Nomonhan: Japan Against Russia, 1939, Volumes 1-2

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Stanford University Press, 1990 - History - 1253 pages
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From May to September 1939 Japan and the Soviet Union fought a fierce, large-scale undeclared war on the Mongolian plains that ended with a decisive Soviet victory with two important results: Japan reoriented its strategic emphasis towards the south, leading to war with the United States, Britain, and the Netherlands; and Russia freed itself from the fear of fighting on two fronts, thus vitally affecting the course of the war with Germany.

 

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If you are looking for a step-by-step account of the battle of Nomonhan, you can't find a better resource. This book gives you inside information to the mindset of the Japanese soldiers and commanders, although it lacks this from the Russian perspective. Highly recommended for academic readers.

Contents

The Genesis of the Kwantung Army 190529
1
To the Kwantung Armys Provocation of September 1931
17
The Mukden Incident
30
The Creation of the Empire of Manchukuo
40
The Manchurian Incident in Retrospect
55
The Marvel of Manchukuo 193237
63
The Problem and the Solutions
74
Rumblings on the Borders
92
Maps
501
Komatsubaras Last Push Toward the River
522
Digging In
549
Zhukovs Masterpiece August 1939
572
Notes to Volume 1
593
VOLUME
662
Maps
662
The Road to Disaster
663

1937
102
Changkufeng 1938
120
The Western Frontier
142
The Mongolian Connection
160
Japanese Principals and a Green Division
174
Testing the Border Guidelines May 1939
183
The Trap on the Halha May 1939
200
The Two Faces of Escalation June 1939
251
The Kwantung Armys Unauthorized Air Offensive
266
A Bridge Too Poor
284
The Halha River Crossing
299
Retreat from the River
323
Trying It with Tanks
349
Tanks Dare the Night
371
Foiled by Piano Wire
396
The End of the Yasuoka Detachment
419
Trying It with Cold Steel
439
Stealth Suspended
473
Trying It with Big Guns
490
Desperate Remedies
690
The Charge of Two Light Brigades
708
The End Nears
743
Debacle
779
The Death of the 23rd Division
818
Winding Down a Small War
842
Stilling the Guns
879
The Price
914
The Punishment
952
A Border Restored and the Balance Tallied
980
The Lessons and Applications of Nomonhan
991
To the Demise of the Kwantung Army
1033
Afterthoughts
1075
Appendixes
1097
o Kwantung Army Command Structure and Order of Battle Sept 1941
1127
Notes to Volume 2 113 3
1134
Bibliography
1181
Index of Names
1239
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