Hayao Tada

Hayao Tada

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was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army in the Second Sino-Japanese War.


A native of Sendai, Miyagi prefecture, Tada graduated from the 15th class of the Imperial Japanese Army Academy in 1903. He served in the artillery during the Russo-Japanese War.

Tada graduated from the 25th class of the Army War College in 1913. He served as an instructor to the Chinese Army at the Beijing Military Academy from 1926-1927. After returning to Japan, he served as an instructor at the Army War College from 1927–1928, before being give a field command as commander of the IJA 4th Field Artillery Regiment in 1928. He was promoted to Chief of staff of the IJA 16th Division in 1930.

Tada returned to the Beijing Military Academy from 1931-1932. From 1932-1934, Tada was Chief Military Advisor to the Empire of Manchukuo. From 1 August 1935 – 1 May 1936 Tada served as commander in chief of the China Garrison Army.

Shortly before the outbreak of the Second Sino-Japanese War, Tada assumed command of the IJA 11th Division. However, he was recalled to Japan on 14 August 1937 to become Vice Chief of the Imperial Japanese Army General Staff. He concurrently held the post of Commandant of the Army Staff College.

After the Marco Polo Bridge Incident, Tada attempted to contact Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek to defuse tensions between Japan and China. Tada argued that both countries faced the same external threat from the......
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