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  • Imperial Japanese Army
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  • The Imperial Japanese Army (Kyūjitai: 大日本帝國陸軍, Shinjitai: 大日本帝国陸軍, Romaji: Dai-Nippon Teikoku Rikugun), officially the Army of the Greater Japanese Empire, was the land force of Japan, created after Japan abandoned its isolationist policy and began to industrialize. Japan's rapid rise into a dominant eastern power fueled its need for raw materials, prompting the use of the Imperial Army to conquer nearby nations to exploit their resources. As a result, Japan lived an era of dominance until its crushing defeat in World War II, when in 1945, the Imperial Army was dissolved. It is only featured in Call of Duty: World at War. Its naval counterpart was the Imperial Japanese Navy.
  • In its early days, the IJA took inspiration from Western armies, and invested in the purchase of foreign technology and equipment. The IJA mostly saw a rise during the reign of Emperor Shōwa (known during his reign, 1926–1945, as Hirohito), whose policies were often centered around Japan's military power. During the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Second World War, the IJA participated in the invasion of China and of Pacific and South-East Asian territories, subsequently building bases and being mostly on the defensive in the latter half of the war.
  • The Imperial Japanese Army had been the main driving force behind Japan's military government, and its conquests in Manchuria and China. When relations between the US and the Empire spiralled into war, the IJA was used to secure the vital oil rich Dutch East Indies as well as surrounding territories in order to protect their empire. When Japan invaded Hawaii in late 1941, the Japanese 25th Army, under the command of Major-General Tomoyuki Yamashita, landed on the north shore of Oahu and rapidly drove straight for Honolulu, conquering the whole island chain by February of 1942. Although defense of the air was left to the navy, the Army brought in their own air force, after the Dolittle raid, much to the annoyance of the Navy.
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Goals
  • Protect and Defend the Japanese Empire, Expand the Japanese Empire and conquer all nearby nations, Defeat the United States
Origin
  • Call of Duty: World At War
Skills
  • Vast Army, Power and control over other countries
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Foundation
  • 1867
Alias
  • Imperial Army
  • Japanese Army
  • Japs
  • The Japanese
Commanders
  • Emperor Hirohito, Lieutenant General Hajime Sugiyama, Major General Hideki Tojo, Brigadier General Yoshijiro Umezu
Headquarters
  • Japan
Fullname
  • Imperial Japanese Army
Agents
  • Japanese soldiers, Airmen, Takeo Masaki, unnamed Colonel and Sergent
type of villains
  • Military Villains, Fascists, Hegemony
abstract
  • The Imperial Japanese Army (Kyūjitai: 大日本帝國陸軍, Shinjitai: 大日本帝国陸軍, Romaji: Dai-Nippon Teikoku Rikugun), officially the Army of the Greater Japanese Empire, was the land force of Japan, created after Japan abandoned its isolationist policy and began to industrialize. Japan's rapid rise into a dominant eastern power fueled its need for raw materials, prompting the use of the Imperial Army to conquer nearby nations to exploit their resources. As a result, Japan lived an era of dominance until its crushing defeat in World War II, when in 1945, the Imperial Army was dissolved. It is only featured in Call of Duty: World at War. Its naval counterpart was the Imperial Japanese Navy.
  • In its early days, the IJA took inspiration from Western armies, and invested in the purchase of foreign technology and equipment. The IJA mostly saw a rise during the reign of Emperor Shōwa (known during his reign, 1926–1945, as Hirohito), whose policies were often centered around Japan's military power. During the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Second World War, the IJA participated in the invasion of China and of Pacific and South-East Asian territories, subsequently building bases and being mostly on the defensive in the latter half of the war. After the surrender of Japan in September 1945, the Imperial Army was dissolved during the American occupation. Since 1952, Japan maintains the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, the "successor" of the IJA.
  • The Imperial Japanese Army had been the main driving force behind Japan's military government, and its conquests in Manchuria and China. When relations between the US and the Empire spiralled into war, the IJA was used to secure the vital oil rich Dutch East Indies as well as surrounding territories in order to protect their empire. When Japan invaded Hawaii in late 1941, the Japanese 25th Army, under the command of Major-General Tomoyuki Yamashita, landed on the north shore of Oahu and rapidly drove straight for Honolulu, conquering the whole island chain by February of 1942. Although defense of the air was left to the navy, the Army brought in their own air force, after the Dolittle raid, much to the annoyance of the Navy. When Japan had secured total control of the Pacific in June 1942, after the Navy defeated the US Pacific Fleet, the army met with the navy to hammer out details for further operations. Although committed to the war in the Pacific, the army high-command was far more interested in the war in China, along with the war between the Germans and the Russians than their own with the Americans. This they considered the Navy's war, and left the details up to them. The navy, on the other hand, couldn't conduct any offensive operations without the army, and the end result was to go on the defensive in the Pacific. The traditional rivalry between the IJA and the IJN was in many ways intensified during the occupation of Hawaii, as many in the army saw the navy as 'snobs'. Although the IJN was the impetus for the invasion, and was instrumental in first breaking the US Naval forces protecting Hawaii, as the year passed, the IJN's supply lines were stretched to the breaking point, leading to many heated confrontations between the army and navy high-command in the islands. As 1942 passed into 1943, the island garrison of two divisions was increased to four, then later five as it became clear that the US had not given up the war. When the US returned in mid 1943, the Army was forced to defend the islands. However, the US campaign of submarine warfare against Japanese shipping left Hawaii isolated, leaving he IJA in a progressively weakened position. After the Navy was defeated, the IJA took command of the islands, after it was informed that the Navy couldn't send any help. This meant that the army was expected to either hold the islands or fight to the death. Although General Yamashita hated this, he none the less obeyed, and fought ferociously to hold them, using the Royal Hawaiian Army as cannon fodder, while preserving his own troops. In the end, it was not enough, and the army was pushed back into the city of Honolulu, where it made a last stand within the Iolani Palace and the Honolulu Hale. When the battle was over, very few soldiers of the IJA were left alive.
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