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Hayashi Yoshihide (1891-1978)

Hayashi was a member of Unit 82, the jungle warfare research school on Formosa that helped research the Centrifugal Offensive. Promoted to major general, he served in the military government of the Philippines, where he ordered the execution of the nationalist Filipino policitian, Manuel Roxas, for refusing to collaborate. (Roxas was spared through the intervention of a staff colonel who persuded Homma to rescind the order.)

Hayashi later commanded 24 Independent Mixed Brigade which garrisoned the Tenasserim region of Burma. His unit was transferred to 15 Army on 18 March 1944 and immediately went into action against the Chindits. His force eventually included nine battalions but was bloodily repulsed in its attacks on the Chindit "White City" base north of Indaw. Late in 1944 he was promoted to command of 53 Division of 33 Army. His division covered the Sittang crossings in the Tenasserim in July 1945 as the remnants of 28 Army attempted to break out of Pegu.

Service record

1891

Born
1938     
Colonel     
Commandant, Gaoxing Fortress
1939

Commander, 1 Taiwan Regiment
1940

Unit 82, Formosa
1941
Major general      Vice chief of staff, 14 Army
1942

Commander, infantry group, 54 Division
1944-2      

Commander, 24 Independent Mixed Brigade, Burma
1945
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 53 Division, Burma
1949

Sentenced to life imprisonment for war crimes
1953

Released
1978

Dies


References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2011-8-6)

Madej (1981)

Zaide (accessed 2011-8-6)



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