Iwo Jima - February 19, 1945 - February 23, 1945

Real Thing
Pacific Theater By: 50th - Last update: 03/06/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
70,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima and fought 22,000 elite Japanese-the rising sun-who understood that they were to die. Four days later the Marines raised the flag on Mount Suribachi, but it would take another month before Iwo Jima would be won. By March 3rd, some 16,000 of the Japanese defenders were still alive. The Americans had taken 16,000 casualties with 3,000 dead.

The Japanese take 5 Command cards, the Americans take 6 and move first.
The Americans need to take the island, to do this, you get one medal for every unit you move off board between the medals at 1 and 2.

Conditions of Victory:
Americans: You have to take Mt Suribachi for one medal and then you get one medal for every unit you get off the board between the numbers 1 and 2 (optional). You need a total of 6 medals.

Japanese: You need to keep the Americans at bay, and get 7 medals.

Special Rules:
All Japanese command rules, and Marine command rules are in effect.
All of the American units are Marines, just as all the Japanese units are elite forces, except for the engineering units marked.
Air Rules can be played with this scenario by placing a Japanese Zero on the airfield hex, and an American Corsair on the carrier, and give each player an air sortie card at the beginning.
The infantry in the bunkers are mortar infantry. They have four figures and battle at 3-2-1 and ignore all terrain modifiers and LOS. They move up to 2 OR battle.
Mt Suribachi acts as a permanent medal hex for the allies, they must take it to win.

Scenario Bibliography:
Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley with Ron Powers.
(My placement of Mt Suribachi is a LOT more accurate than all other Iwo Jima scenarios that I've seen (other than JDRommel), thanks to the map in Flags of our fathers)

Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

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