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Nara Akira was a 1927 guest and
graduate of the U.S.
Army Infantry School. By the outbreak of the Pacific War, he
a lieutenant general in command of 65
Independent Mixed Brigade, a garrison
formation composed of reservists intended for garrison duty in the Philippines.
He considered his unit "absolutely unfit for
combat." His unit was thrown into combat at Bataan
and suffered heavily: Nara wanted three days to survey the area, but was told to attack at once (Morton 1952):
Imperfect maps were the greatest drawback as far as directing the battle was concerned.
Nara himself retired by the end of 1942 and survived the war. He has been accused of ordering a massacre of some 400 Filipino prisoners of war near Mariveles (Farolan 2011, Norman and Norman 2009) but was never brought to trial.
Toland (1970) describes Nara as "a stocky, middle-aged man".
||U.S. Army Infantry School
||Commander, Hongo Regimental
||Commander, 65 Independent Mixed Brigade|
Farolan (2011-5-11; accessed 2011-8-6)
Generals.dk (accessed 2008-4-8)
Morton (1952; accessed 2011-8-6)
Norman and Norman (2009)
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