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Retrospection on Pochonbo Battle
2021-06-02
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Retrospection on Pochonbo Battle

 
The Pochonbo Battle is one of the battles of greatest historical significance among the many battles during the anti-Japanese revolutionary struggle.
Kotama Yoshiaki, the then police sergeant of the Kapsan County police office before liberation recalls as follows:
“...The anti-Japanese guerrillas led by General Kim Il Sung in the area around Mt. Paektu at the time were very brave.
In those days, the fellow officers only whispered of this fact among themselves and were afraid of speaking out about it.
I think it was one day in early June 1937. The Kapsan County police office was plunged in chaos at the urgent report on Pochonbo that was attacked by the unit of General Kim Il Sung.
At the time, there were a garrison, a forest guard and other units in Kapsan County.
They were training hard day and night for making ready to face with the attack of anti-Japanese guerrillas. The number of forces was also great.
The units in Kapsan County soon dashed to Pochonbo at the urgent report of the attack, but they found there none of guerrillas who appeared from and disappeared to God knows where. They returned without giving a helping hand. They explained about the tragic scene: The walls of the Pochonbo police substation were riddled with the bullets and corpses and wounded of the policemen were scattered here and there, an evidence of the strong attack from the guerrilla unit.
Moreover, the sub-county office, forest protection office and experimental farm as well were reduced to ashes.
Indeed, the Pochonbo Battle was a great blow dealt to the Japanese police and military men, one they could never forget in their life.
Later, I resigned from the police sergeant and took a taxi service in the transportation company.
Looking back now, the battle was a great incident that can be written in the history of Korea.”

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