RED ARMY DRIVES TOWARDS HARBIN
NAVY CO-OPERATES Three Powerful Forces Converging N.Z. Press Association—Copyright Rec. 10 a.m. LONDON, Aug. 12. The Red Army's swift drive has cut off the Japanese armies in Northern Manchuria and made great gains, says the Associated Press correspondent at Moscow. The Russians are making three powerful drives aimed at Harbin. Those from the west and from the east are probably the most important.
Only 485 miles separate Marshal Malinovsky's Army in the west from Marshal Meretskov's group in the east. Both armies are driving down either arm of the Chinese Far 'Eastern railway, which runs through Harbin. ■ A big army under young General Pukayev, moving to the south-west down the Sungari River valley toward Harbin, is assaulting the river port of Khuachuan. Marshal Malinovsky is moving at the rate of 50 miles a day. The other two armies are moving at between 15 and 20 miles daily. Soviet ships have sailed into the Sungari River and are participating in the drive on Harbin.
Japanese Manchurian garrisons are at present fiercely fighting the Red Army, which has scored new gains from the east and west, says an Imperial Headquarters communique, quoted by Tokyo radio.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Chinese Communist forces, states a Chungking message, has ordered his troops to move against the Japanese in Manchuria, and Japanese are already reported to be handing in their arms to the Communists. Chungking has issued a statement that the Chungking Government will hold the Japanese responsible for surrendering their arms to any organisation or party, which Chungking does not recognise. Tried Russian Commanders The Red Army is overrunning Northern Manchuria. Under the over-all command of Marshal Vassilevsky, three Russian forces are rapidly reducing the hundreds of miles separating their fronts in the east, north and west. Marshal Meretskov, who is named in the Russian communique, in addition to the well-known commanders, Marshals Vassilevsky and Malinovsky, achieved outstanding victories in Finland and led the Russian armies into Norway. General Pukayev, Commander-in-Chief on the Kalinin front in 1943, directed the Smolensk offensive. Admiral Yumashev, commander of the Pacific Fleet, was promoted to the rank of admiral in 1943. . A Soviet communique named Marshal Meretskov as commander of the First Far Eastern Front and Army General Pukayev as commander, of the Second Far Eastern Front. Marshal Malinovsky, now in commarid of the trans-Baikal Front, was formerly commander of the Second Ukrainian Front.
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RED ARMY DRIVES TOWARDS HARBIN, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945
RED ARMY DRIVES TOWARDS HARBIN Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 190, 13 August 1945
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