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Battle to Liberate Taejon, Brilliant Model of Modern Siege Warfare
Pyongyang, July 13 (KCNA) -- The brilliant victory in the Taejon liberation operation achieved by the rare military wisdom and outstanding leadership of President Kim Il Sung is also recorded in the history of the Fatherland Liberation War as another military miracle that shattered the myth of the "mightiness" of the U.S. imperialists.

On July 16, Juche 39 (1950), the President crossed the iron bridge of the River Rimjin and arrived in Seoul. And at the frontline headquarters there, he guided an operation meeting on the siege of Taejon.

When the "line of no retreat" of the River Kum collapsed like a sandy castle, the U.S. imperialists made desperate efforts to reverse the war situation at any cost by mobilizing a large number of troops including the 24th Infantry Division and the 1st Cavalry Division of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces to defend Taejon.

Penetrating into the prevailing situation, the President set forth an original tactics that small units formed with tanks and infantries go into Taejon City first and make a surprise attack on the enemies to plunge their interior into confusion, and the Seoul 3rd and 4th infantry divisions and the Seoul 105th Tank Division attack the enemies in the north, northwest and west of Taejon to deal a powerful blow at them and a unit which advanced southeast of Taejon holds under control the mobile road of the enemies and destroys the retreating enemies and reinforcements.

Under his operational plan, soldiers of the Korean People's Army (KPA) made a stealthy march even under the unfavourable conditions of the hottest period of summer to form a complete encirclement ring to the streets of Taejon City.

The action of KPA units were so sudden and mobile that the enemies did not believe that they were encircled even after they were reported that the KPA soldiers were detected in Mt Kubong south of Taejon.

When the order of general attack on the streets of Taejon City was issued at 5:00 on July 20, combined units of the People's Army launched an attack in the north, northwest and west simultaneously under the cover of artillery fire, and occupied the defence positions of the enemies in a moment, and annihilated them while waging an urban warfare.

At 12:00 on the same day, the 24th Infantry Division of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces, which boasted of being the "undefeated division", was exterminated, Taejon was liberated, and division commander Dean was captured by a soldier of the KPA while fleeing in soldier's uniform.

In the combat to liberate Taejon, the brave KPA soldiers killed, injured and captured more than 24,220 enemies, destroyed and captured more than 20,000 small arms, 150-odd artillery pieces, 40-odd tanks, over 1,010 armoured cars and trucks and shot down and destroyed more than 30 planes.

Since then, the battle to liberate Taejon has been widely known to the world as a brilliant model of modern siege warfare unprecedented in the world history of wars.

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