3rd Tank Division (Imperial Japanese Army)
|3rd Tank Division|
|Active||1942 - 1945|
|Country||Empire of Japan|
|Branch||Imperial Japanese Army|
|Nickname(s)||滝 = Taki (Torrent)|
|Engagements||Second Sino-Japanese War
World War II
Initially tasked primarily with border patrol of Manchukuo's western frontier with the Soviet Union, from April 1944, it participated in Operation Ichi-Go in northern China against the National Revolutionary Army of the Republic of China. The two primary goals of Ichi-go were to open a land route to French Indochina, and capture air bases in southeast China from which American bombers were attacking the Japanese homeland and shipping.
The IJA 12th Armored Regiment, formerly based in Taiyuan, was withdrawn to bolster the defenses of Seoul in Korea towards the closing stages of the war and as part of the Japanese Seventeenth Area Army was in combat against the Soviet Red Army’s invasion of Manchuria.
The 3rd Tank Division was officially demobilized in September 1945 with the rest of the Imperial Japanese Army.
|1||Lieutenant General Isaku Nishihara||1 December 1942||7 January 1944|
|2||Lieutenant General Hideo Yamaji||7 January 1944||30 September 1945|
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