FEATURE / HISTORY - Soviet Invasion of Manchuria – Dave DeForest
In August of 1945, in the last days of World War 2, the Soviet Union launched a massive invasion of Manchuria. VOA's Dave DeForest spoke with military historian David Glantz about the rationale of the Soviet invasion. At that time Manchuria was a Japanese puppet state known as Manchukuo and was headed by the famous 'last emperor of China," Puyi. The Soviet invasion resulted in a quick and decisive defeat of the Japanese, still reeling from the U-S dropping of atomic bombs on two of its cities.