D-Day at Tarawa

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Based on John Butterfield's groundbreaking D-Day at Omaha Beach system, this solitaire game presents the critical days of fighting at platoon and company scale. You command the invading American forces against dug-in Japanese defenders, which are controlled by the game system. Tarawa covers the landings on Betio Island in November 1943, and the operations of the US 2nd Marine and 27th Infantry Divisions to clear it -- the first heavily contested landing of the Pacific War. The battle for the tiny Island raged for four days and, when it was finally over, fewer than 200 of the 5,000 Japanese defenders remained alive. One map, two counter-sheets and 55 cards.

Command the US 2nd Marine Division in “one square mile of hell”

D-Day at Tarawa is a solitaire game simulating the amphibious invasion of Betio Island in the Tarawa Atoll. The US marines assaulting the tiny island, with its strategically vital airstrip, found themselves in their toughest battle of World War II, a fight to the death against 5000 Japanese defenders.

D-Day at Tarawa advances the solitaire game system of its award-winning predecessor D-Day at Omaha Beach to the next level. You control the US forces against a tenacious Japanese defense. An innovative diceless combat system highlights unknown enemy deployments and the importance of the right weapons and tactics. Event cards keep the action flowing and the rules simple, while introducing extensive historical detail.

Players familiar with Omaha Beach will recognize the harrowing amphibious landings, overlapping enemy fields of fire, uncanny Japanese strategies, and the emergence of US heroes and leaders, as the story of the two-day struggle unfolds. Tarawa adds new features covering LVT landing craft, movement through the surrounding coral reefs, close combat, Japanese night infiltration, US combat engineers and Japanese tanks.

Scenarios:

The First Waves – can your marines survive the initial landings?
November 20, 1943 – establish a viable beachhead before nightfall.
Two Days in Hell – can you secure the island in two days?
November 21, 1943 – on D+1, expand your narrow beachhead against undiminished Japanese resistance.

Contents:

1 33”x22” game map
352 die cut counters
55 event cards
Rules booklet
Player aid cards

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