Yoshihide Hayashi

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Yoshihide Hayashi
Born August 25, 1891
Wakayama prefecture, Japan
Died February 5, 1978(1978-02-05) (aged 86)
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service 1914 -1945
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held IJA 54th Division, IJA 53rd Division
Battles/wars Second Sino-Japanese War
World War II

Yoshihide Hayashi (林 義秀, Hayashi Yoshihide, August 25, 1891 – February 5, 1978) was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II.


A native of Wakayama Prefecture, Hayashi was a graduate of the 26th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1914, and of the 35th class of the Army Staff College in 1923.

At the outset of the Second Sino-Japanese War, he was assigned to the Kwantung Army, and was on the planning team for the successful Operation Chahar in northern China. From 1938-1940, Hayashi served with the garrison forces in Taiwan.

In 1940, during the preparations for the invasion of Southeast Asia, Hayashi was put in command of the Taiwan Army Research Section, tasked with investigating issues with tropical warfare.[1] He was promoted to major general in 1941. From 1941-1942, Hayashi was Vice Chief of Staff of the IJA 14th Area Army.

He was given a field command in 1943, when he was assigned command of the IJA 54th Division.[2] In 1943-5, Hayashi was commander of the IJA 24th Independent Mixed Brigade in Burma. He became commander of the IJA 53rd Division in Burma in 1945. He was promoted to lieutenant-general in 1945. After the surrender of Japan, he was held for investigation of possible war crimes and incarcerated at Manila, Philippines until July 1953.



  • Dorn, Frank (1974). The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-41: From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor. MacMillan. ISBN 0-02-532200-1. 

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 18, 2007. Retrieved January 19, 2007.  "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 12, 2006. Retrieved January 19, 2007.  Mentioned in biography of Colonel Masanobu Tsuji
  2. ^ Ammenthorp, The Generals of World War II