Tenth Army (Japan)

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The Japanese 10th Army (第10軍, Dai-jyū gun) was an army of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Japanese Tenth Army
Japanese troops enter Nanjing
ActiveOctober 20, 1937 - February 14, 1938
CountryEmpire of Japan
BranchImperial Japanese Army
EngagementsBattle of Nanjing


The Japanese 10th Army was formed on October 20, 1937 under the Imperial General Headquarters, and came under the control of the Japanese Central China Area Army on November 7 of the same year. It was an emergency reinforcement force to supplement the Japanese Shanghai Expeditionary Army in China after the Second Shanghai Incident. The Japanese 10th Army subsequently participated in the Battle of Nanjing and the subsequent atrocities known as the Nanking Massacre. The unit was officially disbanded in Nanjing on February 14, 1938.

List of CommandersEdit

Name From To
Commanding officer General Heisuke Yanagawa 20 October 1937 14 February 1939
Chief of staff Major General Moritake Tanabe 20 October 1937 14 February 1939


  • Dorn, Frank (1974). The Sino-Japanese War, 1937-41: From Marco Polo Bridge to Pearl Harbor. MacMillan. ISBN 0-02-532200-1.
  • Madej, Victor (1981). Japanese Armed Forces Order of Battle, 1937-1945. Game Publishing Company. ASIN: B000L4CYWW.

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