Battle of Iwo Jima Counterattack - March 25, 1945 - March 26, 1945

Banzai Night Charge
Pacific Theater By: 50th - Last update: 10/23/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x5
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Although the island was officially declared secure at 6pm on March 16, 25 days after the landings, the 5th Marine Division still faced Kuribayashi's stronghold in a gorge 700 yards (640 m) at the north-western end of the island. On March 21 the Marines destroyed the command post in the gorge with four tons of explosives and on March 24 Marines sealed the remaining caves at the northern tip of the island. However, on the night of March 25, a 300-man Japanese force launched a final counterattack in the vicinity of Airfield Number 2. Army pilots, Seabees and Marines of the 5th Pioneer Battalion and 28th Marines fought the Japanese force until morning but suffered heavy casualties (more than 100 Americans were killed and another 200 were wounded).[citation needed] Two Marines from the 36th Depot Company, an all-African-American unit, received the Bronze Star. 1st Lieutenant Harry Martin of the 5th Pioneer Battalion was the last Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor during the battle.

Although still a matter of speculation because of conflicting accounts from surviving Japanese veterans, it has been said that Kuribayashi led this final assault, which unlike the loud banzai charge of previous battles, was characterized as a silent attack. If ever proven true, Kuribayashi would have been the highest ranking Japanese officer to have personally led an attack during World War II. Additionally, this would also be Kuribayashi's final act of departure from the normal practice of the commanding Japanese officers committing seppuku behind the lines while the rest perished in the banzai charge, as happened during the battles of Saipan and Okinawa.

Axis: You need to take and hold the airfield and the radio station.
Take 6 command cards and go first.

Allies: You must hold the airfield and the radar station. The airfield is vital to the attack of Tokyo. B-29 bombers can take off from this field and bomb targets on mainland Japan.
Take five command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
Axis: You have to take and hold the medal hex at the airfield, and the medal at the radar station. And, take four more medals.

Allies: You must hold the airfield hex and the radar station and take three more medals.

Special Rules:
All allied units are marines, so marine rules are in effect.
All Japanese units are under the Japanese infantry rules found in the Pacific Theater book.
Night rules are in effect. See PT page 8
For rules on radar station, see TP page 12
For rules on lighthouse, see TP page 11

Scenario Bibliography:
Wikipedia- Battle of Iwo Jima
Book- Flags of our fathers
Video Documentary- Iwo Jima- 36 days of Hell
Film- Letters from 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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