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Miyazaki Shuichi (1895-1969)


Miyazaki Shuichi

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Miyazaki Shuichi was commissioned in 1916 and served in instructional posts for much of the interwar period. He was an instructor at the War College and had just been promoted to major general when war broke out in the Pacific. He became chief of staff of 17 Army at Rabaul in October 1942. He saw action at Guadalcanal and Bougainville before being recalled to Tokyo in May 1943.

Miyazaki served in staff positions the remainder of the war. He was persuaded by Yamashita that Tokyo did not understand the situation in the Philippines, and worked against further interference by Imperial General Headquarters with Yamashita's operations. Miyazaki later advocated the position that Japan, rather than Okinawa, would be the decisive battlefield of the war. In line with this view, he blocked the reinforcement of Okinawa by 84 Division in January 1945.

Service record

1895

Born
1916
Second lieutenant     

1938     
Colonel      
Staff, 11 Army
1939

Commander, 26 Regiment
1940

Instructor, War College
1941
Major general
1942-10      

Chief of staff, 17 Army, Solomons
1943-5

Head, 4 Bureau, General Staff
1943

Director, War College
1944

Chief of staff, 6 Area Army, China
1944

Head, 1 Bureau, General Staff
1945

Retires
1969

Dies

References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-6-2)

Smith (1961; accessed 2014-9-11)



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