|Active||1939 - 1945|
|Country||Empire of Japan|
|Branch||Imperial Japanese Army|
|Engagements||Second Sino-Japanese War|
The Japanese Imperial Army 34th Division was raised as a triangular division on 2 July 1939 in Osaka. Its manpower came primarily from Osaka and Wakayama prefecture. It was intended as a garrison force to maintain public order and to cover police duties in Japanese-occupied portions of central China, primarily around the Wuhan area under control of the Japanese 11th Army.
In December 1939, it was transferred to Nanchang, the capital of Jiangxi province, where it served as a garrison force. In 1940, it participated in the Battle of Zaoyang-Yichang. Along with the rest of the Japanese 11th Army, it was assigned to Operation Ichi-go, but as more of a reserve and garrison unit to consolidate and control territorial gains made during that operation, rather than as a front-line combat division. As part of the 20th Army it was involved in the Battle of West Hunan.
The 34th Division was organized as a triangular division.
34th Division -
- 34th Infantry Brigade group:
- 216th Infantry regiment (Osaka)
- 217th Infantry regiment (Osaka)
- 218th Infantry regiment (Wakayama)
- 34th Military Engineer regiment
- 34th Transport regiment
Reference and further readingEdit
- Madej, W. Victor. Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937-1945 [2 vols]
Allentown, PA: 1981