Roger Mickelson’s History Today 1/4/14

World War II:    In 1942, Soviet dictator Josef Vissarionovich Stalin was named “Man of the Year,” and his picture appeared on the cover of Time magazine.


L to R, British Prime Minister Clement Attlee,...

L to R, British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, President Harry S. Truman, and Soviet Prime Minister Josef Stalin… – NARA – 198704 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In 1948, the Southeast Asian nation of Burma (present-day Myanmar) formally gained independence, completing the transfer of power negotiated by Burmese leader Aung San and British Prime Minister Clement Attlee in 1947.

Korean War:    In 1951, North Korean and Chinese forces, in the Chinese Third Offensive (December 31, 1950–January 5, 1951) retook Seoul, the capital city of South Korea. The Chinese attacks centered on ROKA divisions, which were showing signs of defeatism and ineptness. US Army Lieutenant General Matthew Ridgway, therefore, had to rely in the short term upon his US divisions, many of which had now gained units from other UN participants. In addition to two British Commonwealth brigades, there were units from Turkey, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Greece, Colombia, Thailand, Ethiopia, and the Philippines.

Territory often changed hands early in the war...

Territory often changed hands early in the war, until the front stabilized. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Regards, Roger Mickelson
Source material includes Associated Press International and Encyclopædia Britannica.
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One Response to Roger Mickelson’s History Today 1/4/14

  1. gpcox says:

    Thank you very much for the link, I sincerely hope your readers will enjoy the data and first hand stories for both the Korean war and Pacific involvement in WWII.