Pyongyang, June 3 (KCNA) — June 4 this year is the 80th anniversary of the victorious battle of Pochonbo commanded by President Kim Il Sung in the period of the anti-Japanese armed struggle.
The battle was a triumphant event in that dealt a telling blow at the Japanese imperialists who had been strutting around Korea and Manchuria as if they were the lords of Asia. It also marked a decisive turning point in liberating the conquered nation and bringing about the revival of the nation, evoking great responses among the Korean people and other peoples of the world.
After the battle, such rumors as “Japs were destroyed in Pochonbo” and “General Kim Il Sung is a great commander mowing down the Japanese army in Mt. Paektu, riding a heaven-sent swift steed” were spread among Koreans.
Greatly excited by the news about the battle, Ryo Un Hyong, a well-known figure in the national independent movement, hurried to the battle site. He said that he felt his distress as a citizen of a ruined nation disappeared into thin air in an instant, walking around Pochonbo. And he added that the thought that Tangun’s Korea was alive moved him to tears.
Kim Ku, one of leading members of the Provisional Government in Shanghai, was so inflamed by the news and opened the windows and shouted over and over again that the Paedal nation was alive.
Dong-A Ilbo, Joson Ilbo, Kyongsong Ilbo and other major newspapers in the homeland all reported the news of the battle. The battle was also headlined by the Japanese mass media, such as Tokyo Nichinichi Shimbun, and Osaka Asahi Shimbun, and Chinese newspapers, including Manchurian Daily, Manchurian News and Taiwan Daily. Pravda and Krasnoye Znamya, not to mention TASS, of the Soviet Union also gave liberal space to this battle.
Even the then police sergeant of the South Hamgyong provincial police department under the Japanese imperialists’ government-general in Korea confessed that the battle was an event that gave a deadly blow to the Empire of Japan which was seized with the wild ambition for aggression on the continent, advocating that “Korea and Japan are one” and that “Japanese and Koreans are of the same descent.”
The then chief of the Hyesan police station, too, said in an article carried by magazine Hamnamgyongu that he felt as if he had been struck hard on the back of the head and he felt the shame of watching the haystack he had been carefully building for a thousand days go up in flames in an instant.
Indeed, the battle of Pochonbo was a historic event of great significance which dealt a telling blow to the Japanese imperialists and instilled into the Korean people and the world progressives the confidence in victory.
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