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Tsukamoto Katsuyoshi
General Tsukamoto Katsuyoshi
Native name 塚本勝嘉
Born (1847-12-27)27 December 1847
Died 15 January 1912(1912-01-15) (aged 64)
Place of birth Ogaki, Gifu, Japan
Allegiance Empire of Japan
Service/branch War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Imperial Japanese Army
Years of service 1872 -1908
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands held IJA 4th Division, IJA 9th Division

Baron Tsukamoto Katsuyoshi (塚本勝嘉?, 27 December 1847 – 15 January 1912) was a general in the early Imperial Japanese Army.[1]

Biography[edit | edit source]

Tsukamoto was born as the third son to a samurai family named Ido of the Ogaki Domain (present day Gifu prefecture), and was adopted into the Tsukamoto family as a child. As a young samurai, he commanded a squad dispatched by the domain during the suppression of the anti-Shogunate forces in the Second Chōshū expedition; however, he later found for the pro-imperial Satchō Alliance when the domain changed its alliance in the Boshin War.[1] In 1872 he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the fledgling Imperial Japanese Army. He was commander of the 6th Battalion during the Japanese invasion of Taiwan (1874). Afterwards, he was stationed at the Kumamoto Garrison, and participated in the Satsuma Rebellion from February to October 1877.

During the First Sino-Japanese War[1] Tsukamoto was commander of the IJA 6th Infantry Regiment, and served with distinction at the Battle of Pyongyang. After the war, he served as commandant of the Army Staff College and Chief of Staff of the IJA 6th Infantry Division. In September 1897, he was promoted to major general. He commanded the IJA 21st Infantry Brigade during the Boxer Rebellion[1] and early in the Russo-Japanese War, including the Battle of Nanshan. In September 1904, he was promoted to lieutenant general.[1] He succeeded General Ogawa Mataji as commander of the IJA 4th Infantry Division after the latter was wounded in combat during the Battle of Liaoyang. He continued to command the division through the Battle of Mukden. After the end of the war, he was reassigned to command the IJA 9th Infantry Division. In September 1907, Tsukamoto was ennobled with the title of baron (danshaku) under the kazoku peerage system. He left active service in December 1908, and died in 1912.

References[edit | edit source]

  • Kowner, Rotem (2006). Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War. ISBN 0-8108-4927-5: The Scarecrow Press. 
  • Jukes, Geoffry (2002). The Russo-Japanese War 1904-1905. Osprey Essential Histories. ISBN 978-1-84176-446-7. 

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Kowner, Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War, p. 389-390.

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