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Battle of Bouginville 2 - November 19, 1943 - November 21, 1943

Battle of Piva Forks
Pacific Theater By: 50th - Last update: 05/09/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x7 x6 x6
first You play first    


Historical Background:
On the 19th of November the Marine 2nd and 3rd Battalions of the 3rd Marines, were on the Numa Numa trail on Bouginville. The 2nd battalion took the east-west trail, while the 3rd continued on the Numa Numa trail. Both were met with Japanese road blocks by the 23rd Japanese Infantry. The objective was the hill along the East-West trail. It was an overlook that could be used to direct artillery fire throughout other parts of the island. The 2nd battalion took the hill, but the Japanese came after them in charge after charge. The leader of the 2nd battalion called for artillery and mortar fire for targets less than 50 yards from their positions. In the end of the two day battle, the 3rd Marines had 115 dead and wounded, and the Japanese had 1107 dead and injured. 1st Lt Steve J. Cibik was the first to lead the charge up the ridge. That is why the ridge is named "Cibik Ridge".

Briefing:
Allies: Your objective is twofold; the 3rd battalion is to take out the roadblocks on the Numa Numa trail. The 3rd battalion will receive one medal for each unit they move off the board through the medal hex. The 2nd battalion is to take Cibik Ridge and move into the town if possible.

Axis: Your objective is to keep the ridge and keep Marines from advancing through the medal hex. Your 23rd Infantry Regiment is divided to achieve these objectives.

Conditions of Victory:
Allies: Take the ridge and take five more medals.

Axis: Hold the ridge and take six more medals.

Special Rules:
The special forces Marine units are mortar infantry units. They have two figures and fight at 3-2-1 against infantry only, ignoring terrain modifiers, and a grenade is treated as a flag. It moves 2 hexes without battling.
The Japanese Infantry units with the stars are camouflaged units. Camouflage rules can be found in the Pacific Theater book
All U.S. units are marines. Marine command rules are in effect.
Japanese command rules are in effect. These rules can be found in the Pacific Theater book.

Scenario Bibliography:
Wikipedia Battle of Bouganville
Makin to Bouganville: Marine Raiders in the Pacific

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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