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144th Infantry Regiment (Imperial Japanese Army)

The 144th Infantry Regiment was an infantry regiment in the Imperial Japanese Army. The regiment was attached to the 55th Division. The regiment participated in the Second Sino-Japanese War and World War II, fighting in the Pacific during a number of battles including those at Guam, Rabaul,[1] and Salamaua. It also participated in the invasion of Buna-Gona, the Kokoda Track campaign and the battle of Buna–Gona.

144th Infantry Regiment
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The main landing by the 144th Infantry Regiment, South Seas Detachment, during the Battle of Guam (1941), painted by Kohei Ezaki
Active1937 - 1945
CountryEmpire of Japan
BranchImperial Japanese Army
EngagementsWorld War II

After being withdrawn to Rabaul, the regiment was transported to Burma to rejoin the 55th Division.



  • 1st Battalion
  • 2nd Battalion
  • 3rd Battalion


  • Lieutenant Colonel Masao Kusunose (????–1942; suicided in 1946)[1]
  • Colonel Yamamoto (1942–1943; killed in action)  


  1. ^ a b Brooks 2013, p. 22.


  • Brooks, Brenton (December 2013). "The Carnival of Blood in Australian Mandated Territory". Sabretache. Military Historical Society of Australia. LIV (4): 20–31. ISSN 0048-8933.
  • Rottman, Gordon L. (2004). Guam 1941 & 1944: Loss and Reconquest. Osprey Campaign series #139. Osprey Publishing. ISBN 1-84176-811-1.