The Soviet Strategic Offensive in Manchuria, 1945 (Soviet Russian Study of War) Paperback – 1 May 2006
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"The book is remarkably well researched. It should be in every university library, because they are vital to any scholarly specialist or graduate student who wishes to understand either the Second World War or Soviet military thinking.."
-Dale R. Herspring--Kansas State University, 9/2004
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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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Mr Glantz gives several reasons for writing this book: To show the West that by this stunning victory, it confirms the Soviet creditability in defeating Germany was real. To correct the belief in the West that the Soviet participation against Japan was marginal. And finally to show the West this campaign is an important learning tool and should be studied.
Stavka started planning this campaign even before Berlin fell; they were already sending troops to the Far East in April. Mr Glantz describes the logistical concerns of moving 1.5 million men, 20000 tanks and guns, 100000 trucks and all the ammo, fuel and supplies 6000 miles that would be needed for the campaign.
Then the battle plans for the 6 battle groups had to be worked out. Each battle plan had to be tailored for each geographic sector of Manchuria and Korea that would be invaded as well as the amphibious landings on Sakhalin and Kuril Islands. The Russians even had plans to attack Hokkaido Island if it was necessary.
The author describes the battle of order on both sides giving the Kwantung Army its own chapter but clearly this book has a Soviet perspective and dominates the book. In addition to the battle plans, Mr Glantz provides a bio of each Soviet General. Some of the generals will be recognized from their prominent role in fighting Germany but there were many less know generals involved in this campaign.
There are 84 maps; most are good but a few were hard to read. There is an equal number of statistic tables and illustrations that add to the study. There is a photo section that includes many of the generals; there were photos of generals that fought the Germans that I've never seen before. Other photos show the variety and ruggedness of the terrain that had to be conquered as well as the enemy.
The main text ends with an analysis of the planning and conclusions of the author.
Anybody serious about learning about WWII should read this book and its companion book. Its a fascinating story.