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77th Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

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Active  1944–1945
Allegiance  5th area army
Type  Infantry
Country  Empire of Japan
Branch  Imperial Japanese Army
Role  Coastal defense
77th Division (Imperial Japanese Army)

The 77th Division (第77師団, Dai-nanajūnana Shidan) was an infantry division in the Imperial Japanese Army. Its call sign was the Ripe Division (稔兵団, Nen Heidan).It was created in March 1944 in Asahikawa, Hokkaido to replace 7th division and disbanded in September 1945 in Kajiki, Kagoshima. It was a triangular division. The men of the division were drafted through 7th military district, located in Hokkaido.

Action

From 8 October 1945, the 77th division was subordinated to 5th area army and set in charge of the fortifications from west of Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group to Yūfutsu District, Hokkaido on the southern coast of Hokkaido. 11 February 1945, it was moved to reserve in Asahikawa, with newly formed 147th division taking over the Tomakomai fortifications. In May 1945, the division was subordinated to the 16th area army and sent to Satsumasendai, Kagoshima as part of the general buildup of Japanese forces on Kyushu in the wake of defeat in battle of Okinawa. Later the division was transferred to Kajiki, Kagoshima, where it meet the surrender of Japan 15 August 1945.

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77th Division (Imperial Japanese Army) Wikipedia


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