Independent Mixed Brigades (Imperial Japanese Army)

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This article is about the Japanese military unit. For the Spanish formation, see Mixed Brigade.
Independent Mixed Brigades
War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg
Active 1937-1945
Country Merchant flag of Japan (1870).svg Empire of Japan
Branch Japanese Imperial Army
Type Mixed Brigade
Role Garrisoning occupied territories
Size 5,000 to 11,000 troops
Part of IJA divisions
Engagements Second Sino-Japanese War
World War II

The Japanese Imperial Army had Independent Mixed Brigades that were composed of various units detached from other formations, or they independent support units formed together in an independent brigade. An Independent Mixed Brigade had about 5,000 to 11,000 troops.[1]


The first two of these Independent Mixed Brigades, formed by the Kwangtung Army in the 1930s was the IJA 1st Independent Mixed Brigade and the IJA 11th Independent Mixed Brigade. Each of these brigades were organized in a unique manner and one of them, the 11th was later formed into the IJA 26th Division.

Later a series of Independent Mixed Brigades were formed for the purpose of garrisoning the large territories of China captured in the early phase of the Second Sino-Japanese War.[1] This variety for China was usually organized with five infantry battalions, an artillery unit, and labor troops. In the Pacific theater they had different and more varied configurations of subordinate units.

List of Independent Mixed Brigades[edit]

Kwangtung Army[edit]

China and World War II[edit]

IJA Independent Mixed Brigades formed for the Second Sino-Japanese War and Second World War:

See also[edit]


  • Victor Madej: Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937–1945. Game Publishing, 1981, OCLC 833591372, OCLC 833591376.
  • Philip Jowett: The Japanese Army 1931–45 (1) Osprey Publishing, 2002, ISBN 978-1-8417-6353-8
  • Gordon Rottman: Japanese Army in World War II, Conquest of the Pacific Osprey Publishing, 2005, ISBN 978-1-8417-6789-5
  • Gordon Rottman: Japanese Army in World War II, The South Pacific and New Guinea, 1942–43 Osprey Publishing, 2005, ISBN 978-1-8417-6870-0


  1. ^ a b Rottman Japanese Army in World War II, The South Pacific and New Guinea, p. 18