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Mori Takeshi (1894-1945)


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Commissioned a cavalry officer in 1916, Mori Takeshi served in influential staff positions through most of his career. He was deputy chief of staff of 6 Army when war broke out in the Pacific. He was subsequently promoted to major general and chief of staff of 6 Army, followed by duty as deputy chief of the Kempeitai from February 1943.

Mori became chief of staff at 19 Army in January 1944, but was recalled to Tokyo in March 1945 to assist with homeland defense. By this time he was a lieutenant general. In April he became the commanding general of 1 Imperial Guards Division with responsibility for the defense of the imperial palace itself. He was killed by young officers, including Tojo's son-in-law, who were attempting a coup d'etat the day before the surrender, 14 August 1945. Although Mori was personally opposed to the surrender, he refused to make an immediate decision to disobey the Emperor and join the coup, and the conspirators lost patience with him.

Service record

1894     

Born
1916
Second lieutenant     

1935
Colonel
Instructor, War College
1937

Staff officer, 1 Army, China
1938

Instructor, War College
1941

Vice chief of staff, 6 Army
1942
Major general Chief of staff, 6 Army
1943-2

Deputy commander, Kempeitai
1944-1     

Chief of staff, 19 Army
1945-3
Lieutenant general      General Staff
1945-4

Commander, 1 Imperial Guards Division
1945-8-14     

Assassinated

References

Browne (1967)

Dupuy et al. (1992)

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-6-5)

Toland (1971)



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