What Japanese/Manchukuo units defended Harbin in 1945?

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What Japanese/Manchukuo units defended Harbin in 1945?

Post by mihu » 29 Mar 2020 14:56

Can anyone provide me with information on what Japanese and Manchukuoan units were defending the city of Harbin during the Soviet invasion in 1945? I am interested in all types of Japanese/Manchukuo units that may have been involved: infantry, cavalry, artillery, armour, river vessels, etc.

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Re: What Japanese/Manchukuo units defended Harbin in 1945?

Post by Akira Takizawa » 30 Mar 2020 06:13

- IJA
4th Army
 10th Independent Field Gun Battalion
 17th Mortar Battalion
 30th Independent AT Gun Battalion
 42nd Telegraph Regiment
 29th Independent Engineer Regiment

 149th Division
 131st Independent Mixed Brigade

- Manchukuo Army
4th Army District
 22nd Infantry Regiment Depot
 25th Infantry Regiment Depot
 Cavalry Regiment Depot
 4th Signal Unit
 4th Motorcar Unit
 4th Artillery Battalion
 4th Engineer Unit
 4th Transport Unit

3rd Flying Unit depot
River Army (江上軍)

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Re: What Japanese/Manchukuo units defended Harbin in 1945?

Post by mihu » 30 Mar 2020 09:11

Thank you Taki. Is there an estimate of the numerical strength of these units, even if only an overall total?

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Re: What Japanese/Manchukuo units defended Harbin in 1945?

Post by Akira Takizawa » 01 Apr 2020 03:16

149th Division had approx. 16,000 men and 131st Independent Mixed Brigade had approx. 5,600 men. They were formed shortly before the Soviet invasion. So, they were very poor units. It is said that 149th Division did not have any artillery.

As for Manchukuo Army, there were only rear units at Harbin, because main forces went to the front. So, they were few strengths.

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Re: What Japanese/Manchukuo units defended Harbin in 1945?

Post by mihu » 01 Apr 2020 09:57

@Akira Takizawa Thank you for your help.

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