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Sasaki Minoru (1893-1961)


Photograph of Sasaki Minoru
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Sasaki Minoru (Sasaki Noboru according to some sources) was commissioned as a cavalry officer in 1914.  He studied in Russia and Poland and held a number of administrative posts in the interwar years.  Chief of staff of 6 Army when war broke out in the Pacific, he was recalled to staff work in Tokyo in August 1942 but was given command of Southeast Detachment in New Georgia in May 1943. Here he fought a prolonged and skillful defense against the American invasion in the summer of 1943.

... the speed of the [American] infantry advance was extremely slow. They waited the results of several days of bombardment before a squad advanced.

(Gilbert 2001)

After Munda fell, Sasaki's forces were ordered to retreat to Kolombangara, only to be bypassed by the Allied landings on Vella Lavella. His remaining forces escaped first to Choiseul (in early October 1943) and then to Rabaul.  Sasaki was promoted to lieutenant general in October 1944, and survived the war to be interviewed by American historians.

Service record

1893     

Born
1914
Second lieutenant     
Commissioned as a cavalry officer
1939
Colonel
Main Army Armaments Factory
1939-10
Major general
Commander, 4 Cavalry Brigade
1940-12-2

Chief of staff, 6 Army
1942-8

Armored Warfare Department, Ministry of War
1943

Commander, Infantry Group, 38 Division
1943-5-31     

Commander, Nanto (Southeast) Detachment, Solomon Islands
1943

8 Area Army
1944-10
Lieutenant general     

1961

Dies


References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-3-28)
Gilbert (2001)

Morison (1950)

Pettibone (2007)

Rentz (1952; accessed 2011-5-1)


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