Historians rethink key Soviet role in Japan defeat

In this Tuesday, July 17,1945 file picture, President Harry Truman, center, talks with Soviet leader Josef Stalin, left, and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, at the Potsdam Conference in Potsdam, Germany, near Berlin. Full Story
Mike S

Fairfax, VA

#1 Aug 14, 2010
To claim Hasegawa has discovered "new history" about the Soviet role in destroying the evil Japanese Empire is nonsense. The fall of Manchuria was covered in one of the 20 one-hour episodes of the the "Unknown War" a TV series circa 1979 narrated by Burt Lancaster.
James Anderson Merritt

San Francisco, CA

#2 Aug 14, 2010
The case for the Soviet action being more influential in ending WWII than the atomic bombs seems a pretty good one. And the case that the bombs were dropped more to intimidate Stalin than to squeeze Hirohito now seems stronger. The Nazis tended to have better technology, and the Japanese had kamikaze spirit, but Stalin had millions of soldiers and the advantage of winter, with which to wear down the enemy. The atomic bomb neutralized his advantages, because a small number of them could kill hundreds of thousands of soldiers, maybe millions, in a very short amount of time, with no US casualties.
Larry

El Paso, TX

#4 Feb 19, 2011
Mike S wrote:
To claim Hasegawa has discovered "new history" about the Soviet role in destroying the evil Japanese Empire is nonsense. The fall of Manchuria was covered in one of the 20 one-hour episodes of the the "Unknown War" a TV series circa 1979 narrated by Burt Lancaster.
Burt Lancaster. He's been dead for years. You crack me up.
Its Obvious

Modesto, CA

#5 Feb 19, 2011
The thing that defeated Japan was a mushroom.
Hawk

Kelseyville, CA

#6 Feb 20, 2011
James Anderson Merritt wrote:
The case for the Soviet action being more influential in ending WWII than the atomic bombs seems a pretty good one. And the case that the bombs were dropped more to intimidate Stalin than to squeeze Hirohito now seems stronger. The Nazis tended to have better technology, and the Japanese had kamikaze spirit, but Stalin had millions of soldiers and the advantage of winter, with which to wear down the enemy. The atomic bomb neutralized his advantages, because a small number of them could kill hundreds of thousands of soldiers, maybe millions, in a very short amount of time, with no US casualties.
We Won They Lost Get It. They named the place they named the time and we came and kicked ass. So forget get your liberal spin We Won.
Don't pick your nose your brains can fall out.
Johnny Valentine

Tokyo, Japan

#7 Feb 21, 2011
The Soviets kicked Japan's ass in 1938-39.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet%E2%80%93J...

This led the Japanese to target the USA and the UK instead, ie the Philippines, Malaya etc to get oil for their endless, pointless war in China.
A Borgmann

Minot, ND

#9 May 23, 2011
So you won and we lost? Have you looked at what has happened to the US? By assassinating leaders of any kind you only obtain an intermission. The materials for the weapons on Japan were exhausted and were not obtainable in strategic quantities for years to come.
A Borgmann
Undocumented Deutch National in the US Shall we RZ?

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