Commander of 228 Inf Regt at Hong Kong

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Commander of 228 Inf Regt at Hong Kong

Post by Fatboy Coxy » 25 Jul 2023 10:01

Hi all

I'm a bit confused over the name of the commander of the Japanese 228th Infantry Regt, deployed as part of the 38th Inf Div attacking Hong Kong.

I have two names for him

Col Sadashichi Doi or

Col Teihichi Doi

Can anyone clear this up for me please
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Re: Commander of 228 Inf Regt at Hong Kong

Post by fontessa » 25 Jul 2023 11:13

Fatboy Coxy wrote:
25 Jul 2023 10:01
Hi all

I'm a bit confused over the name of the commander of the Japanese 228th Infantry Regt, deployed as part of the 38th Inf Div attacking Hong Kong.

I have two names for him

Col Sadashichi Doi or

Col Teihichi Doi

Can anyone clear this up for me please
The Kanji for him was 土井定七. Its correct reading was Teishichi Doi.

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Re: Commander of 228 Inf Regt at Hong Kong

Post by Fatboy Coxy » 26 Jul 2023 10:22

Thank you fontessa
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Re: Commander of 228 Inf Regt at Hong Kong

Post by Fatboy Coxy » 27 Jul 2023 20:20

Col Teishichi Doi, ordered the III/228 battalion to capture the Shing Mun redoubt, which they did, over the night of 9-10 December 1941. However it was not one of his regiments objectives, and he went against the battle plan.

The Osprey book, Campaign 263, Hong Kong 1941-45, First Strike In the Pacific War, say, and I quote

"having punched a hole in the British line, Doi to his astonishment was ordered to withdraw by his superior for he had entered into 230th Regiment’s sector and had not followed the carefully prepared war plans. Doi refused to obey the order and, after much argument with Ito and Sakai, his initiative was later censured. A divisional staff officer Oyadomani was made the scapegoat and he was sharply rebuked for not curbing Doi’s enthusiasm."

Is this correct?
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Re: Commander of 228 Inf Regt at Hong Kong

Post by fontessa » 27 Jul 2023 21:18

Fatboy Coxy wrote:
27 Jul 2023 20:20
Col Teishichi Doi, ordered the III/228 battalion to capture the Shing Mun redoubt, which they did, over the night of 9-10 December 1941. However it was not one of his regiments objectives, and he went against the battle plan.

The Osprey book, Campaign 263, Hong Kong 1941-45, First Strike In the Pacific War, say, and I quote

"having punched a hole in the British line, Doi to his astonishment was ordered to withdraw by his superior for he had entered into 230th Regiment’s sector and had not followed the carefully prepared war plans. Doi refused to obey the order and, after much argument with Ito and Sakai, his initiative was later censured. A divisional staff officer Oyadomani was made the scapegoat and he was sharply rebuked for not curbing Doi’s enthusiasm."

Is this correct?
Yes. Japanese Wiki says similar thing. Below is the Google Translation of it. Here source numbers [8] - [10] mean Senchi Sosho.

However, on the night of the 9th, the 228th Infantry Regiment sent a message to the command post of the 38th Division, saying, ``We will attack the enemy at an altitude of 2,550 meters and stubbornly resist the enemy at night. A telegram containing the contents was received [8]. Colonel Teishichi Doi, commander of the 228th Infantry Regiment, was scouting the enemy's terrain in the rear, and planned a night attack on the highlands south of the castle gate reservoir. The southern area was out of the responsibility of his regiment, but Commander Doi secretly had a desire to seize the enemy's position with a surprise attack if the British had a chance.[9]

On the night of the 9th, Regimental Commander Doi ordered the 3rd Battalion to carry out a night attack. At 20:30, the 10th Company under Lieutenant Toichi Wakabayashi broke into the British position on Hill 255 and captured it after three hours of fighting. Division commander Sano and the division headquarters, who learned of Regimental Commander Doi's arbitrariness, were very upset and ordered them to retreat. Wakabayashi Company advanced further and occupied Hill 341 at 01:00 on the 10th. The commander of the Sakai army was furious when he heard the urgent news, but at this time he decided to take advantage of this opportunity and start the attack without waiting for the prescribed preparation period. The 1st Artillery Corps was in a state of unpreparedness, but from the afternoon of the 10th it began to bombard the main British artillery positions, and the 230th Infantry Regiment on the right flank also began its offensive advance in the early hours of the 11th. By then, they had captured Hills 366 and 256, the main defensive lines west of the Gin Drinkers Line. At 12:00 on the 11th, the British ordered a withdrawal to Hong Kong Island.

Mopping-up operations on the Kowloon Peninsula ended by the 13th. Before the start of the war, the Japanese army expected several weeks to capture the Kowloon Peninsula, but it actually took only six days after the war began. 22 Japanese killed and 121 wounded. The British counted 165 abandoned corpses and 49 prisoners.

At the military headquarters, there were voices that the arbitrariness of Regimental Commander Doi should be brought to court-martial. It was reported to the Chinese Expeditionary Force General Headquarters and the Imperial General Headquarters. Lieutenant Wakabayashi was later awarded a letter of citation, and the rumor that he was being seized while on patrol was circulated. Lieutenant Wakabayashi was killed on Guadalcanal in January 1943.

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Re: Commander of 228 Inf Regt at Hong Kong

Post by Fatboy Coxy » 28 Jul 2023 04:14

Thank you fontessa for providing such a detailed reply.
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