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Left Flank Counterattack
Marianas 1944 #2
(Attacker) Japan vs United States (Defender)
Formations Involved
Japan 56th Naval Guard Force
United States 24th Marine Regiment

Overall balance chart for MARI002
Side 1 1
Draw 0
Side 2 1
Overall Rating, 2 votes
Scenario Rank: --- of 609
Parent Game Marianas 1944
Historicity Historical
Date 1944-07-25
Start Time 02:00
Turn Count 16
Visibility Night
Counters 63
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 1
Maps 0: 101, 83
Layout Dimensions 43 x 28 cm
17 x 11 in
Play Bounty 150
AAR Bounty 163
Total Plays 2
Total AARs 1
Battle Types
Kill Them All
Beach Control
Off-board Artillery
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Marianas 1944 maps
Saipan 1944 maps + counters

From experience on Saipan the Marines knew the Japanese normally counter-attacked at night to minimize American advantages in airpower and artillery and to maximize the shock of their attack. General Clifton B. Cates, commander of the 4th Marine Division, ordered the regiments to stop their advance on defensible terrain and prepare their defenses. The Japanese did not disappoint, making their assaults in three areas on this moonless night; the left flank, the center, and the right flank, though the left flank hit first.


Approximately 600 screaming Japanese SNLF troops charged the American lines. Of the three counter attacks that night, this one lasted the longest. The Marines responded with a wall of fire. The attack continued throughout the night, see-sawing back and forth, but shortly before 0600 the vigor of the enemy effort broke, perhaps due to the rising of the sun or the arrival of American tanks.

Additional Notes

Americans cannot move until the Japanese are spotted or fire.

Display Relevant AFV Rules

AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle
  • Vulnerable to results on the Assault Combat Chart (7.25, 7.63, ACC), and may be attacked by Anti-Tank fire (11.2, DFT). Anti-Tank fire only affects the individual unit fired upon (7.62, 11.0).
  • AFV's are activated by tank leaders (3.2, 3.3, 5.42, 6.8). They may also be activated as part of an initial activating stack, but if activated in this way would need a tank leader in order to carry out combat movement.
  • AFV's do not block Direct Fire (10.1).
  • Full-strength AFV's with "armor efficiency" may make two anti-tank (AT) fire attacks per turn (either in their action segment or during opportunity fire) if they have AT fire values of 0 or more (11.2).
  • Each unit with an AT fire value of 2 or more may fire at targets at a distance of between 100% and 150% of its printed AT range. It does so at half its AT fire value. (11.3)
  • Efficient and non-efficient AFV's may conduct two opportunity fires per turn if using direct fire (7.44, 7.64). Units with both Direct and AT Fire values may use either type of fire in the same turn as their opportunity fire, but not both (7.22, 13.0). Units which can take opportunity fire twice per turn do not have to target the same unit both times (13.0).
  • Demoralized AFV's are not required to flee from units that do not have AT fire values (14.3).
  • Place a Wreck marker when an AFV is eliminated in a bridge or town hex (16.3).
  • AFV's do not benefit from Entrenchments (16.42).
  • AFV's may Dig In (16.2).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Immune to M, M1 and M2 results on Direct and Bombardment Fire Tables. Do not take step losses from Direct or Bombardment Fire. If X or #X result on Fire Table, make M morale check instead (7.25, 7.41, 7.61, BT, DFT).
  • Closed-top AFV's: Provide the +1 modifier on the Assault Table when combined with infantry. (Modifier only applies to Germans in all scenarios; Soviet Guards in scenarios taking place after 1942; Polish, US and Commonwealth in scenarios taking place after 1943.) (ACC)
  • Tank: all are closed-top and provide the +1 Assault bonus, when applicable

Display Order of Battle

Japan Order of Battle
Imperial Japanese Army
  • Foot
Imperial Japanese Navy
United States Order of Battle
Marine Corps
  • Mechanized
  • Towed

Display Errata (1)

1 Errata Item
Overall balance chart for 1466

The 8-3 Marine Infantry counter appears in most of the Saipan 1944 and Marianas 1944 scenarios, replacing the 10-3 DF valued Marine counters for those scenarios and is currently published in the most recent Saipan printing.

(JayTownsend on 2015 Dec 26)

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More Butt Kicking
Author thomaso827
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2014-10-10
Language English
Scenario MARI002

This 16-turn scenario has Japanese SNLF attacking at night against dug-in Marines. Japanese have to get to within 5 hexes of any beach hex or eliminate 8 steps of Marines. I tend to balance my stacks so they have INF and HMG and a leader, and when playing the Japanese, this loses that +1 for an all INF force, and probably would make it better to have some assault stacks of all INF with supporting stacks of HMGs staying close but not entering assault. The DF of the balanced stacks is good but the loss to the assault column can be a problem. Worth looking at further in the next games. The Marines formed a line so that the Japanese can't sneak through without being adjacent to at least one dug-in unit or a unit in heavy jungle, which makes for a good opportunity fire and call for an illumination shot. I placed the Japanese into 2 assault groups using the chain of command to try to keep 3 or 4 stacks moving together. 3 moves in, as the first stacks prepared to enter into assaults, this broke down as point blank fire killed or disrupted a central stack in each group. Mortars popped illumination allowing for the massed OBA fire to kill stacks just outside of point blank but well within the illuminated area. Marine firepower did it's job and killed unit after unit, and leader loss rolls weighed heavily in the Marine's favor as the northern most assault wave lost all of their leaders by turn 10. The southern group managed to keep one leader and one undemoralized leader for some time but lost that on turn 14, just as the Marine Sherman joined the battle. It all came down to one surviving SNLF Ensign and a stack of 2 steps of infantry and 2 HMG (one full platoon) trying to get to within the 5 hexes of the beach. Illumination and OBA disrupted and demoralized the HMG and one step of infantry but the Ensign and one step continued on the last turn, only to have close range Marine firepower eliminate that final step of SNLF and disrupt the Ensign at the 5 hex mark. Final death toll, 30 steps lost to the Japanese, to a loss of only 2 steps of Marines. The Japanese could have shared a draw had they not lost that last step on that last turn. Great game.

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