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Japanese officer Malaya

Post by Zaf1 » 23 Jan 2010 11:23

Hi,

This photo shows a Japanese officer in Malaya in around 1942 with a fan. Could he be Lt-Gen.Takuro Matsui the 5th Division commander?
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Post by Akira Takizawa » 23 Jan 2010 12:40

Zaf1 wrote:This photo shows a Japanese officer in Malaya in around 1942 with a fan. Could he be Lt-Gen.Takuro Matsui the 5th Division commander?
No, he is Col. Tsunahiko Watanabe, the commander of 11th Infantry Regiment.

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Post by Zaf1 » 23 Jan 2010 16:05

Arigato Taki-san.

This is a photo of Mutaguchi in Malaya. Is it possible to identify the officer near him?
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Post by Akira Takizawa » 23 Jan 2010 16:43

Zaf1 wrote:This is a photo of Mutaguchi in Malaya. Is it possible to identify the officer near him?
No

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Post by Zaf1 » 23 Jan 2010 17:25

Thanks. Is it possible to find photos of Lt-Gen Matsui of the 5th Division and his officers such as Col. Okabe and Col. Ando?

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Post by VJK » 23 Jan 2010 18:08

Hi Zaf,

You'll find a pic of Matsui Takuro here: http://imperialarmy.hp.infoseek.co.jp/g ... sui03.html

I also have this pic, though unfortunately I can't find my original source.

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Re: Japanese officer Malaya

Post by Peter H » 23 Jan 2010 22:01

Zaf1 wrote:Arigato Taki-san.

This is a photo of Mutaguchi in Malaya. Is it possible to identify the officer near him?
The source I have states the photo is in Burma,the guy on the right is a journalist.See S.L.Mayer The Japanese War Machine.

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Post by Zaf1 » 24 Jan 2010 01:11

Thanks Peter that might be right. I thought it was in Malaya due to the surrounding environment with soldiers all around look like front line at a rubber estate in Malaya.I thought that he was the commander of the 15th Army in Burma which means he would be a Lt-General mostly behind front line and not be in the front line of the battlefield. Many Lt-Generals often being in the front line with the ordinary solders. He wore a tropical lightweight uniform with puttees which I didn't see many such officers commanding an army wore, which usually the standard general officer's uniform such as M98 pattern service uniform with leather boots. It might be because it was in the tropics where these uniforms was more prevalent.

The other person might be a military journalist because he also wear a tropical lightweight uniforms usually worn by ordinary front line soldiers and I think he have a rank with three stars on the collar partially covered by the helmet strap which possibly be a Superior Private rank.

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Post by Akira Takizawa » 24 Jan 2010 02:17

Matsui and his staffs in Malaya

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Post by Peter H » 24 Jan 2010 04:22

This could be Matsui again.Some memorial ceremony in Singapore.
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Post by Peter H » 24 Jan 2010 04:27

Campaign map and bridge repairs shown
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Post by Peter H » 24 Jan 2010 04:31

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Post by Peter H » 24 Jan 2010 04:33

A new celebrity
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Post by Akira Takizawa » 24 Jan 2010 05:44

Peter H wrote:This could be Matsui again.Some memorial ceremony in Singapore.
No, an officer on the top photo is Gen. Terauchi. One addressing on the bottom photo is Gen. Tsukada.

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Re: Japanese officer Malaya

Post by Peter H » 24 Jan 2010 08:49

Thanks Taki.Obviously something to do with Southern Army.

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