Japanese 32nd Army (1945)
Parent unit Components
9th Infantry Division (transferred to Taiwan, Dec 1944)
24th Infantry Division - a conventional triangular division
22nd Infantry Regiment
23rd Infantry Regiment
44th Artillery Regiment
89th infantry Regiment
62nd Infantry Division (a light two brigade COIN division that came from China).
63rd Infantry Brigade
64th Infantry Brigade
28th Infantry Division
44th Independent Mixed Brigade
2nd Independent Mixed Regiment
15th Independent Mixed Regiment
45th Independent Mixed Brigade
59th Independent Mixed Brigade
60th Independent Mixed Brigade
Independent 27th Tank Regiment
Japanese 32nd Army ( was an 第32軍 Dai Sanjū-ni gun) army of the Imperial Japanese Army during the final stages of World War II.
The Japanese 32nd Army was formed on March 13, 1944 as part of the last desperate defense effort by the
Empire of Japan to deter possible landings of Allied forces in Okinawa and the surrounding Ryukyu Islands. The Japanese 32nd Army had 77,000 men (39,000 infantry in 31 battalions and 38,000 artillery, armor and combat service troops) plus the 10,000 man Okinawa Naval Base Force and 42,000 Okinawan conscripts. However, many of its personnel were poorly trained reservists, conscripted students and home guard militia. It was annihilated during the Battle of Okinawa from April to June, 1945.
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Commanding officer Edit
Chief of Staff Edit
Name From To
1 Major General Kiyoshi Kitagawa 22 March 1944 8 July 1944
2 Lieutenant General Isamu Chō 8 July 1944 22 June 1945 (KIA)
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