Events

Battle of the Naktong bulge (2nd)

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Second Battle of Naktong Bulge
Part of the Battle of Pusan Perimeter
Troops of the US 9th Infantry await North Korean attacks across the Naktong River, September 3.
Date September 112, 1950
Location Naktong River, South Korea
Result United Nations victory
Belligerents
United Nations
  • United States
  • South Korea
North Korea
Commanders and leaders
Laurence B. Keiser Edward A. Craig Lee Ch'ong Song Pak Kyo Sam Lee Kwon Mu Kim Tae Hong
Units involved
2nd Infantry Division 1st Provisional Marine Brigade ROK National Police 2nd Division 9th Division 4th Division 10th Division
Strength
21,788 28,350
Casualties and losses
heavy heavy

The Second Battle of Naktong Bulge was an engagement between United Nations (UN) and North Korean (N.K.) forces early in the Korean War from September 1 to September 15, 1950, along the Naktong River in South Korea. It was a part of the Battle of Pusan Perimeter, and was one of several large engagements fought simultaneously. The battle ended in a victory for the United Nations after large numbers of United States (US) and Republic of Korea (ROK) troops repelled a strong North Korean attack.

After the First Battle of Naktong Bulge, the US Army's 2nd Infantry Division was moved to defend the Naktong River line. The division, which was untried in combat, was struck with a strong attack by several divisions of the Korean People's Army which crossed the river and struck all along the division's line. The force of the attack split the US 2nd Infantry Division in half, and the North Koreans were able to penetrate to Yŏngsan, promoting a fight there.

The urgency of the threat to Pusan Perimeter prompted the US Marine Corps 1st Provisional Marine Brigade to be brought in to reinforce the US Army troops. In two weeks of heavy fighting, the US forces were able to force the North Koreans out of the Naktong Bulge region. The North Koreans were further repulsed after the UN counterattack at Inch'ŏn, which culminated in the virtual destruction of the North Korean army.