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Sakuma Ryozo

Sakuma Takanobu was commandant of the Cavalry School when war broke out. He held staff positions through most of the war, including chief of staff of 14 Area Army in the Philippines. He later said of MacArthur that "I think that they were excellent tactics. I say this without prejudice. If any other plans had been used, the Americans would have had a very difficult time" (MacArthur 1966)

In 1944 or 1945 Sakuma was promoted to lieutenant general and given command of 55 Division under 28 Army in Burma. His division retreated across the Sittang on 8-10 August 1945.

Service record

1938
Colonel
Commander, 25 Cavalry Regiment
1939

Kwantung Army Headquarters
1939

Chief of staff, 104 Division
1940

Director, Cavalry School
1941      
Major general      Commandant, Cavalry School
1944-7-28      

Chief of staff, 14 Area Army
1944-12-26      

Chief of staff, 2 Area Army
1945-5-29
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 55 Division

References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2011-8-20)

"Reports of General MacArthur" (1966; accessed 2011-8-20)

Pettibone (2007)



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