Soviet–Japanese War - Wikipedia
By these Japanese operations, Russia was Soviet-Chinese-Japanese Relations During 's. From May to September , the USSR and Japan fought an undeclared war In the summer of , Soviet and Japanese armies clashed on the Massacre, historical issues continue to haunt China-Japan relations. The Soviet–Japanese Neutrality Pact also known as the Japanese–Soviet Non- aggression . See also. Japan–Soviet Union relations · Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact · Italo-Soviet Pact · Potsdam Conference, Potsdam Declaration.
The declaration of war followed nearly six hours later. Because of the time zone difference of 7 hours,  the declaration of war could be still dated August 8,being presented to the Japanese ambassador in Moscow at 11 p. Both Contracting Parties undertake to maintain peaceful and friendly relations between them and mutually respect the territorial integrity and inviolability of the other Contracting Party.
Should one of the Contracting Parties become the object of hostilities on the part of one or several third powers, the other Contracting Party will observe neutrality throughout the duration of the conflict. The present Pact comes into force from the day of its ratification by both Contracting Parties and remains valid for five years. In case neither of the Contracting Parties denounces the Pact one year before the expiration of the term, it will be considered automatically prolonged for the next five years.
The present Pact is subject to ratification as soon as possible. The Soviets did nothing to discourage these Japanese hopes, and drew the process out as long as possible whilst continuing to prepare their invasion forces. Stalin expressed interest, and the Japanese awaited the Soviet response. The Soviets continued to avoid providing a response. The Potsdam Conference was held from 16 July to 2 August On 24 July the Soviet Union recalled all embassy staff and families from Japan.
Truman and Chiang Kai-shek the Soviet Union was not officially at war with Japan demanded the unconditional surrender of Japan. The Japanese continued to wait for the Soviet response, and avoided responding to the declaration.
They did not have any real idea, and no confirming evidence, as to when or where any invasion would occur. Combatant forces[ edit ] See Soviet invasion of Manchuria Combatant forces for the tactical details of the combatant forces and of the invasion.
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Soviets[ edit ] The Far East Command,  under Marshal of the Soviet Union Aleksandr Vasilevskyhad a plan for the conquest of Manchuria that was simple but huge in scale,  calling for a massive pincer movement over all of Manchuria. This pincer movement was to be performed by the Transbaikal Front from the west and by the 1st Far East Front from the east; the 2nd Far East Front was to attack the center of the pocket from the north. Malinovskywas to form the western half of the Soviet pincer movementattacking across the Inner Mongolian desert and over the Greater Khingan mountains.
Meretskovwas to form the eastern half of the pincer movement. This attack involved striking towards Mudanjiang or Mutanchiang and once that city was captured, the force was to advance towards the cities of Jilin or KirinChangchun and Harbin. As a secondary objective, the 1st Far East Front was to prevent Japanese forces from escaping to Korea, and then invade the Korean Peninsula up to the 38th parallel establishing in the process what later became North Korea.
Purkayevwas in a supporting attack role. Approximately one-third of its strength was in combat support and services. In addition to the Japanese, there was the forty-thousand-strong Manchukuo Defense Forcecomposed of eight under-strength, poorly equipped, poorly trained Manchukuoan divisions.
The Kwantung Army had less than eight hundred thousandmen in twenty-five divisions including two tank divisions and six Independent Mixed Brigades.
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These contained over 1, armored vehicles mostly armored cars and light tanks6, artillery pieces mostly lightand 1, aircraft mostly trainers and obsolete types. The Imperial Japanese Navy did not contribute to the defense of Manchuria, the occupation of which it had always opposed on strategic grounds. Additionally, by the time of the invasion, the few remnants of its fleet were stationed and tasked with the defense of the Japanese home islands in the event of an invasion by Allied forces.
On economic grounds, Manchuria was worth defending since it had the bulk of usable industry and raw materials outside Japan and was still under Japanese control in The Japanese forces Kwantung Army were far below authorized strength; most of their heavy military equipment and all of their best military units had been transferred to the Pacific front over the previous three years to contend with the advance of American and Allied forces.
