New games! PlayTrivia andBirthle.


Tomoyuki Yamashita

1885 - 1946

Photo of Tomoyuki Yamashita

Icon of person Tomoyuki Yamashita

Tomoyuki Yamashita (山下 奉文, Yamashita Tomoyuki, 8 November 1885 – 23 February 1946; also called Tomobumi Yamashita) was a Japanese officer and convicted war criminal, who was a general in 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 1,498,392 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Tomoyuki Yamashita is the 288th most popular military personnel (up from 296th in 2019), the 104th most popular biography from Japan and the 15th 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.

Memorability Metrics

  • 1.5M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 63.53

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 36

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.45

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.53

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Tomoyuki Yamashitas by language


Among military personnels, Tomoyuki Yamashita ranks 288 out of 1,468Before him are Jean Victor Marie Moreau, Jozef Gabčík, Meng Tian, Archduke Albrecht, Duke of Teschen, Wilhelm Bittrich, and Robert Nivelle. After him are Qasem Soleimani, François Christophe de Kellermann, Hans-Joachim Marseille, Götz von Berlichingen, Toyotomi Hideyori, and Alexander Yegorov.

Most Popular Military Personnels in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1885, Tomoyuki Yamashita ranks 31Before him are Heinrich Brüning, Sonia Delaunay, Karl Radek, Sabina Spielrein, Erich von Stroheim, and Luigi Russolo. After him are Hermann Weyl, George Minot, Alexander Löhr, Sinclair Lewis, Heinrich Hoffmann, and Hugo Boss. Among people deceased in 1946, Tomoyuki Yamashita ranks 36Before him are Gilbert N. Lewis, Ananda Mahidol, László Moholy-Nagy, Felix Hoffmann, Alexander Vasilyevich Alexandrov, and Helene Schjerfbeck. After him are Wilhelm Marx, Milan Nedić, Ernest Thompson Seton, Empress Wanrong, Alfred Stieglitz, and Ignacy Mościcki.

Others Born in 1885

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1946

Go to all Rankings

In Japan

Among people born in Japan, Tomoyuki Yamashita ranks 104 out of 6,048Before him are Abe no Seimei (921), Jun'ichirō Tanizaki (1886), Kiichiro Toyoda (1894), Kenzō Takada (1939), Kazuyoshi Miura (1967), and Prince Shōtoku (574). After him are Sakamoto Ryōma (1836), Emperor Go-Kōmyō (1633), Emperor Kōshō (-505), Emperor Higashiyama (1675), Empress Meishō (1624), and Kōbō Abe (1924).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Tomoyuki Yamashita ranks 15Before him are Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891), Date Masamune (1567), Tōgō Heihachirō (1848), Tokugawa Yoshinobu (1837), and Ishida Mitsunari (1559). After him are Toyotomi Hideyori (1593), Iwane Matsui (1878), Sanada Yukimura (1567), Shoichi Yokoi (1915), Yamagata Aritomo (1838), and Mitsuo Fuchida (1902).