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Japanese Fifty-Sixth Army
Active April 21, 1945 - August 15, 1945 
Country Empire of Japan
Branch Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Role Corps
Engagements Operation Downfall

The Japanese 56th Army (第56軍 Dai-gojyuroku gun?) was an army of the Imperial Japanese Army during the final days of World War II.


The Japanese 56th Army was formed on April 21, 1945 under the Japanese 16th Area Army as part of the last desperate defense effort by the Empire of Japan to deter possible landings of Allied forces in northern Kyūshū during Operation Downfall. The Japanese 56th Army was based in Iizuka city, Fukuoka Prefecture. It consisted mostly of poorly trained reservists, conscripted students and Volunteer Fighting Corps home guard militia. It was demobilized at the surrender of Japan on August 15, 1945 without having seen combat.

List of Commanders[]

Name From To
Commanding officer Lieutenant General Ichiro Shichida 15 April 1945 15 August 1945
Chief of Staff Major General Uichi Naiya 15 April 1945 29 August 1945


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