Double Victory: Minorities and Women During World War II
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Sano Tadayoshi (1889–1945)

Japanese army general. Born in Shizuoka Prefecture on 7 March 1889, Sano Tadayoshi graduated from the Military Academy in 1911 and was commissioned in the artillery. He graduated from the Army War College in 1922. Sano was an instructor at the Military Academy twice (1924–1927 and 1928–1931). He served in the 4th Field Artillery Regiment from 1931 to 1933 and was on the staff of the 5th Division from 1933 to 1935. Promoted to colonel in 1935, he twice commanded regiments: the 24th Field Artillery in 1935 and the 20th Field Artillery in 1936 and 1937.

During the Sino-Japanese War, Sano served as the chief of staff of the 14th Division in northern China from 1937 to 1938. Promoted to major general in 1938, he took command of the 4th Field Heavy Artillery Brigade. In 1940, he was director of the Field Artillery School.

At the beginning of the Pacific war, Sano was a lieutenant general and commander of the 38th Division. His division captured Hong Kong in December 1941 and assisted in the capture of Sumatra in the Netherlands East Indies in February 1942. Sent with his division to Guadalcanal in October 1942, Sano and his unit were evacuated in February 1943. Appointed chief of staff of the Homeland Defense General Headquarters, Sano commanded the Thirty-Fourth Army in central China in 1944 and 1945, where he engaged in the defense of Wuchang and Hankou (Hankow), both in Hubei (Hupeh) province. He was assigned to the China Expeditionary Army Headquarters in 1945 and died of illness on 3 July 1945.

Nakayama Takashi


Further Reading
Carew, Tim. The Fall of Hong Kong. London: Blond, 1960.; Frank, Richard B. Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle. New York: Penguin, 1990.
 

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