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55th Division
Active 1940 - 1945
Country Empire of Japan
Branch War flag of the Imperial Japanese Army.svg Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Nickname(s) Strong Division

The 55th Division (第55師団 Dai-gojugo Shidan?) was an infantry division in the Imperial Japanese Army.


The 55th Division participated in the invasion of Burma during the Burma Campaign. General Officers 55th Division

  • 1940 - 1941 Lieutenant-General Torazo Ishimoto
  • 1941 - 1942 Lieutenant-General Hiroshi Takeuchi, Thailand-Burma
  • 1942 - 1943 Lieutenant-General Takeshi Koga, Burma
  • 1943 - 1945 Lieutenant-General Tadashi Hanaya, Burma
  • 1945 Lieutenant-General Ryozo Sakuma, Burma-Indochina


55th Division

  • 55th Infantry Brigade Group
  • 55th Cavalry Regiment
  • 55th Mountain Artillery Regiment
    • 3 battalions of 9 X 75mm Mountain guns each
  • 55th Engineer Regiment
  • 55th Transport Regiment

See also

Reference and further reading

  • Ian Grant and Kazuo Tamayama, Burma 1942, Zampi Press, Chichester, 1999. ISBN 0-9521083-1-3
  • Charles Happell "The Bone Man of Kokoda: The extraordinary story of Kokichi Nishimura and the Kokoda Track" Macmillan Publishers, Crows Nest, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4050-3836-2

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