Japanese Northern China Area Army

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Japanese Northern China Area Army
Active August 21, 1937 – August 15, 1945
Country Empire of Japan
Branch Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Role Field Army
Garrison/HQ Beijing

The Japanese North China Area Army (北支那方面軍 Kita Shina hōmen gun?) was a field army of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

History[edit]

The Japanese North China Area Army was formed on August 21, 1937 under the control of the Imperial General Headquarters. It was transferred to the newly formed China Expeditionary Army on September 23, 1939. Headquartered in Beijing, it was responsible for direction and coordination of the Japanese military activity in all of north China. It was demobilized in Beijing at the surrender of Japan.

List of Commanders[edit]

Commanding officers[edit]

Name From To
1 General Hisaichi Terauchi 26 August 1937 9 December 1938
2 General Hajime Sugiyama 9 December 1938 12 September 1939
3 Lieutenant General Hayao Tada 12 September 1939 7 July 1941
4 General Yasuji Okamura 7 July 1941 25 August 1944
5 General Naozaburo Okabe 25 August 1944 22 November 1944
6 Lieutenant General Sadamu Shimomura 22 November 1944 15 August 1945

Chiefs of Staff[edit]

Name From To
1 Major General Naozaburo Okabe 26 August 1937 15 July 1938
2 Major General Tomoyuki Yamashita 15 July 1938 23 September 1939
3 Major General Yukio Kasahara 23 September 1939 1 March 1941
4 Lieutenant General Moritake Tanabe 1 March 1941 6 November 1941
5 Lieutenant General Hatazō Adachi 6 November 1941 9 November 1942
6 Lieutenant General Sanji Okido 9 November 1942 14 October 1944
7 Major General Gaku Takahashi 14 November 1944 15 August 1945

References[edit]

  • Dorn, Frank (1974). The Sino-Japanese War, 1937–41: From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor. MacMillan. ISBN 0-02-532200-1. 
  • Madej, Victor (1981). Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937–1945. Game Publishing Company. ASIN B000L4CYWW.