0100 August 19th 1947.
Kwantung Army Headquarters. Qiqihar, Manchukuo.
Soviet troops were still trying in vain to reinforce Manchuria and its borders as the Kwantung Army continued to advance against increasingly sparse opposition.
The three divisions in Hailar had been trying to dig in to protect themselves from the prowling Tactical bombers but Terauchi would prevent them from doing so. Thirty Japanese and Manchurian divisions soon had the Soviet Infantry in full retreat which allowed the bombers a much easier target.
At 1500 hours the Red Army tried to remove the invasion force of General Minami from the coastal province of Khabarovsk. The battle would end before sunrise with yet more Soviet casualties as the superior Japanese night fighting abilities told.
0100 August 20th 1947.
The Skies Above Dasht-i-Kavir.
Shima's Tactical bombers were slowly reversing Japanese fortunes in the Middle East as they protected the right flank of the Persian defence force.
Having dealt with the Soviet troops further east Shima turned his attention back to Dasht-i-Kavir where another modern Polish division had arrived. The Red Army had a sizeable force moving towards Esfahan which could easily cut off the Japanese troops in Iraq if it could not be stopped.
0000 August 21st 1947.
Industry Offices. Tokyo, Japan.
The completion of the two Battlecruisers earlier in the month had not made any production available as more had been ordered, but the latest ships to finish their build would allow Ginjiro some free capacity.
The final two Light Carriers, IJN Chuyo and IJN Unyo, arrived in Toyko on time and the small amount of production that had been used to construct the ships was allocated to upgrades.
0000 August 22nd 1947.
North China Army Headquarters. Lanzhou, China.
The use of both Close Air Support groups in northern China and Mengkukuo had managed to turn a possible rout of the Japanese center into an opportunity to advance. There were still several large Soviet armies around the region which Higashikuni would have to force back one at a time but he could at least think offensively in China now.
Konev had returned to Erenhot with the remains of his army and was repulsed by General Nishio who commanded the forces in Changde. The losses of Soviet Infantry in this province would rise again as the Dive bombers preyed on the retreating enemy troops.
Late on August 23rd Syrian troops occupied Baghdad which had been abandoned to prevent Japanese forces being isolated by the advancing Red Army. Higashikuni had set up his defences as best he could given the manpower available and would have to hope that it would be sufficient.
On August 24th Japanese troops from Ya'an were ordered to march towards Kangding after recovering from their earlier battle with Zhukov over the province. The six Japanese divisions that had been in Xiaguan were redeployed north to Ya'an to take over the defence as the force in that province advanced. The redeploying troops would arrive before the advance could be completed keeping Ya'an defended.
By 1200 hours on August 24th Konev's army had suffered huge losses to the Japanese Dive bombers and there was little sign of the casualties abating. Most Soviet troops were heading north east and not towards Erenhot which could allow one Dive bomber wing to return to Manchuria to assist the Kwantung Army.
An attack towards Abadan was not what Higashikuni had wanted as it could cut his forces in half in the Middle East if it proved successful. General Sakabara was commanding the defence of the province with three divisions when the Red Army captured Esfahan at 1600 hours on August 25th and immediately tried to sever the land connection between Persia and Iraq. Fortunately the attack began at dusk which allowed Sakabara to hold firm until the Tactical bombers could assist at dawn. Sakabara would succeed in preventing the Red Army from advancing on this occasion and Higashikuni hoped that no more defensive battles would be required.