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Soviet Operational Art: Narratives on Manchuria, 1945
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Military Studies, War Studies Division, Sektionen för markoperationer (KV Mark).
2014 (English)In: Kungl Krigsvetenskapsakademiens Handlingar och Tidskrift, ISSN 0023-5369, no 4Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This text explores the Soviet military offensive into Japanese-held Manchuria in August 1945 by looking at two narratives: the Soviet and the Japanese. The former has dominating the latter, perhaps due to the Soviet success as Japan surrendered a few days into the operation. However, by adding rather than dismissing the Japanese perspective, Soviet performances on different levels can be scrutinized. For example, faults with logistical planning and the difficulties to achieve a 'deep battle' are found. It also highlights the main difference between the two operations, namely that the Soviet operation aimed for a double pincer movement, while the Japanese operation aimed for a withdrawal into a mountain redoubt.

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2014. no 4
Keyword [en]
Manchuria, Sovjet Union, Japan, 1945, Kwantung Army, Second World War, Operational Art, Narrative, Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation, August Storm, Deep Battle
Keyword [sv]
Manchuriet, Sovjetunionen, Japan, 1945, Andra Världskriget, Operationskonst, Narrativ, Kantogun, Krigsvetenskap
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-5350OAI: diva2:794584
Available from: 2015-03-11 Created: 2015-03-11 Last updated: 2015-03-25Bibliographically approved

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