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