Kwantung Army (Japanese Army)

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Kwantung Army (関東軍 Kanto Gun)

Assignment

Commander / Commander-in-chief

no date of
appointment
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1 18 Oct 1905 General Oshima Yoshimasa Cdr, 3rd Division Governor of Kwantung Governor General of Kwantung
1 1 Sep 1906 General Oshima Yoshimasa Governor General of Kwantung Military Councillor Governor of Kwantung
2 26 Apr 1912 Lt General Fukushima Yasumasa Vice Chief of General Staffs deactivated
3 15 Sep 1914 Lt General Nakamura Satoru Governor of Tokyo Security Military Councillor 25 Jan 1915 General
4 31 Jul 1917 Lt General Nakamura Yujiro Deactivated Reserve Regular while appointed
1 12 Apr 1919 Lt General Tachibana Koichiro 6th class, Cadet Cdr, 4th Division Cdr, Vladivostok Exp Army Commander, Kwantung Army
16 Aug 1920 General
2 6 Jan 1921 Lt General Kawai Misao 8th class, Cadet Cdr, 1st Division Military Councillor 9 Apr 1921 General
3 10 May 1922 General Ono Minobu 10th class, Cadet Vice Minister of Army Military Councillor
4 10 Oct 1923 Lt General Shirakawa Yoshinori 1st class, MA Vice Minister of Army Military Councillor 28 Mar 1925 General
5 28 Jul 1926 General Muto Nobuyoshi 3rd class, MA Military Councillor Inspector General
6 26 Aug 1927 Lt General Muraoka Chotaro 5th class, MA Cdr, 4th Division Reserve
7 1 Jul 1929 Lt General Hata Eitaro 7th class, MA Cdr, 1st Division died 1 May 1930 General, 31 May 1930 died
8 3 Jun 1930 General Hishikari Takashi 5th class, MA Cdr, Taiwan Army Military Councillor
9 1 Aug 1931 Lt General Honjo Shigeru 9th class, MA Cdr, 10th Division Military Councillor
10 8 Aug 1932 General Muto Nobuyoshi 3rd class, MA Military Councillor died 3 Mar 1933 Field Marshal, 27 Jul 1933 died
11 29 Jul 1933 General Hishikari Takashi 5th class, MA Military Councillor Military Councillor
12 10 Dec 1934 General Minami Jiro 6th class, MA Military Councillor Att, General Staffs
13 6 Mar 1936 General Ueda Kenkichi 10th class, MA Military Councillor Att, General Staffs
14 7 Sep 1939 Lt General Umezu Yoshijiro 15th class, MA Cdr, 1st Army CinC, Kwantung Army 1 Aug 1940 General
1 1 Oct 1942 General Umezu Yoshijiro 15th class, MA Cdr, Kwantung Army Chief of General Staffs Commander-in-chief, Kwantung Army
2 18 Jul 1944 General Yamada Otozo 14th class, MA Inspector General disbanded after Japanese surrender

Chief of Staff

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appointment
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31 Oct 1905 Ochiai Toyosaburo 3rd class, Cadet
27 Nov 1906 Maj General Kamio Mitsuomi Cdr, Chinese Empire Resident Army Cdr, 1st Grd Inf Brigade
13 Nov 1907 Hoshino Kingo 5th class, Cadet
28 Sept 1912 Shiba Katsusaburo 7th class, Cadet
26 Dec 1912 Maj General Fukuda Masataro 9th class, Cadet Cdr, 24th Inf Brigade Chief, 2nd Bu, General Staffs
11 May 1914 Nishikawa Torajiro 11th class, Cadet
18 Aug 1916 Takayama Kimimichi 11th class, Cadet
24 Jul 1918 Hamaomote Matasuke 4th class, MA
11 Mar 1921 Fukubara Yoshiya 5th class, MA
6 Aug 1923 Kawada Akiharu 10th class, MA
2 Dec 1925 Saito Hisashi 10th class, MA
10 Aug 1928 Miyake Mitsuharu 13th class, MA
11 Apr 1932 Hashimoto Toranosuke 14th class, MA
8 Aug 1932 Lt General Koiso Kuniaki 12th class, MA Vice Minister of Army Cdr, 5th Division
5 Mar 1934 Lt General Nishio Toshizo 14th class, MA Chief, 4th Bu, General Staffs Vice Chief of General Staffs
23 Mar 1936 Maj General Itagaki Seishiro 16th class, MA Vice CoS, Kwantung Army Cdr, 5th Division 28 Apr 1936 Lt General
1 Mar 1937 Lt General Tojo Hideki 17th class, MA Cdr, Kwantung MP Unit Vice Minister of Army 30 May 1938 vacant
18 Jun 1938 Isogai Rensuke 16th class, MA
7 Sept 1939 Lt General Iimura Jo 21st class, MA Cdt, Military College Att, General Staffs
22 Oct 1940 Lt General Kimura Heitaro 20th class, MA Cdr, 32nd Division Vice Minister of Army
10 Apr 1941 Lt General Yoshimoto Teiichi 20th class, MA Cdr, 2nd Division Cdr, 1st Army
1 Aug 1942 Kasahara Yukio 22nd class, MA
1 1 Oct 1942 Kasahara Yukio 22nd class, MA
2 7 Apr 1945 Hata Hikosaburo 24th class, MA

Vice Chief of Staff

no from to rank name class previous job next job note
13 May 1941 17 Jul 1941 Maj General Yoshioka Yasunao 25th class, MA Staff, Kwantung Army CoS, Kwantung Defense Army

Commander, Artillery

no date of
appointment
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10 Dec 1938 Maj General Uchiyama Eitaro 21st class, MA Commander, 5th Fld Hvy Art Brigade Commander, 13th Division 2 Oct 1939 Lt General
28 Sep 1940

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