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Ito Takeo (1889-1965)

Ito commanded the infantry group of 38 Division when war broke out, and he directed the assault on Hong Kong Island. He later commanded the forces that seized Amboina and Timor. All these campaign were characterized by extreme ruthlessness and the massacre of prisoners. He fought on Mount Austen at Guadalcanal and was commander of 40 Independent Mixed Brigade from its activation at New Ireland in July 1944.

Following the surrender, Ito was sentenced to death for war crimes, but the sentence was not confirmed.

Service record

1889-7-6     

Born
1937-7
Lieutenant  colonel     
6 Depot Division
1938-3

Commander, 1 Area, 8 Border Unit
1940-3

Assistant commander, 9 Independent Mixed Brigade
1940-8

Commander, 114 Regiment
1941-8-25      
Major general     
Commander, Infantry Group, 38 Division
1944-7-1     

Commander, 39 Independent Mixed Brigade
1944-7-8

Commander, 40 Independent Mixed Brigade
1944-10-26     
Lieutenant general     

1946-5-24

Condemned to death for war crimes
1946-10-28     

Released
1965-2-24     

Dies

References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2014-3-9)

Miller (1948; accessed 2011-8-6)

Pettibone (2007)

Stacey (accessed 2011-8-6)


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