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Murakami Keisaku (1888-1948)

Murakami was a former member of the Imperial Way Faction (Kōdōha) and was involved in the February 26 Incident in 1936. He commanded 39 Division during the Hupeh campaign in 1940, and later commanded 3 Army under Kwantung Army during the last stages of the Pacific War. 3 Army was responsible for the defense of southeastern Manchuria and was attacked by the Russians on 9 August 1945.

During the Tokyo war crimes trials, Murakami testified that the Total War Research Institute had drafted a plan for the military administration of Siberia in the spring of 1942, showing that Tojo considered it a given that Japan would eventually invade the Soviet Union.

Service record

1888      

Born
1931-8-1
Colonel     
General Staff
1933-8-1

Commander, 34 Regiment
1934-3-5

Chief instructor, Toyama Army Infantry School
1935-8-24

Chief, Military Administration Section, Military Affairs Burea,  Ministry of War
1935-10-11

Chief, Army Affairs Section, Military Affairs Burea,  Ministry of War
1936-3-28

Instructor, War College
1936-8-1

Director, Research Department, War College
1937-8-2
Major general
1938-12-1

Kwantung Army
1939-10-2
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 39 Division, China
1941-9-1

Commandant, Army School of Science
1942-12-1

General Staff
1943-3-9

Head, Total War Research Institute
1943-12-16        

Commandant, Kunchuling Noncommissioned Officers' Tank School
1944-8-30

Kwantung Army
1944-11-22

Commander, 3 Army
1945-9

Prisoner of war
1948-9-17

Dies in prison

References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2014-5-8)

IMTFE Judgement (1948; accessed 2011-7-29)

Pettibone (2007)

Shillony (1970; accessed 2014-5-8)



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