Since 1910, Korea is under the Japanese occupation.The year 1945 marks the end of World War II, and Japan surrenders on September 2. However, Korea does not become independent: the Soviet Union and the United States decide to postpone its independence and, to maintain order, to share the territory temporarily. They divide it in two, at the height of the 38th parallel. A communist government is set up in the north and the south is under pro-American government. Are thus founded, in 1948, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea for the north, and the Republic of Korea for the south. Ideologically opposed, neither recognizes the other. The attempts at reunification fail one after the other. The Korean War begins on June 25, 1950, as the North Korean army crosses the border and takes Seoul.
Surrender of Japan
A political border is drawn to separate Korea, until then annexed by the Empire of Japan
In the south, In Seoul, the Republic of Korea is created. In the north, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is proclaimed
Beginning of the Korean War
North Korean government crosses border set up
Arrival of the United Nations in South Korea
Taken by force
Seoul is taken by force by the United Nations
Capture of Pyongyang
The United Nations takes Pyongyang, capital of North Korea.
The front line stabilizes
The United Nations crosses the 38th parallel again. After many battles fought on both sides of the territory, the front line stabilized.
Fate of prisoners
The fate of the prisoners is discussed. Everyone will collect their own from the end of April.
The UN, China and North Korea sign amistice at Panmunjom on the 38 parallel. A demilitarized zone is established on the 38th parallel.
Assessment: 4 million dead and missing