Milne Bay 1942 :: Peleliu 1944 :: Iwo Jima 1945 | Vote

Following the successful launch of our Field Command series in November last year, many of our gamers have asked us when will our next Field Command game be developed.

The good news is that we, at WorldsForge, are just as excited about the next Field Command game as you are. In line with our philosophy of involving our gamers as much as possible, we would like you to indicate your preference for the next game in our Field Command series.

Why These Three Battles?
Field Command: Singapore 1942
introduced the Japanese, British and Australian armies. Our design team felt that it is time to bring another important combatant into the fray – the Americans. We also hope that our gamers will be happy with the opportunity to add our highly detailed American minis to their collection.

It was the Australian soldiers who first broke the spell of the invincibility of the Japanese Army.

Codename :
Period :
Field Commanders :
Operation RE
25 August 1942 to 7 September 1942
Cyril Clowes (Australia)
Shojiro Hayashi (Japan)
Minoru Yano (Japan)

This battle was fought by the Japanese to capture the newly constructed airfields at Milne Bay from the Australians to provide air and naval support for the Japanese Kokoda Track campaign to take Port Moresby, New Guinea. The Japanese committed a small, but elite force of Special Naval Landing Forces (essentially Japanese marines), while the Allied force was about 5 times larger, although half were non-combat personnel.

Why We Are Interested?
This is the battle where the Japanese forces suffered their first decisive & conclusive land defeat . Another reason is that it was fought by the elite Japanese Kaigun Rikusentai (Special Naval Landing Forces), who were essentially the Japanese marines.

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Battle of Milne Bay on Wikipedia

“Our sword is broken and we have run out of spears.”

Codename :
Period :
Field Commanders :
Operation Stalemate II
15 September 1944 to 27 November 1944
William H. Rupertus (US)
Kunio Nakagawa (Japan)

This battle was fought by the US to capture the airstrip on this small coral island and to protect the right flank of the US Army's strategy to retake the Philippines. The US 1st Marine Division Commander, Major General William Rupertus, had predicted a short 4-day battle. Unbeknownst to the US, the Japanese Imperial Army had developed an entirely new island defence strategy following their land defeats in the Solomons, Gilberts, Marshalls and Marianas. This strategy called for inter-linked fortifications inland rather than beach defences and suicidal banzai charges. Colonel Kunio Nakagawa, commander of the 2nd Regiment of the 14th Infantry Division led the defence preparations with 11,000 men. The strongest resistance was centred around Umurbrogol mountain, also known as Bloody Nose Ridge, which was captured only after two-&-a-half months of bitter fighting.

Why We Are Interested?
This battle had the highest casualty rate among all the battles in the Pacific Theatre and was also the toughest battle fought by the US Marines. Further, this was the first battle where the new Japanese island defense strategy was put into practice to great effect.

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Battle of Peleliu on Wikipedia

“Among the Americans who served on Iwo , uncommon valour was a common virtue.”

Codename :
Period :
Field Commanders :
Operation Detachment
19 February 1945 to 26 March 26 1945
Tadamichi Kuribayashi (Japan)
Holland Smith (US)
Marc Mitscher (US)

This battle was fought by the US to capture the two airfields on Iwo Jima as a stepping stone to an invasion of Japan. The Japanese focused fully on in-depth static defence, even using their tanks in immobile and entrenched positions as artillery pieces. Following an intense naval bombardment & bombing, the landings started out in eerie silence, which was a deliberate plan by the Japanese Commander, Lieutenant General Tadamichi Kuribayashi, to wait until the beaches were filled with US troops and equipment. In fact, the Japanese heavy artillery positions were fortified within Suribachi mountain behind heavy steel doors that were virtually impenetrable to return fire. Japanese positions were inter-connected such that cleared bunkers and pillboxes quickly became hostile again. As their supplies ran out, the Japanese became increasing desperate and most fought to the death.

Why We Are Interested?
It's Iwo Jima – the battle that resulted in the iconic image of the US Marines raising the US flag on Mount Suribachi. More importantly, it was the first battle on the Japanese Home Islands and the only US Marine battle where the American casualties exceeded the Japanese. To add another reason on top of this, the Japanese defenders broke with doctrine by completely abandoning beach defense, and instead relied on strong, mutually supporting defensive positions in depth with a reliance on static positions and heavy weapons.

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Battle of Iwo Jima on Wikipedia

Your Vote

Voting has closed. The results are as follows:

  Milne Bay 1942
  Peleliu 1944
  Iwo Jima 1945

We also received a number of great ideas for the next Field Command, such as Tarawa, Leyte Gulf, Midway, and Operation Market Garden just to name a few examples.

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