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General Shōjirō Iida

Japanese Forces

General Shōjirō Iida

Asahi Graph Magazine 1942

General Shōjirō Iida (center) and two unamed officers in rangoon burma, 1942. Iida's 35,000 men quickly outmaneuvered British forces despite inclement terrain and limited supplies. On 8 March, Iida took Rangoon, cutting the Burma Road and isolating China. By May, British and Chinese forces in Burma had been driven back to India and China with some 30,000 casualties, against Japanese losses numbering only 7,000.[4]