After the devastating Second World War, America was not a nation enthusiastic about sending its men and women into yet another bloody maelstrom. Unfortunately, circumstances proved otherwise. This dramatic compilation details the causes and effects of "proxy wars" fought between two politically divergent superpowers on neutral soil in a foreign land; the effects these "undeclared" wars have on the collective national psyches of the soldiers that fight them and the leaders that orchestrate them; and their tragic reverberations for decades to come.
Korean War (June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953, armistice signed, war never officially ended) Explore how the tiny Asian country of Korea was divided in the aftermath of World War II and how the cold war politics between the United States and the Soviet Union led to a brutal conflict known as the "forgotten war". Supreme Commander General Douglas MacArthur's dispute with President Truman on the "end game" and his forced resignation are explored. And how new strategies developed; the evolution of tactical guerrilla war, and entertaining the actual use of nuclear weapons on battlefields as viable deterrents.
Vietnam War (November 1, 1955 - April 30,1975) The Vietnam conflict was the longest war in American history - a conflict whose burden became unbearable and fraught with hard lessons. Explore why the most powerful nation in the world could not obtain victory over Ho Chi Minh and the communist North Vietnamese. Beginning with the Gulf of Tonkin incident in August 1964 to the TET Offensive, the war perpetually escalated. Meanwhile, devastating strategic and political incompetence and divisive anti-war protests in America nearly tore the country apart and crippled a Presidency. Fifty years later, the effects of which are still being felt.