Today in History: USSR declares war on Japan during world war II

New Delhi: The Russian invasion of Japan began on August 8, 1945, precisely three months after the German surrender on May 8            At 11pm on August 8, 1945, Soviet foreign minister Molotov informed Japanese ambassador
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India TV News Desk August 08, 2013 9:04 IST
New Delhi: The Russian invasion of Japan began on August 8, 1945, precisely three months after the German surrender on May 8

           




At 11pm on August 8, 1945, Soviet foreign minister Molotov informed Japanese ambassador Sato that the Soviet Union had declared war on the Empire of Japan, and that from August 9 the Soviet government would consider itself to be at war with Japan.This war is formally known as the Soviet-Japanese War of 1945.

With the declaration the Soviets commenced their invasion simultaneously on three fronts to the east, west and north of Manchuria.

Pouring more than 1 million Soviet soldiers into Japanese-occupied Manchuria, northeastern China, to take on the 700,000-strong Japanese army.

At the time of Soviets invasion Japan was not actually expecting an attack from soviets,as it was busy fighting with Germans on the Eastern front but the Soviets surprised them with their invasion of Manchuria.

As per records almost an assault out of 850 soldiers engaged at Pingyanchen,650 were killed or wounded within the first two days of fighting.The war continued till September 2, 1945 and ended with the win on Soviets and surrender of Japan.

 

 

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