Fifty-Second Army (Japan)

The was an army of the Imperial Japanese Army during the final days of World War II.


The Japanese 52nd Army was formed on 7 April 1945 under the Japanese 12th Area Army as part of the last desperate defense effort by the Empire of Japan to deter possible landings of Allied forces in central Honshū during Operation Downfall. The Japanese 52nd Army was based in Sakura, Chiba Prefecture and was thus intended to guard the closest beachhead to Tokyo and the Kantō region along the Bōsō Peninsula. It consisted mostly of poorly-trained reservists, conscripted students and home guard militia. It was demobilized at the surrender of Japan on 15 August 1945 without having seen combat.

List of Commanders

Name From To
Commanding officer Lieutenant General Shigeta Tokumatsu 7 April 1945 15 August 1945
Chief of Staff Major General Tamaki 6 April 1945 10 October 1945


  • Drea, Edward J. (1998). In the Service of the Emperor: Essays on the Imperial Japanese Army. University of Nebraska Press. ISBN 0-8032-1708-0.
  • Frank, Richard B (1999). Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire. New York: Random House. ISBN 0-679-41424-X.
  • Jowett, Bernard (1999). The Japanese Army 1931-45 (Volume 2, 1942-45). Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1841763543.
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  • Marston, Daniel (2005). The Pacific War Companion: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1841768820.
  • Skates, John Ray (1994). The Invasion of Japan: Alternative to the Bomb Downfall. New York: University of South Carolina Press. ISBN 0-87249-972-3.

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