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  • August 20, 1945

    Order by Aleksei Antonov to Aleksandr Vasilevsky

    Orders include preparation for the invasion of the island of Hokkaido and the southern Kurile Islands, but are to "begin... only after special instruction by Stalin."

  • August 20, 1945

    Cable from Aleksandr Vasilevsky to Stalin

    Vasilevsky reports on the progress of the Soviet invasion of Manchuria and the surrender of Japanese forces.

  • August 21, 1945

    Cable from Nikolai Kuznetsov to Aleksandr Vasilevsky

    Information related to a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido.

  • August 21, 1945

    Order by Aleksandr Vasilevsky to Aleksandr Novikov

    Orders for preparations for a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido and the southern Kurile Islands.

  • August 22, 1945

    Order by Aleksandr Vasilevsky to Nikolai Kuznetsov and Ivan Yumashev

    Orders for preparations for a planned invasion of the Japanese island of Hokkaido and the southern Kurile Islands. Operations are not to begin "until special instructions from the Headquarters."

  • August 23, 1945

    Cable from Aleksandr Vasilevsky [?] to Stalin

    Report on the surrender of Japanese forces on the Kurile Islands.

  • August 23, 1945

    Cable from Vyacheslav Molotov to Soviet Ambassador in the United States

    Drafted response from Stalin to Truman regarding Hokkaido and Kurile Islands.

  • August 29, 1945

    Cable from Kuz’ma Derevyanko to Aleksei Antonov

    Report concerning the division of occupied territory in the Pacific between the Soviet Union and the United States.

  • September, 1945

    Atomic Bomb (Report of the Group of [Soviet] Embassy Staff Members Who Visited Hiroshima)

    A group of staff members from the Soviet Embassy in Tokyo interviewed Japanese witnesses of the atomic bomb explosions in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They found that the two bombs wreaked havoc on the bodies of those within a small radius of the explosion; most survivors exhibited severe burns, a decreased white blood cell count, and injuries from broken glass. Witnesses from outside this radius faced less severe injuries, and the Embassy staff note that the Japanese press has been exaggerating the effects of the atomic bomb in order to justify the nation’s unconditional surrender.

  • October 30, 1945

    Proposal regarding the Control Mechanism for Japan

    The American proposal for the Allied Military Council in Japan, given to Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov during his October 30, 1945, meeting with Ambassador Harriman.

  • October 30, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'Reception of US Ambassador Harriman at 2200 30 October 1945'

    Notes on an October 1945 conversation between Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov and American Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman on the American proposal for a control mechanism for Japan.

  • October 30, 1945

    Proposed Changes to the Working Conditions of the Far East Consultative Commission

    Proposed changes for the Far East Consultative Commission given to Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov during his October 30, 1945, meeting with American Ambassador W. Averell Harriman.

  • November 01, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman, 1 November 1945 at 1930'

    Notes on a 1945 conversation between Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov and United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman on the American-led Far East Commission and Military Council in Japan.

  • November 03, 1945

    Cable, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Draft of reply to United States Ambassador to the Soviet Union W. Averell Harriman containing Soviet proposals for structural and procedural changes to the Allied Military Council in Japan, submitted for Stalin's approval.

  • November 03, 1945

    From the Journal of V.M. Molotov, 'The Reception of US Ambassador Harriman at 2330 3 November 1945'

    Responding to questions posed by Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov at an earlier meeting, American Ambassador W. Averell Harriman attempts to explain several finer points on the structure and function of the Far East Commission and Allied Military Council in Japan.

  • November 04, 1945

    Cable, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Lavrenty Beria, Georgii Malenkov, and Anastas Mikoyan confirm the Politburo's decision to rebuke Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs V. M. Molotov for voicing unofficial opinions in a conversation with American Ambassador Harriman. Molotov registers his agreement with the rebuke and vows not to repeat his mistake.

  • November 04, 1945

    Cable No. 3523, Stalin to Cdes. Molotov, Beria, Malenkov, and Mikoyan

    Stalin responds with edits to a draft reply to American Ambassador Harriman's note on the control mechanism for Japan. Stalin counters Harriman's claim that he had agreed to give Allied Supreme Commander Douglas McArthur final say in Japan, and rebukes Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov for expressing unauthorized opinions in a meeting with Harriman.

  • November 04, 1945

    Cable, V. Molotov, L. Beria, G. Malenkov, and A. Mikoyan to Cde. Stalin

    Soviet changes to American proposals for the control mechanism and Far East Commission in Japan, drafted in response to objections Stalin raised in a telegram on November 4, 1945.

  • November 05, 1945

    Changes to the US Government Proposal about the Far East Commission

    Soviet changes to the American proposal for the Far East Commission, presented to Ambassador Harriman in a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov.

  • November 05, 1945

    Changes to the US Government Proposal regarding the Control Mechanism for Japan

    Soviet changes to the American proposal for the Allied Military Council for Japan, presented to Ambassador Harriman in a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov.