Battle of Shimushu

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Battle of Shimushu

Post by Shinobi » 15 Feb 2010 13:50

Hello all:
Had some questions about the Battle of Shimushu Island.
1) WHat was the course of the campaign? ( Start and finish)
2) Is there a map showing the different focres dipositions and the general course of the battle?
3) What was the OOB of the opposing forces?
4) WHat were the fortications like?
Thanks in advance,
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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by Akira Takizawa » 16 Feb 2010 05:38

1) WHat was the course of the campaign? ( Start and finish)
The Soviets landed at the north beach of Shimushu and advanced inland (refer to the map).

2) Is there a map showing the different focres dipositions and the general course of the battle?
I uploaded

3) What was the OOB of the opposing forces?

Japanese 91th Division was deployed at North Kuril islands.

Shimushu
73rd Infantry Brigade [mjr. gen. Iwao Sugino]
11th Tank Regiment [col. Sueo Ikeda] (64 tanks)
2nd Independent Tank Company (deployed to 11th TR)
1st Artillery Unit of 91th Division
2nd Artillery Unit of 91th Division
Engineer Unit of 91th Division
54th Air Regiment (4 Oscars)

Paramushir
HQ 91st Division [lt. gen. Fusai Tsutsumi]
74th Infantry Brigade [Major Gen. Seiji Sato]

IJN on Shimushu and Paramushir
51st Guard Unit (942 men)
52nd Gurd Unit (333 men)
Shimushu Signal Unit (42 men)
32th AA Defence Unit (18 men)
North-East Fleet HQ
Kuril Base Unit HQ
12th Air Fleet HQ
North-East Air Unit (189 men, 4 B5Ns)

4) WHat were the fortications like?
See this page.
http://www006.upp.so-net.ne.jp/yamako/h ... tuyaku.htm

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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by marek O. » 16 Feb 2010 18:04

Dear Shinobi,
Here is what I know about Soviet forces that took part in the invasion of Shumshu:
101st Infantry Division [mjr. gen. Porfirij I. Diakov]
355th Independent Naval Infantry Battalion [mjr. M. Barabolko]
128th Mixed Air Division [lt.col. M. A. Eriomin]. Altogether - 8824 soldiers ; 205 guns and mortars. All of them from Kamchatka Defence Region [mjr. gen. A. R. Gnieczko].

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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by Shinobi » 20 Feb 2010 14:15

Thanks for your help Marek, did the 101st do much of the fighting? Or did the 355th NIBn spearhead the amphiberous assualt?

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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by Shinobi » 20 Feb 2010 14:18

Thanks Taki for your assistance and the wonderful map.. I read something about an counter attack which drove the Russians back from their gains to the beach head.. Is that correct? It apparantly involved tanks as well. Could you eleborate?

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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by Akira Takizawa » 20 Feb 2010 16:22

Shinobi wrote:Thanks Taki for your assistance and the wonderful map.. I read something about an counter attack which drove the Russians back from their gains to the beach head.. Is that correct? It apparantly involved tanks as well. Could you eleborate?
Read "Shimushu" in the following page.
http://www3.plala.or.jp/takihome/history2.htm

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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by tom! » 21 Feb 2010 16:59

Akira Takizawa wrote:...

54th Air Regiment (4 Oscars)

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North-East Air Unit (189 men, 4 B5Ns)

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This indicates that thre was an airfield on Shimushu. Where was it on the island?

Yours

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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by marek O. » 21 Feb 2010 23:09

Dear Shinobi,

Soviets divided their forces into 4 groups: Front Unit ; 1st Wave of Main Forces ; 2nd Wave of Main Forces ; Posoration Unit. Unfortunatelly I know not much about these groups. However, On August 18th, at 4.30, on Shumshu landed Front Unit, so i would assume that it was indeed 355th Batalion. At 6.30, landed 1st Wave - 138th IR from 101st ID. At. 8.00, landed 2nd Wave - 302nd and 373rd IR. Yes 101 st ID did most if not all of the fighting.

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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by Akira Takizawa » 22 Feb 2010 02:35

tom! wrote:This indicates that thre was an airfield on Shimushu. Where was it on the island?
Katoka

IJA/IJN airplanes attacked the Soviets in the battle of Shimushu and sank Russian vessels.

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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by Peter H » 22 Feb 2010 04:11

Some recent pics here of Shimushu
http://bbs.tiexue.net/post_3739118_1.html
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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by tom! » 23 Feb 2010 22:16

Hi.

What a grim island....

I found a newer aerial view showing Kataoka/Baikovo (the small buildings on the right) and the remains of the airfield:
Image

Are there any aerial views avaliable of Kataoka and the japanese airfield installations of 1944/45?


Another aerial view showing the area northeast of the airfield (almost directly to the right of the upper picture):
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The caption says that these parallel lines are old anti-tank ditches. Were these part of the japanese "Kataoka fortress" or are these from the soviet aera?


Pictures taken from wikipedia.ru

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Re: Battle of Shimushu

Post by FreyFox » 01 Mar 2010 01:12

Had some questions about the Battle of Shimushu Island.
1) WHat was the course of the campaign? ( Start and finish)
2) Is there a map showing the different focres dipositions and the general course of the battle?
3) What was the OOB of the opposing forces?
4) WHat were the fortications like?
I have a considerable quantity of the information on it, including documents and photos.
But all information in Russian. If there is an interest, can place here, but without transfer.



I read something about an counter attack which drove the Russians back from their gains to the beach head.. Is that correct? It apparantly involved tanks as well.
It is the incorrect information. Tanks have not reached a beach. All destroyed tanks stand till now around a hill 171
And Russian did not escape to a beach. :)



The caption says that these parallel lines are old anti-tank ditches. Were these part of the japanese "Kataoka fortress" or are these from the soviet aera?
These are the Japanese anti-tank ditches of the main line of defence. On lake it has been located
Base of the Japanese seaplanes

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