Would the USSR have split up and divided Japan much like they did Germany and Korea during WW2, if we had not dropped the A-bombs.?

The USSR entered the war against Japan in August 1945 and wanted a land grab of the Kuril islands, Sakhalin and planned to invade Hokkaido. Had we not dropped those A-bombs, would the Soviets have gone further and invade the mainland Japan and split up Japan by implementing a communist government while the Allies have the other part of Japan and spread democracy much like the situation with North Korea and South Korea?.

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  • 6 months ago
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    Absolutely not. The USSR just didn't have the naval ability to attempt a naval invasion of the home islands. At Normandy the Allies had over 4000 transport and landing vessels. The USSR had less than 30 dedicated landing ships and Japan would have been a far bloodier invasion. Hell, the Soviets lost a substantial number of those landing ships at Kuril because they lacked the naval ability to fully support it. And again, the invasion of the home islands would be so highly contested that the Kurils which again, the USSR didn't do well on the naval front would have been a cakewalk.

    That's not to say they couldn't do a landing. It was absolutely within their ability to perform a major raid like the Dieppe Raid on Hokkaido but a serious and sustained invasion? No. They simply lacked the physical ability to do so.

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  • Athena
    Lv 7
    6 months ago

    Yes they would have.

    Russia was signed to come in on the Allies side int he invasion of Japan. They would have wanted compensation for their troubles (and revenge for the earlier wars). Japan would have been divided and the communist side would be like North Korea is now.

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  • 6 months ago

    Probably, the thing of it is the nuclear attacks were not the most important factor in the surrender of Japan. After all, hundreds of thousands of people had already been killed in Japan with conventional bombs. What really motivated the surrender was going to war with the Soviet Union and the prospect of the nation being divided up.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    Very unlikely. You need to study the history of that period more deeply. Russia had no means of carrying out a major amphibious or airborne assault anywhere in the world at that time.

    UPDATE: You wrote "Don't be silly, the United States gave the Soviet Union the means to invade the Kurils. "

    No you're being ridiculous. I said a MAJOR amphibious or airborne assault. An invasion of the Kurils would have been a very minor operation compared to the invasion of the mainland.

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    • Natasha
      Lv 4
      6 months agoReport

      Yes they did. They had ASW frigates, minesweepers, sub chases and less than 30 landing ships. Guess what you need to do a successful, major and sustained naval invasion of a major power: everything more than that.

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