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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 US Army Entrenching Tool (Folding Shovel)
Jun 02, 10:00 AM AEST
A Korean War US Army Entrenching Tool (Folding Shovel)
by Danielle Elizabeth Antique & Estate Auctioneers
Est: AUD60- AUD120
AUD500 Bids
Korean War North Korean Propaganda Leaflet dropped on South Korean Forces
Jun 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Korean War North Korean Propaganda Leaflet dropped on South Korean Forces
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
North Korean Propaganda Leaflet dropped on South Korean Army / Soldiers
Jun 03, 10:00 AM EDT
North Korean Propaganda Leaflet dropped on South Korean Army / Soldiers
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Korean War United States - United Nations propaganda leaflet dropped on Chinese Forces.
Jun 03, 10:00 AM EDT
Korean War United States - United Nations propaganda leaflet dropped on Chinese Forces.
by Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
Group of (6) Vintage 8x10 Publicity Photos: 1950s USO Show, "Battle Cry" Tab Hunter
Jun 08, 10:00 AM MST
Group of (6) Vintage 8x10 Publicity Photos: 1950s USO Show, "Battle Cry" Tab Hunter
by Britannic Auctions
Est: $30- $35
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Korean War


Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.

Burns Auction & Appraisal, LLC.

Danielle Elizabeth Antique & Estate Auctioneers

Danielle Elizabeth Antique & Estate Auctioneers

Britannic Auctions

Britannic Auctions