A view of the Defenders which comprised five figure sections each with a LMG. Four 14mm HMG bunkers and two 40mm Anti-Boat guns.
The USMC would be straight infantry organised as an E Series comapny. NCO, 9 Riflemen, 2 BAR Gunners. In hindsight I would have been better off actually thinking about what the game system needs so I was missing Corpsmen and aid station the 60mm Sections and the 1919 LMGs which would have been expected at the early stages of establishing the USMC amphibious warfare doctrine and also hadn't included the company commander. We also threw all the LVT1 & 2's onto the table as the first wave rather than the 3 sequential waves that were used at Tarawa.
The USMC laid out in their entry positions, they are actually off table at this point. The rules cater for friction in terms of arrival which related well to the actual events on Betion in that some of the Amtracs never arrived and the Infantry had to entry wading and had already suffered some casualties and other Amtracs arriving on later game turns at random.
This section is wading to the beach from their destroyed AMTRAC and have already lost 2 men including a BAR.
One gap in the sea wall in covered by a 14mm HMG
There are two Japanese sections dug into the sea wall in prepared positions
These two AMTRACS will be delayed and wont enter until I roll the required number indicated on the dice. One more AMTRAC to the left is also delayed so I was already down to just two assualting platoons.
First turn. This isnt IGOUGO, each figure can reserve dice to use in the opponents turn so as I entered in the 14mm and Anti-Boat guns opened up. I had to start disembarking the marines short of the obstacle. Elements of one section have reached the wall and I have reserved some actions for use in the enemy turn. The AMTRAC at the bottom has been hit but is still mobile, 2 rifle disembarked.
The AMTRAC to the right has been riddled with 14mm fire I have one killed as he leapt over the side and the rest of squad are pinned in the vehicle. If they don't collect their wits they are in trouble.
In the center I have also pushed the defenders back but I am still in the fire arc of another section on the left and the bunker on the right.
The AMTRAC is still mobile and uses the gap in the sea wall while the section near the bunker attempt to destroy it with grenades and satchel charges. I ended up causing two killed and one injured from a mistimed grenade attack. In the bunker itself one of the Japanese defenders sacrificed himself by smothering the posted grenade. Two other marines worked their way to the entrance and have breached the door. In the ensuing firefight another marine goes down and the Japanese defenders are down to one man.
On the left flank the US have made some progress have pushed an AMTRAC through a gap in the sea wall while the AMTRAC on the extreme flank has unloaded a complete combat effective squad.
General situation at the end of the US Turn 2. The US have cleared the initial 30 metres or so of the beach.