100th Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

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100th Division
Active 1944 - 1945
Country Empire of Japan
Allegiance 35th army
Branch Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Size 14960[1]
Garrison/HQ Mindanao
Nickname(s) Occupation division
Engagements Battle of Davao
Jiro Harada

The 100th Division (第100師団, Dai-ihhyaku Shidan) was an infantry division in the Imperial Japanese Army. Its call sign was the Occupation Division (拠兵団, Kyo Heidan).

It was created 15 June 1944 in Mindanao under command of Lieutenant-General Jiro Harada. The nucleus for the formation was the 30th Independent Mixed Brigade and reinforcements sent from Moji 29 May 1944.[2] It was a type C(hei) security division.


The 100th division was assigned to the 35th army upon formation. It garrisoned a large area of Mindanao island centering at Davao. In the course of the Battle of Davao since 27 April 1945, the 100th division was squeezed to the mountains north-west of Davao and survived until news of the surrender of Japan reached it 18 August 1945. The division has officially surrendered to the US forces 7 September 1945.

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References and further reading[edit]

  • Madej, W. Victor. Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937-1945 [2 vols] Allentown, PA: 1981

This article incorporates material from the article 第100師団 (日本軍) in the Japanese Wikipedia, retrieved on 24 June 2016.