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Iwo Jima Airfield - March 01, 1945 - March 03, 1945

Real Thing #2 Motoyama Airfield #1
Pacific Theater By: 50th - Last update: 08/28/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x7 x5 x5

Historical Background:
As the battle of Iwo Jima continued, the American 28th Marines had to take the airfields. The battle went on even though the first Allied aircraft to land on Iwo's airfields did so on March 4th. A crippled B-29 returning from a bombing run on Japan made an emergency landing on Iwo Jima. As the American aircrew left the plane, the ground was still shaking from Japanese artillery attacks.

This scenario was designed to be played after Iwo Jima "Real Thing" #3144U as part two of a four part campaign. Part three is Motoyama airfield #2. Part four is the "meat grinder" scenario #55A from the Pacific Theater book. These four scenarios take the player from the beach and Mt Suribachi, to the airfields north of the beach, and then to the east to hill #382.

Allied: You have to take and hold the medal hex at the airfield. After this, you receive one medal for each unit you get off the board on or between the medals at 1 and 2.
Take 5 command cards and move first.

Axis: You need to hold the airfield at all costs. Also you need to keep the Marines from advancing past you.
Take 6 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
Allied: 5 medals with two of these from moving units off the board.

Axis: Hold the airfield for one medal and take 6 more.

Special Rules:
All of the Allied infantry are Marines-the 28th Marines (not just the ones marked, you don't really need the Marine markers since all infantry units are Marines) All Marine command rules are in effect.

All of the Japanese infantry are elite-rising sun (not just the ones marked, so you don't really need the rising sun markers)
All Japanese command rules are in effect.

The sandbags are walled emplacements and remain in place always. In all other respects, treat them as sandbags.
The Infantry unit in the bunker is a mortar team. They fire 3 2 1 and ignore LOS and terrain modifiers

See terrain pack book for rules on Engineers

Scenario Bibliography:
Flags of our Fathers by James Bradley with Ron Powers.
Wikipedia-"Battle of Iwo Jima"

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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