pursuing the KPA northward. The Yalu River was a battle objective to push KPA north of the river. Once they arrived at the river they were met by the Chinese, by the hundreds of thousands. The People's Republic of China had entered the war on the side of the North Koreans. The sheer numbers dominated the unprepared and overstretched Republic of Korea Army, U.S. and UN forces. This would lead to multiple Chinese victories during the winter of 1950-1951.
By June, UN and US forces were increased enough to organize a defensive line not far from the 38th Parallel. That renewed effort managed to halt the Chinese advance. A series of offensives on both sides resulted in a battle line much like the trench warfare of World War I, with a resulting stalemate. Finally, the UN passed a resolution for a negotiated end to the war. The first peace talks, between the Americans, South Koreans, Chinese and North Koreans were set for August 1951. Another 23 months passed before an armistice was signed. Both Koreas claimed victory.The agreement kept the border where it had been since the end of World War II, at roughly the 38th Parallel, so nothing was truly won. More than half the American Soldiers killed during the entire war were lost after the peace talks had begun.