Kwantung HQ in Hsinking, Manchukuo
|Active||April 1906 – August 1945|
|Country||Empire of Japan|
|Branch||Imperial Japanese Army|
|Nickname||Toku (德兵團 Toku heidan ), Special|
|Engagements||Second Sino-Japanese War
The Kwantung Army (Japanese: 関東軍; Hepburn: Kantōgun; simplified Chinese: 关东军; traditional Chinese: 關東軍; pinyin: Guāndōngjūn; Wade–Giles: Kuan-tung chün; Korean: 관동군) was an army group of the Imperial Japanese Army in the first half of the 20th century. It became the largest and most prestigious command in the IJA. Many of its personnel, such as Chiefs of Staff Seishirō Itagaki and Hideki Tōjō were promoted to high positions in both the military and civil government in the Empire of Japan and it was largely responsible for the creation of the Japanese-dominated Empire of Manchukuo. In August 1945, the army group, only around 600,000 (from total 1,320,000) men at the time, was defeated by and surrendered to Soviet troops as a result of the Manchurian Strategic Offensive Operation.