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Sakaguchi Shizuo


Photograp of Sakaguchi Shizuo

"The Netherlands East Indies 1941-1942"

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Sakaguchi Shizuo was commissioned an infantry officer in 1910 and commanded the infantry group of the newly raised 56 Division, built around 56 Brigade, when war broke out in the Pacific. The Sakaguchi Detachment subsequently participated in the capture of Davao, Jolo, Tarakan, Balikpapan, and Banjermasin. He was promoted to lieutenant general and command of 55 Depot Division in June 1943. In August 1944, he became commander of 65 Division but was retired in April 1945.

Following the capture of Balikpapan, the entire European population of the town was massacred in retaliation for the demolition of the oil wells. It is unclear whether Sakaguchi was ever brought to account for this atrocity.

Service record

1910
Second lieutenant

1935     
Colonel     
Commander, 9 Independent Garrison Battalion
1937

16 Division
1938

Commander, 109 Regiment
1938-8     
Major general     
Commander, 12 Brigade
1940-8

Commander, Infantry Group, 18 Division
1941-11

Commander, Infantry Group, 56 Division
1943-6
Lieutenant general      
Commander, 55 Depot Division
1944-8

Commander, 65 Division
1945-4     

Retires

References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-4-8)

"The Netherlands East Indies 1941-1942" (1999; accessed 2011-4-2)

Pettibone (2007)



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