Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

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Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 03 Aug 2019 18:43

Strategic Picture:
Located Near Guadalcanal
After The Battle for Guadalcanal, the Japanese Command setup an Airstrip at Munda Point, on New Georgia. with express Instruction that
Munda be Fortified to the extent necessary to inflict a defeat on U S Forces advancing up the Solomon Islands.
In early July 1943, U S Troops landed 8 Mile NW of Munda to cutoff reinforcement of Munda , while another landing , 3 miles east of Munda, was to advance toward the Airfield. U S Troops approaching from the east, endured adverse Weather, Treacherous Terrain and exhaustion. On July 10, they reached a hill, festooned will Pillboxes blocking the Munda Trail, and the Advance.
The Battle that followed was described as WW1 type fighting, with Heavy Shelling followed by U S Infantry charges across shattered landscape.
Attempts to outflank the defenses proved futile. U S losses mounted to the point that further attacks were canceled until further reinforcements could be brought up.
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Map Board 36
Victory Condition; U S Player wins at game end if U S Player controls all Japanese Trench Counter Positions. Trenches may not be set up Hidden.
Turn 1 2 3 4 5
Japanese Player setup First
US Player move First
Elements of Japanese Munda Force ELR 4 SAN 5 Setup On/West of Hex Row Shown
447 First Line Squad x 6/Crew/Leader 10-2/ HMG .50 cal/ Concealment Counters x 10
Fortification: Wire x 5/ Trench Counter x 5/Pillbox 1-3-5
Reinforcement: Enter Turn One From West 447 First Line Squad x 2/Leader 9-0
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Elements of U S Army ELR 4 SAN 2 Setop on East Hex row shown
666 First line Squad x 12/ Leaders 9-2/8-1x2/7-0
Support Weapons MMG x 2/Demo Charge
Reinforcement : Enter Turn 2 From East Board Edge 666 x 3 /Leader 8-0
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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 03 Aug 2019 18:45

Japanese Setup: Add 1-3-5 Pillbox/Crew/MMG
SSR:
1. EC are moderate with no wind at Start
2. The Road Exists, representing Munda Trail

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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 03 Aug 2019 18:48

SSR: 3. PTO Terrain is in effect

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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 03 Aug 2019 18:50

Overview U S and Japanese Setup
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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 03 Aug 2019 18:53

Infantry MF Cost to Higher Terrain Along Road 2 MF/Road Bonus applies if Infantry Unit stays on Road
Move Cost/Stacking Limit in Jungle Terrain 2 MF/2 Squads/Leader/SW
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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 03 Aug 2019 18:55

Japanese Reinforcement Enter Turn One From West
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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 03 Aug 2019 18:56

Turn Two: U S Reinforcements enter from Road/
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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 05 Aug 2019 17:52

U S Scenario O/B: Add 9-1 Leader/667 Squad x 3

Japanese O/B: Fortifications/ 3 Trench Counters/ Not 5

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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 05 Aug 2019 17:59

Scenario Special Rules:
The All Streams are Shallow
Infantry MF to Enter Stream Hex 3 MF
Exit Stream Hex/ MF Cost is Double
EX: Open Ground 2 MF
Open Ground w/Jungle Terrain 4 MF
1.Road Bonus : Infantry Unit moving on Road, even uphill, 4 MF Squad/6 MF w/Leader /may move One More Hex per Road Bonus Rule
EX: Infantry Squad expends 4 MF to move 4 Hexes along Road/The Squad may move One More Road Hex, and one More Hex During Advance Phase
2. Road MF Thru Jungle Terrain
a. The Road is Considered Open Ground even in Jungle Terrain

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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 07 Aug 2019 16:40

Movement Factors:
1. Entering Stream Hex / 3 MF
2. Exit Stream Hex Open Ground Level One Hill/ 4 MF /Total MF 7
Crossing Unit would have to declare Double Time, incurring CX Status
3. Entering Bamboo Hex/Brush
a. Infantry Unit must be Next to the Bamboo Hex to Enter/
Infantry Unit that moves more than one Hex to Reach Bamboo Hex, May not enter Bamboo during that Move ,
May enter during Advance Phase at end of Player Turn
b. Enter using Low Crawl or Advance vs Difficult Terrain or Minimum Move Rule Section A 4
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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 07 Aug 2019 16:46

Move Factors:
1. 4 MF to enter Open Ground Level One Hill,
The Level One Hill Next to Stream, that is at Level -1 represents Double Crest Line Open Ground
Entering Open Ground Hex from Stream +2, Double Crest Line Doubles Move Cost to 4 MF
2.Unit in Stream can only be fired at/or Return Fire to an Opposing Unit that is in a Hex Next to that to Stream Hex
Any Unit One or More Hexes away, even at Higher Level cannot fire /has a Line of Sight to Unit in Stream Hex

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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 07 Aug 2019 16:58

Start Turn 4:
1. U S Player has managed to take the North Side of the Hill and One Trench Position, the Japanese still Control the South Side of the Hill and the Road
2. The U S Player has 3 Squads , 667 Elite Squad x 2/ First Line Squad w/MMG /9-2 Leader w DC on the North Side to Continue the Attack
remaining 10 U S Squads/ at the Bottom of the Hill are in disorganized Broken Status, where the Japanese have launched a Counterattack
from the NE Side moving South to drive Broken U S Squads off the Map
3. The U S Player may have to try and hold current gains until some of the Broken Squads can be Rallied and Regroup to continue the Attack
4. Current situation appears to be stalemate without further Good Order Squads on Hand for U S Player
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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 07 Aug 2019 17:05

Turn One: Move Phase
U S Player Leads of with 9-1 Leader 667 Elite Squad x 2/ thru Jungle Terrain to Hex Shown total MF 6
Jungle terrain Stacking Limit 2 Squads with Leader and Support Weapons if so equipped
These Squads will attempt to Place Smoke on Top of Hill where Suspected Japanese Pill Boxes are reported
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The Objective will be Point 526 at the Front of Hill, to setup the 9-2 Leader Squads w /MMGs as Base of Fire
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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 07 Aug 2019 17:07

End Turn One: U S Forces and Japanese Forces/
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Reinforcement Reaches Bridge
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Re: Solomon Islands, 10 July, 1943 Pacific Operations

Post by PassandReviewofWW2 » 07 Aug 2019 17:10

Total U S Squads at Level One Base of Hill 15
U S Reinforcements 8-0 Leader 666 Squad x 3 Enter on Turn 2

Situation: Start of Scenario should read
" That the U S Forces reached a Hill Festooned with Pill Boxes/ Previous will Pill Boxes

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