The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia
|Previous: Yamato Class, Japanese Battleships||Table of Contents||Next: Yamawaki Masataka|
Valka.cz. Fair use may apply.
Yamauchi was a former military attaché to the United States who commanded 15 Division in China. His division assisted with road building in Thailand before arriving in Burma to join 15 Army for the U-Go offensive in March 1944. Yamauchi was accused of moving too slowly along the Kohima-Imphal road out of cowardice; in fact, his division lacked equipment, was under strength, and had no antitank weapons and Yamauchi himself was suffering from tuberculosis. His division was thereafter effectively commanded by the 15 Army chief of staff. Yamauchi was formally relieved due to ill health on 23 June 1944.
Yamaguchi was the only Japanese Army officer to
graduate from the U.S.
staff school at Fort Leavenworth, and he had acquired an undisguised
Western life during his stint in Washington. This extended to insisting on having wheat bread served with meals and having a
Western-style lavatory transported with his headquarters during U-Go. This probably did not help
his relations with Mutaguchi.
An intellectual officer, Yamauchi
is described by
Hastings (2007) as "a frail, gentle soul", and Roberts (2011) records
that he "consoled himself writing haiku poetry" (Allen 1984):
The hills of Arakan
I have crossed.
My journey to the next world.
His dying assessment
war was "The whole thing's so silly..."
||Instructor, War College
||Tour of Philippines
||Headquarters, Taiwan Army District
||Staff, 5 Army, China
||Military attaché, United States
||Commander, Infantry Group, 36
||Chief of staff, 12 Army
||Commander, 1 Independent
||Commander, 15 Division,
||Dies of illness
Generals.dk (accessed 2008-7-19)
The Pacific War Online Encyclopedia © 2007-2008, 2011-2012 by Kent G. Budge. Index
Comment on this article