CONTRIBUTION TO INTERNATIONAL E SEMINAR Korea –Everlasting History of Victory".
THE JUCHE-ORIENTATED TACTICS OF THE GREAT LEADER GENERALISSIMO KIM IL SUNG LED THE KOREAN PEOPLE TO VICTORY IN THE FATHERLAND LIBERATION WAR AGAINST THE US IMPERIALISTS
By Dr Dermot Hudson
On the 27th of July it will be 65 years since the US imperialists knelt down before the Korean people. In Korea there is the saying that “July follows June “ . This might sound obvious but what it means is that the US imperialists started the Fatherland Liberation War (known as the Korean War in the capitalist countries) on the 25th of June 1950 but on the 27th of July 1953 had to concede defeat. July 27th is celebrated by the Korean people and world progressive people as a Victory Day because it has gone down in history as the first defeat of US imperialism that inspired the people of the world in their struggle for global independence against US imperialism.
I myself along with other international delegates attended the splendid celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War held in July 2013 including the fantastic military parade which was a sight to behold indeed . The 2013 celebrations underscored the fact the importance of July 27th for the Korean people and world progressive people as well demonstrating the history of victory is everlasting, it is eternal.
The victory of the Korean people against the US imperialists was something that did not happen by itself nor was it due to luck nor was the gift of outside forces to the Korean people as thought by some dogmatists and flunkeyists .The victory of the Korean people in the Fatherland Liberation War was due to the Juche-orientated military tactics of the great leader generalissimo KIM IL SUNG, an ever-victorious iron-willed brilliant commander and gifted military strategist.
The Fatherland Liberation War right from the start apart from being one of the most barbaric wars in modern history ( a “monstrous war “ in the words of renown Australian writer and journalist Wilfrid Burchett),as well as a most unjust war in which the US imperialists tried to colonize the whole of Korea and destroy the young people’s democracy that had been set up in the northern half of Korea , also was a very one –sided war , in which the giant colossus of US imperialism , the head of the imperialist camp which commanded a huge global empire of overseas military bases and tame vassal states and puppet regimes, confronted the young and new born state of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) –People’s Korea or Juche Korea. The US had 15 times the population of the DPRK and 76 times the landmass of the DPRK. Moreover the US had been undefeated in over a 100 wars, during the Second World the US fought over in 2 different continents, Europe and Asia.
The US imperialists threw into the war a huge armed force, numbering two million altogether, including one-third of their ground force boasting of its "up-to-date equipment", one-fifth of their air force, and the greater part of their Pacific fleet, plus troops of 15 of their satellite countries and the south Korean puppet troops. Japanese forces participated in the Korean War in secret wearing the uniform of the south Korean puppet army. Also the forces of the Chiang Kai-shek Taiwan reactionaries participated. Some of those countries sending troops were profoundly anti-democratic countries such as Apartheid South Africa, Haile Selassie’s Ethiopia and fascist Colombia.
To my shame British troops were sent to the war to fight against the Korean people and hold back the struggle for liberation and reunification. Amongst the regiments sent to fight against the Korean people was the Royal Ulster Rifles which had suppressed the Irish people and committed many atrocities during the northern Ireland troubles. The British Army held back the reunification of Korea in the 1950s and also held back the reunification of Ireland.
People wondered what chance the DPRK stood of winning the war , of even surviving the onslaught of the US . The US imperialists had ,of course underestimated the great leader generalissimo KIM IL SUNG and the Korean people. Generalissimo KIM IL SUNG was the legendary hero the 15 year long anti-Japanese revolutionary war . He had waged guerrilla warfare on the Japanese imperialists from the base on Mt Paektu without the support of a state or a rear base and liberated Korea in 1945.
When the south Korean puppets and US imperialists launched their invasion of the DPRK at dawn on the 25th of June 1950, comrade KIM IL SUNG ordered the Korean People’s Army and Korean People’s Security Forces to launch an immediate counter-offensive against the aggressors. It is rare in history and possibly the only instance in history of an army being able to launch a counter-attack the same day. Usually the attacking forces have the advantage of surprise. However comrade KIM IL SUNG’s art of command and Juche-based revolutionary military tactics outwitted the US imperialist aggressors.
