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i RUSSIAN ENTHUSIASM Red Army Tanks Pour Into Manchuria j ■ N.Z. Press Association—Copyright II Rec. 2.30 p.m. LONDON, Aug. 10. fj! The initial nussian successes in Manchuria are due not only to ;; superior equipment and strategy, but \-\ above all, to the tremendous enthuij siasm of the troops and their IL- irresistible urge to smash the last j hotbed of militarism as quickly as ■ possible, says the Pravda corres- ; I pondent in his first dispatch from {■ Manchuria. The experience gained [ I during four years of fighting against I the Germans and its thorough prev paration has enabled the Red Army I to gain considerable early success. I The Japanese have been unable to # hold a single defensive line along the Manchurian frontier.. Describing the capture of ManIjil chouli, the first Manchurian town to I fall to the Red Army, the correspon--1 dent adds that Russian infantry 1 ; moved in behind tanks and armrSttred cars. They crossed the Augun I River and attacked the town from || several points. The armour quickly jtl; crushed the outer defences and I infantry carried the inner fortified jit area by storm. The Exchange Telegraph Moscow ■ correspondent says that late disffi patches from the Manchurian front if; state that Russian tanks are pouring $ through the gaps opened by the fi: artillery and have deepened signifii! cantly their penetration into i Manchuria. Cossacks, as well as I infantrymen, are following up the 1 tanks and mopping up. j . Veteran Red Air Force pilots, 1 closely supporting the Red Army 1 ground forces, include the leading I fighter ace, Major Ivan Kozhedud, 1 who has 62 German planes to his i credit. A Chungking spokesman declared 1 that the Japanese were preparing I for the return to Manchuria of the jjf five Kwantung divisions, allocated Hi to the China coast anti-invasion M defences. General Wedemeyer, commander H of the United States forces in China, s) said that the Russians' intervention (j would justify the greater' calculated £ risks of committing Chinese troops f\ to an action and also accelerate the |j Chinese-American effort to open a I port for receiving supplies.

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URGE TO SMASH LAST HOTBED OF MILITARISM, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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URGE TO SMASH LAST HOTBED OF MILITARISM Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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