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The port city of Wonsan (Kangwon Province) as seen through the tinted window of my hotel room. Wonsan was a strategic point during the war, located on North Korea's southeastern coast with a large harbour, airfield and petroleum refinery. After the Battle of Inchon, in which General Douglas MacArthur landed on the northwestern shores of the Korean peninsula, he ordered X Corps to make a landing at Wonsan. Wonsan was under continuous siege and bombardment by the American navy from March 1951 until July 27, 1953, making it the longest siege in modern American naval history. By the end of the korean conflict, the city was a vast shell.