Tomoyuki Yamashita

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Date of Birth November 8, 1885
Place of Birth Japan
Date of Death Feb 23, 1946 (60)
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Tomoyuki Yamashita

Tomoyuki Yamashita was a Japanese general of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Yamashita led Japanese forces during the invasion of Malaya and Battle of Singapore, with his accomplishment of conquering Malaya and Singapore in 70 days earning him the sobriquet "The Tiger of Malaya" and led to the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill calling the ignominious fall of Singapore to Japan the "worst disaster" and "largest capitulation" in British military history. Yamashita was assigned to defend the Philippines from the advancing Allied forces later in the war, and while unable to prevent the Allied advance, he was able to hold on to part of Luzon until after the formal Surrender of Japan in August 1945. After the war, Yamashita was tried for war crimes committed by troops under his command during the Japanese defense of the occupied Philippines in 1944.

Born: November 8, 1885, Ōtoyo, Kōchi, Japan
Died: February 23, 1946, Los Baños, Laguna, Commonwealth of the Philippines
Cause of death: Hanging
Resting place: Tama Reien Cemetery, Fuchū, Tokyo, Japan
Children: none
Mother: Yuu
Father: Sakichi Yamashita
Alma mater: Imperial Japanese Army Academy
Profession: military
Civilian awards: Order of the Golden Kite, Order of the Rising Sun, Order of the Sacred Treasure
Monarch: Emperor Hirohito
Preceded by: Shigenori Kuroda
Succeeded by: Office abolished

About Tomoyuki Yamashita

Imperial Japanese Army general in World War II, who conquered Malaya and Singapore and whose trial for war crimes set a legal precedent called the "Yamashita Standard."

Before Fame

In 1905, he graduated from the Imperial Japanese Army Academy and became second lieutenant.


He attempted to defend the Philippines from allied troops, but the breakdown of the chain of communication led to the Manila Massacre.

Family Life

In 1916, he married Hisaki Nagayama.


After being sentenced to death, he appealed for clemency to President Harry S. Truman, but his request was denied.

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