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Takashina Akira (1891-1944)


Photograph of Takashina Akira

U.S. Marine Corps. Via ibiblio.org


Takashina commanded 29 Division, which was transferred from Kwantung Army to 31 Army at Guam in February 1944. The division concentrated around Apra and the Orote Peninsula and thus was the main defense force against the American landings that month. The division made a final desperate counterattack on 25 July 1944 and was virtually annihilated. Takashina himself was killed by machine gun fire from an American tank on 28 July 1944.

Service record

1891     

Born
1933-8

Instructor, Military Academy
1934-8

4 Imperial Guards Regiment
1935-8

16 Depot Division
1936-3

3 Regiment
1937-8-2     
Colonel      Commandant, Takao Fortress
1938-7-16

Commander, 60 Regiment
1940-3-9
Major general     
Commander, 27 Brigade
1940-9-7

Commander, Infantry Group, 14 Division
1942-9-14

Commander, 17 Independent Mixed Brigade
1943-10-29     
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 29 Division, Manchuria and Guam
1944-7-28

Killed in action


References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2014-2-8)

Leckie (1962)

O'Brien (1994; accessed 2011-5-28)


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