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Anecdotes about Compatriotism Recorded during War

Date: 28/07/2021 | Source: Uriminzokkiri (En) | Read original version at source

Anecdotes about Compatriotism Recorded during War

President Kim Il Sung showed warm love and benevolence for the compatriots in the southern half of Korea during the fierce Fatherland Liberation War (June 25, 1950 - July 27, 1953).

In the evening of June 27, Juche 39 (1950), the President ordered the units of the Korean People's Army (KPA) to stop their general attack on Seoul for a while for fear that its citizens' lives and properties and the time-honored national cultural treasures there would be damaged. Thus, the fully-ready operation for liberating Seoul had to be postponed for all night and, it was something unprecedented in the world history of wars.

He also saw to it that an agrarian reform was enforced in the liberated areas of the south to gratify the south Korean peasants' age-old desire to do farm in their own land. At that time, "Tokrip (independence) Sinmun" published in Seoul reported that those peasants sent the President more than 3 000 letters of thanks only in two days.

In August he convened an urgent meeting at the Cabinet building to discuss the supply of winter firewood for Seoul citizens. Saying that to supply the firewood is as important as to fight at the front, he took measures for logging operation and timber transport by means of river. Accordingly, mobilized in this work were even hundreds of young and middle-aged people who volunteered to serve in the KPA

When temporary strategic retreat was begun, he gave an instruction on floating cut logs down a river for the citizens to catch from water, under the tense wartime situation. Thus, hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of firewood was carried down the Han River to be used by the inhabitants in the area of Seoul for winter.

More than 70 years have passed since then, but the anecdotes about his noble compatriotism are still now told, along with his exploits for the war victory.

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