For the 96th Division, April 5th was the beginning of dealing with stiff resistance on Okinawa. The 383rd estimated at one time during the day that its forward elements were receiving fire from twenty machine-guns and from fifteen to twenty mortars, in addition to fire from enemy artillery pieces. The 383rd efforts concentrated on Cactus Ridge, 600 yards southeast of Mashiki, which commanded the high ground between Uohitomari and Oyama. And infantry company supported by tanks made a direct assault on Cactus Ridge under heavy fire. The ridge was protected by an anti-tank ditch, barbed wire, and a long minefield.
Attacker: American (Elements of the 383rd Infantry Regiment and supporting elements of the 763rd Tank Battalion)
Defender: Japanese (Elements of the 12th Independent Infantry Battalion)
Turns: 10 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Cactus Ridge, Okinawa 1945-04-05
Squads: A:15.0 D:9.0
AFVs: A:7 M5A1 x 3 M4 x 2 M4A3(75)W x 2
Guns: A:0 D:6 Type 97 Curved-Fire Infantry Gun x 1 Type 1 47mm AT x 3 Type 92 Infantry Gun x 1 Year-41 Type Mountain Gun x 1