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Yamamoto Tsunoru

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.

Service record

1937     
Colonel     
Taiwan Army District
1939

General Staff
1939

Headquarters, China Expeditionary Army
1940

Commander, 3 China Garrison Regiment
1942

Chief of staff, 68 Division
1943
Major general     
Commander, Infantry Group, 33 Division, Burma
1944-12      

Commander, 72 Independent Mixed Brigade, Burma
1945

Commander, Kantetsu Force, Burma
1945

Toyama Army Infantry School
1945
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 214 Division

References

Allen (1984)

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-7-19)

Madej (1981)



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