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Context is presently a quality sorely lacking in the telling of news and historical events. WHY things occur is at least as important as what happens. Which is why the battles in the Spring/Summer of 1939 between Imperial Japan and Soviet Russia in Manchuria weighed so heavily on the course of World War II which began shortly after. The Battles of Nomonhan (Also known as the Battles of Khalkhin Gol) are vitally important to understand, if one is to have a full appreciation of the opening moves by both Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan into the Second World War. In addition, these battles involve some of the most important military, political, and intelligence figures of the 1930s/1940s. And yet, outside of Russia, Japan, and China, the Nomonhan batles remain almost unknown.
To better understand the events at Nomonhan in 1939, join military historian, author and journalist John D. Gresham (@greshamj01) for Military Monday (@Writestream at #MilitaryMonday) at 1 p.m. Eastern. His guest this week is U.S. Naval Institute Press (@USNIBooks) writer Dr. Stuart Goldman, author of of the book NOMONHAN, 1939. Together they will guide listeners to an understanding of events surrounding the Battles around Nomonhan in 1939, and why they are relevant in the context of present -day events an. Listeners are encouraged to call in and offer questions/comments, in a lively hour about one of the biggest and most important battles you never heard of.
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