In the Western countries there is a lot of myth and mystique surrounding what they like to call the Korean War or more accurately the Fatherland Liberation War . There are not only myths and distortions about how the war started but also as to who won the war .Quite often the war is downplayed or referred to as the unknown war .Sometimes it is referred to as the war before Vietnam .
The reason why is that it was in fact a massive defeat for US and world imperialism . This is even admitted by a right wing US military historian Bevin Alexander who was himself a US officer in the war . In his book Korea: The First War We Lost ( 1986 ) he wrote that “Great efforts to conquer North Korea ended in failure.” Former Daily Telegraph editor Max Hastings said
" Many American career officers were dismayed by the precedent Korea established: the United States had failed to fight a war to a victorious conclusion."
Dear respected Marshal KIM JONG UN said "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."
In the DPRK it is said that July follows June meaning that although the Fatherland Liberation War was provoked by the US imperialists and south Korean puppets on the 25th of June 1950 it ended with the DPRK’s victory on the 27th of July 1950 .
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 airplanes 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 official US statistics showed during each of the three years of the Korean war they lost double the 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 .
The Fatherland Liberation War of the Korean people was an unequal battle as the US imperialists threw in huge armed forces plus the troops of 15 of their satellite countries as well the Japanese militarists, not to mention the south Korean puppets. The US imperialists used barbaric methods of warfare exceeding those of the Hitlerlite Nazis. They used germ and chemical warfare and carried out horrendous massacres. All these failed to subdue the Korean people who under the wise leadership of the great revolutionary leader Marshal Kim Il Sung achieved a great victory. The forces of the heroic KPA defeated the so-called "Invincible US 24th Division" on the 20th of July 1950 at Taejon and took its commander General Dean prisoner. Dean was the first US general to be captured by an opposing side.Dean’s general’s pips and boots can be seen in the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum in Pyongyang where you can also see a wonderful diorama of the battle of the Battle of Taejon.
The KPA turned Height 1211 into a hill of heartbreak for the US imperialist aggressors.
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 their efforts that were primary in defeating the US imperialist aggressors"
In the Fatherland Liberation War commanded by the great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG ,the reactionary bourgeois military theory was smashed by the Juche- orientated revolutionary military strategy and theory. Generalissimo Kim Il Sung continually stressed that the outcome of war is not determined by weapons or technology but by those who wield the weapons. The Fatherland Liberation War was a burning crucible of Songun. The victory of the Korean people led by the great leader comrade KIM IL SUNG shattered revisionist and pacifist theories about peaceful co-existence and 'non-violence'
The Korean People's Army commanded by the great leader generalissimo KIM IL SUNG was a true people's army, an army of justice and liberation. It assisted the people . A strong spirit of Army-People unity prevailed throughout society. Summing up the significance of the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War. The great revolutionary leader Marshal 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"
The great leader comrade KIM JONG IL said
"It was a great revolutionary war of worldwide significance, a war in which our people defended their motherland and inflicted the first-ever defeat on US imperialism, the ringleader of world imperialism, by waging a national, heroic struggle."
Respected Marshal KIM JONG UN said that the victory in the Fatherland Liberation War " was a military miracle unprecedented in the war history of mankind and a great feat of historical significance never seen before in the nation's history spanning 5 000 years."
The Fatherland Liberation War ended in victory due to the Juche orientated military tactics, Juche-orientated military thought and Songun revolutionary leadership of the great leader supreme commander generalissimo KIM IL SUNG and the sublime heroism of the KPA. The myth of US invincibility was smashed to smithereens in the Fatherland Liberation War. The victory in the Fatherland Liberation War inspired national liberation and revolutionary movements all over the world to struggle against the colonial system of the US-led imperialists bringing about an era of decline for US imperialism, an era of anti -imperialism . US imperialism's defeat in Korea preceded its defeat in Vietnam and elsewhere. The Korean people's victory in the Fatherland liberation war was a great contribution to the world revolutionary movement as it showed that US imperialism could be stopped in its tracks and beaten.