Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 6 Part 1
Airboy’s Pacific campaign continues in the latest AAR episode ~
Avery Abernethy, 12 November 2016
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Scenario 6 – Gilbert Islands
Tarawa is surrounded by landing zones. It was tempting to use four or more landing zones to chop up the Japanese defenders. I (mostly) resisted temptation. Thus far the Japanese have limited armor and no mechanized units. This limits their mobility. The one time I did not concentrate my forces got my Marines chopped up.
My strategy is landing on one end of Tarawa and sweeping to the other end of the island. This provides two advantages. My forces are concentrated and heavy artillery can be landed on a secured beach. Long range fire from my 155s has been devastating. There are three landing zones, but they are clustered together. Landing zone one is a risk because it is slightly isolated from landing zone two and three. But if landing zone one is successful it should destroy the Japanese HQ and diminish the effectiveness of Tarawa’s defenders.
I must knock out five bunkers on the larger island of Makin. But the bunker locations are unknown. Because Tarawa has air strips I committed a larger force there.
Then I got greedy and immediately landed the 2nd wave on Tarawa D-Day +1. This was not wise as you will see.