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Niimi Masaichi


Photograph of Niimi Masaichi

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In 1922, while a member of the Navy General Staff, Niimi Masaichi wrote a report on the British experience of convoy escort and antisubmarine warfare during the First World War. This failed to garner much attention in the Japanese Navy.

Niimi commanded 2 China Fleet at the time war broke out. He was at sea with Hong Kong Attack Force, which was responsible for blockading Hong Kong while it was reduced by 38 Division. It was his last sea command prior to retirement.

Service record

1887-2-4   born
1908-11-21     
Midshipman Graduates from Naval Academy, standing 15th in a class of 191. Assigned to CL Aso
1909-8-2   CL Idzumo
1910-1-15 Ensign Sasebo Sailor Corps
1910-7-31   Gunnery School Basic Course
1910-12-15   Torpedo School Basic Course
1911-4-20   CL Aso
1911-12-1 Lieutenant junior grade
 
1912-7-5   DD Yayoi
1913-12-1   Naval College B-Course
1914-5-27   Gunnery School Advanced Course
1914-12-1 Lieutenant BB Katori
1915-5-1   BC Ibuki
1916-5-15   BB Kawachi
1916-12-1   DD Umikaze
1917-4-1   Instructor, Gunnery School
1917-12-1   Naval College A-Course
1919-12-1   BB Ise
1920-12-1 Lieutenant commander     
Instructor, Gunnery School
1922-12-1   Navy General Staff
1923-12-1   Resident officer, United Kingdom
1924-12-1 Commander  
1926-3-20   Executive officer, CL Kuma
1926-12-1   Instructor, Naval College
1929-11-30 Captain  
1930-12-1   1 Naval District
1931-4-1   Commander, CL Oi
1931-10-15   Commander, CL Yakumo
1933-11-15   Commander, CA Maya
1934-11-15   Instructor, Naval College
1935-11-15 Rear admiral
Chief of staff, 2 Naval District
1936-4-1   Chief of staff, 2 Fleet
1936-12-1   Navy General Staff
1937-12-1   Director, Bureau of Education, Navy Ministry
1939-11-15 Vice admiral
Director, Naval Academy
1941-4-4   Commander, 2 China Fleet
1942-7-14   Commander, 4 Naval District
1943-12-1   Navy General Staff
1944-3-15   Awaiting assignment
1944-3-20
Retires
1944-6-1   Job assistant, Navy Ministry
1993-4-2   Dies

References

Evans and Peattie (1997)

Fuller (1992)

Materials of IJN (accessed 2008-3-19)



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