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Democratic People's Republic Of Korea 조선민주주의인민공화국 9th September 1948 -

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Old 07-08-2011, 08:34 AM   #1
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U.S. Intelligence Report On DPRK Forces September 1950.

Here is a "Full" United States Intelligence Report on the Land Forces of the DPRK dating from September 1950, a time when the DPRK had all of the Korean Peninsula except Pusan under their control.

This may well be the best contemporary report of DPRK forces that is currently available to us but it is very sketchy at best. This report is now unclassified and in the public domain and is quite an interesting historical read.

It was around this time that many of the DPRK forces were awarded "Guards" status but I have yet found a solid reference of what "Guards" units there have been, there are just some fleeting references here and there and "possible suggestions" as well as numbers found engraved in DPRK Guards Badges.
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Old 07-08-2011, 08:37 AM   #2
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Re: U.S. Intelligence Report On DPRK Forces September 1950.

Here is a diagram of DPRK Land Forces and list of the DPRK Order Of Battle.
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Re: U.S. Intelligence Report On DPRK Forces September 1950.

Here are run downs of the 1st 2nd and 3rd Divisions.
Commander "Sojang" Choi Kwang of the 1st Division was born in 1919 and died in 1997. Chief of the General Staff. Minister of the People's Armed Forces from 1995 until his death.
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Re: U.S. Intelligence Report On DPRK Forces September 1950.

Here are the 4th 5th and 6th Divisions. "Hero Of The DPRK" Lee Kwon Mu of the 4th Division was born in 1914 (date of death uncertain). A former member of the Chinese Eight Route Army and commander of the Red Army and attended a Soviet military academy. The 4th Division was a guards unit by 1st September 1950. Lee lost favour with the regime in 1959.
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Re: U.S. Intelligence Report On DPRK Forces September 1950.

Here are the 7th and 8th Divisions.
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Re: U.S. Intelligence Report On DPRK Forces September 1950.

Here is the 10th (11th is missing) 12th (very little known) and 13th Divisions.
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Re: U.S. Intelligence Report On DPRK Forces September 1950.

Here are the 15th Division 105th Tank "Division" and other units. "Hero Of DPRK" Pak Sun Chul of the 15th Division (1913-2008) later became Foreign Minister from 1959 to 1970 and then "Premier" of the DPRK (1976-1977).
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Re: U.S. Intelligence Report On DPRK Forces September 1950.

Here are the write ups on the 2nd 3rd and 5th Border Constabulary Brigades.
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Re: U.S. Intelligence Report On DPRK Forces September 1950.

Here is the write up on the 706th Brigade and two tables on the organisation and equipment of all the land forces of the DPRK.
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Re: U.S. Intelligence Report On DPRK Forces September 1950.

I wouldn't mind reading the entire thing. Do you have a link to the report? You can PM me if it is a questionable (i.e. .com site).

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