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Okada Tasuku (1890-1949)


Photograph of Okada Tasuku

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Okada Tasuku was commissioned an infantry officer in 1911 and was a graduate of the War College. He served as assistant military attaché in England and as aide-de-camp to Prince Kotohito Kanin. He was chief of Sagami Army Arsenal when war broke out in the Pacific, and was given command of 2 Tank Division in September 1942. In February 1945 he was given command of 13 Area Army (Nagoya) for the final homeland defense.

Okada was hanged for ordering the execution of 38 American aircrew in June and July 1945.

This trial has been very generous in its proceedings.

I firmly believe that my feelings of gratitude will be the basis of a spiritual bond between the elder brother, America, and the younger brother, Japan, uniting our two countries in the future.

Service record

1890     

Born
1911
Second lieutenant     
Commissioned an infantry officer
1933

Instructor, War College
1935
Colonel     
Commander, 80 Regiment
1937

Chief of staff, 4 Division
1938-7
Major general
Commander, 8 Brigade
1939-10      

Commandant, Army Tank School
1940-9

Commander, Sagami Army Arsenal
1942-9     

Commander, 2 Tank Division
1943

Comptroller, Tokai Military Stores Department
1945-2-1

Commander, 13 Area Army
1945

Retires
1946

Arrested as Class B war criminal
1949

Condemned and hanged

References
Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2007-12-8)

Hayashi and Cox (1959)

Japan Times (2007-5-20; accessed 2011-7-22)

Pettibone (2007)



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