1100 June 6th 1947.
The Skies Above Abadan.
Mj. General Kato had been re-assigned to an Interceptor squadron patrolling the Pacific to allow for a senior commander to take his place in Persia. The number of Allied attacks had been fairly consistant and needed to be stopped or at least reduced considerably.
Lt. General LeMay made the mistake of trying to bomb the airfield at Abadan where Air General Yamashita had taken command of the two Interceptor wings based in the province. Both Interceptor wings were scrambled to intercept and made contact at 1100 hours on a clear morning. LeMay's bombers would suffer huge losses during the dogfight that ensued with the 57th USAAF Strategic Bomb Wing being totally destroyed during the encounter. Future attacks would meet with a similar response unless the Interceptors themselves received too much damage, which had not happened on this occasion.
1500 June 6th 1947.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Xinjing, Manchukuo.
Japanese forces were continuing their advance across most of Manchuria meeting only sporadic enemy resistance. Terauchi was content with progress even though it was not as swift as had been hoped with the terrain being as much of an obstacle as Soviet forces.
The successful landing of eight Japanese divisions in Iman would hopefully speed up the process as Red Army forces would be threatened with encirclement once Terauchi arrived in Harbin. General Minami led the amphibious forces once again.
1600 June 6th 1947.
North China Army Headquarters. Lanzhou, China.
Lt. General Takumi had managed to capture Tabriz to remove another enemy from the War but his stay in the province would be short lived. This was something that Higashikuni had expected.
A total of six Soviet divisions attacked his position and he was ordered to withdraw towards the mountains of Hamadan to the south. General Abe would also withdraw from Kirkuk towards Bakhtaran as the Soviet advance would threaten to isolate his position.
The other end of Higashikuni's line saw the twin advances towards Erenhot and Xilinhot continue against light Soviet resistance. Red Army troops were still marching towards this area from the west but were not arriving in sufficient numbers for the time being. Japanese bombers were finding enough targets to keep them occupied over the entire front but the advances of the Kwantung Army were beginning to reduce target availability in Manchuria. This would be corrected once the airbase in Harbin could be captured and held.
At 0000 hours on June 7th Mj. General Ijuin arrived in Basrah to retake the province after the doomed American landing. There were an unknown, but thought to be minor, number of enemy aircraft on the airbase when Ijuin arrived. He would remain in the province with another division having been selected to replace his in Kuwait City. The new division was on its way by redeployment and would arrive in just over a week.
Manpower losses had reduced enough to allow a daily net gain even though more than 7000 reinforcements were still required to repair Japanese ships.
Shima had moved his Tactical bomber group to Abadan with the Interceptors switching to Basrah to accomodate the larger aircraft. Shima would hunt amongst the low hills north of the Persian border rather than the mountains towards Baku. There were fairly small enemy forces present for the time being which would allow easier targetting and would make the enemy move more troops to this area.
1400 June 7th 1947.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Harbin, Manchukuo.
Terauchi arrived in Harbin on schedule and would be greeted by the expected counter attack from Soviet forces. He did not think that the attack would be with a relatively small number of enemy troops though.
Malinokskij would only use fourteen divisions which would be nowhere near enough to dislodge Terauchi and his twenty one. Jiamusi was now threatened by both forces in Harbin and Iman which could isolate all of the remaining Soviet troops to the south. What the Red Army commanders did not know was that Terauchi had no intention of trying to enforce such an encirclement. His own position in Harbin was not secure enough to allow a flanking attack on his forces and he would remain patient. Slow and methodical was required to keep casualties to a minimum.
The capture of Harbin had allowed the Dive bombers based in Dalian to move forwards and they now had a very large number of enemy troops to attack at their leisure. The forces in Hailar province would receive the first attacks.
At 0100 hours on June 8th Field Marshall Hata arrived in Liaoyuan to capture the province. This advance would serve two purposes. Firstly the retreating troops from Chongyin were now marching towards Japanese troops and could easily be captured. Secondly there was now a large Japanese force capable of moving towards Jilin to further advance the conquest of the mountainous area. Hata had support on both flanks with neither of those armies under any threat of counter attack, but his troops needed some rest. They would not get much.