Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 8 Part 2

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

Avery Abernethy, 8 January 2017

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Scenario 8 – Saipan, continued

It took several turns to concentrate my artillery and take the heights in Central Saipan. But after that the Marines were a steam roller over the rest of Saipan. Fortunately the Japanese launched a late Banzai charge. It is easier to kill the Japanese out in the open while attacking than it is to dig them out of holes or root them out of hidden positions in the jungle. Southern and Central Saipan has much better defensive terrain than North Saipan which also helped the Marines.

Saipan Turn 13

Saipan Turn 13

 

Saipan Diversion Force Moving South

Saipan Diversion Force Moving South

 

Saipan Turn 15

Saipan Turn 15

The Japanese on Saipan used large numbers of snipers and hidden bunkers. My marines got ambushed repeatedly. Although the snipers and bunkers could not stop the US forces they did cause a lot of casualties.

 

Central Saipan Heights Cleared

Central Saipan Heights Cleared

 

Turn 19 - Japs Running out of Island

Turn 19 – Japs Running out of Island

 

Turn 22 The end in sight

Turn 22 The end in sight

 

Rolling Hot in Open Ground

Rolling Hot in Open Ground

 

Banzai Counter-Attack

Banzai Counter-Attack

 

Victory in Saipan

Victory in Saipan

 

I'll take the Tank Landing Craft Please!

I’ll take the Tank Landing Craft Please!

 

See you in a few weeks, and the Marines are closing in on the end of the war.


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