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Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 8 Part 1

Now that the holidays are in the rearview mirror, Airboy’s battles through the Pacific continue  ~

Avery Abernethy, 7 January 2017

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Scenario 8 – Saipan

Saipan is huge compared to the Marshall and Gilbert Island targets. I used two landing zones because the city in the middle was too tough to take on D-Day. My initial objectives are: 1] link up the two landing zones; 2] seize the southern airfield; and 3] secure all Southern Saipan so I could fight on only one front. But achieving these three objectives was not easy. I continue my strategy of concentrating my forces and landing my artillery in a second wave.    The Japanese make multiple counter-attacks including several led by armor. It takes many turns to seize the southern airfield and land air support. It takes even longer to eliminate the Japanese snipers and infantry in Southern Saipan. The infantry allocated to eliminating resistance in the South never catch up to the main battle until the issue is decided. Much of my heavy artillery was allocated to the South and had to be shipped north. Central Saipan is mountainous which is excellent defensive terrain. The heights must be secured by infantry and the going was slow until I got all of my heavy artillery up from South Saipan.

Saipan D-Day

Saipan D-Day

 

Saipan Linkup

Saipan Linkup

 

Saipan Counter Attacks

Saipan Counter Attacks

 

Excepting three destroyers, on Saipan you do not control Navy gun support. This was a design feature to better simulate the actions of the US Navy during Saipan. The Navy left the Saipan landings to respond to a Japanese attack. The great naval victory deprived the Marines of heavy naval guns for much of the battle.

 

Goodbye Navy

Goodbye Navy

 

Airport Holds Out

Airport Holds Out

 

Turn 7 Capture Southern Airfield

Turn 7 Capture Southern Airfield

 

Saipan Free Air Unit

Saipan Free Air Unit

 

Turn 8 Southern Saipan Isolated

Turn 8 Southern Saipan Isolated

 

Turkey Shoot Victory!

Turkey Shoot Victory!

 

Sniper Ambush

Sniper Ambush

 

Saipan Turn 11 Finally Secured the South

Saipan Turn 11 Finally Secured the South

 

Central Saipan Turn 11

Central Saipan Turn 11

 

Diversionary Force Released

Diversionary Force Released

 

Battleships Return on Turn 12

Battleships Return on Turn 12

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