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Yoshihara Kane

Yoshihara Kane (Yoshihara Nori) commanded 20 Division in eastern New Guinea in July 1944. He also served as chief of staff of 18 Army. He supported the decision to attack on the Driniumor River with the observation that the Japanese, cut off from all resupply, "could die where they were or die advancing" (Drea 1984).

Yoshihara took 32 officers into the mountains to organize the supplies and rearguard of 41 Division, on 25 February 1945. He attempted to organize a resistance group in the Sepic River area on 11 June 1945.

Yoshihara wrote extensive memoirs after the war that have proven a boon to historians.

Service record

1936     
Colonel     
Inspectorate of Engineers
1937

13 Division
1938

Chief operations officer, North China Area Army
1939

Chief, Maneuvers Section, North China Area Army
1939

Inspectorate of Engineers
1941
Major general     
Commander, 1 Engineer Corps
1942-7-4     

Chief of staff, 2 Area Army
1942-11-9     
Lieutenant general     
Chief of staff, 18 Army, New Guinea
1944-7

Chief of staff, 18 Army / Commander, 20 Division


References

Drea (1984)

Fuller (1992)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-7-19)

Pettibone (2007)

Yoshihara (accessed 2011-7-30)



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