With the end of World War II,forty years of Japan´s rule over Korea ended. The north was occupied by Russia,who established a communist regime: North-Korea. The south was ruled by an US-American military government,what lead to the establishment of the Republic of Korea (South-Korea) in 1948. The early years of South Korea were a rather chaotic time.It went from chaotic to catastrophic with the start of the Korean War on June 25th,1950.When the war came to an end in July 1953,nearly all of South Korea layed in ruins. The stamps of that time are often of a rather primitive make,but they have a certain charm,at least to me. I do not have all stamps of that periode,some mostly expensive ones are missing,but I will show,what I can. Japanese stamps,overprinted in Won currency (1 Won = 100 Cheun), issued Feb.1st,1946. Five more un-issued values exist.