|Title||“A Song for the French Indochina Engineering Corps”|
|Music Composer||Shinichi Takada (1/24/1920–1/16/1960)|
|Client||West Unit 9825 (Nishi Dai Kyu Hachi Ni Go Butai)|
|Date of Commission||7/5/1942|
|Source||“June 1942–September 1943 Music Commission Dossier”; musical score is from “Music Composition Manuscripts since 1944”|
Commissioned by the Japanese Army West Unit 9825 through Yoshiro Ishikawa (an army reserve officer?) in July 1942 (17th year of the Showa period). The surviving documents consist of a commission form, Ishikawa’s name card, lyrics sheet, musical score, and cover letter for musical scores.
“West Unit 9825” was the common name used for the “170th Infantry Regiment,” a key force in the 21st Brigade, which was formed in June 1941 (16th year of the Showa period). In July of the same year, the unit participated in the occupation of southern French Indochina.
In September 1942 (17th year of the Showa period), two months after the song was commissioned, the main force of this particular unit was deployed to Guam and Rabaul (Papua New Guinea) via Palau. However, in November of the same year, their transport ship was sunk by enemy fire while passing through Palau Harbor. Having lost their ensign in the attack, the unit was demobilized on-site in June 1943 (18th year of the Showa period).
The music composer was a teaching aide at the Tokyo Academy of Music at the time.
|2/23/2012 (Studio A, Tokyo University of the Arts, Faculty of Music, Senju Campus)|