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Empire of Japan

Teishin Shudan (挺進集団, Raiding Group?) was a Japanese special forces/airborne unit during World War II. The unit was a division-level force, and was part of the Imperial Japanese Army Air Force (IJAAF).

It was commanded by a major general, and was organized as follows:

  • headquarters company (220 personnel)
  • aviation brigade
  • raiding brigade
  • two glider infantry regiments
  • raiding artillery company (120 personnel)
  • raiding signals company (140 personnel)
  • raiding engineer company (250 personnel)

Notably, Japanese troopers fought in the Battle of Palembang and in the takeover of Celebes in the Dutch East Indies.

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