Eleventh Army (Japan)

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Japanese Eleventh Army
Japanese tankettes with pioneer troops marching towards Wu-han, near Na-hsi.jpg
Japanese troops enter Wuhan
ActiveJuly 4, 1938 – August 15, 1945
Country Empire of Japan
Branch Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Role Corps
Garrison/HQ Wuhan, Japanese-occupied China
Nickname(s)Ro (, Backbone)
Engagements Battle of Wuhan

The Japanese 11th Army (第11軍, Dai-jyū-ichi gun) was an army of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

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History

The Japanese 11th Army was formed on July 4, 1938 under the Japanese Central China Area Army for the task of conquering and occupying the central provinces of China between the Yangtze River and the Yellow River. The 11th Army played a major role in the Battle of Wuhan. From September 1939, it came under the newly formed China Expeditionary Army and was transferred to the control of the Japanese Sixth Area Army in September 1944. It was disbanded at Quanzhou County (Guilin) in Guangxi province at the surrender of Japan.

List of Commanders

Commanding Officers

NameFromTo
1Lieutenant General Yasuji Okamura 23 June 19389 March 1940
2Lieutenant General Waichiro Sonobe 9 March 19404 April 1941
3Lieutenant General Korechika Anami 4 April 19411 July 1942
4Lieutenant General Osamu Tsukada 1 July 194222 December 1942
5Lieutenant General Isamu Yokoyama 22 December 194222 November 1944
6Lieutenant General Yoshio Kozuki 22 November 19447 April 1945
7Lieutenant General Yukio Kasahara 7 April 194515 August 1945

Chief of Staff

NameFromTo
1General Teiichi Yoshimoto 20 June 193831 January 1939
2Lieutenant General Takazo Numata 31 January 19391 August 1939
3Lieutenant General Junsei Aoki 4 August 19391 March 1941
4Major General Isami Kinoshita 1 March 19411 December 1942
5Major General Kunio Osonoe 1 December 19427 February 1944
6Major General Sadatake Nakayama 7 February 194423 April 1945
7Major General Banzo Fukutomi 23 April 194515 August 1945

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