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    Chita (Чита) Zabaykalsky Krai Russia

city and the administrative center of Zabaykalsky Krai, Russia It stands at the confluence of the Chitinka and Ingoda Rivers and on the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Wartime History
Occupied by the Japanese during 1918–1920. From the 1930s onward, it was a closed city, foreigners were prohibited from travelling to Chita as were many Russians due to proximity to Manchuria and military installations.

Used as a staging base during the May - September, 1939 Battle of Khalkhin Gol (Nomonhan Incident).

After the battle, Japanese prisoners were held at Chita during late 1939 into 1940. At one compound there were an estimated 500-600, the highest ranking a JAAF Colonel and an IJA major.

Following World War II, in late 1945, Emperor Pu Yi and some of his staff were held prisoner in the city, in a former sanatorium for officers.

Remained a closed city until 1991.

Chita Airfield
Prewar airfield

Nomonhan page 929

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Last Updated
August 25, 2018


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