Lugou Bridge Incident - July 08, 1937 - July 09, 1937

1937 opening provocation
Pacific Theater By: Nygaard - Last update: 02/14/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    


Historical Background:
Beginning in late Jun 1937, the Japanese Kwangtung Army in Manchukuo (Manchuria, China) performed a large-scale military exercise near the Chinese border west of the Lugou Bridge (Marco Polo Bridge).
During the exercise a Japanese soldier failed to return, and the Japanese, suspecting he had been taken captive by the Chinese, demanded access to the town of Wanping to search for him. The Chinese refused the ultimatum and at 0500 on July 8th 1937 four Japanese mountain guns and several machine guns fired at Chinese positions, while armored cars and infantrymen attacked the Lugou Bridge and a nearby railroad bridge. Colonel Ji and the 1,000 men under him defended Lugou Bridge, which was taken by the Japanese for a brief period on 8 Jul, but in the morning of 9 Jul, at about 0600, Chinese troops were able to retake it.

The Lugou Bridge Incident is also referred to by a number of names, including Marco Polo Bridge Incident, and 7 Jul Incident (qi qi shibian). It is the official start of the Second Sino-Japanese War, and is wide recognized as the start of WW2 in China.

Briefing:
Axis Player [Japan] : take 5 Command cards.
You move first.

Allied Player [China] : take 5 Command cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 medal
- Do not reshuffle when "Their Finest Hour" is played. If no-one has reached 6 medals when the last card is drawn, the Chinese player wins instantly (Does not work online)
- The northern most parts of the Marco Polo bridge and the Railroad bridge are victory points for the Chinese player, while the southern most parts of the bridges are victory points for the Japanese player. The Chinese Player has both bridge medal at the beginning of the game.

Special Rules:
- Apply the Japanese Command rules to the Axis Player (Nations 3 ? Japanese Imperial Army).
- The Yong Ding River is fordable (Terrain 41) (Online it is a Fordable Stream Terrain 61)
- To symbolize the relative lack of artillery and supplies the Chinese Artillery units have only 1 figure.
- Air rules are not used.
NOTE: The Expert mode has not yet implemented Rail roads.

Scenario Bibliography:
http://www.japan-101.com/history/marco_polo_bridge_incident.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marco_Polo_Bridge_Incident#cite_note-1
http://www.republicanchina.org/war.shtml

Warning:
Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

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