- 2nd Tank Division (Imperial Japanese Army)
Infobox Military Unit
unit_name= 2nd Tank Division
caption=Japanese light tanks moving toward Manila
dates= 1942 - 1945
Empire of Japan
Imperial Japanese Army
nickname=撃 = "Geki"
Second Sino-Japanese War World War II
battle_honours= command structure
name= Japanese 2nd Tank Division
Japanese Fourteenth Area Army
* IJA 3rd Armored Brigade
** IJA 6th Armored Regiment
** IJA 7th Armored Regiment
* IJA 4th Armored Brigade
** IJA 10th Armored Regiment
** IJA 2nd Mechanized Infantry Regiment
The nihongo|2nd Tank Division|戦車第2師団|Sensha Dai-ni Shidan, was one of four
armored divisions of the Imperial Japanese Armyin World War II
The 2nd Tank Division was raised in
Manchukuoon March 24 1942.
Mudanjiangin northeastern Manchukuo, it was tasked primarily with border patrolof Manchukuo's eastern frontier with the Soviet Unionunder the overall command of the Japanese First Area Army.
In February 1945, its IJA 11th Armored Regiment was transferred to the control of the
Japanese Fifth Area Armyand redesignated the IJA 91st Division. It was stationed in the northern Kurile islands, where it was in combat against the Soviet Red Armyat Paramushirduring Operation August Stormat the end of World War II.
As the situation in the
Pacific Waragainst the Allies deteriorated for Japan, in July 1944, the remaining units of the 2nd Tank Division was reassigned to the Japanese Fourteenth Area Army, and sent to the Philippines, where it was annihilated at the subsequent Battle of the Philippines in various engagements on Luzon, Leyteand Mindanaofrom the battles by joint Filipino and American troops.
The 2nd Tank Division was reconstituted in Japan as a training unit after the disaster in the Philippines. It was officially demobilized in September 1945 with the rest of the Imperial Japanese Army.
List of Japanese armored divisions
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