Operation 5 1942

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Operation 5 1942

Post by Peter H » 26 Jul 2006 11:52

It appears the capture of Chungking was seriously considered in mid 1942.The Japanese aim was to achieve victory in China.

http://ajrp.awm.gov.au/AJRP/AJRP2.nsf/0 ... enDocument
The preoccupation of the Army Department of Imperial Headquarters with research into the invasion of Chungking has previously been mentioned. Chief of operations Tanaka stressed either the importance of attacking Chungking with army troops and abandoning plans for a decisive naval battle against the United States somewhere in the Pacific, or the idea of joint army and navy incursions into India and western Asia to act in concert with Germany.
Army air assets were also built up in China after June 1942.Hirohito pressed for their deployment to assist in the Guadalcanal battle in September 1942,agreed to finally by Sugiyama in November 1942.

Does this account appear generally accurate?How many divisions were planned to participate?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sczechwan_Invasion

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Post by Peter H » 01 Aug 2006 03:58

Something here:

http://www.uglychinese.org/war.htm
After routing the European-American powers in Southeast Asia, Japan concluded on May 19th 1942 that Japanese Southern Army had completed its southern mission. Thereafter, Japan devised a so-called "No. 5 Order", with a plan to mobilize another 230,000 men for invading China's interim capital Chongqing from north route and eastern route, respectively. Japanese established the 5th Front Army, consisting of 10 division-conglomerates for attacking Shaanxi Prov; and Japanese 11th Army, in Wuhan, planned to attack Chinese positions along the Yangtze with 5 division-conglomerates. American counter-attacks near the Solomon Islands and the New Guinea would force Japan into relocating partial of the "China Expedition Forces" to the Southeast Asia. By late 1942, "No. 5 Order" was abandoned. However, Japanese 11th Army commander still advocated for a lonely western campaign till his plane was shot down above the sky of Anhui Province.
Tsukada Osamu was the army commander who died in the aircrash in December 1945.Formerly Terauchi's Chief of Staff Southern Army.

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