Nomonhan, 1939: The Red Army's Victory That Shaped World War II

Category: Asia
Author: Stuart D. Goldman
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by Bendingo   2019-05-16
This is absolutely true.

All these leaders:

- Adm. William Leahy (President Truman’s Chief of Staff)

- Henry Arnold (US Army Air Forces commanding general)

- Adm. Chester Nimitz (Commander in Chief of the Pacific Fleet)

- Maj. Gen. Curtis LeMay, (head Bomber Command)

- Gen. Dwight Eisenhower

are all on record as acknowledging that "Japan was already defeated". [1]

[2] Japan knew they could not win and were concentrating on obtaining the best possible terms of surrender, hoping that Stalin might be convinced to mediate a settlement between the United States and Japan. This hope was dashed by the Soviet declaration of war and invasion of Manchuria and Sakhalin Island, which happened at 1 minute past midnight on August 9, 1945 [3].

Another important factor is that Japan had good reason to be wary of USSR military might [4]. It's arguable that Japan's fear of fighting the USSR is the reason Japan went east (to Pearl Harbour) instead of west (to eurasia) in Dec. 1941 [5].

[2] and [5] are thoroughly researched and make compelling arguments.