World Battlefronts, THE ENEMY: The Locusts

Japan still had close to 5,000,000 soldiers under arms. Until the Russians attacked, the majority of them had not yet been engaged by Allied troops. They had been defeated by air power and sea power, but they were still in physical possession of 2.500,000 or more square miles of Allied and mandated territory.

¶ In the home islands were an estimated 2,500,000 troops.

¶ In Manchukuo (the three provinces of Manchuria with Jehol added) was the well-trained Kwantung Army*(see THE WAR). Its known 900,000 (600,000 Japs and 300,000 puppet troops) had probably been increased...

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