117th Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

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117th Division
Active 1944–1945
Country Empire of Japan Empire of Japan
Allegiance 44th army
Branch Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Size 13694[1]
Garrison/HQ Xinxiang
Nickname(s) Expansive division

The 117th Division (第117師団, Dai-hyakujūnana Shidan) was an infantry division of the Imperial Japanese Army. Its call sign was the Expansive Division (弘兵団, Gu Heidan). It was formed 10 July 1944 in Xinxiang as a type-C(hei) security division, simultaneously with the 114th, 115th and 118th divisions. The nucleus for the formation was the 14th independent infantry brigade. The division was initially assigned to the 12th army.


Although slated for the Battle of West Henan–North Hubei, the 117th division was reassigned to the 44th army and sent to Taonan in April 1945. During the Soviet invasion of Manchuria, the 117th division was tasked with the defense of Liaoyuan[2] and has surrendered to Red Army in Gongzhuling. The last soldiers were returned to Japan only in 1963.[3]

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Notes and references[edit]

  • This article incorporates material from Japanese Wikipedia page 第117師団 (日本軍), accessed 27 June 2016
  • Madej, W. Victor, Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937–1945 [2 vols], Allentown, PA: 1981.
  1. ^ "Japanese Kwantung Army 9 August 1945 (Facing Russian Invasion of Manchuria)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-08-13. Retrieved 2016-06-27.
  2. ^ "Records of operations against Soviet Russia, Eastern Front (August 1945)", p. 7-8
  3. ^ 117th Division (Hiro)