Have you ever heard about Khalkhin-Gol: The Battle that shaped World War 2

Just weeks before Hitler invaded Poland exactly in August 1939, the Soviet Union and Japan fought a massive tank battle on the Mongolian border - the largest the world had ever seen but later forgotten about it interestingly.

Under the command of legendary general Georgy Zhukov, the Soviets won a crushing victory at the batte of Khalkhin-Gol (known in Japan as the Nomonhan Incident). Defeat persuaded the Japanese to expand into the Pacific, where they saw the United States as a weaker opponent than the Soviet Union!

If the Japanese had not lost at Khalkhin Gol, they may never have attacked Pearl Harbor. They would try to enlarge into Soviet soil instead of Pasific.

Read more at Wikipedia about The Battle of Khalkhin Gol

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