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Tachibana Yoshio (1890-1946)


Photograph of Tachibana Yoshio

National Archives #80-G-386390

Cropped by author

Tachibana commanded 109 Division in the Bonin Islands in 1945. He was something of a traditionalist: A visiting officer discovered in early 1945 that Tachibana was studying Japanese military tactics dating back as far as the 16th century in the belief that they held the key to victory in the Pacific. Tachibana also permitted (and may have ordered) the execution and cannibalism of captured American aircrew. For this he was hanged after the war.

Service record

1890

Born
1938     
Colonel     
Military advisor, Manchukuo
1939

Commander, 65 Regiment
1942

Commander, Hiroshima Regimental District
1944-5    
Major general     
Commander, 1 Independent Mixed Brigade
1945
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 109 Division
1946

Hanged for war crimes

References

Generals.dk (accessed 2011-6-28)

Maga (2001)

Pettibone (2007)

Wheeler (2007)



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