146th Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

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146th Division
第146師団
Active 1945–1945
Country Empire of Japan Empire of Japan
Allegiance 40th army
Branch Imperial Japanese Army
Type Infantry
Size 10000
Garrison/HQ Kagoshima Prefecture
Nickname(s) South protection division
Engagements none

The 146th Division (第146師団, Dai-hyakuyonjūroku Shidan) was an infantry division of the Imperial Japanese Army. Its call sign was the Southern Protection Division (護州兵団, Konan Heidan). It was formed 28 February 1945 in Kumamoto as a square division. It was a part of the 16 simultaneously created divisions batch numbering from 140th to 160th.

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Initially, the 146th division was assigned to the 57th army.[1] After the 40th army was transferred from Taiwan to Kyushu, the division was reassigned to it and sent to Kagoshima Prefecture

The 146th division was tasked with the coastal defense. The division did not see any combat until surrender of Japan 15 August 1945.

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See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  • This article incorporates material from Japanese Wikipedia page 第146師団 (日本軍), accessed 13 July 2016
  • Madej, W. Victor, Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937–1945 [2 vols], Allentown, PA: 1981.