General Tadamichi Kuribayashi was a general in the Imperial Japanese Army, best known for his role as overall commander of the Japanese garrison during most of the Battle of Iwo Jima in World War II. His name became well-known outside of Japan in the 2006 movie , where he was portrayed by actor Letters from Iwo Jima Ken Watanabe.
Kuribayashi recognized that, without possibility of re-supply, reinforcement, naval support, or air support, he would not be able to hold Iwo Jima against the overwhelmingly superior military forces of the United States. But loss of Iwo Jima would place all of Japan within range of American
strategic bombers, so Kuribayashi determined to make the fall of Iwo Jima as late as possible and planned a campaign of attrition, by which he hoped to inflict such severe losses on the Americans that they would reconsider the planned invasion of the Japanese mainland.
Kuribayashi had studied other American assaults carefully and decided not to contest seriously the Allied beach landings. Instead, defense of Iwo Jima would be fought almost entirely from underground.
The Japanese honeycombed the island with more than 18 kilometers (11 miles) of tunnels, 5,000 caves, and
Kuribayashi adressed his soldiers:
pillboxes. Kuribayashi also instructed his troops that each man should kill ten of the enemy before dying, and he strictly forbade the banzai charge, which he viewed as ineffective. His men proceeded with the "silent" charge, which confused the Americans, who were accustomed to the traditional loud "banzai" charge, as in the Battle of Saipan.
We will defend this island to the limit of our strength
We will take bombs and throw ourselves under the tanks to destroy them
We will infiltrate enemy's lines and exterminate them
We will shoot at each one deadly shoot
We will never be killed before killing ten enemy soldiers
We will harass the enemy with guerilla actions until the last of us
Kuribayashi's death remains a mystery. His men provided contradictory reports and his remains could not be traced. He was most likely killed in action upon leading the final assault. The general's body could not be identified afterwards for he had taken off his rank badge to fight as a regular soldier. Less credible theories of his death include suicide (
The US declared Iwo Jima secure on 26 March 1945, after 6,800
U.S. Marines were killed and more than 17,000 wounded. Only 216 of the 21,000 Japanese defenders survived to be captured. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Tadamichi Kuribayashi - Although Banzai Charge can prove useful in a variety of different situations (since it effects infantry and vehicles), the rest of the special ops of Kuribayashi have little effect in online play.. This makes Kuribayashi Japan's weakest general. Make sure to familiarize yourself with the inherent strengths of Japan [ LINK]
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