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History of Glory

As long as there are the Party, government, army and people, we can defeat any aggressors, however formidable they might be, and we will emerge victorious—this was the faith and courage cherished by Kim Il Sung, when Korea faced a life-and-death crisis owing to the war of aggression the US imperialists and their south Korean puppet clique started in the early morning of June 25, 1950.

Korea was too young to be a match for the allied forces of the United States and its 15 vassal states, south Korea and militarist Japan. It was only two years after it established its government and a regular army. It was a confrontation of an ill-balanced strength, unprecedented in the world history of war.

The Korean people, however, were not daunted, and rose up with determination in the sacred war of national defence, true to their leader Kim Il Sung’s appeal, “Everything for Victory in the War!”

What they believed in was the WPK, the banner of their victory, which struck its roots and developed during the anti-Japanese revolution.

From the first day of the war, the WPK reorganized its work to suit the wartime conditions, ensured that all Party organizations and members enhanced their role and strengthened revolutionary discipline in it, so that all human and material resources could be mobilized to the maximum for the victory in the war.

It promptly established within it a well-knit organizational system so as to orient all Party work to implementing the orders of the Military Commission headed by Kim Il Sung and make its organizations conduct organizational and political work in a flexible way.

As a result, an immediate counteroffensive was launched, Seoul was liberated within three days after the war broke out, a brilliant example of modern encircling warfare was set in the battle to liberate Taejon, the home front was stabilized and successes were achieved on the front one after another; these were all attributable to Kim Il Sung’s Juche-oriented military strategy and tactics and his outstanding art of command, as well as the absolute trust of the entire army and people in the WPK and their faithfulness to its leadership.

The timely and revolutionary measures the WPK took at every stage of the war inspired the service personnel and people to perform unparalleled mass heroism in the war.

With an insight into the need to strengthen Party leadership over the Korean People’s Army, Kim Il Sung, while reviewing the second stage of the war, took measures to set up Party organizations and political organs in the KPA at a meeting of the Political Committee of the WPK Central Committee held in October Juche 39 (1950).

Accordingly, cultural departments at all levels in the army were reorganized into political departments, and Party organizations, whose terminal ones were cells in the companies, were set up in all units of the KPA. This marked a radical turn in providing unified leadership of the WPK in the military field and developing the KPA into the army of the WPK and the revolution both in name and reality.

What is fundamental in Party leadership is to make a scientific analysis, based on its guiding ideology, of the situation prevailing in every period, put forward timely and correct lines and policies, strategies and tactics at its meetings and enlist all the people in the struggle to implement them.

Despite the grim wartime circumstances, Kim Il Sung visited the Ragwon Machine Factory and many other places in the rear and attended general membership meetings of Party cells. Though he was very busy carrying the heavy burdens of the war, he paid deep attention to strengthening the Party organizationally and ideologically by convening several plenary meetings of the WPK Central Committee and even personally preparing reports to them.

The Third Plenary Meeting of the WPK Central Committee held in December Juche 39 (1950) put forward as an especially important task to establish rigid discipline within the Party in keeping with the wartime circumstances and strengthen the Party’s unity in ideology and purpose.

The Fourth Plenary Meeting of the WPK Central Committee held in November Juche 40 (1951) brought about a rapid qualitative growth of Party ranks, and the Fifth Plenary Meeting held in December Juche 41 (1952) proved an important occasion for tempering the Party spirit of the WPK members. These meetings that put forward in good time correct policies and lines for achieving victory in the war are recorded in the history of the development of the WPK.

The KPA fought with such Juche-oriented military tactics created by Kim Il Sung as movements of anti-aircraft and anti-tank teams and positional defence warfare by relying on tunnels, thus defeating the numerically and technically superior imperialist enemy by political and ideological and strategic and tactical superiority.

Under the leadership of Kim Il Sung, an iron-willed brilliant commander, who defeated two imperialist powers in one generation, and the WPK, the Korean people defeated the US imperialist aggressors and safeguarded with honour the freedom and independence of their country, thereby demonstrating the mettle of heroic Korea to the whole world.

This eloquently proves that a strong party makes a country, though small in territory and population, as well as its government and people strong, and that the DPRK will always emerge victorious as long as it is led by the WPK.

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