SEE Misc file below for scenario. .On August 9, 1945 the Soviets unleashed their promised attack on the Japanese in Manchuria. The Soviet forces were commanded by people who understood the importance of speed, surprise and schwerpunkt. Although not one of the decisive axes, the 15th Army was given the task of striking down the Amur River and its flood plains and tributaries in order to pin down Japanese forces and prevent an orderly withdraw from the border. Working in conjunction with a sizable force of monitors, armed cutters, rafts and pontoons, the Soviet forces had soon crossed the Amur River, taking Santun and marching on Tungchiang. After securing Tungchiang, General Mamonov ordered the 1st Brigade and the 361st Rifle Division to strike at Fuchin down the Sungari River before a defense could crystallize.