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Minakami Genzo (1888-1944)

Minakami commanded the infantry group of 56 Division in Burma in 1944. He held Myitkyina town against Merrill's Marauders and Chinese troops for 76 days in spite of a 15:1 disadvantage in numbers. During this time he was promoted two grades to full General, with the clear implication that he was expected to fight to the death. He was finally forced to order a retreat across the Irrawady, on 1-3 August 1944, but chose to commit suicide by shooting himself on the midstream island of Nonthalon.

Service record

1888-9-26     

Born
1934-3
Lieutenant colonel     
4 Regiment
1938-3-1

Commander, 4 Independent Garrison Area, 8 Border Garrison
1938-8-1
Colonel     
1939-6-1

Commander, 66 Regiment
1939-9-12

Commander, Tsu Regimental Area
1940-9-24

Commander, 110 Regiment
1941-10-15     
Major General     Staff, 54 Depot Division
1943-6-10

Commander, Infantry Group, 56 Division
1944
General

1944-8-4     

Commits suicide


References

Fuller (1992)

Ammentorp (accessed 2016-5-10)



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