After a difficult D-Day landing on 15 September 1944, the USMC forces began to push inland. They found that, for such a small island, Peleliu had quite a varied - and challenging - terrain. This scene represents the brutal jungle warfare that took place on D+1 to D+7 between the USMC and Japanese Imperial Army. The names below are fictitious but the scene is based on the realities of this harsh campaign. I love getting input and ideas, so please rate and comment!
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First person view of the Japanese bunker, armed with a Type 92 heavy machine gun. The black dot in the foreground is an American bazooka rocket, being aimed by Sgt. Neisman.
Closer view of the well-camouflaged Japanese bunker. Note the Japanese sniper on top of the bunker (using an Arisaka Type 99 sniper rifle) and the Japanese infantryman hidden behind the palm tree (using a Nambu Type 99 light machine gun).
A view of the bunker through the dense island jungle.
A close-up of the Japanese infantryman hidden behind the palm tree.
Whooooooooooosh! An American M2 flamethrower takes out a Japanese sniper. And some dense foliage with him.
A close-up of the flamethrower. Note the fuel tank on the marine's back.
Ouch. Bad day for that Japanese sniper.
LCpl. Mullins, shot by the Japanese MG in the bunker.
Japanese infantryman, shot by Cpl. Zimmerman (foreground). Note the Japanese guy blown into the air in the background - left corner. And the face of the Japanese infantryman caught in the middle.
KABOOM! Japanese infantryman blown into the air by a Mk2 hand grenade.
Pfc. Richards being shot by a Nambu pistol.
A marine being stabbed with a Japanese soldier's bayonet.
A dead Japanese soldier stabbed through the abdomen, lying in a pool of blood.
The intense close quarters combat between the USMC and Japanese Imperial Army went unabated as the Japanese continued their ferocious defense of this small Pacific Island. In the next scene in my series, I'll introduce you to the Army's 81st Infantry Division as they join the fray and US Forces advance into the north end of Peleliu...