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Sakurai Tokutaro (1897-1980)

Sakurai Tokutaro was an instructor at the Military Police School when war broke out in the Pacific. He later served in Burma, commanding the infantry group of 55 Division in the Battle of the Admin Box, then commanded one of the numerous divisions hastily raised for the final defense of Japan. Hastings (2007) says that he

conformed to every caricature of Allied imagination. He was a China veteran notorious for ruthlessness and brutality. As an accessory to his uniform, he affected around his neck a string of pearls. His off-duty party piece was to perform a Chinese dance naked, with lighted cigarettes flaring from his nostrils.

He was nonetheless a dangerous opponent, skilled at cutting the communications of enemy forces. Slim countered in the Arakan by denying Sakurai any communications lines to cut.

Service record

1897     

Born
1937
Colonel     
Staff, 1 Army
1938

Instructor, War College
1940

Headquarters, China Expeditionary Army
1940

Chief of staff, 34 Division
1941

Instructor, Military Police School
1942

Commander, 65 Regiment
1943-8     
Major general     
Commander, Infantry Group, 55 Division, Burma
1944-12     

Headquarters, Burma Area Army
1945

Commander, 212 Division
1945

Retires
1980

Dies

References

Allen (1984)

Hastings (2007)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-11-15)

London Gazette (1951-4-6; accessed 2013-1-1)

Pettibone (2007)



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