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Tanabe Moritake (1889-1949)


Photograph of Tanabe Moritake

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Tanabe was a lieutenant general and vice chief of the Army General Staff when war broke out. He favored a strategy of luring the Allies into campaigns in areas away from their bases and opposed attacks on Hawaii and Australia. Given the superiority of Allied logistics, this strategy must be regarded as badly misreading relative strengths and weaknesses. On the other hand, he was instrumental in helping put an end to the disastrous attrition at Guadalcanal.

Tanabe was given command of 25 Army under 7 Area Army at Fort de Kock, Sumatra, by April 1943. He remained at this post for the remainder of the war.

Service record

1889     

Born
1933

Instructor, Toyama Army Infantry School
1934

Staff, Ministry of War
1936
Colonel     
Commander, 34 Regiment
1937

Director, Toyama Army Infantry School
1937
Major general Chief of staff, 10 Army
1938-12-14     

Commandant, Tank School
1939-10
Lieutenant General      Commander, 41 Division
1941-3-1

Chief of staff, North China Area Army
1941-11-6     

Vice Chief, General Staff
1943-4-8     

Commander, 25 Army
1945

Arrested as war criminal
1949

Executed

References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.de (accessed 2007-11-8)

Pettibone (2007)



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