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Kijima Kesao

Kijima commanded 38 Independent Mixed Brigade under 17 Army in Bougainville from its activation in June 1944. His brigade fortified Pearl Ridge against the Australian advance but was driven out after three days, on 1 January 1945. He was refused permission to retreat to the south and his troops were isolated at Numa Numa until the end of the war.

Kijima was arrested on suspicion of war crimes, but was released in 1950 without being charged.

Service record

1938     
Colonel     
Commander, 124 Regiment
1940

6 Depot Division
1940

Commander, 124 Regiment
1944-1     
Major general     
Commander, Infantry Group, 17 Division
1944-6

Commander, 38 Independent Mixed Brigade
1946?

Arrested on suspicion of war crimes
1950

Released

References

Canberra Times (1950-3-2; accessed 2011-8-6)

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-4-22)

Pettibone (2007)


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