Friday, August 18, 2017

Korean People's Revolutionary Army Final Offensive Operation for National Liberation
Marking the 72nd anniversary of Korea’s liberation on August 15, the Korean people are filled with an immense yearning and reverence for President Kim Il Sung who braved his way through bloody battles to defeat the Japanese imperialists and built up socialist paradise where the people are masters of everything on this land.

The period of Japanese imperialist colonial rule was the darkest age when the clouds of national ruin hanged heavily over Korea in the 5 000-year history of the nation blessed with a brilliant culture. At the time the Koreans were forced to obey Japanese law or die.

They were coerced into using Japanese instead of their native language and changing their names in Japanese fashion and compelled to leave their native places in search of way to make a living. At this juncture, Kim Il Sung who had harboured the lofty aim of liberating Korea founded the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army, the first revolutionary armed force of a Juche type, and declared war on Japanese imperialism.

The anti-Japanese war the Koreans fought against a million troops of Japan that was styling itself the leader of Asia, dreaming of the “Greater East Asia Co-prosperity Sphere”, was a guerrilla warfare in which they could not look forward to any backing of the state and regular army and a bloody fight that surpassed imagination in light of arduousness and intensity.

In 1943 when the Korean revolutionaries were making preparations for the great event of national liberation while overcoming all adversities of life-or-death battles, Commander Kim Il Sung put forward the three-point line for achieving the historic cause of national liberation.

The line anticipated that the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army would deal an annihilating blow to the Japanese aggressor troops through the general offensive, all the people in the homeland would rise up against the enemy in response to the KPRA’s general offensive so as to hasten the downfall of Japan and at the same time the people’s resistance organizations would conduct joint operations with the KPRA units in the rear so as to achieve national liberation.

It was a correct line to liberate Korea by the nationals’ own efforts as early as possible under the contemporary military and political situation in the country.

In accordance with the line the KPRA units built up their ranks, intensified military training and reconnaissance activities according to the operations plan and dispatched political operatives to different parts of the homeland.

On the basis of full preparations for Korea’s liberation Kim Il Sung issued the order to launch the final offensive on August 9 1945.

The units that had mustered on the shore of the Tuman River broke through the enemy’s fortresses on the border all at once and proceeded to liberate wide areas in the homeland, while some advance parties of the beach landing unit furthered achievements in battles through close joint operation with the ground units to advance to the Chongjin area.

The small units and political operatives of the KPRA that had already been dispatched to the homeland aroused the people’s armed units, organizations for armed uprising and broad masses of people to the armed uprising. They waged fights to harass the enemy’s rear while raiding and sweeping away Japanese troops and military police and police organs across the country and rendered active support to the advancing KPRA units.

The people’s armed units under different names fought fierce battles throughout Korea to destroy Japanese troops.

Resistance organizations and armed units at home raided and wiped out ruling machines of the enemy at nearly 1 000 places in a week in mid-August.

Like this, under the command of Kim Il Sung the KPRA and resistance forces involving all the people dealt a powerful military blow to enemy troops and shook their military rule to its very foundation, thereby achieving the historic cause of national liberation.

Thus the Korean people were freed from colonial slavery. The day of national liberation was a significant day that put a full stop to the history of national tribulations and heralded the era of socialist Korea. With the day as the starting point the Korean people appeared on the stage of history as an independent people who shape their own destiny and Korea, once a small and weak colony, developed into the DPRK dignified as a powerful state.

By Ri Sung Ik PT

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