Their war for Korea: American, Asian, and European combatants and civilians, 1945-1953

More than 36,000 American servicemen died in combat or by other causes during the Korean War. As terrible as this figure is, it pales in comparison to the war's nearly two million civilian deaths. To put the war's carnage into perspective, the South Korean armed forces, whose soldiers were drawn from a male population half the size of the Union's in the American Civil War, suffered more combat deaths than the Union army." "These statistics cannot hide the fact that ultimately the Korean War, like all others, is about the lives and deaths of individual human beings. Their War for Korea tells the individual's story. Although war as a human phenomenon has essential elements that have repeated themselves from the dawn of recorded history, every war is unique unto itself. The forty-six vignettes, placed in proper context by renowned historian and best-selling author Allan R. Millett, catch the uniquely Korean and international flavor of this terrible war while telling its essentially human story."--Jacket.