This specific poplar tree was a problem for the United Nations Command.
Standing at 80-feet tall, it obstructed the view of a checkpoint at the mouth of the Bridge of No Return, the most volatile area of the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
American soldiers, accompanied by South Korean civilians armed with axes and equipment for trimming the tree, set out of the Joint Security Area to execute the deed. They had no idea what they were about to unleash.
What followed was bizarre. North Korean guards, armed with poles and axes, arrived at the area near the tree and attacked the group of soldiers and civilians before they could defend themselves.
None of the 15 men that ventured into the DMZ thought that the world would be set ablaze, at the brink of a Nuclear Apocalypse, over a poplar tree in Korea’s border.
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