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Ayabe Kitsuji (1894-1980)


Photograph of Ayabe Kitsuji

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Ayabe Kitsuju was a cavalry officer who had studied in Poland and the Soviet Union during the 1920s. He had extensive service in staff positions and in China during the 1930s and was a staff observer in Germany and Italy prior to becoming deputy Chief of Staff to the Kwantung Army in July 1941 and Chief of Staff of 1 Area Army in Manchuria in July 1942. He was recalled to Tokyo in December 1942 to serve on the General Staff. Promoted to lieutenant general in October 1943, he became deputy Chief of Staff of Southern Army in Singapore, and helped plan the U-Go operation in Burma. He was badly injured in an airplane crash in February 1944, and was assigned to staff duty with 7 Area Army at Singapore through the remainder of the war.

Service record

1894     

Born
1935
Colonel Staff, Kwantung Army
1935

Chief, Maneuvers Section, Kwantung Army
193711-2      

Chief, 1 Section (Organization and Mobilization), 1 Bureau, Army General Staff
1939
     
Commander, 25 Cavalry Regiment, China
1940

Staff, 3 Army
1940

Vice chief of staff, 3 Army
1940

Army General Staff
1940

Japanese Military Mission, Germany and Italy
1941-4-1
Major general Head, 4 Bureau, Army General Staff
1941-7-7      

Vice chief of staff, Kwantung Army
1942-7-1

Chief of staff, 1 Area Army
1942-12-7     

Head, 1 Bureau, Army General Staff
1943-10-15     
Lieutenant general     
Vice chief of staff, Southern Army, Singapore
1944-2

Injured in airplane accident
1944-3-22

7 Area Army
1944-6-27

Chief of staff, 7 Area Army, Singapore
1946

Retired
1980

Dies


References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-1-4)

Hayashi and Cox (1959)

Pettibone (2007)



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