Major Jim Crowe had been tasked with continuing the attack along the northeast portion of Betio Island. Before the attack could really begin, however, a major obstacle had to be removed -- a large bombproof emplacement stood directly in front of the avenue of attack. In addition, there was a steel pillbox in this area, as well as a very strong log emplacement. All three positions were mutually supporting with good fields of fire; one could not be taken without being subject to withering fire from the other two.
Attacker: American (USMC) (K Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines)
Defender: Japanese (7th Rikusentai and 6th Special Base Force)
Turns: 5.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Red Beach Three, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands 1943-11-22
Squads: A:7.0 D:7.0
AFVs: A:2 M4A2 x 1
Guns: A:1 M3A1 37mm AT Gun x 1 D:1 Year-38 Type Field Gun (Improved) x 1