atomics (both were prototypes in this form), had been duds? Would the Soviets have co-ordinted their invasion of Hokido with our invasion of Kyushu? In addition to their existing Red Banner Far East Fleet of cruisers, destroyers and submarines they had a great number of American made amphibious specific ships and craft. And don't neglect their Naval Infantry (Marines) which were already deployed and operating on Sakhalin Island. Far East Fleet's Lend-Lease supplied landing special stuff, in the spring of 1945 was this; 25 LCIs, 17 LCTs, and 28 Coast Guard frigates were transferred by the United States to the Soviet Union under lend-lease, and Soviet sailors were trained in the use of the ships in Cold Bay Alaska by US Coast Guard sailors until the Soviet sailors were adept in them. The USCG transferred the ships to the USSR, and the Red Banner was hoisted over them in July of 1945 and they sailed for Mother Russia with their new crews. Here is a complete list of all US specialized "landing craft" supplied to the USSR under Lend-Lease from mid-'44 to July '45 supplied by "Tiornu" (Richard Worth) on another forum: 2 LCVP: C-42116, C-42737 2 LCS(S): C-7653 (Mk 1), C-51393 (Mk 2) 2 LCM(3): C-29301, C-29309 54 LCM(3): LCM 786, LCM 787, LCM 793, LCM 850, LCM 851, LCM 857, LCM 858, LCM 859, LCM 860, LCM 861, LCM 862, LCM 863, LCM 864, LCM 866, LCM 867, LCM 868, LCM 869, LCM 870, LCM 871, LCM 872, LCM 873, LCM 874, LCM 875, LCM 876, LCM 877, LCM 878, LCM 879, LCM 880, LCM 881, LCM 46972, LCM 46973, LCM 46974, LCM 46975, LCM 46976, LCM 46977, LCM 46978, LCM 46980, LCM 46981, LCM 52410, LCM 52411, LCM 52412, LCM 52413, LCM 52421, LCM 52422, LCM 52423, LCM 52425, LCM 52426, LCM 52427, LCM 52428, and five others. (Three of these were lost in attacks in the Far East in 1945.) 2 LCT: LCT 1163, LCT 1176 15 LCT(6): TDS.1 (ex-LCT 1047), TDS.2 (ex-LCT 559), TDS.3 (ex-LCT 561), TDS.4 (ex-LCT 563), TDS.5 (ex-LCT 745), TDS.6 (ex-LCT 1015), TDS.7 (ex-LCT 1046), TDS.8 (ex-LCT 1442), TDS.9 (ex-LCT 1445), TDS.10 (ex-LCT 744), TDS.11 (ex-LCT 1434), TDS.12 (ex-LCT 1435), TDS.13 (ex-LCT 1436), TDS.14 (ex-LCT 1437), TDS.15 (ex-LCT 1438) 30 LCI: DS.1 (ex-LCI(L) 526), DS.2 (ex-LCI(L) 527), DS.3 (ex-LCI(L) 551), DS.4 (ex-LCI(L) 554), DS.5 (ex-LCI(L) 557), DS.6 (ex-LCI(L) 666), DS.7 (ex-LCI(L) 671), DS.8 (ex-LCI(L) 672), DS.9 (ex-LCI(L) 945), DS.10 (ex-LCI(L) 946), DS.31 (ex-LCI(L) 584), DS.32 (ex-LCI(L) 585), DS.33 (ex-LCI(L) 586), DS.34 (ex-LCI(L) 587), DS.35 (ex-LCI(L) 590), DS.36 (ex-LCI(L) 591), DS.37 (ex-LCI(L) 592), DS.38 (ex-LCI(L) 593), DS.39 (ex-LCI(L) 665), DS.40 (ex-LCI(L) 667), DS.41 (ex-LCI(L) 668), DS.42 (ex-LCI(L) 675), DS.43 (ex-LCI(L) 943), DS.44 (ex-LCI(L) 949), DS.45 (ex-LCI(L) 950), DS.46 (ex-LCI(L) 521), DS.47 (ex-LCI(L) 522), DS.48 (ex-LCI(L) 523), DS.49 (ex-LCI(L) 524), DS.50 (ex-LCI(L) 525). (Four or five were war losses.) (me again), and the great bulk of these ships were used in the PTO by the Soviets. Building a "Higgins" (LCVP) type may not have been needed (even though the USSR had some to copy), since the Japanese were on their "last legs" and concentrating their forces in the south in anticipation of the US invasion (Downfall). The Soviets also acquired 3,500 light amphibian Ford GPA ¾ ton 4x4s, and 586 of the 2 ½ ton DUKW amphibian truck supplied to the Soviet Union during the war, under Lend-Lease shipments. The Soviets also built their own replicas of these two American amphibians, the DUKW version was produced as the ZIL-485, and the Ford GPA replica was the GAZ-46. With these two amphibians models, the transferred LCIs, LCTs, the Soviet Naval Infantry, and its existing Red Banner Pacific Fleet, the Soviets were more, rather than less likely to be able to launch and succeed in amphibious landings on the Japanese home islands if it had been necessary. With the Soviets only declaring war between the two atomics, the Japanese would have been put in a very "nasty" position in regards to defending their northern shores from invasion. They weren't military dolts in the planning of things, and common sense (not intel) had them concentrate their forces in the south in anticipation of invasion from that direction. Their Fleet was non existent, and all their really decent troops were concentrated in the south. The Soviets would have enjoyed a literal walk over. Stalin "sped up" the declaration by about two weeks, but only after the first atomic was dropped. We weren't anticipating invasion in Operation "Olympic" porion of "Downfall" until Oct. of '45 ourselves, and he might have co-ordinated with us and invaded at the same or near the same time. The bombs may have done more than just bring the war to an end quickly and saved thousands if not millions of lives (allied and Japanese), they may have thwarted a "north and south" Japan as well.