This month's scenario is based on events on Iwo Jima involving a Sherman tank nicknamed "Ateball". During the Marines drive to clear the airstrip at Motoyama Number 2, a force of several Shermans were committed in support of the 9th Marine Regiment. Coming under intense Japanese fire from Hill Peter, the tanks were knocked out one after the other. One Sherman, "Ateball" was only immobilized and continued the fight with the assistance of a wounded Corporal from one of the other destroyed Shermans. This Corporal would help spot the Japanese targets for Ateball. As the day progressed, the Japanese launched several desperate attempts to destroy the remaining Sherman. All their efforts were repulsed, but one lone Japanese Tank Killer nearly succeeded before being cut down by Marine fire.
By day's end, a recovery effort was successful in evacuating the crew of "Ateball" and the wounded Corporal Adamson.
A picture of the SSR 3 and 4 setup for the Pinned down Marines.
Hopefully this small scenario captures the flavor of that morning on Iwo Jima.
As always these monthly "Basement Quality" Scenarios are offered for fun only and as a thank you to the readers of this blog.
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And as always, the PDF for this scenario can be downloaded from The ASL Scenario Archive
(just search on Grumble Jones).