The First Movement (May 4th ∼ May 9th)

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The First Movement (May 4th ∼ May 9th)

According to the discussion with the top officers in Jinhaeroo, Cholla Left Fleets made the first movement from May 4th to May 9th. During this movement, the fleets sank or broke total 42 Japanese war ships. (26 in Okpo, 5 in Happo, and 11 in Jeukjinpo) They showed the great achievements in the first war. But the more important thing than the achievements was the confidence of his men in the sea battles. They got off the warphobia that they had in the beginning of the war not to be afraid of the Japanese invaders any more.

Before the first movement, the exaggerated rumors that the Japanese invaders kept 300 or 600 warships were spreaded far and wide in Cholla Left Navy. The rumor was strong enough to make Korean navy scared and nobody could expect they beat the invaders. Even in the meeting of the top officers in Jinhaeroo, most of the officers were disinclined to move out from the Cholla Left. But the result broke the prejudice. Cholla Left Fleets won all the battles by sinking 42 enemy ships without losing a man. It was a great victory that made the soldiers have the energy to fight the invaders.

In the first movement, CLF had the forces of 85 war ships and 6 thousand soldiers. The forces of 85 ships seems to be a large fleets. But only 24 of them were the real war ships which could be used in the battles. The rest ships were 16 small boats and 46 fishing ships. They could not be used in the battles, but in the transportation as the carriers and in the mailing. The reason why Lee took these ships in the first movement was to pretend to be a large fleets. From the second, however, he had not taken them in the battles because they were not useful in the real sea battles.

[The map of the first movement]

1) The Okpo Battle (May 7th)

Cholla Left Fleets, left Yosu port on 4 May in the morning early, headed to Namhae Island, curved the Port Mijo, and arrived in Sobipo to take the rest in the first night. Next day, on 5 May, they arrived in Dangpo where Lee was supposed to join Kyun Won. But his fleets was late. Lee ankered his fleets in Dangpo and dispatched small boats to all of the places to find Won. Finally, Won arrived in Dangpo in the middle of the night of the next day, on 6 May. After getting some information about the war situation (the progress of the battles) and the places where the Japanese ships were at anker, Lee left Dangpo in the morning on 6 May. He rested in the night in Songmipo, Kerje Island, and headed to Karduk Island where the Japanese navy ankered. When he arrived in near Okpo after sailing the eastern coast of Kerje Island, the report that lots of enemy ships were in the bay of Okpo was handed in from the reconnoitering ship about couple miles ahead.

First, Lee instructed his officers not to move privately in the battle, but to be serious and to move systematically. Then, he arranged his ships in horizontal queues, and rushed into the bay. In the port, about 50 Japanese ships were at anker and most of the soldiers were in the land to plunder the town and to kill the people. When Lee attacked their ankered ships, Japanese navy in the land looked at the Korean Fleets incredulously. They had seen that most of the Korean war ships ran away when they encountered. Under the sudden attack, they scattered to the hills.

With Lee's sigh, Korean war ships sieging the Japanese started to fire all the artilleries. A few Japanese who left in the ships could not stand for the assaults. They ran away giving up their ships or were killed with their burning and sinking ships. In this battle, Lee burnt or sank 26 Japanese ships.

2) The Happo Battle(May 7th)

After the great victory in Okpo, Cholla Left Fleets arrived in Youngdeungpo to take the rest in the night. When they were preparing dinner, about 4 o'clock in the afternoon, an urgent report that five big enemy war ships were just passing by near them was handed in. Lee immediately moved out to track the ships and catched them in Happo. Japanese could not face to Korean with five ships, landing the ships and ran away. Lee destroyed the ships and moved to Nampo through the night to avoid the night raids. They arrived in Nampo at dawn and took the rest.

3) The Koseungpo Battle(May 8th)

In the morning early, Lee got the new report that several Japanese ships headed to Jeukjinpo, Koenig. He should move to Jeukjinpo although they were still tired after the battles in Okpo and Happo. Arriving there, he saw 13 Japanese ships at anker inside the bay and they were plundering the town. When Japanese saw the Korean ships, they retreated to near hills. They might be scared by the sudden attack and did not have enough time to back to their ships. After sinking 11 ships and recovering the port, Lee let his soldiers take the rest and have breakfast. After this battle, he retreated to Yosu because they were short of supplies and cannon shots, and his men needed the rest.

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