Manchuria is a historical name given to a vast geographic region in northeast Asia. Depending on the definition of its extent, Manchuria either falls entirely within China, or is divided between China and Russia. From February 1932 until August 1945, Manchuria was the site of the Empire of Manchukuo, a puppet state within the Imperial Japanese sphere of influence.
Manchuria in The Hot War
Several Manchurian cities were subjected to atomic attacks by the United States on 23 January 1951. In response, China's leader, Mao Tse-Tung, convinced his ally Joseph Stalin, to launch atomic attacks against the USA's allies in Europe, effectively triggering World War III.
After the attacks, the Chinese government was able to successfully rebuild the rail line through Harbin, the primary reason the U.S. attacked it in the first place. The line was up and running again by April 1951.
Manchuria in Southern Victory
Manchuria was conquered by Japan early in the 20th century after it defeated China in a war. While China posed no threat, Russia's interests in the region created tensions with Japan throughout the 1920s. After the Second Great War, Russia was badly bloodied, allowing Japan to secure its position in Manchuria.
- Bombs Away, pgs. 55-61.
- Ibid., pg. 65.
- Ibid., pgs. 323.