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Sasaki Touichi (1886-1955)

Sasaki was an older officer recalled to command the hastily raised 149 Division in the desperate last days of the war. He was captured by the Chinese, who imprisoned him for involvement in the Rape of Nanking. His troops had begun killing Chinese prisoners as soon as they entered the city, and he ratified their conduct with a "no quarter" order in violation of the laws and customs of war. He gave as an excuse that the stretched logistics of the Japanese Army precluded feeding prisoners. Sasaki died while in prison.

Service record

1886     

Born
1929
Colonel     
46 Regiment
1930

Commander, 18 Regiment
1932

Staff, Shanghai Expeditionary Force
1932

Chief of staff, 9 Depot Division
1932

Chief of staff, 9 Division
1932

Headquarters, Kwantung Army
1934
Major general      Chief military advisor, Manchukuo
1937

Commander, 30 Brigade
1938

Commander, 3 Independent Mixed Brigade
1938

Head, Kempeitai, China Expeditionary Army
1939-9-7     
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 10 Division
1941

General Staff
1941

Retires
1945

Recalled. Commander, 149 Division
1945

Prisoner of war, China
1955

Dies of illness, China

References

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-10-13)

Pettibone (2007)

The Nanking Atrocities (accessed 2008-10-13)



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