Red Star Versus Rising Sun

Volume 2: The Nomonhan Incident 1939

Adrien Fontanellaz

The second volume of Red Star versus Rising Sun examines the land and air forces of the opposing forces in the Far East as they stood in 1939 and offers a detailed description of the conflict on and above the battlefields of Nomonhan.
Date Published :
January 2022
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Language:
English
Series :
Asia@War
Illustration :
91 b/w photos, 8pp color plates - 21 color profiles, 3 maps, 15 tables
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911628668
Pages : 80
Dimensions : 11.75 X 8.25 inches
Stock Status : Available
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$29.95

Overview
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During the first half of the 20th century, the Empire of Japan fought a series of undeclared wars in the Far East against Tsarist Russia and the successor Soviet Union. The first of these, fought in 1904-1905 over rival imperial ambitions in Manchuria and Korea, ended in a clear-cut Japanese victory.

Following the Japanese occupation of Manchuria, in 1931, Japan turned its interest to nearby Soviet territories. The result was a series of border incidents, starting with the Battle of Lake Khasan in 1938, as described in the first volume of Red Star versus the Rising Sun. Maintaining that the border between the Japanese proxy state of Manchukuo and the Soviet-dominated Mongolian People’s Republic was the Khalkhyn Gol (or Khalkha River), the Japanese deployed some of the best units of their army to occupy and secure this area.

Following a military build-up, a series of bitter clashes took place in mid-May and June 1939, after which the Japanese launched an all-out assault in July. Due to heavy casualties, the battle resulted in a stalemate. With tension also rising in Europe and concerned about the possibility of facing a two-front war, the Soviets reacted with a major counter-offensive in August 1939, and defeated the Japanese.

While relatively little-known in the West, this short but bitter war – known as the Nomonhan Incident in Japan, or the Battle of Khalkhyn Gol in the Soviet Union – was a crucial overture to the subsequent Second World War. Having secured its border in the Far East, the Soviet Union was free to concentrate on war in Europe, whilst the Japanese turned their attention to South-East Asia and the Pacific. Although continuing to underestimate their opponents, the Japanese introduced a major reform of their army and after realizing the massive material disparity vis-à-vis the USSR, Tokyo and joined the Axis with Nazi Germany and Italy.

The second volume of Red Star versus Rising Sun examines the land and air forces of the opposing forces in the Far East as they stood in 1939 and offers a detailed description of the conflict on and above the battlefields of Nomonhan. This volume is richly illustrated with period photographs, maps and original color artworks of the soldiers, aircraft and armored vehicles deployed in this conflict.

About The Author
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Adrien Fontanellaz, from Switzerland, is a military history researcher and author. He developed a passion for military history at an early age and has progressively narrowed his studies to modern-day conflicts. He is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Pully-based Centre d’histoire et de prospective militaries (Military History and Prospectives Center), and regularly contributes for the Revue Militaire Suisse and various French military history magazines. He is co-founder and a regular contributor to the French military history website L’autre cotè de la colline.

REVIEWS
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"...walks that fine line between an illustration-heavy work targeting the modeler market and a detail-heavy synopsis with copious notes and citations and does so successfully."

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"...will be of interest to both modelers and military historians alike."

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"...a very readable book that provides not only a look at the events leading up to the campaign, but also the men and equipment that were used."

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