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Tanaka Hisaichi (1889-1947)


Photograph of Tanaka Hisaichi

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Tanaka Hisaichi (Tanaka Hisakasu) was a former language officer in the United States and an instructor in the Japanese War College. He was in command of 21 Division, the Southern Expeditionary Army reserve, when war broke out. He was appointed commander of 23 Army at Canton in March 1943, remaining at this post until the general surrender. He participated in the southern prong of the Ichi-go offensive, To-go.

Although Tanaka was convicted of permitting the execution of an American airman who was denied a fair trial, his death sentence was not confirmed. However, he was subsequently tried and executed for war crimes by the Chinese.

Service record

1889     
  Born
1933
Colonel     
Instructor, Toyama Army Infantry School
1935

Commander, 1 Imperial Guards Regiment
1937

Instructor, War College
1938-2-19     
Major general
Chief of staff, Taiwan Army District
1938-9-8

Chief of staff, 21 Army
1939-8-1

Commandant, Toyama Army Infantry School
1940-9-28    
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 21 Division
1943-3-1

Commander, 23 Army
1946

Arrested for war crimes
1947

Executed in China

References

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-4-8)

Pettibone (2007)

Stein (2007-1-29; accessed 2011-7-29)



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