Clearing Matanikau River - January 13, 1943

Guadalcanal
Pacific Theater By: RBorg - Last update: 04/07/2008
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x5 x6 x5
    first You play first


Historical Background:
At the start of the new year General Patch ordered the 2nd and 8th Marines to drive westward and clear the Japanese resistance from the hills overlooking the coast near Point Cruz. On January 13th, Marines assaulted the Japanese positions and after hard fighting gained the heights overlooking the Matanikau River.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Briefing:
Japanese Player: Take 5 Command cards.

US Marine Player: Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
5 Medals

Place an Allied Objective Medal in the two hexes as indicated on the Japanese baseline. A Marine unit that exits off the Japanese's side of the battlefield from either of these hexes counts as one Victory Medal. The Marine unit is removed from play. Place one figure from this unit onto the Marine Medal Stand.

Special Rules:
Imperial Japanese Army Command rules are in effect (see Pacific Theater p. 7).

US Marine Corps Command rules are in effect (see Pacific Theater p. 7).

The Marine Special Forces Infantry units are Engineer units. Place an Engineer badge in the same hex with these units to distinguish them from the other units. Engineers are explained on Pacific Theater p. 10.

Matanikau River is a Fordable Stream. Fordable Streams are explained on Pacific Theater p. 6.

Jungles are explained on Pacific Theater p. 5.

Set-up Order
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