Anecdotes

Korea Is Alive

This is the great leader Kim Il Sung making a speech in front of the people in Pochonbo on the evening of June 4, Juche 26 (1937).

At 10 p.m. a gun report rang out in the night sky of Pochonbo, a small town on the northern tip of Korea.

It was made by Kim Il Sung to herald the start of the Battle of Pochonbo.

The administrative organs of the Japanese imperialists were enveloped in flames by fierce attack of the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army. The town was as bright as day.

People ran out from everywhere. Kim Il Sung made a speech.

As to the scene, famous Korean poet Jo Ki Chon, wrote in his epic poem “Mt. Paektu” as follows:

… … …
Suddenly all fell silent
As Kim Il Sung led his detachment
Out on to the square,
And raised aloft his naked sabre,
Fire gleaming in the polished steel.

“Koreans!
Take a close look at the flames
Unleashed against the Japanese!
Korea’s soul is still alive,
The heart of our immortal people
Is beating still today!
Let us all fan these flames
Until our enemy is reduced to ashes!”
… … …

84 years has passed since then, but those buildings are still preserved at the site of the anti-Japanese war.

Command Post for the Battle of Pochonbo

Police Substation riddled with more than 130 bullets

Battery built next to the Police Substation

Sub-County Office

Fire Hall (Rebuilt after the battle)

Kim Il Sung conceived a thrilling plan to annihilate the pursuing enemy once again and victoriously led the Battles of Kouyushuishan and Jiansanfeng.

He reminisced as follows: “The greatest significance of the Battle of Pochonbo is that it not only convinced our people, who had thought Korea was dead, that this country was still very much alive but also armed them with the faith that they were fully capable of fighting and achieving national independence and liberation.”

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