Iwo Jima: A Remembrance

Iwo Jima: A Remembrance

The Japanese defense was headed by General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, resourceful, resolute, much admired by his men and respected by the Americans. LtCol Justice M. Chambers (Medal of Honor) commanding 3rd Bn, 25th Marines, 4th Marine Division, recalled how General Kuribayashi ordered each soldier to kill ten Marines — “for a while he was beating their quotas.”

This is an enjoyable article. I found it while researching the TO&E of the Marine Corp on Iwo Jima. I still don’t have as good a handle on the correct organization as I’d like but I am pretty close. I have a lot of ideas on how they will operate in the game. Still, I’d prefer to be as authentic as I can be.

Four miles long, shaped like a pork chop, covering eight square miles, Iwo had no front lines, no rear, every inch a battleground.

This is going to be a very impressive game I hope. If I can capture the feel of this battle I will have achieved something.

“At great cost, you’d take a hill to find then the same enemy suddenly on your flank or rear. The Japanese were not on Iwo Jima. They were in it!” Colonel Thomas M. Fields (USMC Ret)

Given the nature of this battle it is clearly going to be a challenge for all. I can’t wait to get closer to running the playtest on this one.

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