Sad your graph is wrong, the Germans did not have over 700 divisions during the war lol.
You do understand that after a division is effectively destroyed its reminents are used to form new units... a destroyed division does not mean every single man killed or captured... otherwise the number of destroyed divisions for the whole war on all sides would be about 6... even the encircled and captured Soviet divisions in 1941 and 1942 were not totally destroyed... we know numbers of them joined the locals as partizans or snuck back through the lines...
Though no one is sure what the actual number is war records like that were pretty much destroyed and the USSR just didn't keep track of that well.
There has never been any question that three quarters of German combat kills... ie soldiers and not old men and old women and children during the strategic bombing, were killed on the eastern front and the eastern front was where all their best soldiers and best generals were sent.
1) The USSR undertook to open a front against Japan at Yalta for its US and UK allies. The reason for this was that
US war planners estimated that without Soviet assistance they would expend 1.5 million men to beat Japan. So the USSR
was not some aggressor ripping up a neutrality agreement with peaceful Japan. It was contributing to the allied war effort
against both Germany and Japan.
At the time the US demanded the Soviets enter the war in the Pacific because they were afraid they might get left holding the back and spend the next 5 years fighting the Japanese. The Americans demanded that Stalin join the war in the pacific six months from the ceasefire in Europe... they were afraid Stalin might do what Britain and the US did in Europe... sit and wait and let each side wear each other down and then come in at the last moment and get as much territory as they can and start to dictate terms on everyone...
Of course Stalin remembered 1905 and there were a few unsettled issues to be dealt with...
Hiroshima and Nagasaki are overrated. Dresden
was just as shocking in terms of 100,000 dead in one night but it did not stop Germany from fighting the war.
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were largely left untouched by the US bombing campaign because they had very little military value, which is why they were selected as targets for the nuclear bombs, because the message to Japan was that we will bomb and kill all your people... even the ones that pose no threat to us and are not fighting us. But really the same message was directed at Stalin too... the US hinted at a secret new weapon but Stalin appeared not interested... because he already probably knew more about it than the US politicians did...
The firebombing campaigns in Japan were vastly more devastating than in Germany. Germany had much stronger and more solidly built buildings so they needed HE bombs first to blow them open and expose the furnishings and structure, followed by incendiary bombs to set it alight. For Japan the mainly wood and paper materials used for construction made the HE unnecessary so they just dropped incendiaries. The fire bombing of Japanese cities killed rather more than either nuclear bomb...
In fact, their whole Bushido ethic would have given them more resolve. Maybe if the USA carpet
bombed Japan with nukes then it would have precipitated an instant surrender.
The Japanese already knew they had lost, but they did not want an unconditional surrender which was what the Americans were demanding. They approached the Soviets hoping to negotiate with the Americans through them but they didn't know about their agreement at Yalta to attack Japan... which the Soviets were keen to do to get back the islands and territory they had lost in 1905.
The Japanese Navy was destroyed and their airforce was reduced to nothing, the Japanese thought maybe just maybe if it was just the united states they could hold off long enough to bring the US to the table. In the end, they knew it was beyond hopeless they could not fight the United States and they knew it.
Very true, but the Japanese could not surrender on US terms which was unconditional. Their Emperor was considered to be a god... what if the Americans decided to try and execute him for war crimes... they couldn't tolerate that.
Ironically the Japanese kept their leadership intact, though of course losing all his actual power, he and his family retain their position... which is probably why their children are taught nothing about WWII... especially their actions...
Worse the US actually actively sought out some of their doctors to try to get a hold of their results intact, they offered immunity and jobs in the US with a house... bastards.
Trying to say the reason Japan surrendered was due to the USSR is nothing short of propaganda revisionist history.
If it was the nukes why did they wait so long after the detonations?
The Soviets occupied all of China and Manchuria and had taken back all the islands lost to Japan in 1905, and they got half way down the Korean Penninsula... the next step would be the invasion of Japan.
The US was scared about 1.5 million potential killed American soldiers with an invasion of Japan... do you think Stalin would care about 1.5 million more dead if he could destroy Japan.
Guess who killed around two Japanese soldiers island hopping to take back the areas they occupied, not the USSR it was the US. We dealt with the bulk of the Imperial Army, the USSR just cleaned up the scraps.
Yeah, I remember the US decided to capture the Aluetion islands that they believed the Japanese occupied.... they took a couple of weeks and lost about 100 soldiers, but they took those islands. Not a single Japanese soldier was there or had been there, so losing only 100 soldiers was probably pretty good for unopposed beach landings. Of course to be serious beach landings are difficult and dangerous even when done without enemy fire.
just like the British in case they were invaded by Germans.
But they didn't. Those British islands the Germans took were walkovers...
1. Imperial Japan wanted to fight until the bitter end, Toto refused to surrender even tho everyone else knew it was hopeless in the end. The Emperor overruled him and he later killed himself. Japan no longer had the men, resources, equipment, or anything else to fight.
The Japanese refused to surrender unconditionally... the fact that they did surrender proves they weren't prepared to fight until the bitter end.