Soviets Defeated Japan, or Bombs?
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#1 Aug 17, 2010
By most accounts the majority in Japan's Govt desired to fight on to the bitter, as reflected in a wartime Japanese poster proclaiming how 100 MILYUHN JAPANESE WILL PREFER A PROUD VIOLENT DEATH THAN TO SURRENDER TO ANY US INVADER.
Iff one believes the above, then one should also believe that the massive Soviet armored-mech assault on potent Japanese forces in Mongolia, Manchuria,+ Korea,+ defeat of same, ended any idea in Tokyo of JAPAN POTENS CONTINUING TO FIGHT THE PACIFIC WAR 1945-1950 [beyond?]FROM THE ASIAN MAINLAND AFTER A DE FACTO US MIL CONQUEST OF JAPAN PROPER. ALTHOUGH JAPANESE FORCES DID MANAGE TO HOLD OFF SOVIET MIL PRESSURE IN MANY AREAS, THE FACT REMAINS THAT A JAPANESE GOVT ESCAPE TO THE ASIAN MAINLAND LIKELY WOULD NOT HAD PREVENTED A JAPANESE DEFEAT. Its dubious to speculate how many in Japan's Govt, including but not limited to EMPEROR HIROHITO HIMSELF, would had been able to evade Allied capture given the power of US Naval + Air forces surrounding Japan,+ the strategic position of powerful Soviet ground forces on the Asian mainland.
BEST-CASE SCENARIO FOR TOKYO > Unlike in 1942, when the IJA chased DOOLITTLE'S RAIDERS after their famous raid on Tokyo, in 1945 HIROHITO + ANY SURVIVING GOVT. POLS + MILITARY OFFICERS, ETAL. THAT MANAGED TO ESCAPE FROM JAPAN WOULD BE THE ONES BEING HUNTED + CHASED AROUND CHINA BY THE US, SOVIETS,+ BOTH KAI-SHEK'S KMT + MAO ZEDONG'S COMMUNIST GUERILLAS. It still would not had prevented the conquest + occupation of Japan by the US-ALLIES, only INCREASE THE NUMBER OR SCALE OF JAPANESE CASUALTIES.
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