The Soviet invasion of Manchuria
or, as the Soviets named it, the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation
(, lit. Manchzhurskaya Strategicheskaya Nastupatelnaya Operaciya), began on August 9, 1945, with the Soviet
invasion of the Japanese puppet state
and was the largest campaign of the 1945 Soviet-Japanese War
. The Soviets conquered Manchukuo, Mengjiang
(Inner Mongolia), northern Korea
, southern Sakhalin
, and the Kuril Islands
. The rapid defeat of Japan's Kwantung Army
was a significant factor in the Japanese surrender and the end of World War II.Robert Butow
, Japan's Decision to Surrender
, Stanford University Press, 1954 ISBN 978-0804704601.Richard B. Frank
, Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire
, Penguin, 2001 ISBN 978-0141001463.Robert James Maddox
, Hiroshima in History: The Myths of Revisionism
, University of Missouri Press, 2007 ISBN 978-0826217325., Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman, and the Surrender of Japan
, Belknap Press, 2006 ISBN 0-674-01693-9.
Since 1983, the operation has sometimes been called Operation August Storm
, after American Army historian LTC David Glantz
used this title for a paper on the subject.
- See Soviet–Japanese War......