Japanese Eighth Area Army

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Japanese Eighth Area Army
Disabled Japanese tank at Biak.jpg
Disabled Japanese tank at Biak
Active November 16, 1942 - August 15, 1945
Country Empire of Japan
Branch Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Role Field Army
Garrison/HQ Rabaul
Nickname 剛(Gō = “strength”)
Engagements Solomon Islands campaign
New Guinea campaign

The Japanese Eighth Area Army (第8方面軍 Dai-hachi hōmen gun?) was a field army of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.

History[edit]

The Japanese 8th Area Army was formed on November 16, 1942 under the Southern Expeditionary Army Group for the specific task of opposing landings by Allied forces in Japanese-occupied Solomon Islands and New Guinea.[1] It had its headquarters at Rabaul, New Britain and saw considerable combat in the Solomon Islands campaign, Bougainville campaign and New Guinea campaign.[2]

List of Commanders[edit]

Name From To
Commanding officer Lieutenant General Hitoshi Imamura 9 November 1942 15 August 1945
Chief of Staff Major General Rimpei Katō 9 November 1942 15 August 1945

References[edit]

Books[edit]

  • McGee, William L (2002). The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943: From Guadalcanal to Bougainville--Pacific War Turning Point, Volume 2. BMC Publications. ISBN 0-9701678-7-3. 
  • Madej, Victor (1981). Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937-1945. Game Publishing Company. ASIN: B000L4CYWW. 
  • Marston, Daniel (2005). The Pacific War Companion: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-882-0. 
  • Nalty, Bernard (1999). War in the Pacific: Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay : The Story of the Bitter Struggle in the Pacific Theater of World War II. University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-3199-3. 
  • Rottman, Gordon (2005). Japanese Army in World War II: Conquest of the Pacific 1941-42 (Battle Orders). Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-789-1. 
  • Rottman, Gordon (2002). Japanese Army in World War II: "The South Pacific and New Guinea, 1942-43" (Battle Orders). Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-870-7. 

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McGee, The Solomons Campaigns, 1942-1943
  2. ^ Nalty, War in the Pacific: Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay