Accession Number : ADA245460


Title :   Scenes from an Unfinished War: Low-Intensity Conflict in Korea, 1966-1969 (Leavenworth Papers, Number 19)


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS COMBAT STUDIES INST


Personal Author(s) : Bolger, Daniel P


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a245460.pdf


Report Date : Jul 1991


Pagination or Media Count : 181


Abstract : From November 1966 until December 1969, American and South Korean forces battled North Korean special operations teams across the length and breadth of the peninsula. The Second Korean Conflict featured small-scale skirmishes along the uneasy Demilitarized Zone, spectacular terrorist strikes, the seizure of the USS Pueblo, and several determined North Korean efforts to foment a viable insurgency. The United States and the Republic of Korea prevailed in this low-intensity conflict. This Leavenworth Paper offers a case study in how an operational-level commander, General Charles H. Bonesteel III, met the challenge of low-intensity conflict in his theater. Bonesteel and his United States and Korean subordinates crafted a series of shrewd, pragmatic measures that eventually defanged North Korea's aggressive unconventional warfare campaign. This accomplishment is even more remarkable in light of the many circumstances that severely cramped Bonesteel's options. Mediocre, conventionally oriented allied forces, a volatile Korean political scene, half-baked American doctrine, and the overarching specter of a second Asian land war all affected the formulation and execution of the American-Korean response to North Korea's bold provocations.


Descriptors :   *LOW INTENSITY CONFLICT , *POLITICAL SCIENCE , ASIA , CASE STUDIES , CONFLICT , COUNTERINSURGENCY , DEMILITARIZED ZONES , GUERRILLA WARFARE , INSURGENCY , KOREA , LAND AREAS , LOW INTENSITY , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , NORTH KOREA , POLITICAL ALLIANCES , SOUTH KOREA , SOUTH(DIRECTION) , UNITED STATES , VIABILITY , VOLATILITY , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Geography
      Unconventional Warfare


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