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Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 9 Part 2

The Marines are closing in on Japan.  Next up? Guam! ~

Avery Abernethy, 22 January 2017

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Taking the rest of Guam was slow work. East Guam is covered with jungle. It is easy to hide snipers, bunkers and entire infantry platoons in the jungle. Only infantry can dig the Japanese out of the jungle. On the East Coast and in Central Guam the Japanese concentrated their armor, anti-aircraft and better infantry units. More and better defenders slowed the advance there. But overall it is easier for the Marines to crush larger forces in the open than it is to root out smaller forces in dense jungle terrain.

Guam Turn 16 Pushing Forward

Guam Turn 16 Pushing Forward

 

Guam Turn 18 Jap Armor Attacks

Guam Turn 18 Jap Armor Attacks

 

Cleared the Cape - On Turn 18

Cleared the Cape – On Turn 18

 

Guam Turn 20 & Moving Slow in the Jungle

Guam Turn 20 & Moving Slow in the Jungle

 

Received Experienced Engineers

Received Experienced Engineers

 

Turn 22 - I hate the Jungle

Turn 22 – I hate the Jungle

 

Turn 22 Guam West Coast

Turn 22 Guam West Coast

 

Turn 25

Turn 25

 

The AI skillfully placed mines in blocking positions. If the road hex is surrounded by jungle units either have to advance one hex into the jungle to bypass the mines which takes two full turns or the mines must be removed. Several screenshots show how mines can be used to significantly slow an attack on a jungle road.

 

Mine Clearing 1

Mine Clearing 1

 

Mine Clearing 2

Mine Clearing 2

 

Guam Turn 29 - Roadblocks

Guam Turn 29 – Roadblocks

 

Guam Turn 30 approaching the Heights

Guam Turn 30 approaching the Heights

 

The heights in North-Central Guam were heavily defended. Armor cannot attack a significant hill. Ground attack aircraft, concentrated heavy artillery, and marine infantry took several turns to capture the high ground.

 

Guam turn 33 - Cleared the High Ground

Guam turn 33 – Cleared the High Ground

 

And got a free Jap Rubber Tank!

And got a free Jap Rubber Tank!

 

The heights were the last major victory condition on Guam.

 

Victory in Guam - Turn 34 of 60

Victory in Guam – Turn 34 of 60

 

See you again for the attack on Palau!


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