Japanese Eighth Area Army
|Japanese Eighth Area Army|
Disabled Japanese tank at Biak
|Active||November 16, 1942 - August 15, 1945|
|Country||Empire of Japan|
|Branch||Imperial Japanese Army|
|Nickname(s)||剛(Gō = “strength”)|
Solomon Islands campaign
New Guinea campaign
The Japanese 8th Area Army was formed on November 16, 1942 under the Southern Expeditionary Army Group for the specific task of opposing landings by Allied forces in Japanese-occupied Solomon Islands and New Guinea. It had its headquarters at Rabaul, New Britain and saw considerable combat in the Solomon Islands campaign, Bougainville campaign and New Guinea campaign.
List of Commanders
|Commanding officer||General Hitoshi Imamura||9 November 1942||15 August 1945|
|Chief of Staff||Major General Rimpei Katō||9 November 1942||15 August 1945|
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