Japanese Seventh Area Army
|Japanese Seventh Area Army|
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|
|Nickname(s)||岡 (Oka = "hill")|
|Engagements||Borneo campaign (1945)
The Japanese Seventh Area Army (第7方面軍? Dai nana hōmen gun) was a field army of the Imperial Japanese Army formed during final stages of the Pacific War and based in Japanese-occupied Malaya, Singapore and Borneo, Java, and Sumatra.
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. It had its headquarters at Singapore.
The units initially assigned to the Area Army were the 16th, 25th and 29th Army's. Units stationed in Borneo were also transferred to the Area Army's control.
List of Commanders
|1||General Kenji Doihara||22 March 1944||7 April 1945|
|2||General Seishirō Itagaki||7 April 1945||15 August 1945|
Chief of Staff
|1||Major General Tsunenori Shimizu||22 March 1944||27 June 1944|
|2||Lieutenant General Kitsuju Ayabe||27 June 1944||15 August 1945|
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