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Japan against USA

By mid-1944, Allied forces in the Pacific had driven Japanese forces back to the main line of defense for the home islands. If the Marianas fell, the newly introduced B-29 Superfortresses that could base there would be within range to strike directly at Tokyo, making Saipan--the largest Island in the northern Marianas--a position that Japan could not afford to lose.

U.S. Marines began landing on June 15th, gained a thin foothold after a day and a night of bloody fightiing, and were reinforced the next day by Army units from the 27th Infantry Division. An attempt within a few days by Japanese naval forces to counterattack resulted in the Battle of the Phillipines Sea, which ended a disastrous loss for Japan by the 20th. Without hope of reinforcement or resupply, Saipan's defenders held out for almost three more weeks, most of the last remaining forces perishing in a suicidal charge on July 7th.

Japan USA

  Ground Forces  
  • Isuzu Type 94 Truck
  • Type 1 "Ho-Ki"
  • Type 95 "Ha-Go"

  • Ford GPA
  • GMC 2.5t
  • M4A1 Halftrack
  • T19 HMC 105mm
  • Willys MB-2

  • Aichi D3A1 "Val"
  • Mitsubishi A6M Type 0 Reisen "Zero"
  • N1K1-J Shiden "George"
  • Nakajima A6M2-N "Rufe"
  • Nakajima B5N2 "Kate"

  • Douglas A-26 "Invader"
  • Piper L4 "Grasshopper"
  • Piper L4 "Seacup"

  Naval Vessels  
  • Type 38 PT Boat

  • Elco PT Boat
  • Enterprise
  • Fletcher Class
  • LCT Mk V
  • LVT(a)-4
  • LVT-4 "Water Buffalo"
  • Liberty Ship

  Stationary Weapons  
  • 37mm Armata Przeciwpancerna Wz 36
  • 8 inch coastal gun
  • Type 88 Dual Purpose Gun
  • Type 96 25mm AA

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