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Naka Eitaro

Naka was a lieutenant general and Vice Minister of War when war broke out in the Pacific. From March 1943 he served as chief of staff of Burma Area Army. He was initially opposed to the plan to invade India (U-Go) but dropped his opposition by late August 1943. On 30 August 1944 he became commander of 18 Division under 33 Army. His counterattack on Meiktila on 10 March 1945 was beaten back with heavy losses, and his division joined the general retreat, reaching the area east of the Sittang by July 1945.

Allen (1984) describes Naka as "a pleasant, affable but indecisive character and not particularly gifted as a Chief of Staff."

Service record

1937     
Colonel      
Commander, 24 Regiment
1938

Chief of staff, 12 Division
1939

Kwantung Army
1939

Instructor, Military Academy
1940

Director, Toyama Army Infantry School
1941-4-10
Lieutenant general     
Vice minister of war
1942-7-4

Commandant, Infantry School
1942-12-1     

Chief of staff, 15 Army, Burma
1943-3-18      

Chief of staff, Burma Area Army
1944-9-22     

Commander, 18 Division

References

Allen (1984)

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-6-9)

Pettibone (2007)



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