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Which battle was a major turning point for US and South Korean forces during the Korean War?
a. Battle of Pork Chop Hill
b. Spring Offensive
c. Battle of Heartbreak Ridge
d. Inchon Bay landing
Is it D?

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  1. Yes, D.

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  2. There was no single turning point during the war. There are four.

    The defense of the Pusan Perimeter by the United Nations and South Korea turned back the tide of the almost never ending North Korean southwards offensive to conquer the whole peninsula. Had the perimeter fallen to the North Koreans, the whole peninsula could have belonged to them. No Incheon landings and no more carpet bombing of Korea north of the 38th Parallel. All Korea becomes communist. While the Inchon landings strategically flanked the surviving North Korean remnants, the starving remnants fled like quail back up the Peninsula, almost all the way to China. It was at the Pusan Perimeter, however, that the North Korean military efforts to accomplish their strategic objective were not just defeated, but effectively destroyed.
    So Sarah, of your choices, D is the best, but it would not have been a landing at all if the Northern Troops had not been stopped in the Pusan battles.

    It made the UN forces stay and then go to the offensive to take North Korea and attempt to unite all of Korea under the Seoul government.
    The Chinese intervention in the winter of 1950 threw back the UN northwards offensive, with China now replacing North Korea as the primary communist belligerent from that time forward. Their goal of keeping the US-led forces out of the Sino-Korean border, and with North Korea retaken, the Chinese march southwards to South Korea in a bid to drive the UN out of the peninsula.
    The 1951 UN counterattack stalled the Chinese-led southwards offensive and fight their way onto the 38th Parallel. A few Chinese offensives were carried out afterwards, but failed to make a dent on the UN lines.
    The Chinese 1951 Spring Offensive was carried out, huge swathes of territory taken from the UN, many UN servicemen became prisoners, but stalled owing to heavy UN resistance. Afterwards the battlefield stabilized and turned into a repeat of World War 1 trench front.

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