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Okamoto Yasuyuki (1887-1946)

Okamoto commanded 10 Division in Manchuria from January 1944. His division was redeployed to Luzon in late 1944, suffering very heavy losses en route. Placed under 41 Army control and ordered to defend a line between San Jose and Tayug, Okamoto believed his understrength division could not hold the line assigned in such open country, and he chose to concentrate elsewhere, but word of his decision was slow to reach Yamashita. This left the strategically important railhead at San Jose largely undefended. Okamoto's division was virtually destroyed by the end of the war.

Service record

1887     

Born
1936
Colonel     
Commander, 13 Regiment
1939
Major general
Commandant, Morioka Army Reserve Officers' School
1940

Commander, 1 Border Guard Brigade
1942
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 51 Depot Division
1943-2

Commander, 35 Division
1943

General Staff
1944-1-7     

Commander, 10 Division, Philippines

References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-6-19)

Pettibone (2007)

Smith (1961; accessed 2011-4-13)



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