Bythe Kwantung Army contained a large number of raw recruits and conscripts, with generally obsolete, light, or otherwise limited equipment. As a result, it had essentially been reduced to a light infantry counter-insurgency force with limited mobility or ability to fight a conventional land war against a coordinated enemy. Compounding the problem, the Japanese military made many wrong assumptions and major mistakes, the two most significant being: They wrongly assumed that any attack coming from the west would follow either the old rail line to Hailaror head into Solun from the eastern tip of Mongolia.
The Soviets did attack along those routes, but their main attack from the west went through the supposedly impassable Greater Khingan range south of Solun and into the center of Manchuria. Soviet propagandahowever, had little success in Japan, where it encountered a longstanding antipathy stemming from the Russo-Japanese rivalry in KoreaManchuriaand China proper in the late nineteenth century, from the Russo-Japanese War of ; and from the Soviet declaration of war on Japan in the last days of World War II, in accordance with the Yalta agreement.
The Soviet Union sought to induce Japan to abandon its territorial claims by alternating threats and persuasion. As early asit hinted at the possibility of considering the return of the Habomai Islands and Shikotan if Japan abandoned its alliance with the United States. Inthe Soviet government warned Japan against signing the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security with the United States, and after the treaty was signed, declared that it would not hand over the Habomai Islands and Shikotan under any circumstances unless Japan abrogated the treaty forthwith.
Inthe Soviet Union offered to return these islands if the United States ended its military presence on Okinawa and the main islands of Japan. Improving relations[ edit ] August 9, The second meeting of the Soviet-Japanese "peace and friendship" in Khabarovsk. Dove and crane - symbols of peace and friendship. Post of USSR, Despite divergence on the territorial question, on which neither side was prepared to give ground, Japan's relations with the Soviet Union improved appreciably after the mids.
The Soviet government began to seek Japanese cooperation in its economic development plans, and the Japanese responded positively. The two countries signed a five-year trade agreement in January and a civil aviation agreement as well.
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Economic cooperation expanded rapidly during the s, despite an often strained political relationship. The two economies were complementary, for the Soviet Union needed Japan's capital, technology, and consumer goods, while Japan needed Soviet natural resources, such as oilgascoal, iron oreand timber.
Japanese-Soviet political relations during the s were characterized by the frequent exchange of high-level visits to explore the possibility of improving bilateral relations and by repeated discussions of a peace treaty, which were abortive because neither side was prepared to yield on the territorial issue. Brezhnevgeneral secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Unionwere held in Moscow during the next three years, but the deadlock on the territorial issue continued, and prospects for a settlement dimmed.
Moscow began to propose a treaty of friendship and goodwill as an interim step while peace treaty talks were continued.
This proposal was firmly rejected by Japan. Strains on relations[ edit ] Afterthe Soviet Union began openly to warn that a Japanese peace treaty with China might jeopardize Soviet—Japan relations.
In JanuaryGromyko again visited Tokyo to resume talks on the peace treaty. When the Japanese again refused to budge on the territorial question, Gromyko, according to the Japanese, offered to return two of the Soviet-held island areas—the Habomai Islands and Shikotan —if Japan would sign a treaty of goodwill and cooperation.
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He also reportedly warned the Japanese, in a reference to China, against "forces which come out against the relaxation of tension and which try to complicate relations between states, including our countries. Despite Japanese protestations that the treaty's antihegemony clause was not directed against any specific country, Moscow saw it as placing Tokyo with Washington and Beijing firmly in the anti-Soviet camp. Officially, both sides continued to express the desire for better relations, but Soviet actions served only to alarm and alienate the Japanese side.
The s saw a decided hardening in Japanese attitudes toward the Soviet Union. Japan was pressed by the United States to do more to check the expansion of Soviet power in the developing world following the December Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. It responded by cutting off contacts beneficial to the Soviet regime and providing assistance to "front line" states, such as Pakistan and Thailand.
Under Prime Minister Yasuhiro NakasoneJapan worked hard to demonstrate a close identity of views with the Reagan administration on the "Soviet threat".