A winter river-crossing attack drill of the armored infantry sub-units of the motorized strike group in the western sector of the front of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) was staged at the initiative of KPA Supreme Commander Kim Jong Un, first secretary of the Workers’ Party of Korea and first chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK.
He organized and guided the drill.
He was greeted at the drill ground by KPA Vice Marshal Hwang Pyong So, director of the KPA General Political Bureau, Army General Hyon Yong Chol, minister of the People’s Armed Forces, Army General Ri Yong Gil, chief of the KPA General Staff, and other commanding officers of the KPA.
After receiving a report on the schemes of the KPA forces and “enemy” forces at the observation post, he ordered the start of the drill.
After self-propelled artillery pieces of the motorized strike group pounded in succession the bases of the “enemies” with a Juche-oriented artillery fire striking method, combatants mounted a bold attack and advance troops crossed the frozen part of the river unimagined by the “enemies” and wiped out “those enemy forces” who were desperately defending an islet on the river and put the defence lines under control in a twinkle.
Then sub-units ensuring the advance successfully helped sub-units of the motorized strike group cross the river by using various kinds of river-crossing means including floating bridge.
Hwang Pyong So and Hyon Yong Chol commanded the river-crossing operation on an advance armored car and a self-propelled artillery piece.
The commanding officers of the KPA should take the lead in the charge and the battle for crushing the enemies just as those of the guerilla army did, Kim Jong Un said, adding that their order “Follow me!” should resound forth loudly in the combat drill grounds.
He stressed that the KPA should study hard the combat and training methods suited to the features of the theatres for military actions in Korea irrespective of rainy or winter seasons in the future, too, so that all units and sub-units may acquire capabilities to fight actual battles to cross rivers and mountains at a breath.
At the end of the winter river-crossing attack drill of the above-said sub-units, he pointed out merits and demerits manifested in the drill. Underscoring the weighty significance of the drill in carrying out the party’s military strategic policy, he instructed the KPA to frequently organize the similar drill in the future.
Noting that a powerful offensive means rock-firm defence, he said only when the KPA is capable of mounting a deadly attack, can it prevent the enemies from behaving flippantly in its eyes on the forefront.
He said that the KPA should prepare all soldiers as a match-for-a hundred fighters capable of fighting actual battles by making their training more intensive just as the anti-Japanese guerrillas did in Mt. Paektu, and should keep itself highly alerted so that it may mercilessly wipe out the aggressors, should they dare make a preemptive attack on the inviolable land of the DPRK, and successfully carry forward the tradition of victory in the confrontation with the U.S. -0-