Thanks, Choko, for the pictures and thanks, Daemado, for the links.
Two precisions, guys. ;D
The Sea Battle of Busan was held on the 1st September. And YSS's fleet destroys about 100 Japanese vessels (not 700 ships ).
I think a positive aspect of this drama can be found in the fact that it gives a light to the middle or lower rank commanders who have been neglected from the attention of the public.
For Koreans, three great heroes of the Imjin War are Yi Soon-Shin, Kim Shi-Min and Kwon Yul. They are very famous historical figures. The militia leaders like Gwak Jae-Woo or Ko Kyung-Myung are also famous. But, before the IYSS drama, Admiral YSS's officers have been almost unknown personages even for Korean public except historians and specialists. I guess it's the first Korean visual production (movie or drama) that "re-discovers" these forgetten heroes : Chung Wun, Kwon Jun, Yi Soon-Shin (the homonym), Uh Young-Dam, Yi Young-Nam, Kim Wan, Shin Ho, Song Hui-Rip, Yi Ok-Ki, Hwang Se-Deuk and Han Baek-Rok.
This is another passage from one of YSS's memorials to the royal court (written on the 11th September 1592), in which Admiral YSS request to enshrine Captain Chung's memorial tablet in a shrine on Nokdo Island.
"... Chong Un [=Chung Wun, Jung Wun] was faithful to duty and courageous in battle. He was a man whom I could consult on military operations. Since the Japanese invasion he devoted his life to the state by attending to the national defense with his whole mind and strength more than ever. He was one of the few staff officers on whom I placed complete confidence. In the three major victories he always stood at forefront. At the Battle of Pusan, in particular, he plunged into peril, braving death, thrusting into the enemy positions, raining projectiles the whole day, and keeping the trembling Japanese at bay. The enemy defeat was mainly due to Chong Un's courage and strength, but unfortunately in his moment of triumph he was killed by an enemy bullet.
... Among other captains of war, Kwon Chun [=Kwon Jun], Yi Sun-sin [the homonym], O Yong-tam [=Uh Young-Dam], Pae Hung-nip [Bae Heung-Rip - not shown in the drama] and Chong Un are the most outstanding figures, all equally brave and able commanders. ..."
Yes, thanx again, Choko for the great pics. I must agree florel: Yi Soon Shin's officers have been forgotten despite their great contributions by the general public, and yes, the drama certainly does remind us again and again that Yi Soon Shin was a great leader, but he also had many loyal subordinates who helped him tremendously. I can't help but wonder, though, that if there were more entries of YSS's diary, I feel like we would know so much more about these forgotten heroes.
Should have been made a merit subject. Another mistake made by incompetent moron King Sonjo. Would Korea really have been that bad off if he had died? In his time of reign the economy went down, they almost got invaded by Japan, and he was a coward.
In his time of reign the economy went down, they almost got invaded by Japan, and he was a coward.
I have to agree with you Cool, especially the part about being a coward. The King seemed more interested in his own pride and position than the welfare and fate of his people and his country. He made many costly, selfish and impulsive decisions.
Some days I need TWO pieces of chocolate in the afternoon..........