Homma, Masaharu

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Japanese general of World War II. Homma was the commanding general in the operation that defeated Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1941-1942 in the conquest of the Philippines. The relative slowness of the conquest -- it took Homma one month to capture Manila, but five months to capture Bataan and six to caputre Corregidor -- plus, ironically, his opposition to the war, led him to be relieved of command, after which he did not hold any further posts of conquest. His Chief of Staff, Colonel Masanobu Tsuji, is generally believed to have been responsible for the Bataan Death March of prisoners caputred in the campaign, but it was Homma who was executed for it.

    Homma is referred to as “General Hammer” in Tokio Jokio (McCabe, 1943), first seen panicking during an attack, and then sharing a log with a disgusted skunk.

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