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Yamamoto Seiei

Yamamoto Seiei (Yamamoto Kiyoe) was chief of staff of 33 Army in Burma in late 1944. He was given command of 15 Division under 15 Army in January 1945, as part of the shakeup of the Japanese command in Burma following the collapse of U-Go. Yamamoto established his headquarters in Fort Dufferin, Mandalay, during the British siege in March 1945. The division was initially ordered to fight to the death, then ordered to withdraw on 18 March 1945, reaching Toungoo on 19 April 1945.

Ironically, Yamamoto was a critic of "hold at all costs" tactics: "Fighting to the last man is, from the point of view of command, the very worst option" (Allen 1984). However, he accepted his orders and even wrote a poem to  inspire his troops:

For our sovereign

Our warriors will fall

Defending to the end

This town of Mandalay ...

Service record

1938    
Colonel     
Chief, 8 Section (Transport), 3 Bureau, General Staff
1939

Chief, 9 Section (Railroad Transport), 3 Bureau, General Staff
1940

Commander, 27 Mountain Artillery Regiment
1941
Major general Chief of staff, 3 Division
1943-1

Commander, 5 Special Railroad Command, Burma
1943

Inspector, 2 Railroad Command
1944-6-19     

Chief of staff, 33 Army
1945-2-2
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 15 Division, Burma
1945

Shikoku Army District

References

Allen (1984)

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-7-19)

Pettibone (2007)



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