July 27th is known as the second liberation day of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea(DPRK) because it was the day when the US imperialists finally admitted they could not militarily defeat the DPRK and signed the Korean Armistice Agreement which actually contained a clause stipulating the withdrawal of all foreign forces from the Korean peninsula but the US reneged on this later. Mark Clark the commander of US forces in the War wrote `` "In carrying out the instructions of my government, I gained the unenviable distinction of being the first United States commander in history to sign an armistice without victory.’ and US general Bradley admitted that it was ‘ The wrong war, at the wrong place, at the wrong time, and with the wrong enemy’ . These were confessions of US commanders that they were defeated in the Fatherland Liberation War .
The US lost : 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 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 according to the heavily doctored and downplayed statistics of the US military, the US lost more 15 times as many troops in the three years of the Fatherland Liberation War than in nearly 20 years of the Afghan War or 9 times as many in 8 years of fighting in Iraq . However much the US tried to dress it up or downplay it , they have faced a total military disaster in Korea .
The great leader President KIM IL SUNG said “In this great struggle our people fought determinedly as one in mind under the correct leadership of the party and government and thereby withstood the harsh trials of war honourably and won a historic victory inflicting an ignominious defeat on US imperialism and its running dogs’
Some people attribute the Korean people’s victory in the great Fatherland Liberation War against the US it to the internationalist assistance that was given to the DPRK from the People’s Republic of China and the former USSR believing that only big countries can make a difference or only big countries can solve problems .
As Generalissimo KIM IL SUNG pointed out “Even small countries can defeat big enemy, once they establish Juche, unite the masses of the people and valiantly rise in battle despite sacrifice. This is a very plain truth of our times which has been borne out by actual life."
During the Fatherland Liberation War the Korean people fought in the spirit of self-reliance.
The US imperialists and reactionaries had made big miscalculation and greatly underestimated the DPRK , the Korean People’s Army(KPA) and the Juche-based military tactics of generalissimo KIM IL SUNG who accumulated vast and unrivaled experience in the 15 year long anti-Japanese armed struggle .
Great generalissimo KIM IL SUNG employed unique Juche-based tactics during the Fatherland Liberation War . Based on the Juche idea that people are the masters , generalissimo KIM IL SUNG attached importance to the decisive role of people rather than weapons during the war . Basically he believed that the outcome of war is simply not decided by weapons but by those who hold those weapons.
Generalissimo KIM IL SUNG initiated an immediate counter-attack on the aggressors when they provoked the war on the morning of the 25th of June 1950 . During the Second World War , Poland , the Netherlands , Belgium and France all fell to the invasion of Nazi Germany , seemingly powerless to resist let along organise a counter-offensive.By launching a counter-offensive quickly Generalissimo KIM IL SUNG snatched away the advantage of suprise from the south Korean puppets and US imperialists. The idea of launching an immediate counter-offensive to wipe out the invaders was a unique Juche-based tactic . The KPA smashed the US imperialist forces to smithereens at Osan and Taejon .US General Dean was captured . Within a few weeks the US imperialists and south Korean puppets had been routed and faced being driven into the sea by the victorious KPA which had liberated 90 per cent of the territory of south Korea and 92 per cent of the population , a truly remarkable feat .
The KPA under the command of generalissimo KIM IL SUNG also created other original tactics such as tunnel warfare ( the DPRK later sent tunneling advisors to Vietnam during their war against the US), the idea of opening a second front behind enemy lines , the creation of aircraft hunting and tank hunting teams and guerrilla warfare .
The great Fatherland Liberation War proved the validity of the Juche Idea and Songun idea . The great revolutionary leader Generalissimo
KIM IL SUNG not only humbled the pride of the arrogant US imperialists but smashed the reactionary bourgeois military theory that advocates the omnipotence of weapons over humans.
Dr Dermot Hudson
Chairman British Group for the Study of the Juche Idea .
President Association for the Study of Songun Politics UK
Chairman Korean Friendship Association UK
Chairman British Solidarity Committee for Peace and Solidarity on the Korean peninsula