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Kawamura Saburo (1896-1947)

Kawamura was given command of Singapore Garrison Army shortly after the British surrender of Malaya. He met with Tsuji Masanobu; Susuki Sosaku, chief of staff of 25 Army; and the local Kempeitai commander, Masayuki Oshio, and agreed on plans for the purge of the Chinese civilian population in Singapore. At least 5000 persons were murdered during the purge.

Kawamura was chief of staff of 59 Army in the final months of the war.

Following the surrender, Kawamura was hanged for his part in the massacre of Chinese civilians in Singapore.

Service record

1896     

Born
1937
Colonel     
General Staff
1939

Chief, Military Affairs Section, Military Affairs Bureau, Ministry of War
1941

Commander, 213 Regiment
1941-12
Major general
Commander, 9 Brigade / Commander, Infantry Group, 5 Division
1942-2

Commander, Singapore Garrison Army
1942-12-5

Chief of staff, Indochina Garrison Army
1944-12-11

Chief of staff, 38 Army, Indochina
1945-6-2
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 224 Division
1945-9-18

Chief of staff, 59 Army / Chief of staff, Chugoku Army District
1946

Arrested for war crimes
1947

Hanged

References

AsiaExplorers.com (accessed 2008-12-1)
Generals.dk (accessed 2008-12-1)
Hirofumi (2009-7-13; accessed 2011-11-19)
Pettibone (2007)


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