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Korean War

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950, when solders from the North Korean People’s Army entered the southern Republic of Korea. Just after World War II, the invasion that began the Korean War was also the first military action of the Cold War. Uniforms produced during the time vary but many were designed to resist brutal winters. Much of the equipment used in the Korean War is equivalent to World War II weaponry and technology. Soldiers in this era carried web gear, complete with belts and H harnesses.

The Korean war was the last war during which there was widespread use of semi-automatic battle rifles and carbines. Many of these weapons can be acquired by civilians. Today, classics like the M1 Garand, the M1911, and the M1 Carbine are enjoyed by collectors.


Quick Facts

  • The United States never officially declared war against North Korea or China
  • The American M1 Garand was used by American forces in Korea. To this day, it is one of the more popular collector's rifles in existence
  • Due to the support of Soviet Russia and Communist China, many Korean War collectibles are Russian and Chinese items, including bayonets, flags, weapons, and uniforms

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Korean War Pair awarded to Sergeant N. Humphreys, Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Dec 07, 10:30 AM GMT
A Korean War Pair awarded to Sergeant N. Humphreys, Royal Army Ordnance Corps
by Morton & Eden
Est: £80- £120
£700 Bids
AUTO-ORDNANCE THOMPSON COMMEMORATIVE CASE.
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
AUTO-ORDNANCE THOMPSON COMMEMORATIVE CASE.
by Poulin Antiques & Auctions
Est: $40- $60
$250 Bids
Colombia, Iron Cross for the Korean War, 37.7mm, extremely fine
Dec 07, 10:30 AM GMT
Colombia, Iron Cross for the Korean War, 37.7mm, extremely fine
by Morton & Eden
Est: £200- £250
£1600 Bids
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 UK Sergeant Figure
Dec 02, 2:00 PM CST
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 UK Sergeant Figure
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$140 Bids
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 South Korea Major Figure
Dec 02, 2:00 PM CST
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 South Korea Major Figure
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$140 Bids
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 UK Seargeant Figure
Dec 02, 2:00 PM CST
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 UK Seargeant Figure
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$210 Bids
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 USA Marine (Winter Field Dress) Figure
Dec 02, 2:00 PM CST
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 USA Marine (Winter Field Dress) Figure
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$140 Bids
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 Canada Sergeant Figure
Dec 02, 2:00 PM CST
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 Canada Sergeant Figure
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$140 Bids
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 USA MP Figure
Dec 02, 2:00 PM CST
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 USA MP Figure
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$140 Bids
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 Australia Corporal Figure
Dec 02, 2:00 PM CST
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 Australia Corporal Figure
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$140 Bids
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 Belgium Captain Figure
Dec 02, 2:00 PM CST
Soldiers of the World Korean War 1950-1953 Belgium Captain Figure
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$140 Bids
Colombia, Bronze Star for the Korean War, 39mm, in Fischer Ltd. case of issue, extremely fine
Dec 07, 10:30 AM GMT
Colombia, Bronze Star for the Korean War, 39mm, in Fischer Ltd. case of issue, extremely fine
by Morton & Eden
Est: £180- £220
£1500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Korean War


McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Morton & Eden

Morton & Eden

Poulin Antiques & Auctions

Poulin Antiques & Auctions