Friday afternoon at Cold Wars 2015, I ran a Battleground scenario called “Defending the Pont”. The scenario was a recreation of K Company’s defense of “The Point” on Peleliu. It was a hard fought battle for the Marines as Japanese machine guns and direct fire guns steadily whittled them down, man by man. Random artillery rounds fell on the Marine positions through the fight with little real effect.
The Marines gave as good as they received and Japanese casualties littered the sand. In the rear, the Japanese Commander stayed in his bunker the entire battle – not very inspirational but he did survive the battle.
|A view of The Point from the Marine side|
On the first turn of the battle, the Marines lost their radio to Japanese howitzer fire. And with it their chance of obtaining artillery support from the landing beach.
On the left flank of The Point, the leader of one Japanese unit told his men to prepare to banzai charge.
|Japanese unit prepares to banzai charge….or maybe not|
|A view of The Point from the Japanese side|
|Marine casualties start to add up|
|On the left flank, the Marines wait for the inevitable Japanese assault|
As things got tough for the Marine defenders, 4 or 5 Japanese managed to gain a foothold on The Point, killing several Marines. Captain Hunt moved to intercept them…..
|Captain Hunt engages 4 Japanese|
|Captain Hunt earns his Navy Cross|