Yūzō Matsuyama

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In this Japanese name, the family name is Matsuyama.
Yūzō Matsuyama
Born February 1, 1889
Tokyo, Japan
Died November 1, 1947(1947-11-01) (aged 58)
Allegiance  Empire of Japan
Service/branch  Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service 1909 -1945
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held IJA 56th Division
Battles/wars World War II

Yūzō Matsuyama (松山 祐三 Matsuyama Yūzō?, 1 February 1889 – 1 November 1947), was a lieutenant general in the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II.


Matsuyama was a native of Aomori prefecture and a graduate of the 22nd class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1910.

From 1937 to 1938, Matsuyama was commanding officer of the 19th Independent Defense Battalion. He was transferred to the 2nd Border Defense Unit of the Kwantung Army in 1938, and became commander of an infantry brigade in the IJA 27th Division. In 1941 he was commander of 64th Independent Infantry Group. In August 1939, Matuyama was promoted to lieutenant general.[1]

From 1942 to 1945, Matsuyama succeeded General Masao Watanabe as commander of the IJA 56th Division, in operations in China, Burma and Thailand, and participated in the Battle of Northern Burma and Western Yunnan against the Chinese National Revolutionary Army forces along the Salween River. The 56th Division was annihilated in Longling Western Yunnan in 1944.



  • Fuller, Richard (1992). Shokan: Hirohito's Samurai. London: Arms and Armor. ISBN 1-85409-151-4. 
  • Louis, Allen (1984). Burma: The longest War. Dent Publishing. ISBN 0-460-02474-4. 
  • Hsu, Long-hsuen; Chang Ming-kai (1971). History of The Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) 2nd Ed. Taiwan Republic of China: Chung Wu Publishing. 

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Ammenthorp, The Generals of World War II