Minju Joson, DPR.Korea paper, Saturday praises the feats performed by Kim Jong Suk, woman commander of Mt. Paektu, during the anti-Japanese war in Korea.
Kim Jong Suk (1917-1949) devoted her whole life to the liberation of her country and the emancipation of fellow women. She is still highly praised as an anti-Japanese war heroine by the progressive humankind as well as the Korean people. The human history has not witnessed such a woman, who made a great contribution to defeating imperialist forces with arms, sleeping and eating in the open for more than 10 years.
Kim Jong Suk was possessed of outstanding stratagem, extraordinary military wisdom and adroit art of military command.
In October 1935, a little more than one month after joining the Korean People’s Revolutionary Army led by Commander Kim Il Sung, she displayed her outstanding strategy and tactics in the Chechangzi guerrilla zone in northeast China. At that time, the Japanese imperialists enlisted about 10 000 soldiers plus cannon and aircraft in attacking the guerrilla zone, which was held by Korean guerrillas only about 100 strong and members of the Anti-Japanese Self-Defence Corps and Young Volunteers Corps who lacked combat experience and were poorly armed.
The situation threw many people into despair. Kim Jong Suk encouraged them, saying that what was important in the battle was the faith in victory and if they put the favourable terrain conditions into good account, they could win victory. She suggested that a bridge, the only way to the zone, was defended firmly and effective use made of the geographical conditions at key points. When defending the zone, she shot enemy officers only, neutralized their command system. When the enemy made a detour, the heaps of stone, which had already been prepared as she proposed, were released to give wholesale deaths to the enemy. Having failed to break through the defences, the enemy could not but beat a retreat.
When she went to the Musan area in the northern part of Korea with a small unit in late March 1940, the enemy pounced upon them on both sides. She employed the “telescope tactic,” a tactic of making the enemy from both sides fight each other and the guerrillas seeing the fight from a distant place.
She was possessed of extraordinary valour and excellent marksmanship.
At each battle, she was the first to charge to the enemy’s position, and at times fought a hand-to-hand fight without hesitation. In a battle in June 1936, she fought the enemy soldiers with a bayonet on her rifle. During another hard-fought battle she sang a song, raising the morale of the guerrillas.
Her mysterious marksmanship produced many legendary tales. In a battle in April 1938, seeing the enemy stealing their way under the bush, she fired each time a bush swayed, killing one enemy soldier with each shot. During another battle she cut off a swaying enemy telephone line at a single shot in a dim, moonlit night.
She was renowned as a reliable guard for Kim Il Sung.
It was her faith that only when the personal safety of Commander Kim Il Sung was assured, could the liberation of the country and the nation be achieved and the everlasting prosperity of the nation be guaranteed. She defended Kim Il Sung death-defyingly in several hard-fought battles during the anti-Japanese armed struggle. Examples are the battle of Fusong county town, the battle of Hongqihe, the battle on the outskirts of Dashahe in Antu County and the battle of Huanggouling base. Even after the liberation of the country, she ensured his personal safety, regarding herself as his bodyguard.
Though she did not live long, her extraordinary life as a woman general of the anti-Japanese war will remain long in the memory of humankind and in history.