The Japanese Army deliberate to invade the united states and seize huge swaths of Siberian territory throughout World War II, newly declassified info revealed by Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) revealed on Thursday.
The launch of the beforehand unknown info is timed to coincide with the 73rd anniversary of the completion of the Tokyo trial, the International Military Tribunal for the Far East held from 1946 to 1948, which decided the destiny of the central Japanese battle criminals.
According to the FSB, details about an assault on the united states got here from a number of interviews with captured Japanese officers and officers, together with Kyoji Tominaga, the previous Japanese deputy minister of battle. Tominaga was a prisoner of battle in Russia and was interrogated by SMERSH, the Soviet Union’s army counterintelligence company.
Tominaga revealed to brokers that Japanese troops had been to assault Primorye, the a part of Russia closest to the ‘Land of the Rising Sun’.
“After the occupation of the Vladivostok Plain by these troops, according to the plan developed by me, the Northern Front was to launch an offensive consisting of seven divisions, an artillery brigade, and other special units,” the prisoner of battle stated.
SMERSH additionally managed to arrest and interrogate a handful of different Japanese officers and servicemen, together with a colonel named Saburo Asada. In Asada’s interrogation, he testified that Tokyo had deliberate “bacteriological sabotage” towards the Red Army.
“[They] testified that the Japanese government had been preparing a war against the Soviet Union for many years,” Colonel-General Viktor Abakumov, the top of SMERSH, wrote in a memorandum to the Soviet authorities on February 13, 1946. “The Japanese General Staff developed its own plan of attack on the USSR, similar to ‘Barbarossa’, with the code name ‘Kantokuen.’”
The Soviet-Japanese battle resulted in September 1945, a couple of months after the give up of Nazi Germany. It resulted in a victory for the united states and its ally Mongolia. As a consequence, the Soviet Union took management of the South Sakhalin and the Kuril Islands. It took one other 11 years for the 2 international locations to conform to formally finish the battle however, as of in the present day, they’ve nonetheless not resolved the dispute over territories that at the moment are in Russia’s possession.
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