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Small Night Actions
Marianas 1944 #6
(Attacker) Japan vs United States (Defender)
Formations Involved
United States 2nd Marine Regiment

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Side 1 1
Draw 0
Side 2 2
Overall Rating, 3 votes
Scenario Rank: --- of 609
Parent Game Marianas 1944
Historicity Historical
Date 1944-07-27
Start Time 01:00
Turn Count 12
Visibility Night
Counters 21
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 1
Maps 1: 82
Layout Dimensions 43 x 28 cm
17 x 11 in
Play Bounty 140
AAR Bounty 156
Total Plays 3
Total AARs 2
Battle Types
Kill Them All
Road Control
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Marianas 1944 book
Saipan 1944 maps + counters

Throughout the night of July 26-27, small groups of Japanese prodded and jabbed for weak spots in the American lines all along the front on. Sometimes the Japanese launched their attacks from what the American's considered their "rear." This caused great consternation as it meant either they had bypassed sizable enemy forces, or they had left gaps in the lines that needed to be closed. Whichever the case, the American casualties began to climb.


In the morning, Captain Warren Morris reported 137 dead Japanese sprawled behind, in front of, and among the battalion’s lines. It appeared that the Marines bypassed this group who were bent upon moving through Marine lines to their units, but only in death would these men rejoin their comrades. During the Pacific campaign the Marines learned that night took away "secure" rear areas.

Display Order of Battle

Japan Order of Battle
Imperial Japanese Army
United States Order of Battle
Marine Corps

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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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Sure Is Dark Out Here
Author thomaso827
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2014-07-25
Language English
Scenario MARI006

These short, night scenarios are interesting to run through. Night seems to eliminate much of the terrain value, since nobody can see to shoot until they are inside any terrain visibility anyway. This scenario allows the Marine's 81mm Mortar to use illumination, which can help if the Marines get the initiative. For my game, the Japanese kept it for the first 5 turns, during which they lost 7 steps of infantry in aborted assaults against the better prepared Marines. Once the illumination came along, the Marines took advantage of their better firepower for a turn before moving in to assault the last remaining Japanese troops. At the end of turn 8, a single demoralized Japanese LT was left all by himself, so the game ended there. In running this in a ftf game, I'd probably try to avoid the US defenders for a few turns, try to get a squad past them and on the east-west road, while the rest then attacked trying to take the two steps of Marines for a win. As it was, I went pretty much right up the middle, hoping to win 2 of 3 assault hexes, inflict damage and have somebody survive to hold a road hex.

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Marianas 1944, scenario #6: Small Night Actions
Author JayTownsend
Method Solo
Victor Japan
Play Date 2014-08-17
Language English
Scenario MARI006

Marianas 1944, scenario #6: Small Night Actions

A very small all infantry scenario at night, looked to hit the spot today! On paper this looks like an easy American victory but it played out anything but that. The Japanese have to eliminate two or more American steps and the American must control the east-west road for the victory conditions and all with a night one hex visibility. There is one on board American 81mm mortar unit that can fire illumination rounds but still the terrain around the east-west road on this map is thick jungle and hills.

The American setup three hexes back from edge of the map, so the Japanese basically can come on in with three stacks of units, with one attacking the first American units and the rest defending the road they entered in on. Even with the dug-in advantage the Americans roll poor on their fire-first assault, rolling a one vs the Japanese six, go figure! This cause the Americans unnecessary casualties and time clearing that hex of Japanese and having to reinforce it as well. The Marines now had to use another two groups of units to clear the east-west road, again losing any dig-in advantage they had and assaulting Japanese units, which we all know is not any easy thing, not only that but one small group of Japanese: a SER unit & a Sargent (leader) moved between the three American group and on the road. In the end the Marines lost three steps and did not control all of the east-west road hexes, a big surprise to me, giving the Japanese a victory.

A very fun all infantry action at night, with only 12 turns!

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