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Nishihara Kanji (?-1975)

Nishihara Kanji was commissioned an infantry officer in 1911.  A graduate of the War College, he was a resident officer in France in 1926 and served in numerous administrative and instructional positions between the wars.  He was a lieutenant general commanding 23 Division in Manchuria when war broke out in the Pacific.  He became Inspector General of Chemical Warfare in November 1942 and was lucky not to be hanged by the Allies after the war.  He commanded 4 Army between February 1944 and March 1945.  

Nishihara was given command of 57 Army in southern Kyushu in April 1945.  This would have been the most important Japanese command if the Allies had invaded Japan proper.

Service record

1911
Second lieutenant     

1926

Resident officer, France
1933     
Colonel     
Head, Research Department, Toyama Army Infantry School
1935

Director, Army Chemical Warfare School
1936

Commander, 31 Regiment
1937

Chief of staff, 8 Division
1938

Director, Army Chemical Warfare School
1938

Commandant, Army Chemical Warfare School
1941
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 23 Division, Manchuria
1942

Inspector of Chemical Warfare
1943

Acting deputy inspector-general of military training
1944-2-7

Commander, 4 Army, Manchuria
1945-4-8    

Commander, 57 Army
1945

Commander, 16 Area Army
1945

Inspector of demobilization, Western District Army
1946

Head, Western District Army Demobilization Burea
1975

Dies


References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-5-12)

Pettibone (2007)



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