Letters from Iwo Jima, AAR Turn 5
Mar 1 - good weather
US Bombards Funami 32 (9 hits) - now US is getting serious with guns and planes!!! JP wiped out; North Field 4 (1 hit) - no effect
US moves 5th Arty to land at Double Root. US Commander gives up taking Tamana Hill and decides to take Motoyama by brute armor strength. To put it mildly: bad idea. 24th, 27th and 28th Marines retreat from Tamana to Old Man. 3rd Tank to Motoyama; AT surprise 4 (1 hit). He couldn't have 2nd AT gun in there, could he? 4th Tank to Motoyama; AT surprise 4 (1 hit). No chance for 3rd AT!!! 5th Tank to Motoyama; JP tank AT surprise 7 (2 hits). The Kursk of Iwo!
US moves 21st Marines into Motoyama; DF surprise 7 (2 hits) - 1 hit/retreat. 26th into Motoyama; DF surprise 4 (0 hit) - wiffed. 25th into Motoyama; DF all fired out. 9th to Warbler. 23rd to Funami.
Payback time! US Assault Motoyama 13 (1 hit) - wiffed! Not good for the Jarheads at all!!
No control changes or builds.
JP bombs Old Man 3 (1 hit) - 1 hit/B/H gone. Bomb into Motoyama 3 (2 hits). Bomb into Funami 8 (4 hits) - oooof. Move Dice 5 (3 units can move). Getting full of myself, JP unit in Motoyama moves into Funami, US DF 4 (2 hits) - 1 hit/retreat. Tank and AT retreat to North Field to reset JP "AT trap". "Triangle D" being formed between North Field, Motoyama and Tamana.
JP assault Motoyama 7 (0 hit) - could have put away the US here. Drat!
VP JP28 US14 - very bad turn for the Marines
Debrief: at the end of crushing bombardment of Funami, I was feeling bleak about JP's chances. It looked like US would be able to bombard Motoyama and Tamana with 30+ dice each over the next 2 turns and just crush my defenses. Inexplicably or perhaps getting impatient with my slow moves, US went to force the issue with tanks. Perhaps Admiral Phillips lost "count" of JP units potentially killed. Unknown JP Captain: "Perhaps we may be able to win ... however that is defined."" />