Japanese Sixth Area Army

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Japanese Sixth Area Army
ActiveAugust 25, 1944 - August 15, 1945
Country Empire of Japan
Branch Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Role Field Army
Garrison/HQ Hankou
Nickname(s)統 (tō = “unity”)

The Japanese Sixth Area Army (第6方面軍, Dai roku hōmen gun) was a field army of the Imperial Japanese Army during both the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II. [1]

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History

The Japanese 6th Area Army was formed on August 25, 1944 under the China Expeditionary Army primarily as a military reserve and garrison force for the occupation of the central provinces of China between the Yangtze River and the Yellow River. [2] After the success of Operation Ichi-Go, many veteran units were transferred out of China to fronts in the Pacific War, which left the 6th Area Army to guard gains in central China. The 6th Area Army was demobilized at the surrender of Japan on August 15, 1945 at Hankou (part of modern Wuhan) in China, without having seen significant combat.

List of Commanders

Commanding officer

NameFromTo
1General Yasuji Okamura 25 August 194422 November 1944
2General Naozaburo Okabe 22 November 194415 August 1945

Chief of Staff

NameFromTo
1Major General Shuichi Miyazaki 25 August 194412 February 1945
2Major General Yasuo Karakawa 12 February 194523 April 1945
3Major General Sadatake Nakayama 23 April 194515 August 1945

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Notes

  1. Madej, Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937-1945
  2. Dorn, The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-41