Japanese Seventh Area Army

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Japanese Seventh Area Army
General F W Messervy receives the sword of General Itagaki.jpg
General F W Messervy receives the sword of General Itagaki
Active March 19, 1944 - August 15, 1945
Country Empire of Japan
Branch Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Role Field Army
Garrison/HQ Singapore
Nickname 岡 (Oka = "hill")
Engagements Borneo campaign (1945)
Operation Tiderace

The Japanese Seventh Area Army (第7方面軍 Dai nana hōmen gun?) was a field army of the Imperial Japanese Army during final stages of the Pacific War.[1]

The Japanese 7th Area Army was formed on March 19, 1944 under the Southern Expeditionary Army Group for the specific task of opposing landings by Allied forces in Japanese-occupied Malaya, Singapore and Borneo, Java, Sumatra and to consolidate a new defense line after the loss of the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and eastern portions of the Netherlands East Indies.[2] It had its headquarters at Singapore, and was demobilized there on the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II.[3]

List of Commanders[edit]

Commanding officer[edit]

Name From To
1 General Kenji Doihara 22 March 1944 7 April 1945
2 General Seishirō Itagaki 7 April 1945 15 August 1945

Chief of Staff[edit]

Name From To
1 Major General Tsunenori Shimizu 22 March 1944 27 June 1944
2 Lieutenant General Kitsuju Ayabe 27 June 1944 15 August 1945

References[edit]

Books[edit]

  • 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. 

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Marston, The Pacific War Companion: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima
  2. ^ Nalty, War in the Pacific: Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay
  3. ^ Madej, Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937-1945