Breakout: Seven Lives for One's Country
Saipan 1944 #29
|(Attacker) Japan||vs||United States (Defender)|
|Japan||1st Yokosuka Special Naval Landing Force|
|Japan||317th Independent Infantry Battalion|
|United States||14th Marine Artillery Regiment|
|United States||25th Marine Regiment|
|Overall Rating, 5 votes|
|Scenario Rank: 46 of 568|
|Parent Game||Saipan 1944|
|Maps||2: 81, 83|
|Layout Dimensions||56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
|Enter & Exit|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Saipan 1944||maps + counters|
The battle for Saipan had moved north, but in the quiet south Captain Saski gathered ever 1,000 surviving soldiers and sailors from various units to break out from the Nafutan Point pocket they'd been forced into. Their surprise attack first passed through a thin Army line which dealt the Japanese 27 killed with the loss of only 4 soldiers before they hit a Marine bivouac area.
The Japanese stormed across the Aslito Airfield and destroyed one P-47 and damaged two others. They continued on until they ran into the 25th Marines and 14th Marines (an artillery outfit) who both held firm. As dawn spread over the island, little remained of the attacking force. The Nafutan Point action might well been fought on another planet, as it was doubtful that General Saito in the north was aware that over 1000 of his troops had perished over the last two days.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|1 Errata Item|
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)
|Saipan, scenario #29: Breakout: Seven Lives for One’s Country|
Pretty fun, fast playing scenario! The Japanese must breakthrough the American lines and exit at least eight steps to win. I set the Marines up towards the middle of map 83 running north to south as there seems to be a few open areas there between the heavy jungle or light jungle where the Japanese must use to break through. I called it, kind of a middle corridor defense. The Japanese tried to fill the open gaps with units and some went through the jungle as well but with the nice on board artillery of: 155mm, 105mm and 81mm artillery & mortars and the ability to shift their line and fill the gaps, save the day for the Marines. It was touch and go until about the last two turns, as the Japanese could only exit 4 steps before the time limit and they lost there fighting ability as organize units.
|Seven lives for one's country or Stay at home on the misdirection play!|
The US set up with the artillery on the 40mm SW hill. A Capt. and a Inf & a HMG set on the NW hill overlooking the cane fields. The US also had a force in the jungle east of the road. The Axis hit the center of the Allied line with the Rikusentai. The Allies converged on this attack in an effort to blunt what looked like and was intended to be the main Axis thrust. The Allies were able to get into blocking positions and did cause some casualties on the advancing Axis platoons. They took a couple of step losses in return. In the mean time a large group of IJA made a dash for the open ground at the south edge of board 83. Only two stacks of Allied units were able counter this move. They both were quickly overwhelmed by Axis assaults. Axis win. This was a fun scenario. The Allied set up was faulty. They left critical ground poorly covered. This was the rub; they had a lot of frontage to cover and not a large force. The Japanese zigged one way pulling the defense with them and zagged another,leaving Allied platoons beating the air. Faked out on the misdirection play. First down Yokohama. Move the chains.