The Korean War started on June 25, 1950, sixty-five years ago, when the forces of North Korea, known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or DPRK invaded South Korea, known as the Republic of Korea or ROK, crossing the 38th parallel, the demarcation line separating North from South.
A United Nations coalition, led by the U.S., entered the war to aid South Korea. China entered the war with backing from the Soviet Union to fight for the North. The war ended over three years later with an armistice agreement on July 27, 1953.
Here, the U.S. Army's new tank killer, the 3.5 bazooka, is shown in action against North Korean forces during the Korean War on July 27, 1950.