The second movement(May 29th ∼ June 10th)

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The second movement(May 29th ∼ June 10th)

Lee made the second movement about for ten days. In that movement, he sank 67 Japanese ships (13 in Sacheun, 21 in Dangpo, 26 in Danghangpo, 7 in Yulpo). The second movement was scheduled as a combined operation with Cholla Right Fleets from the 3rd June. But because of the urgent report from Won, CLF moved in advance. In this movement, CLF used the turtle ships for the first time in the sea battles to test their forces. CLF did not lose any ships but lost 13 soldiers with 36 wounded.

1) The Sacheun Battle (May 29th)

Lee moved out from Yosu at dawn on 29 May as he got the urgent report from Won that the ten ships of the invaders swept down Sacheun and broke into even Konyang. When CLF arrived in Noryang, Namhae Island, Won was waiting for Lee with only three war ships. After getting information that the invaders were in Sacheun port from Won, CLF immediately headed there.

[The map of the second movement]

After CLF arrived in Sacheun port, it surveyed (checked) the progress of the invasion and its topography. The hills embraced the port and stretched over two kilometers. The hundreds Japanese invaders made several camps in the steep areas of the hills and were preparing systematically to react. Also, lots of Japanese were shouting in the 12 war ships in the port.

The bay was not deep and on the ebb tide as well. Lee thought the big war ships could not move easily there. In addition, the sun was falling. He ordered to retreated from the bay. His idea was that the hostile invaders would be after him if he pretended to retreat. He wanted to induce them from the bay to the deep and wide area.

Lee realized that his scheduling was in the right way when he retreated about two kilometers. All the Japanese invaders came down from the hills, embarked in their ships, and tracked CLF. Lee turned the heads of all his ships in the good area and rushed into the Japanese fleets. In this battle, the turtle ships were proved to be very powerful and useful in the sea battles. The battle in Sacheun was not that easy just like them in the first movement. Lee described in detail how fierce the battle was in his documents, The Battle in Dangpo. Lee was hurt seriously in the left shoulder by the shot and this gave him the pain in his left life. CLF moved to Mojarangpo, Sacheun, to take the rest in the night after exterminated all the 12 enemy ships and the invaders.

2) The Dangpo Battle (June 2nd)

CLF had stayed for two days in Saryang Island, Koseung, after leaving from Mosarangpo. Lee left from Saryang Island at 8 o'clock in the morning on 2 June after he got the report that the Japanese ships were in Dangpo port. When he arrived in Dangpo about at 10 o'clock, 21 enemy ships were at anker and the invaders shot the guns after they landed. With Lee's sign, CLF broke into the port with the turtle ships as their vanguards. First, CLF attacked the big ship with the red silk flag which was supposed to be the leader's as the first target. They sank the ship and found the dead Japanese general on the water. They cut his head, put it on the long stick to show the invaders that their commander was already killed. The invaders were out of minds to run away. The battle was continued from the sea to the land until most of the invaders were exterminated. The deaths of invaders were scattered in all the places, on the sea and in the town. CLF sank all the 21 ships and rested the night near the port. In the next day, on 3 June, Ukee Lee, the commander of Cholla Right Navy, arrived in Dangpo with the 26 war ships to join with Lee. When Cholla Right Fleets appeared in Dangpo, CLF shout with joy and they had much stronger morale. Lee made the union fleets with CRF to face the next battles.

3) The Danghangpo Battle (June 5th)

The union fleets took the rest one more day in Dangpo to establish the new strategies. The command of the union fleets was given to the Admiral Sunshin Lee of CLF. Getting report that the invaders were in Danghangpo, they moved out immediately. When they arrived in Danghangpo on 5 June, Lee surveyed (checked) the topography. The bay was deeply curved to inside the land about 5 kilometers. The entrance of the bay was wide enough to pass the big war ships. First, he dispatched a small and quick boat to check inside the bay. The boat showed the positive sign that 26 Japanese war ships were inside. Lee left four ships in the entrance of the bay to guard the back side and arranged the fleets in the horizontal lines to rush into the bay with the turtle ships in advance. But the Japanese fleets were not so strong as in Sacheun. They could not react against the attack and lost their minds. Lee thought that they would abandon their ships to run away to the hills when he continued to attack them. To destroy both all the ships and the invaders effectively, Lee should not allow them to land and scatter in the hills. He stopped attacking and set back a part of his fleets to beyond the entrance for ambush and ordered all the ships to retreat. Lee thought that the invaders would board on their ships to get off the bay by the sea road when he gave the invaders enough time to run away. Expectively, the invaders tried to escape from the bay by the ships. On of the big leader ships was in advance and others followed it. When the invaders got off the bay, Lee turned his ships and surrounded the Japanese ships with the ambushed ships. He could sink all 26 ships easily and terminated the invaders into the water.

4) The Yulpo Battle (June 7th)

After the battle in Danghangpo, the union fleets rested in the night in Koseung. In the next morning, they moved around Cheonseung and Karduk. Near Yulpo, they faced seven Japanese war ships by chance which headed to Pusan. The seven tried to run away, but they were caught in front of Yulpo. The union fleets sank them easily.

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