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Shumshu Island is located at the northeastern end of the Kurlie Islands (Kuril). To the southeast is Paramushir Strait and Paramushir Island. To the northeast is the Kuril Strait and Kamchatka. Part of the shipping route to Russia via Kamchatka and the Kurilsky Strait. Also known as Ostrov Shumshu or Shimushu-To.
Shumshu was fortified with a garrison of roughly 8,000 Navy and Army personel. During 1943-1945, attacked by American aircraft flying from Alaska.
Allied missions against Shumshu Island (Shimushu)
June 19, 1944 - August 12, 1945
Battle of Shumshu
Although Japan officially surrendered to the Allies on August 15, 1945, the Soviet Union hoped to occupy the Kuries Islands to extend their borders and before American occupation forces arrived in Japan. In accordance with the surrender, the Japanese garrison in the Kurlie islands had begun prepairing for disarmament.
On August 18, 1945 a Soviet force of 8,360 troops supported by naval and air forces made an amphibious landing on Shumshu. Forty Japanese tanks from the Japanese Army 11th Tank Regiment commanded by Col Zueo Ikeda attacked the Soviet landing force in "self-defense". During a vicious close-quarters battle in the fog that lasted more than two hours, the tanks claimed to have killed over 100 Soviets until their anti-tank guns were deployed and disabled twenty-one of their tanks. Two days later on August 20, a cease fire was signed and the Battle of Shumshu officially ended on August 23, 1945 with the surrender of the island's garrison, ending the last battle of World War II in the Pacific.
Kataoka (Bajkovo, Байково)
Tank Battle Memorial
B-25J Mitchell 43-36140
B-25J Mitchell 43-36149
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