The KPA was able to launch a successful counter-offensive, liberating Seoul the south Korean puppet capital on June 28th only 3 days after the war . The KPA’s advance was just incredible. The south Korean puppet army collapsed like an ant hill that had been kicked over. The KPA advanced through south Korea like a knife going through butter. he US started to heavily bomb all of Korea and drew into the war forces from some satellite countries. This did not stop the advance of the Juche-orientated Korean People's Army commanded by the great leader Marshal KIM IL SUNG. The KPA smashed the Yankees at Osan . The great leader Marshal KIM IL SUNG personally commanded the Taejon liberation battle. The U.S. 24th division was totally destroyed in the Taejon battle on July 20, that was the 20th day after its arrival in south Korea. A young People's Army soldier took Dean prisoner , he was the first division commander of U.S. imperialist aggression forces to be taken prisoner in the Korean War.
The KPA and Korean people fought in the revolutionary spirit of self- reliance based on the Juche Idea. The great revolutionary leader Marshal KIM IL SUNG stated “ We must solve our problems no matter who is helping us and what help we get......Victory must be won by our strength”" It was the efforts of the Korean people that were primary in defeating the US imperialist aggressors. During the Fatherland Liberation War the great leader Marshal KIM IL SUNG applied unique Juche-orientated military tactics such as tunnel warfare . Later the Vietnamese people were to utilise tunnel warfare in their liberation war against the US imperialists and were aided by DPRK tunnelling experts.
The heroic and glorious KPA commanded by the great leader Marshal KIM IL SUNG tore the guts out of US imperialism. The US imperialists lost over : 1,567,128 men including 405,498 US soldiers, 1,130,965 south Korean puppet troops, and 30,665 soldiers of their satellite states were killed, wounded or captured; 12,224 air planes including "air fortress B-29" were downed, damaged or captured, 7,695 guns, 3,255 233 tanks and armoured cars were lost; and 564 warships and vessels including the heavy cruiser Baltimore and the flagship of the Seventh Fleet Missouri were sunk or damaged. The loss suffered by the US imperialists was nearly 2.3 times greater than what they had suffered in the four years of the Pacific War during World War II. Even official US statistics showed during each of the three years of the Korean war they lost double the number of troops for each year of the Vietnam war.
US general Mark Clark lamented mournfully that he was the first US commander to conclude an armistice without a victory .Even right wing conservative British historian Max Hastings wrote" Many American career officers were dismayed by the precedent Korea established: the United States had failed to fight a war to a victorious conclusion." US war historian Bevin Alexander(who had actually been a US army officer ) said “Great efforts to conquer North Korea ended in failure. “The infamous anti-communist senator J R McCarthy admitted that “ we suffered a serious defeat in Korea “
As dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN said in his speech to veterans of the Fatherland Liberation War on the 26th of July 2015
“ Our July 27 is the second Day of Liberation when our people defended with honour their country's dignity and sovereignty from the brigandish aggression by the U.S. imperialists, and also the day of proud victors that put the U.S. imperialists, who were recklessly attempting to gain hegemony in the world and enslave it, on a downhill march towards ruin.”
The Korean people’s great victory in the Fatherland Liberation War was a brilliant victory of the Juche-oriented, Songun -based revolutionary military strategy of President KIM II SUNG, the ever-victorious, iron-willed brilliant commander and gifted military strategist, who been steeled in the protracted arduous anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle and combined a great revolutionary idea, the Juche idea with outstanding leadership ability and brilliant military art. By leading the Korean people to victory in the Fatherland Liberation War the great leader generalissimo KIM IL SUNG made a great contribution to the world revolutionary movement that will shine down the ages.
Dr Dermot Hudson
Official Delegate KFA for UK/Chairman UK Korean Friendship Association
Chairman of the Juche Idea Study Group of England
President Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK