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Iimura Jo (1888-1976)


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Iimura Jo was a former military attach√© to Turkey and commandant of the Army War College who became chief of staff of Kwantung Army after the disastrous Nomonhan Incident.  He was the first dean of the Total War Research Institute, but in spite of being a talented linguist and charismatic leader, he was unable to realize the promise of the TWRI. He was appointed commander of 5 Army in Manchuria shortly before war broke out in the Pacific.  He again served as commandant of the War College from October 1943 to March 1944.

As chief of staff of Southern Army, Iimura supported Yamashita's decision to cease reinforcing Leyte and begin building up defenses on Luzon. Smith (1961) speculates that Terauchi's displeasure with Iimura was the reason he was given command of an almost nonexistent force (2 Area Army) just five days later. 

Iimura was recalled to Tokyo in May 1945 to help with the final homeland defense.

Service record

1888     

Born
1930
Colonel
Military attache, Turkey
1932

Instructor, War College
1933

Chief, 6 Section (Europe and United States), General Staff
1933

Senior instructor, War College
1935

Commander, 61 Regiment
1937

Director, Research Department, War College
1937
Major general Deputy commandant, War College
1938-1-27

Commandant, War College
1939-9-7

Chief of staff, Kwantung Army
1940-10-20     
Lieutenant general       Head, Total Warfare Research Institute
1941-10-15     

Commander, 5 Army, Manchuria
1943-10-29

Commandant, War College
1944-3-22

Chief of staff, Southern Army
1944-12-26     

Commander, 2 Area Army, Celebes
1945-5-29

Commander, Tokyo Divisional District
1945-6-23

Commander, Tokyo Defense Army
1945-8-20

Provost Marshal General
1945

Retires
1976

Dies

References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-3-26)

Hotta (2013)

Pettibone (2007)

Smith (1961; accessed 2011-7-23)


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