19500901 0000 22sn

Enemy Breakthrough at Yŏngch'ŏn


In the high mountains between the Taegu sector on the west and the Kyŏngju-east coast sector, two North Korean divisions, the 8th and 15th, stood ready on 1 September to attack south and sever the Taegu-P'ohang-dong corridor road in the vicinity of Hayang and Yŏngch'ŏn, in coordination with the North Korean offensive in the Kigye-P'ohang area.

Hayang is 12, and Yŏngch'ŏn 20, air miles east of Taegu. The N.K. 8th Division was astride the main Andong-Sinnyŏng-Yŏngch'ŏn road 20 air miles northwest of Yŏngch'ŏn; the 15th was eastward in the mountains just below Andong, 35 air miles north of Yŏngch'ŏn on a poor and mountainous secondary road. The objective of the 8th Division was Hayang; that of the 15th was Yŏngch'ŏn, which the enemy division commander had orders to take at all costs.

Opposing the N.K. 8th Division was the ROK 6th Division; in front of the N.K. 15th Division stood the ROK 8th Division. [22-27]