First to Fight
War · Documentary
Comprehensive and gripping documentary on the role of the Marine Corps’ deployment in the Korean War, from June 1950 until the July 1953 armistice.
S01:E01 - Shinmiyangyo – the General Sherman Incident
America's first military action in Korea was in 1871 when a ship was destroyed by Korean forces.
S01:E02 - Backs to the Sea – the Invasion Begins
The U.N. Security Council intercedes when North Korea invades South Korea on June 25, 1950.
S01:E03 - Holding on – the Marines Have Landed
The 1st Provisional Marine Brigade's arrival in August 1950 bolstered U.S. and South Korean forces.
S01:E04 - Inchon – Between a Hammer and an Anvil
Gen. MacArthur institutes the landing at Inchon to allow forces to break out of the Pusan Perimeter.
S01:E05 - The Drive North – Crossing the Line
U.S.-led forces retake Seoul, crush the North Korean forces and capture Pyongyang.
S01:E06 - People’s Army – Winter Winds
U.N. forces continue their advance in North Korea; American forces encounter Chinese troops.
S01:E07 - Fire & Ice – Chosin Reservoir
The Marines break out from the Chosin Reservoir starting with the savage battle of East Hill.
S01:E08 - Wings Over Korea – the ‘Make Do’ Air Force
The U.S. rapidly deploys the F-86 Sabre to combat North Korean forces using Soviet-built MiG 15s.
S01:E09 - Tools of the Trade – New War. Old Weapons.
The U.S. military uses the same weapons from World War II, including the M4A3 Sherman IV tank.
S01:E10 - Shackled – Roll Call at Hungnam
An armada evacuates over 191,000 people, 17,500 vehicles and 350,000 tons of cargo in two weeks.
S01:E11 - The Fall of Caesar – Truman Relieves MacArthur
The South Korean capital of Seoul experiences its fourth battle beginning in March 1951.
S01:E12 - Stalemate – Marines Hold Key Hills Until Armistice
During the spring and summer of 1953 peace talks produce an armistice on July 27.
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