Tomoyuki Yamashita

1885 - 1946

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Tomoyuki Yamashita (山下 奉文, Yamashita Tomoyuki, 8 November 1885 – 23 February 1946; also called Tomobumi 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tomoyuki Yamashita has received more than 1,297,557 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 34 in 2019). Tomoyuki Yamashita is the 296th most popular military personnel (up from 311th in 2019), the 104th most popular biography from Japan (up from 118th in 2019) and the 16th most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

Tomoyuki Yamashita was a Japanese general who was in charge of the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. He is most famous for his involvement in the war and his occupation of the Philippines.

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Among military personnels, Tomoyuki Yamashita ranks 296 out of 1,466Before him are Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, Boris Shaposhnikov, Lü Meng, Maurice de Saxe, Günther Prien, and Alexander Yegorov. After him are Alexandre de Beauharnais, Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Ivan Bagramyan, Walther Wenck, Francisco de Miranda, and Eduard von Böhm-Ermolli.

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Among people born in 1885, Tomoyuki Yamashita ranks 33Before him are Karl Radek, Luigi Russolo, Erich von Stroheim, Hermann Weyl, Heinrich Hoffmann, and Sonia Delaunay. After him are Sinclair Lewis, Alexander Löhr, Nikolaus von Falkenhorst, Hugo Sperrle, Hugo Boss, and Romano Guardini. Among people deceased in 1946, Tomoyuki Yamashita ranks 38Before him are Felix Hoffmann, Empress Wanrong, Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, Gilbert N. Lewis, Wilhelm Marx, and Milan Nedić. After him are Ernest Thompson Seton, Helene Schjerfbeck, Döme Sztójay, Clemens August Graf von Galen, Vojtech Tuka, and Willi Herold.

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Among people born in Japan, Tomoyuki Yamashita ranks 104 out of 5,560Before him are Emperor Nakamikado (1702), Kūkai (774), Prince Shōtoku (574), Sakamoto Ryōma (1836), Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (1886), and Joe Hisaishi (1950). After him are Akio Morita (1921), Emperor Kōshō (-505), Yasuo Fukuda (1936), Emperor Kōan (-427), Mori Ōgai (1862), and Yamagata Aritomo (1838).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Tomoyuki Yamashita ranks 16Before him are Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891), Tōgō Heihachirō (1848), Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), Ishida Mitsunari (1559), and Sanada Yukimura (1567). After him are Yamagata Aritomo (1838), Iwane Matsui (1878), Toyotomi Hideyori (1593), Shoichi Yokoi (1915), Okita Sōji (1842), and Honda Tadakatsu (1548).