[Iron Grip: Marauders] Modern Marauders: Historic Inspiration

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Modern war history has always been a major inspiration for Iron Grip: Marauders. While we do enjoy dieselpunk machines and steampunk fashion, the way we fight has real life precedents. In a short series we want to share with you the stories of some of the world’s most fearsome marauders.
Do you have some legends of bravery and skill that inspire you? Let us know in a comment or speak to one of the devs in chat.

“The unit must display such gallantry, determination, and esprit de corps in accomplishing its mission under extremely difficult and hazardous conditions as to set it apart and above other units participating in the same campaign.”
- Distinguished Unit Citation awarded to the Marauders

The jungles of Burma are an unforgiving environment and only the strongest and best trained men can survive in these hard conditions. This is where Merrill’s Marauders struck fear in the hearts of their enemies, the Japanese. Undersupplied, far away from home with only their wits, training and discipline to carry them through, these marauders raided military installations in Burma, disrupted supply lines and caused mayhem. They would loot and plunder any weapons and supplies and then disappear into the depths of the jungle, leaving their enemies dead and baffled.

Merrill’s Marauders, named after their commander – Brigadier General Frank D. Merrill, were a United States Army special operations unit that fought in Burma in 1944 part of the Second World War.

Through mobility and surprise, the marauders were able to inflict more casualties than they sustained in every engagement. They harassed supply and communication lines, shot up patrols and assaulted Japanese rear positions. Near Walawbum, a town that HQ believed to be lightly garrisoned, the marauders conducted a magnificent assault killing 400-500 Japanese soldiers. Led by Kachin scouts, the marauders were expert guerilla fighters.

When ambushed, the Japanese were continually surprised by the heavy, accurate volume of fire they received from the Marauders. The combat-experienced officers had carefully integrated light mortar and machine gun fire, and almost every man was armed with a self-loading or automatic weapon which they used with deadly accuracy.

After a bitter five month campaign, the Marauders had advanced 750 miles through some of the harshest terrain in the world, fought in five major engagements (Walawbum, Shaduzup, Inkangahtawng, Nhpum Ga, and Myitkyina) and engaged the skilled and determined Japanese army on thirty-two separate occasions, including two conventional defensive battles with enemy forces for which the force had not been intended nor equipped.

Like true Marauders, they were resourceful, skilled and achieved their goals despite the harshest odds set against them! Do you think you can match Merrill’s Marauders?