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Invasion of the Kuril Islands

Summary
The Invasion of the Kuril Islands (Курильская десантная операция) was the World War II Soviet military operation to capture the Kuril Islands from Japan in 1945. The invasion, part of the Soviet–Japanese War, was decided on when plans to land on Hokkaido were abandoned. The successful military operations of the Red Army at Mutanchiang and during the invasion of South Sakhalin created the necessary prerequisites for invasion of the Kuril Islands. Order of battle ;Soviet Union *2nd Far Eastern Front **87th Rifle Corps ***355th Rifle Division ***113th Separate Rifle Brigade **56th Rifle Corps ***2nd Rifle Brigade **Kamchatka Defense Area ***101st Rifle Division ***Separate Rifle Regiment ***128th Composite Air Division (78 aircraft) *Soviet Pacific Fleet (operating from Paul naval base) **60 ships and vessels including transports **2nd Independent Naval Aviation Bomber Regiment **Coastal Artillery battery **365th Marine Battalion *60th Border Guards Detachment ;Imperial Japa
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