megjur wrote:According to David Glantz, the Russian force would have used 6 assault craft escorted by 4 destroyers and torpedo cutters for the first division, followed 2 hours later by 4 frigates 4 trawlers, and "4 large craft called hunters" to land the remainder of the lead rifle division and secure the Rumoi region. How the Russians expected to accomplish this if there were any Kamikaze action is beyond me. Perhaps they counted on the shorter distance from Sakhalin to Hokkaido as somehow making up for the shortfall in shipping, with ships making several sorties to land soldiers.
Another point to consider is that even if the invasion was a improvised affair, even a small Soviet foothold on mainland Japan at the time of the surrender would have been very problematic and most likely led to a Soviet claim on all of Hokkaido. Either that or the U.S. would have had to force them to leave.
Sorry for jumping in (10 years too late), but when was this supposed Soviet invasion of Japan to take place? During WWII, following WWII, or much later?