Japan Strikes North: How the Battle of Khalkhin Gol Transformed WWII

Japanese soldiers creeping in front of wrecked Soviet tanks. (Wikimedia Commons/Dōmei Tsushin)

Eighty years ago, this month, Soviet and Japanese forces clashed on an obscure river along the border between Mongolia and Manchuria (Manchukuo) called Khalkhin Gol. The battle was the climax of a six-year-long conflict between Japan and the Soviet Union.

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