Yoshimichi Hasegawa (Magill’s Guide to Military History)
Article abstract: Military significance: Hasegawa was a competent and aggressive officer. Though he was not a powerful political figure, his ideas of military authority prefigured the movement that would dominate Japanese society throughout the first half of the twentieth century.
Yoshimichi Hasegawa was born into the Iwakuni subfief of the Choshu clan and fought in the Meiji Restoration War from January to March, 1868. At the age of twenty-one, Hasegawa joined the newly formed government army with the rank of captain. He commanded a regiment during the Satsuma Rebellion (1877) and distinguished himself at the Battle of Kumamoto Castle (April 14).
Hasegawa was sent to France as an observer (1885-1886) and upon his return was promoted to major general. In the Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), he commanded a brigade at the Battles of Pyongyang (September 15, 1894) and Haicheng (December, 1894- January, 1895) and was recognized for personal valor as well as for the performance of the brigade.
Upon the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905), Hasegawa was put in command of the guards division of General Tamemoto Kuroki’s First Army. He fought with distinction at the Battle of Yalu River (April 30-May 1, 1904) and was promoted to general in June of that year. He was made commander of the Korea Garrison Army (September, 1904-December, 1908), served as chief of staff of the army (1912-1915), and was promoted to...
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