Most Americans are unaware that Soviet forces detained and imprisoned Japanese soldiers and civilians on a massive scale following World War II. In addition to interning large numbers of Japanese nationals in Soviet-occupied territories, the Red Army deported more than half a million Japanese to labor camps in Siberia and other parts of the USSR. Despite efforts to gain their release, repatriation was t complete until 1956. William Nimmo's book is the first work in English to provide a detailed account of this little-kwn aspect of the war's aftermath.
WILLIAM F. NIMMO is a researcher and historian specializing in foreign relations and military affairs.