Gangwon campaign

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The Gangwon campaign was a campaign by the Japanese army to pacify Gangwon province, Korea in 1592, just after the beginning of the Seven Year War.


Ukita Hideie was appointed as supreme commander of the Japanese army in Korea, allotted to Mori Yoshinari's Fourth Division to making them to Kato Kiyomasa's rear guard by pacifying Gangwon Province.

  • The Battle of Yeogang (Hangul : 여강) on May 22, 1592*

Won Ho VS Mori Yoshinari

Mori Yoshinari VS Kim Yeon-gwang (Hangul : 김연광 Hanja : 金鍊光) (Korean Regular Army : 조선육군)

Japanese's Fourth Division occupation of Gangwon Province in 1592[edit]

Japanese Commander and their forts (all of which were captured Korean castles) :

Mori Yoshinari's pacification of Gangwon Province[edit]

The province of Gangwon had been very peaceful following its occupation by Mori Yoshinari's Fourth Division, but after a few months guerilla activity erupted.

Korean Revolts in Gangwon Province[edit]

  • The Battle of Gumi Harbor ( Hangul : 구미포) on June 10, 1592*

Won Gyun Vs Mori Yoshinari

  • The Battle of Cheollyeong ( Hangul : 철령) on June 12, 1592*

Yi Hon (Hangul : 이혼 Hanja :李渾) vS Ito Suketaka

  • The Battle of Majin on the end of June 1592*

Son In-gap (Hangul : 손인갑 Hanja :孫仁甲) vs Mori Yoshinari
Results : Son In-gap is killed

  • The Battle of Kumhwa on June 16, 1592* :

Won Ho (Hangul : 원호 Hanja : 元豪) (Korean Regular Army : 조선육군) VS Shimazu Yoshihiro (Kanji : 島津忠豊)
Results : Won Ho is killed.

  • The Battle of BonHwa (Hangul : 봉화) on August 22, 1592*

Yu Jong-gae (Hangul : 유종개 Hanja :柳宗介) vs Mori Yoshinari
Result : Choson defeat.

Kim Jae-gap (Hangul : 김제갑 Hanja : 金悌甲) (Korean Regular Army : 조선육군) VS Ito Suketaka
Results : Fall of the Castle - Kim Jae-gap is killed.

Aftermath : Japanese Evacuation of Gangwon Province[edit]


  • Stephen Turnbull, "Samurai Invasion - Japan's Korean War 1592-1598", Cassel & Co, 2002


(*) According to Chinese Lunar Calendar

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