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2 sources from Japanese Military History: A Guide to the Literature (Military History Bibliographies, Vol. 5) by Shinji Kondo (Garland, 1984: ISBN: 0824090578)listing Japanese books (the titles are translated in English)."...Japan's Kwantung Army, the designation for the Japanese forces stationed in the three Chinese provinces collectively known as Manchuria, was regarded as the elite of the entire Imperial Army. Its independent character and its willingness to accept great risks stamped it as a special area army. The Kwantung Army, however, really was two armies during the Pacific War period. Yukuo Nishihara's two volumes about the Kwantung Army (249) (Nishihara, Yukuo. Kwantung Army (1), (2): Military Disposition Against U.S.S.R. and Nomonhan Incident: Prewar Preparation Against U.S.S.R. and Defense at End of War. (SMHWWII, 27, 73. Asagumo Shinbun sha, 1969, 1974) [Worldcat #16768255] clearly demonstrate this dual role. His first volume describes the Kwantung Army from its inception through the Nomonhan/Khalkhin Gol incident of 1939. Most of the is a detailed examination of the Nomonhan fighting and the Changkufeng Affair of 1938. This was the Kwantung Army at the height of its power. His second volume chronicles the decline of the Kwantung Army as it units were transferred to other theaters or reconstituted to form new divisions. The denouement comes with the Soviet invasion of Manchuria in August 1945, the concluding portion of this volume. Air operations in Manchuria are treated by Makoto Ikuta's study of the same title (112) (Ikuta, Makoto. Army Air Operations in Manchuria. (SMHWWII, 53). Asagumo Shinbun sha, 1972.) [Worldcat #16749384]..." Mike Yared firstname.lastname@example.org ----- For subscription help, go to: http://www.h-net.org/lists/help/ To change your subscription settings, go to http://h-net.msu.edu/cgi-bin/wa?SUBED1=h-war -----