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Second Battle of Seoul
Second Battle of Seoul
Conflict: Korean War
Date: 22-25 September 1950
Place: Seoul, South Korea
Outcome: Decisive UN victory

Flag of South Korea South Korea
USA United States
Flag of Canada 2 Canada
UK United Kingdom

Flag of North Korea North Korea


USA Douglas MacArthur
USA Edward M. Almond
USA Oliver P. Smith
Flag of South Korea Paik In-yeop
Flag of South Korea Shin Hyun-joon

Flag of North Korea Kim Il-sung
Flag of North Korea Choi Yong-kun
Flag of North Korea Wol Ki-chan
Flag of North Korea Wan Yong


40,000 troops

7,000 troops


363 dead
1,633 wounded

Thousands killed, wounded, and captured

The Second Battle of Seoul (22-25 September 1950) was a pivotal battle of the Korean War that occurred when United Nations forces recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from its 7,000-strong Korean People's Army garrison. General Douglas MacArthur, the commander of the UN forces, felt that his promise to retake Seoul as soon as possible was more important than allowing for the North Korean troops in the south to retreat north, and Seoul was held by one under-strength division. Seoul was heavily-fortified, and the North Koreans threw everything they had against the UN forces. The suicidal North Korean soldiers fought to the death in house-to-house fighting, and it took three days for the UN troops to fully recapture the city. Seoul was recaptured exactly three months after the start of the war, and the South Korean government returned to the damaged capital; the South Korean police would proceed to massacre suspected communists across the country.


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