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The Monument to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War

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The Monument to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War located on the Pothong riverside in Pyongyang, draws a large number of people.
Built in July 1993 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of victory in the Fatherland Liberation War (June 1950-July 1953), it is dedicated to the heroic exploits of the Korean People´s Army and the people, who defeated the US imperialists and their followers and defended the dependence of the country in the war.
On the face of the gate to the monument can be seen its tablet with the words "The Monument to the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War" inscribed on it and the cap badge of the KPA flanked by DPRK flags.
On the left and right sides inside the gate stand a monument bearing President Kim Il Sung´s autograph and mother of a dedicated poem, and the statues of two People´s Army soldiers guarding the flag of the Workers´ Party of Korea and the standard of the Korean People´s Army respectively. At the far end opposite the gate is the main statue "Victory", which depicts a people´s Armyman shouting, "Charge!", flying the flag of the Republic over his head. There are ten group sculptures of subsidiary themes—five on each side store the main statue—such as "the Battle of Taejon Liberation," "Defenders of Height 1211," "Defending the Territorial Waters of the Republic," "Heroes on Wolmi Islet," "Defending the Sky of the Country," and "Home Font´s Support for the Front."

These group sculptures vividly depict typical battles and struggles based on the historic facts.
The group sculpture "The Battle of Taejon Liberation" shows seven persons including a soldier running in the van of the it, flying the flag of the Republic smoked by exploding shells, an officer dashing with a shout of "Charge!" and a war correspondent who is busy shooting battle scenes with a camera.
In the battle done in July 1950, KPA units completely seized Taejon city and annihilated almost all the enemies, and Commander Dean of the 24th US Infantry Division was captured by a KPA soldier.
The group sculpture "Defenders of Height 1211" intensively represents the exploits of the heroic soldiers who defended the height of the country at the cost of their lives through positive position warfare. It shows eight Heroes and Heroines—Hero Ri Su Bok who blocked the firing muzzle of the enemy gun with his chest and made a breach for the charge of his unit; Hero Jo Kun Sil who pressed the trigger of his heavy machine-gun with his chin as his limbs were wounded, thus wiping out the enemies; Hero Kang Ho Yong who plunged among the enemies with a grenade in his mouth; and Heroine Jo Sun Ok who, as a nurse, destroyed two enemy tanks by throwing herself at them with anti-tank grenades in her arms.

In the battle, the defenders of Height 1211 killed, wounded or captured over 29 000 enemy soldiers, destroyed more than 40 aircraft and 60 tanks. Nineteen of the People´s Army soldiers who fought the battle were awarded the title of DPRK Hero.

The group sculpture "Defending the Territorial Waters of the Republic" composed of six figures represents the struggle of the KPA sailors who wrote a new chapter in the world´s history of sea battle by sinking the US Navy´s heavy cruiser Baltimore: the captain of a torpedo boat is holding high a hand and shouting "Fire!", the boatswain repeating the captain´s order and a torpedo is fired. The sculpture of the sailors braving through rough waves, vividly shows the struggle of the sailors dashing at the enemy warship in the do-or-die spirit.
In early July 1950, the Baltimore of the US 7th Fleet sank into the sea off Jumunjin after being repeatedly attacked by four KPA Navy´s torpedo boats.

The group sculpture "Defending the Sky of the Country" shows five KPA airmen centring on a pilot aboard a plane looking up at the blue sky of the country an officer commands an airfight; a pilot carefully observes the sky, and the technical crew load bombs and machine-gun bullets. This vividly shows in a formative and artistic way the ideological and spiritual, and combat and technical preparedness of the KPA airmen.

On July 3, 1950, enemy jets, proud of their numerical and technical superiority, were hovering over Suwon. Over 20 of them were downed by the propeller-driven planes of the KPA. On October 23, 12 "B-29" bombers called the "air fortress" were downed by KPA chasers.
In the war, 5,729 enemy aircrafts were downed and 6,484 damaged. During the three-year-long war, 533 of the People´s Army soldiers became DPRK Heroes, including five Twice Heroes.

Some lines of the above-mentioned dedicated poem read:

The dignified image of heroic Korea
Is represented by the incarnation of immortality.
The cheers for victory that moved billions of hearts of the world

Are reverberating from here.

Though it is long since the war,
People, you remember for ever
The military merits of sons and daughters of this country
Who laid down their youth and lives for the country.

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