Tomoyuki Yamashita

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Tomoyuki Yamashita

1885- 1946

Japanese General

Tomoyuki Yamashita was a Japanese career Army officer who served in the Russo- Japanese War, and in World War I. He led the Japanese in northern China in 1939 and in 1941 he headed the Malayan campaign that resulted in the quick capture of Singapore.

Yamashita commanded Japanese forces in the Philippines and led attacks on Bataan and Corregidor.

US forces defeated him when they returned to the Philippines in 1945. He was captured, tried as a war criminal and hung.


Reel, Adolf Frank.The Case of General Yamashita. 1971. Octagon Books.

Lael, Richard L.The Yamashita Precedent : War Crimes and Command Responsibility. 1982. Scholarly Resources Inc.