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140th Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

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Active  1945–1945
Allegiance  53rd army
Type  Infantry
Country  Empire of Japan
Branch  Imperial Japanese Army
Size  17000
140th Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

The 140th Division (第140師団, Dai-hyakuyonjū Shidan) was an infantry division of the Imperial Japanese Army. Its call sign was the Tokyo protection division (護東兵団, Koto Heidan). It was formed 28 February 1945 in Fujisawa as a square division. It was a part of the 16 simultaneously created divisions batch numbering from 140th to 160th.

Action

The 140th division was tasked with the fortification and the defence of the Shōnan coastal area. 401st infantry regiment was stationed at Mount Kamakura, 402nd - in Hachiōji, 403rd - in Fujisawa, 404th - in Goshomimura (now Fujisawa). 404th infantry regiment was severely understrength. The division stayed in the area until the surrender of Japan without seeing an actual combat.

References

140th Division (Imperial Japanese Army) Wikipedia


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