Gimme a break with the weatherman already!! Called for rain all day and we got 2-3 drops, but 104 total players still made for a great battle. Phase I saw the Japanese and their spies make life an absolute mess for the Americans.
The four flags located throughout the woods were all dropped and then kept down for the 30 minutes required to take them out of play. The flags within the town were a different story and both side kept re-raising their flags until the game timed out after two hours. The last American flag dropped just as the game ended, setting the stage for Phase II. Because the Japanese controlled the entire island, it was up to the Americans to invade and attempt to recapture the flags still in play within the town. To win the overall battle, the Japanese had to have ALL THREE of their flags up at the end of the game.
The Americans constantly assaulted Japanese positions from every point on the compass, at one point dropping the Ludendorf flag and capturing der Banc. The Japanese kept moving their forces to counter each American move, and used the artillery to scatter at least two American assaults. Bottom line was a Japanese victory that captured and held Pearl Harbor. I'm not sure if the tank that landed in Phase I ever made it off the field....mechanical problems, but it really looked good.
Mike Badila, Sr. was awarded a KAMIKAZE patch for his charge to replace the Japanese Ludendorf flag. Only the 5th one ever awarded at Battlefront....check out the details on the Awards page!