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Yamagata Kurihanao (-1945)

Yamagata Kurihanao (also rendered Yamagata Rikao or Yamagata Tsuyuo) commanded 21 Independent Mixed Brigade at Buna in early December 1942. When Sananda fell on 14 January 1943, Yamagata escaped in a landing craft, after allegedly throwing out wounded Japanese soldiers.

It seems likely that Yamagata was the "Major General Yamada" mentioned in Morison's history as the defender of Finschhafen in late 1943.

Yamagata commanded 26 Division under 35 Army at Leyte, arriving early November 1944. The division was virtually destroyed within a month.

Service record

1937     
Colonel     
Commander, 3 Area, 8 Border Garrison Unit
1939

Commander, 11 Regiment
1940

Commandant, Keelung Fortress
1941
Major general     
Commander, 21 Independent Mixed Brigade
1943

Central District Army
1943-2

Chief, Administration Section, 53 Depot Division
1944-11     
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 26 Division
1945-2

Killed in action at Leyte


References

Collie and Marutani (2009)

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-4-8)

Morison (1950)

Pettibone (2007)



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