The Japanese had occupied Corregidor since May 1942 when they forced the surrender of the American/Filipino garrison. Corregidor was a key part of General MacArthur’s overall plan to retake the Philippines. “The Rock” held a special place in his plans ever since he was ordered to leave the island by President Roosevelt in 1942. The Japanese units defending Corregidor were given the title of “Manila Bay Entrance Force”, and were expected to fight to the death for the island. The 503rd RCT was tasked with landing on the island by parachute and with assistance by the 3rd Battalion, 34th Regiment, 24th Infantry Division, were to eliminate the Japanese and secure the island once again. American planners estimated that there were less than five hundred Japanese on Corregidor. In reality, there were more than seven thousand fanatical defenders. On 16 February 1945, under partly cloudy skies and gusting winds, the first paratroopers begin their perilous descent just five hundred feet above the ground on Topside.
Attacker: American (503rd Regimental Combat Team)
Defender: Japanese (Army Provisional Battalion, Manila Bay Entrance Force)
Turns: 7.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Topside Parade Grounds, Corregidor 1945-02-16
Squads: A:18.0 D:10.0
AFVs: A:0 D:0
Guns: A:3 M2 60mm Mortar x 3 D:1 Type 89 Heavy Grenade-Launcher x 1