KPC3464: The 100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of Cheongsanri

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(News from 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost) On 21 October 2020 KoreaPost issued a stamp commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of Cheongsanri. This battle, more commonly known for the Chinese name of the same location as the Battle of Qingshanli, was fought over six days in October 1920 between the Imperial Japanese Army and Korean armed groups in a densely wooded region of eastern Manchuria.

KoreaPost released the stamp in a souvenir stamp sheet containing 16 stamps (4×4) of 380 won each, printed by Royal Joh. Enschedé for POSA:

Sheet KPC3464


청산리 전투 전승 100주년

디자인청산리 전투
인쇄 및 색수평판 / 4도
전지구성4 × 4
발행일2020. 10. 21.
우표크기45 × 28
인면42.5 × 25
천공13¾ ×14¼
인쇄처POSA (조엔쉐데社)


POSA released an image of the FDC for this series:

FDC for KPC3464

KoreaPost also release this text for this series:

It has been 100 years since the Battle of Cheongsanri, which gave Koreans a great victory in the midst of the period of Japanese colonial rule. Honoring the centennial anniversary of the victory in the largest battle engaged by the Korean Independence Army against the Japanese Army, Korea Post is issuing the commemorative stamp 100th Anniversary of the Victory at the Battle of Cheongsanri.

After the March 1st Movement in 1919, the Korean Independence Army carried out more active activities around the border near the Dumangang River and Amnokgang River. In particular, the Korean Independence Army executed its entry operations to Korea starting in the second half of 1919. In 1920, it organized “Daehan Bungno Dokgunbu” to support the provisional government of the Republic of Korea and group the Korean Independence Army located in Bukgando into a single unit. Soon, the unit won the Battle of Bongodong against the Japanese Army on June 7, 1920. After losing the Battle of Bongodong, Japan not only made a diplomatic effort by putting pressure on the warlords of Manchuria but also a plan for the mobilization of large military forces to suppress the Korean Independence Army. In September, it plotted a raid where Chinese bandits attacked the Japanese consulate in Hunchun, which justified its mobilization of an army to Manchuria, a territory of China. The Korean Independence Army prepared a countermeasure to leave Bukgando and move to Baekdusan Mountain to avoid a frontal confrontation with the Japanese Army and build up the military power. It divided itself into “Bungno Gunjeongseogun” and “Hong Beom-do Combined Forces”. When the Japanese forces and cavalry pursued the Korean Independence Army headed for Baekdusan Mountain, the Korean Independence Army fought the Japanese Army while avoiding direct confrontation as much as possible. The first battle between the two armies was the Battle of Baegunpyeong, where Bungno Gunjeongseogun directed by Kim Jwa-jin won on October 21, 1920. On October 22, the Bungno Gunjeongseogun attacked the Japanese Army from both sides with the Combined Forces directed by Hong Beom-do at the Battle of Eorangchon, the largest battle among the battles that took place in Cheongsanri. From that point to the dawn on October 26, the Combined Forces led by General Hong Beom-do and Bungno Gunjeongseogun by General Kim Jwa-jin fought separately or together, accomplishing the splendid feat of winning more than 10 battles during six days and beefing up the military force. The Battle of Cheongsanri that took place for six days is recorded as the biggest victory and the largest battle in the history of the Korean independence movement.

The commemorative stamp for the 100th anniversary of the victory at the Battle of Cheongsanri comprises an article from Tongnip Sinmun (Vol. 88; Dec. 25, 1920), in which the information of the battle by the Korean Independence Army was reported, and the national documentary painting Battle of Cheongsanri by Kim Tae (1931-), a Western style painter and professor at the Seoul National University College of Art. With this commemorative stamp, we hope you remember the proud independence movement against the Japanese colonial rule by recalling the roars of the Korean Independence Army that resonated 100 years ago.

All relevant text and images in page copyright: 우정사업본부 / KoreaPost

Ivo Spanjersberg
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