Masaharu Homma
Historical Figure
Nationality: Japan
Date of Birth: 1887
Date of Death: 1946
Cause of Death: Executed by firing squad
Occupation: Soldier, Diplomat, Poet, Military Governor
Military Branch: Attaché to the British Army (World War I);
Imperial Japanese Army (World War II)
Fictional Appearances:
Days of Infamy
POD: March, 1941;
Relevant POD: December 7, 1941
Appearance(s): Days of Infamy
Type of Appearance: Contemporary references
Military Branch: IJA (WWII)

Masaharu Homma (本間 雅晴 Homma Masaharu, 27 November 1887 – 3 April 1946) was a lieutenant general in the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Homma commanded the Japanese 14th Army, which invaded the Philippines and perpetrated the Bataan Death March. After the war, Homma was convicted of war crimes and executed by firing squad.

Masaharu Homma in Days of Infamy[]

General Homma invaded and conquered the Philippines at the same time that his colleague General Yamashita conquered Hawaii. The American media attempted to distract the populace from these unpleasant facts by broadcasting radio stories about the "Heroes of Hawaii," yet it was obvious to all that the American servicemen in the invaded regions were losing their respective battles.[1]


  1. Days of Infamy, pgs. 146, 318.