On June 25, 1950, the imperialists unleashed an armed invasion against the DPRK.
The war was a severe trial on the part of the Korean people as their country was at less than five years after liberation from the Japanese military occupation in August 1945. It was nearly two years after the founding of the DPRK (September 1948) and two years after the reorganization of the People’s Army into a regular armed force (February 1948).
This being the situation, the Korean people pooled their minds and efforts to cope with the war decisive to the destiny of their country.
Go All Out for Victory in the War!
In a matter of three to four days after the outbreak of the war, more than 80,000 young and working people across the country volunteered to fight in the front.
The dispatch from the Korean Central News Agency in Pyongyang dated July 1, 1950 said: Headed by boy and girl students from universities, colleges, and senior middle schools, including Kim Il Sung University, and many young working people from different factories, mines, industrial establishments, and rural villages in the northern half of Korea volunteered to go out to the front. The number of such patriotic young people has already amounted 81,858.
The soldiers of the People’s Army who went to the front annihilated their imperialist enemies mercilessly, flying high the flag of their Republic.
The workers in the munitions industry sector operated lathes without shifts to produce weapons. Various emulation drives for increasing production and grain output in the wartime conditions were conducted briskly in industrial establishments and rural villages.
People in the rear rendered active assistance to the People’s Army combatants in defence of frontline posts, including Height 1211 and 351 and Mt Wolbi. They repaired roads and bridges destroyed by the enemy air raids several times a day and ensured wartime transportation by carrying food, shells and ammunition by themselves when the supply routes for the front were cut off.
All the people across the country launched the vigorous movement for donating funds for the procurement of military equipment, with the result that aircrafts, tanks, and warships with such names as “Rodongja” (worker), “Minchong” (democratic youth league), “Taehaksaeng” (university student), “Sonyon” (child), etc. were manufactured to be sent to the front.
The members of the Kkoekkolsae (oriole) Children’s Guards, the Anju Coal Mine Children’s Guard, and the Jo Ok Hui-led Children’s Self-defense Corps and many other schoolchildren fought bravely against the aggressors who occupied their home villages.
There were no differences between men and women, young and old, in defending the country. All the Korean people were the soldiers and defenders of their country.
During the three-year-long Fatherland Liberation War (June 25, 1950-July 27, 1953) to beat back the aggressive forces, 533 DPRK Heroes (5 twice Heroes) and 16 Labour Heroes were produced.