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Yamamoto commanded the infantry group of 33 Division in Burma by 1944. He commanded the
powerful right column of the division for the attack on Imphal during the U-Go
offensive. He was unable to overcome the British defenses on the
Tamu-Palel Road southeast of Imphal and by July 1944 his force was
in retreat. Yamamoto repeatedly refused to obey orders during the
campaign, among other things leaving the retreat of the remainder of 33 Division.
Yamamoto became commander of
72 Independent Mixed Brigade
from its activation at Yenangyaung
in December 1944, and formed the rearguard for the retreat of 55 Division across the Irrawady in May 1945.
Yamamoto was an aggressive officer who once accused a tank commander of cowardice for withdrawing his tanks in the face of air attack.
The tankers concluded Yamamoto was "an idiot who knew nothing about
tank deployment" (Allen 1984) and their commander threatened to commit suicide in front of Yamamoto. However, Yamamoto was equally harsh with his infantry commanders.
||Commander, 3 China Garrison Regiment
||Chief of staff, 68 Division
||Commander, Infantry Group, 33
||Commander, 72 Independent Mixed
||Commander, Kantetsu Force, Burma
||Toyama Army Infantry School
||Commander, 214 Division
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