Worker-Peasant Red Guards

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Worker-Peasant Red Guards
Flag of the Worker-Peasant Red Guards
Founded January 1959; 57 years ago (1959-01)
Country  North Korea
Allegiance Workers' Party of Korea
Branch Korean People's Army
Type Paramilitary
Role Civil Defense
Size 3.5 million personnel

The Worker-Peasant Red Guards (로농적위군) is a paramilitary force in North Korea. It is the largest civil defense force in the DPRK. It was established in January 14, 1959 by Kim Il-sung[1] and is not only under State Affairs Comission (until 2016 National Defense Commission) and Ministry of People's Armed Forces control, but is also attached to the Worker's Party of Korea under its Military Affairs Department (until 2010 it reported also to the Civil Defense Department).

Worker-Peasant Red Guards

The militia is organized on a provincial/town/city/ village level, and structured on a brigade, battalion, company, and platoon basis. The militia maintains infantry small arms, with some mortars, field guns and anti-aircraft guns and even modernized older equipment such as multiple rocket launchers like the BM-13 and older Ural D-62 motorcycles, although some units are unarmed indicating status as logistics and medical units.[2]

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 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Library of Congress Country Studies.

  1. ^ "Golden Jubilee of Worker-Peasant Red Guards Marked", KCNA, January 13, 2009
  2. ^ Bermudez (2001), pg 4–5.