Tsunamasa Shidei

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Shide.
Tsunamasa Shidei
Born January 27, 1895
Kyoto, Japan
Died August 18, 1945(1945-08-18) (aged 50)
Taipei, Taiwan
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service 1915 -1945
Rank Lieutenant General
Battles/wars World War II
A newspaper clip reporting the death of Lieutenant General Shidei and Subhas Chandra Bose

Tsunamasa Shidei (四手井 綱正 Shidei Tsunamasa?, 27 January 1895 – 18 August 1945) was a lieutenant general in the Imperial Japanese Army in World War II.


Shidei was born in Yamashina, Kyoto prefecture and graduated from the 27th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1915. In 1922, he graduated from the 34th class of the Army Staff College.[citation needed]

From 1934-1935, he held various staff assignments with the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff, as served as an Aide-de-camp to the Emperor of Japan from 1935-1939. After a one-year field command with the IJA 23rd Infantry Regiment, he was posted to the Army Staff College as an instructor, and then as its commandant from 1940-1942.

Recalled to combat duty in 1942, Shidei served as Chief of Staff of the Japanese First Area Army (based in Manchukuo) from 7 December 1942 to 16 October 1944, and as commanding officer of the IJA 94th Division from 1944-1945.

In May 1945, Shidei was reassigned to the Japanese Burma Area Army after the disastrous losses at the Battle of Meiktila and Mandalay and in Operation Dracula, but was recalled to Manchukuo in July 1945 to become Vice Chief of Staff of the Kwantung Army.

He is presumed to have died in a plane crash with Subhas Chandra Bose at Taipei Songshan Airport on August 18, 1945, although there have been numerous conspiracy theories regarding the Death of Subhas Chandra Bose which shed some doubts on the events surrounding his death.[citation needed]

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