Last Phase

The stage was set for the final battle in the "police action" in Korea. This week General Douglas MacArthur broadcast his second ultimatum to the North Koreans: "I, as the United Nations Commander in Chief, for the last time call upon you and the forces under your command, in whatever part of Korea situated, forthwith to lay down your arms and cease hostilities." MacArthur was ready to hit the Communists above the 38th parallel with another coordinated air-sea-ground offensive.

The brilliant landing at Inchon had been executed while the enemy still held the initiative and numerical superiority in manpower. This...

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