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Miyazaki Shigesaburo (1892-1965)


Photograph of Miyazaki Shigesaburo

Kohima Museum. Via generals.dk

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Miyazaki was the infantry group commander of 31 Division from its activation in March 1943 in China. The division was reassigned to Burma by September 1943 and spearheaded the assault on Kohima during the U-Go offensive. Miyazaki, who rode a captured horse about the battlefield with his pet monkey, Chibi, on his shoulder, directed the stubborn Japanese rearguard action after the British went over to the offensive.

Miyazaki was promoted to lieutenant general and command of 54 Division under 28 Army in the Arakan on 30 August 1944. The division was driven out of the region with heavy losses by the end of the year and reformed at Yenangyaung. It was subsequently broke out of British encirclement to retreat across the Sittang, 24-25 July 1945, as the war was drawing to a close.

Service record

1892

Born
1936     
Colonel      
General Staff
1938

Taiwan Army District Headquarters
1938

Chief, 3 Section, 21 Army
1939
Major general       
Commander, 16 Army
1940

Head, Shanghai Special Agency
1942

Commander, 26 Brigade
1943-3     

Commander, Infantry Group, 31 Division
1944-8-30     
Lieutenant general      
Commander, 54 Division
1947

Retires
1965

Dies

References

Allen (1984)

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-6-2)

Roberts (2011)



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