The Korean War broke out on the 25th June 1950 when communist North Korea invaded South Korea. It went on to be one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century, with over 3 million dead. HMS Belfast was stationed in the Far East at that time, and was soon in action. In her two years of service in Korea, she saw more action than at any point during the Second World War, firing more than 8,000 rounds from her 6-inch guns.
The Korean War was primarily fought on land, so why did HMS Belfast see such intense action during this period? Why was the Navy so important during the war? And what made the so-called Forgotten War so brutal?