Japanese War (Joe Steele)
Timeline Joe Steele
Date June 1948 to August 1949
Location Japanese Islands
Result Status quo antebellum territorially, Atomic destruction of Sendai and Nagano
Soviet.jpg Soviet Union

North Japan

USA.jpg United States

Japan.jpg South Japan

Commanders and leaders
Soviet.jpg Leon Trotsky
Soviet.jpg Fedor Tolbukhin
USA.jpg Joe Steele
USA.jpg Dwight Eisenhower
Japan.jpg Akihito

The Japanese War was a conflict on the Japanese Home Islands between North Japan and South Japan, in which Leon Trotsky's Soviet Union supported the north and President Joe Steele's U.S. supporting the south. The war began with North Japan's invasion of South Japan in June 1948, and ended just over a year later, in August 1949. The war saw the first use of atomic weapons and a substantial loss of life, but ended in a restoration of the status quo antebellum.

Lead up[]

Japan's Home Islands were jointly invaded by the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. in March 1946, the climactic battle of World War II in the Pacific Theater.[1] When Emperor Hirohito was killed, Japan stopped fighting.[2]

Immediately, Steele and Trotsky began establishing new governments in their respective parts of occupied Japan. The Soviets held Hokkaido and northern Honshu, and established the Japanese People's Republic (North Japan) under Fedor Tolbukhin with some Japanese Reds acting as his puppets. Similarly, the U.S. established the Constitutional Monarchy of Japan (South Japan) in southern Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. Hirohito's son, Akihito, who was only twelve, became the new emperor, although it was General Dwight Eisenhower who actually ran the country.[3]

In 1947, the Soviet military began building the "People's Liberation Army" in North Japan.[4] In response, the U.S. created the "Constitutional Guard" in South Japan.[5] Throughout 1947 and into 1948, U.S. commanders along the demilitarized zone sent reports to their superiors, expressing concern about North Japan's activities.[6]

The Course of the War[]

Nonetheless, when the North Japanese army crossed the demilitarized zone formed by the Agano River in June 1948, it was a complete surprise. The attack was devastating, driving the Constitutional Guard of South Japan along with its U.S. allies south.[7] The U.S. attempted to bomb North Japanese cities with B-29s, a strategy used against the Empire of Japan during World War II. However, the air defenses of the North had been re-built with Soviet help and new Gurevich 9 jets proved much more deadly then older propeller fighters. (It was an open secret that the Gu-9s were often piloted by Russians.) As such, daylight raids were attempted for only a few days but losses were unacceptable so only occasional night raids were continued.[8]

Moreover, the South Japanese were not enthusiastic in defending their country and it took a while for U.S. forces to regroup but they managed to halt the North's advance at Utsunomiya.[9] From there, the U.S. and South Japanese, with bloody and hard fighting over the following year, forced the invaders back to Sendai, well north of the border.

President Steele ordered the destruction of Sendai with an atomic bomb on August 6, 1949.[10] In response, Soviet Premier Leon Trotsky ordered the bombing of the South Japanese city of Nagano three days later.[11] The war ended in a stalemate, with a restoration of the status quo ante bellum.

Literary Note[]

In the short story, North Japan was formed when the successful U.S. invasion of the Japanese Home Islands led Trotsky to invade from the North to take as much territory as he could. In the novel, the two powers had prearranged a joint invasion. Also, in the story the American atom bomb destroyed the capital of North Japan, Sapporo, rather than Sendai.

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  1. Joe Steele, pg. 315, HC.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 321-325.
  3. Ibid., pg. 325.
  4. Ibid., pg. 337-339.
  5. Ibid., pgs. 345-347.
  6. Ibid., pg. 352.
  7. Ibid, pgs. 352-354.
  8. Ibid, pg. 354.
  9. Ibid, pgs. 355-358.
  10. Ibid. pgs. 366-369.
  11. Ibid, pgs. 371-372.