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Model of Contemporary Siege Warfare

Korean Central News Agency of DPRK via Korea News Service (KNS)

Pyongyang, July 21 (KCNA) -- The operation for liberating Taejon during the Fatherland Liberation War (June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953) is still considered a model of contemporary siege warfare. In the operation units of the heroic Korean People's Army (KPA) annihilated the 24th Division of the U.S. Army, which had boasted of being "ever-victorious".

A military academy in Europe chose excellent and perfect town-siege battles in the contemporary history of war. Among them the Taejon liberation operation led by President Kim Il Sung was selected as the best one.

At that time Taejon, the seat of South Chungchong Province, was a strategic point which the south Korean puppet authorities set as the temporary capital and stationed ruling organs.

The U.S. imperialists, in an attempt to reverse the situation turning to their disadvantage due to the KPA's continuous strikes, brought more aggression forces to Korea and, at the same time, tried to arrest the advance of the KPA units by availing themselves of the town favorable for defence.

The President made a KPA unit move more than 40 kilometers overnight from Ronsan southwest of Taejon towards an area southeast of the town to encircle the division and keep it from retreating or taking reinforcements. He then dispatched a small unit to downtown to confuse the enemy, while keeping all the units participating in the operation ready to strike the enemy in front and sides.

The combined units of the KPA started an all-out attack early on the morning of July 20, Juche 39 (1950) and totally liberated Taejon after seven hours. Dean, commander of the division, was captured in the battle.

A U.S. army officer who took part in the Korean War confessed in his article that any U.S. army officers had no understanding of the tactics the President applied to the Taejon liberation operation until it was too late for them.

Indeed, the victory in the operation was the fruition of his war methods and tactics of the Korean style.



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