1. Japan’s Kwantung Army’s weapons and equipment are behind
During the Second World War, the weapons of the Japanese army were in fact very general. In terms of individual weapons, Japanese soldiers mainly use the 38-gauge rifle. The prototype of this rifle is the German Mauser 1898 rifle. In other words, this is the product of the late 19th century. The main weapon used by Soviet soldiers is the Bobosha submachine gun. In any respect, Japan is not an opponent of the Soviet Union. In addition to individual weapons, there is a comparison of heavy weapons.
The number of medium and heavy artillery pieces in the Japanese army is small, and most of them are mountain artillery and field artillery. The number of artillery in the Soviet Union’s Far East was more than four times that of the Japanese Kwantung Army. After the battle began, the Japanese army had only a blast. By 1945, the Japanese Kwantung Army had more than 700 fighters, while the Soviet Far East Air Force had more than 3,000 fighters. The performance of Japanese warplanes is good, but the number of helpless players is not as good as that of the Soviet Union, so the Japanese army has no air superiority.
The best of the Soviet army is the tank cluster assault. The Japanese army has only four chariot divisions, and the Kanto Army has only one chariot division. Do not think that the level of Japanese tanks is very high. Japanese tanks are mainly type 94 and type 95. Both tanks are light tanks. The main force of the Soviet army is the T34 tank. According to the standards of the Soviet army, the T34 tank is a neutral tank. However, according to Japanese standards, such tanks are already in the scope of heavy tanks. After the Soviet army launched the offensive, there was a very funny scene: the Japanese tanks opened fire on the Soviet tanks, but they did not wear the armor of the Soviet tanks. The Soviet tanks did not need to fight back directly. The Soviet tanks drove to the Japanese tanks and directly used the advantage of the head to squash the Japanese tanks. Many Japanese soldiers can only rush to the Soviet tanks with a burning bottle, but they are basically laid down on the road. The gap in weapons is the main reason for the defeat of the Japanese army, and the gap in the quality of soldiers is also very important.xx
Second, the Kwantung Army’s combat thinking is backward
Before the outbreak of the Pacific War, the Kwantung Army was indeed an elite force in the Japanese army. However, due to differences in weapons, the main methods of the Japanese Kwantung Army are: bayonet fights, night raids, and so on. These projects are still ok for the backward countries in Asia, and they are far from the Soviet army. The Japanese army is indeed very strong in the bayonet fight, which is the biggest advantage of the Japanese army. However, in the battle, the Soviets basically did not give the Japanese a chance to fight the bayonet. After seeing the Japanese army launching the charge, the Soviet army’s machine guns and submachine guns fired together, and the Japanese army could not find a place to fight the bayonet. As for the night raid, there is no chance. The Japanese had hoped to use the night breakout, but the Soviet army’s flares and searchlights simply did not give the opportunity. Once the Japanese army is found to have acted, the Soviet army will immediately call for gunfire support. Therefore, the Japanese military's specialty can not be played, the Soviet army can fully play its own advantages.
Third, the Kwantung Army’s individual strength and ability are backward. From the individual combat effectiveness, the Japanese army is not as good as the Soviet army. After the outbreak of the Pacific War, the war in the South was tight. A considerable part of the Kwantung Army was transferred to the South to reinforce, and the troops that were subsequently replenished were basically recruits. The military training of these recruits is seriously inadequate, and most of them are dolls in their 10s. And this situation is getting more and more serious. By 1945, the Japanese Kwantung Army only had the shelf before it. From the perspective of the combat effectiveness of soldiers, the decline is very obvious. In contrast, the Soviet army experienced a long-term baptism in the Soviet-German war. The cooperation between the troops and the tactical movements of the soldiers are very skillful, plus the huge advantages of weapons, strength, time and generals. It is not difficult to encircle the more than 700,000 Kwantung Army, so it was said that the Japanese Kwantung Army was not an opponent of the Soviet army at the time.
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