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Best Japanese General in China

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Best Japanese General in China

Postby sjchan on 12 Sep 2008 05:54

Who is considered the best Japanese general in the Sino-Japanese War?
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Re: Best Japanese General

Postby Steen Ammentorp on 12 Sep 2008 11:08

Please define: best
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Re: Best Japanese General

Postby sjchan on 12 Sep 2008 12:28

Steen Ammentorp wrote:Please define: best


How about the best strategist?
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Re: Best Japanese General in China

Postby Lawrence on 10 Oct 2008 04:42

I'd go with Iwane Matsui, primarily because he accomplished what he set out to do; take Nanking. He also destroyed Chiang Kai-Shek's best divisions in Shanghai, which had an impact on China's war effort. Of course, Matsui taking Nanking didn't end the war, but that is mainly a political matter.
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Re: Best Japanese General in China

Postby sjchan on 19 Oct 2008 11:43

It appears to me that the the destruction of the Chinese forces was more a result of superior Japanese training, firepower etc than excellence in generalship. After the cream of the Chinese forces were decimated in the Battle of Shanghai, it was not all that hard to pursue the remnants fleeing in disorder. Nanking was poorly defended and the resulting battle was a fiasco.
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