History

Great Victory in Hansan

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A big engagement between the naval forces of Korea and the Japanese invaders was fought on the sea off the Hansan Island during the Imjin Patriotic War.

At that time, the Korean fleet under the command of Admiral Ri Sun Sin gave a telling blow to the Japanese fleet and thus completely held the command of the South Sea of Korea.

Here is Researcher Jon Kyong Il at the History Institute under the Academy of Social Sciences.

“The Hansando naval engagement is a sea battle that destroyed the Japanese fleet on the sea off the Hansan Island on July 8, 1592.

Under the command of the patriotic Admiral Ri Sun Sin, the Korean fleet with the Turtle Ship in the van sank 59 of the 73 enemy warships and killed and wounded thousands of the enemy troops, completely baffling the enemy’s plan for joint advance of the land and sea forces. Korean people called the victory in the engagement on the sea off the Hansan Island a great victory of Hansan.”

The Japanese invaders formed another three fleets in late June 1592 to attack the Korean fleet.

Coping with the large-scale invasion of the enemy fleets, Admiral Ri Sun Sin formed a combined fleet and ordered it to go out to the sea on July 6.

Determined to take out and smash the enemy fleets on the sea off the Hansan Island, he hid the main force of the Korean fleet on the northern shore of the island.

And he formed a vanguard of 5 to 6 warships to allure the enemy.

The vanguard slipped away from the narrows of Kyonnaeryang and allured the enemy fleets to the sea off the Hansan Island.

When almost all the enemy warships entered the sea, Admiral Ri Sun Sin gave an order of general attack to his entire fleet.

The Korean fleet with the Turtle Ship in the van sailed out all at once to completely encircle the enemy fleets from the front and both flanks and burnt tens of the enemy warships with strong gunfire.

The victory in the Hansando naval engagement, a good example of tactics of allurement and encirclement, wrote a brilliant page in the world history of naval engagements in the Middle Ages.

Categories: History, Military, Narrated

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