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Yoshinaka Wataro

Yoshinaka commanded 86 Division in the critical Ariake Bay area of southern Kyushu in 1945. This was where the Japanese correctly believed the main force of the Allied invasion would fall. Fortifications were 80 to 90 percent complete by August 1945, and Yoshinaka was confident his force could crush the invader at the water's edge.

Service record

1937      
Colonel     
Chief, 6 Section (European and American intelligence), 2 Bureau, Army General Staff
1938

Chief of staff, 14 Division
1940-2

Miltary attaché, Hungary
1942-12-22     
Major general
Chief of staff, Western District Army
1945-2-10

Chief of staff, 16 Area Army
1945-5-3
Lieutenant general     
Commander, 86 Division

References

Frank (1999)

Generals.dk (accessed 2009-3-7)

Madej (1981)

Pettibone (2007)



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