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    Posted 11 years ago

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    Hi I was given this case without any information. When I googled K Wada, all i found was a General K Wada with the Japanese consulate in the US in 1923. Does anyone have any information or where i can look to find some?thanks Lonnie.

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      Try Kosuke Wada.

      "As the Japanese position in the Philippines became hopeless, shipments of weapons to be sent there were diverted by IGHQ to Okinawa. The result was that the Thirty-second Army possessed a heavier concentration of artillery power, grouped under a single command, than had been available to any Japanese force in previous Pacific campaigns. The total artillery strength on Okinawa, with the exception of the 24th Division's organic 42d Field Artillery Regiment, was grouped within Major General Kosuke Wada's 5th Artillery Command. Besides the comparatively weak 7th Heavy Artillery Regiment (formerly the Nakagusuku Wan Fortress Artillery Unit), General Wada's command included two medium regiments, a heavy battalion, and the artillery units of the 44th IMB and 27th Tank Regiment. Combat-tested at Bataan in the Philippines, the 1st Medium Artillery Regiment had one of its two battalions assigned to Miyako Jima upon arrival from Manchuria in July. The other medium regiment was the 23d which, until its departure for Okinawa in October, had been stationed in eastern Manchuria from the time of its activation in 1942. The two medium artillery regiments together mustered a total of 2,000 troops who manned 36 150mm howitzers. The artillery command also contained the 100th Independent Heavy Artillery Battalion. This unit was formed in June of 1944 in Yokosuka and sent to Okinawa in July with 500 men and 8 150mm guns.
      Besides artillery units, General Wada's troop list included a mortar regiment and two light mortar battalions. The 1st Independent Heavy Mortar Regiment's 320mm spigot mortars were an unusual type of weapons which Marines had first encountered on Iwo Jima.25 These awesome weapons. firing a 675-pound shell dubbed a "flying ashcan" by Americans, were the basic armament of this unit. Only half of its six batteries were on Okinawa, as the other three had been sent to Burma in mid-1942. Although the 96 81mm mortars of the 1st and 2d Light Mortar Battalions were nominally under the command of General Wada, actually they were assigned in close support of the various infantry units and usually operated under the direction of their respective sector defense commanders."
    2. mainminer, 11 years ago
      thanks for the information and i hope i can ascertain if this case belonged to this general Wada thanks Lonnie
    3. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 11 years ago

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