Establishing a Lodgment During Large Scale Combat Operations: A Case Study on the Korean War
Technical Report,25 Jun 2018,23 May 2019
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS FORT LEAVENWORTH United States
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The Eighth US Army served as the land component headquarters for the US military during the Korean War. Conducting a combination of training and occupation duties in Japan at the outbreak of hostilities, the Eighth US Army needed to secure a lodgment on the Korean Peninsula to build and sustain the necessary combat power to repel the North Korean invasion of South Korea. Using the Korean War as a case study, the research focuses on how the Eighth US Army gained and maintained a lodgment on the Korean Peninsula following the phases of joint forcible entry. It focuses on the impact of decisions leading up to the Korean War through October 1950 when the US military transitioned to a general offensive. Eighth US Army established a lodgment on the Korean Peninsula because of the way they arranged operations with the other services to amplify strengths and shield weaknesses. Planners need to understand the capabilities of each service and how to arrange operations across various domains to create opportunities.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Military Forces and Organizations