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Obata Nobuyoshi (1897-1976)


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Obata Nobuyoshi was serving with Imperial Guards Division at the outbreak of war in the Pacific. He was promoted to major general and chief of staff of 15 Army in March 1943, but was dismissed in less than two months after he described Mutaguchi's plan for U-Go as bakamono ("a fool's enterprise").

Obata was subsequently given an intelligence post in Manchuria. He successively served as chief of staff of Kwantung Defense Army (October 1944) and 44 Army (June 1945) and was captured by Russian troops in August. He was not repatriated until 1956.

Service record

1897     

Born
1937
Colonel     
Staff, 10 Army
1938

Instructor, War College
1940

Commander, Transport Regiment, Imperial Guards Division
1941

Imperial General Headquarters
1941

Instructor, War College
1941

Chief, 2 Section, Southern Army
1942

Chief of staff, Imperial Guards Division
1943-3     
Major general     
Chief of staff, 15 Army, Burma
1943-5

Head, Harbin Special Intelligence Agency, Manchuria
194-10

Chief of staff, Kwantung Defense Army
1945-6

44 Army
1945-8

Prisoner of war
1956

Released
1976

Dies

References

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-6-16)

Hayashi and Cox (1959)



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