Archives for April 2006

USATODAY.com – Japanese WWII veteran found in Ukraine has reunion with family

USATODAY.com – Japanese WWII veteran found in Ukraine has reunion with family

MORIOKA, Japan (AP) — A former Japanese soldier was reunited with relatives Thursday, the first time he had seen them since he went off to fight for the emperor more than 60 years ago.

Ishinosuke Uwano, 83, and his brother Ushitaro Sadate, 80, looked at each other for a few seconds and then hugged tightly, patting each other’s backs.

Uwano, who was believed killed in World War II and recently surfaced in Ukraine, is in Tokyo for a 10-day visit. He was in an Imperial Army force occupying eastern Russia’s Sakhalin island when the war ended in August 1945 and was last reported seen there in 1958.

He said Wednesday he had not been able to return to Japan earlier “due to the former Soviet regime” in Ukraine. He did not elaborate.

It was not clear how he ended up in Ukraine after the war.

On Thursday, five other relatives wiped away tears as Uwano hugged his brother in a reunion sponsored by the government of the northern prefecture of Iwate.

“We are filled with emotions. We just can’t express anything in words now,” Sadate said. Uwano was so overcome that he could not speak.

Uwano then hugged each of his two younger sisters, ages 75 and 70, his first meeting with them since leaving Japan in 1943 to fight in the war. He met his four nephews, ages 52 to 62, for the first time.

The former soldier also called on the deputy governor in the prefectural capital, Morioka, before leaving for his old hometown of Hirono, about 290 miles northeast of Tokyo, to stay with his relatives for a week. He was accompanied by his son.

Japanese media said Uwano moved to Ukraine in 1965 and also has two daughters. He lives in Zhitomyr, a city about 90 miles west of the capital, Kiev, according to the Kyodo News agency.

The government believes about 400 former Japanese soldiers from World War II are living in the former Soviet Union, and says 40 of them have been identified.
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Map of the Pacific Campaign


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Check out this great map of the Pacific Campaign! If you like studying about WWII and you have an interest in the Pacific this is a reat place to start. Now when you hear names like Kwajalein, Tarawa, Borneo and Okinawa you can visualize where they are in relation to each other.

Click on the map or the article title to get the full image.

Play testing an assult on a bunker

–Photo by Joe Dukes, USMC. Semper Fi!

This weekend I am going to test out Disposable Heroes on taking out a typical Iwo Jima Bunker. The board will actually be quite small. We will assume the unit has gotten off the beach intact and supporting weapons and heavies will follow on later.

I am curious about the effect of treating bunkers like stationary tanks. What I would really love is a figure of a Marine with a satchel charge to add to the platoon HQ section.

The game will be open to all comers at Lord Al’s shop on Saturday, April 8th. Show up at noon and participate in the other games. This will follow on around 2 or 2:30. I think it will be quick.

See you there!

Man gets questioned by Police after singing Clash song


Man held as terrorism suspect over punk song

Folks, you can’t make this stuff up! London Calling is a fantastic song. However I think its actually rather mild compared to Guns of Brixton. I quoted that in my Hostage Rescue/Anti-Terrorism rules.

The Guns of Brixton was my choice for top tune to listen to while playing Counter-Strike (video game). Here are the lyrics to that song. Imagine what the cabbie would have thought about them! Everyone is a critic!


When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun

When the law break in
How you gonna go?
Shot down on the pavement
Or waiting on death row

You can crush us
You can bruise us
But you’ll have to answer to
Oh, the guns of Brixton

The money feels good
And your life you like it well
But surely your time will come
As in heaven, as in hell

You see, he feels like Ivan
Born under the Brixton sun
His game is called survivin’
At the end of the harder they come

You know it means no mercy
They caught him with a gun
No need for the Black Maria
Goodbye to the Brixton sun

You can crush us
You can bruise us
Yes, even shoot us
But oh-the guns of Brixton

When they kick at your front door
How you gonna come?
With your hands on your head
Or on the trigger of your gun

You can crush us
You can bruise us
Yes, even shoot us
But oh-the guns of Brixton

Shot down on the pavement
Waiting in death row
His game is called survivin’
As in heaven as in hell

You can crush us
You can bruise us
But you’ll have to answer to
Oh, the guns of Brixton

**edit** link to story fixed. Enjoy!

Basic Impetus


Basic Impetus

Lorenzo Sartori of Dadi & Piombo magazine has published a new set of rules called Basic Impetus. Its a set of ancients rules and you can get the basic set for free on the web. Click the title to get to the website with the rules.

They look very complete actually. They are also only 7 pages long which I much prefer. I am going to try these out. They use massed units on bases as opposed to single figures which I also like for this type of combat!

As a side note, Arrigo Velicogna is running pacific games for the GPW project in Italy. He is doing all of his writeups in articles for Dadi & Piombo – so theres the link between us and them!

Give BI a look as well as the magazine Dadi & Piombo. Let me know what you think. Your opinion counts! I know someone is reading this site – but you are a shy and reclusive bunch!

Nashcon is Rapidly Approaching!

HMGS Mid-South

Just to remind everyone that Nashcon is rapidly approaching. I know this because I am building and painting like HELL right now! I have to get as much done as possible for the convention because my games have to be ready for it!

ALSO! Check out the Greater Pacific War Project’s website for a special announcement! We have been contacted by Larry Bond and Crew (ever hear of Harpoon or Command at Sea?) Yeah, its big news and worth your attention! Larry has worked with Tom Clancy as well as being the author of several novels himself. They are doing a re-evaluation of Midway and will be running it at Historicon. Check it out!