119th Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

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119th Division
Active 1944–1945
Country Empire of Japan Empire of Japan
Allegiance 13th army
Branch Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Garrison/HQ Hailar
Nickname(s) Slaughter division
Engagements Soviet invasion of Manchuria

The 119th Division (第119師団, Dai-hyakujūkyū Shidan) was an infantry division of the Imperial Japanese Army. Its call sign was the Slaughter Division (宰兵団, Sai Heidan). It was formed 10 November 1944 in Heilongjiang as a triangular division. The nucleus for the formation was the leftovers of 23rd division and the 8th borders guards garrison. The division was initially assigned to the 6th army.


Initially the 119th division was garrisoning a Hailar, but 25 January 1945 was reassigned to 4th army without changing a location.

During Soviet invasion of Manchuria the 119th division has surrendered 16 August 1945 and was disarmed by 3 September 1945. The last soldiers taking prisoner by Red Army were returned to Japan in 1968.[1]

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  • This article incorporates material from Japanese Wikipedia page 第119師団 (日本軍), accessed 28 June 2016
  • Madej, W. Victor, Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937–1945 [2 vols], Allentown, PA: 1981.