|Japanese soldiers surrender to the Russians in 1945|
Lesser known about WW2 is that the Russians too attacked the Japanese. On August 9, 1945. Two days after the atom bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. It was called Operation "August Storm".
|Soviet soldiers raise flag over Harbin railway station in northern China which was wrested from the Japanese|
The Soviet Union had earlier in 1939 defeated the Japanese Army decisively at the Battle of Khalkhin Gol under the command of Zhukov. That was the reason that Japan did not attack Russia in 1941 and instead moved south into Asia. Otherwise Russia would have been squeezed between the Nazi Germans from the west and Japanese Army from the east. But that is another story.....
|Japanese soldiers surrender to the Red Army in Manchuria
Many Japanese had moved to Manchuria in early 1945 to avoid the advancing Allied troops. They believed Manchuria would be safer than mainland Japan. How wrong they were!
|Soviet officers interrogate Japanese generals|
When the Soviet Army attacked Manchuria, a disgusted Japanese officer remarked, "It's like burglars entering an empty house."
|Russian soldiers meet American soldiers in Seoul in 1945|
The Red Army men true to their tradition raped even in Manchuria. Especially men from Rokossovsky's Army. A Chinese man said disgustedly, "We thought the Russians were our allies and friends."
Many Japanese women in Manchuria were raped during and after World War II. Japanese women in Manchuria found life difficult after Soviet troops entered Manchuria near the end of the war. Many of those women were used as "dolls" -- sexual objects. There are many accounts of several Japanese women who were raped or almost raped. In one account, a young girl threw herself out a three-story window to avoid being raped by Soviet troops. Another account demonstrated how not only Soviet troops but also Chinese civilians tried to rape Japanese women. A Chinese man came to a woman's house and asked her to give him her two daughters because his daughters were raped by Japanese soldiers. The woman offered herself instead, but the man changed his mind. Japanese men offered some Japanese women as female Kamikaze troops to Soviet troops to protect their community and other Japanese women and children. Once women were raped, they were no longer part of their community and were often rejected by their husbands.
|Russian sailors with captured Japanese flags|
|The Japanese Kwantung Army surrenders to the Russians. 1945. Changchun.|
|Red Army soldiers patrol a street in a Chinese town|
|Soviet soldiers sit on the throne of the Last Chinese Emperor, Puyi. September 1945|
|The Russians send the puppet Chinese emperor Puyi to the USSR.|
|Russian soldiers pose against a destroyed Japanese tank on Shumshu Islands (in the Kuril Islands)|