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Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 10 Part 1

OOBUSMC-SPLASH-Iwo

The final battle of the Marines’ campaign, Iwo Jima ~

Avery Abernethy, 11 March 2017

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Iwo Jima Start

Iwo Jima Start

I’m using two landing zones but they are close together.

Iwo Jima D-Day

Iwo Jima D-Day

 

Iwo Jima Objectives

Iwo Jima Objectives

My initial goals are:

  1. link the two landing zones
  2. take Mt. Suribachi
  3. take the first airfield

The landings were successful but the resistance was fierce.

Iwo Turn 3

Iwo Turn 3

 

Poor Supply situation

Poor Supply situation

 

I ran into an unexpected problem. My troops were under-supplied from the initial landing. My combat effectiveness was low due to supply problems. I had to take a couple of victory hexes which also provide supply. But it takes a turn or two for captured supply points to provide logistics benefits.

 

Attacking Mount Suribachi

Attacking Mount Suribachi

Mt. Suribachi had to be taken with infantry. Three platoons and one armor unit were tasked with taking the dormant volcano. Most of my artillery and all of the close air support was also tasked to Mt. Suribachi.

Mount Suribachi Captured!

Mount Suribachi Captured!

 

Get Reinforcements

Get Reinforcements

 

Iwo turn 6

Iwo turn 6

I earned a second wave of reinforcements before I got the supply situation straightened out. I took Mt. Suribachi on turn 5 and secured the Eastern tip of Iwo Jima on turn 7.

 

Mt. Suribachi Secured

Mt. Suribachi Secured

 

Captured 1st Airfield

Captured 1st Airfield

 

I then got my supply situation fixed and landed the second wave.

Iwo Turn 9 Reinforcements Landed and in Full Supply

Iwo Turn 9 Reinforcements Landed and in Full Supply

 

Turn 10 Moved Up Artillery & Time to Attack

Turn 10 Moved Up Artillery & Time to Attack

By turn ten I was ready to start attacking Iwo Jima on a broad front.

 

More tomorrow!


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