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5.0 out of 5 stars Path-breaking study of a little-known but crucial campaign, 16 July 2012
William Podmore (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Soviet Strategic Offensive in Manchuria, 1945: 'August Storm' (Cass Series on Soviet (Russian) Military Experience) (Paperback)
The US Chiefs of Staff said that the Soviet commitment to declare war on Japan would save 200,000 American lives.
In August 1945, the Red Army shattered Japan's Kwantung Army in 7 days and achieved total victory in the Far East in less than 3 weeks. They killed or wounded 674,000 Japanese troops, losing 12,031 killed and 24,425 wounded.
As Glantz concluded, "The massive scale of the Soviet attack was matched by the audaciousness, skill, and relentlessness with which it was conducted."
After this defeat, the Japanese government knew they had no hope of continuing the war from their imperial holdings on the mainland of Asia. So this great Red Army victory played a key part in forcing the Japanese government to surrender.
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