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Battle for Luodian - September 11, 1937 - September 30, 1937

Battle of Shanghai
Pacific Theater By: Nygaard - Last update: 02/11/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x7 x5 x7
first You play first    


Historical Background:
On September 11, 1937, with the fall of Baoshan, the Chinese Army moved into defensive positions around Luodian. Luodian was only a small town, but it was the transportation center connecting Baoshan, downtown Shanghai, Jiading, Songjiang and several other towns with highways. Therefore, the successful defense of Luodian was strategically paramount and the Chinese concentrated some three hundred thousand soldiers, while the Japanese amassed more than one hundred thousand troops, supported with naval ships, tanks and airplanes.
Chinese defense was stubborn even in the face of such overwhelming firepower. During the night, Chinese soldiers mined the roads connecting the coastal towns to Luodian and engaged in night combat to cut off Japanese advance troops. At daybreak, the Chinese would garrison the foremost defensive lines with comparatively fewer troops to reduce casualties resulting from intense Japanese bombardments. The Chinese would then emerge from rear positions to engage the enemy when the Japanese land offensive started after naval and artillery strikes had ceased.
Despite their numerical superiority, the defense of Luodian would prove to be impossible for the Chinese. Locked in defensive positions and facing overwhelming firepower the casualty rate of General Chen Cheng's army group was more than fifty percent. By the end of September, the Chinese had been almost bled dry and were forced to give up Luodian.

Briefing:
The Japanese player takes 6 command cards
You move first.

Chinese player takes 5 command cards

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.
Luodian is a temporary victory location for both sides.
Lianqihe is a temporary victory location for the Chinese player.
Jiading is a temporary victory location for the Japanese player.

Special Rules:
- The minefields are Chinese.
- Imperial Japanese Army rules are in effect (Nations 3) for all Japanese Infantry except the Combat Engineers.
- The Chinese units are highly motivated to hold Luodian at all cost, to represent their determination all units are considered special forces (Troops 2).
- The Japanese unit with the specialist badge are Combat Engineers (Troops 4).
- The Japanese Armor have 4 figures to symbolize the numerical superiority of Japanese Armor.
- The Chinese Artillery has only 1 figure to symbolize the relative weaker Chinese guns present at the battle.
- The Air Power card is reversed in effect, i.e. the Axis (Japanese) player rolls 2 dice per hex, while the Allied (Chinese) player rolls on 1 die per hex. (NB: Not applicable Online)
- Air Rules are optional. If used give one Air Sortie card to the Japanese player and shuffle the other into the deck. The Chinese Air Force use the Spitfire model for this battle. (NB: Not applicable Online)

Scenario Bibliography:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Shanghai
History of the Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) Hsu & Chang 1971, Map 7

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.

Set-up Order
3
1
17
3
1
4
14
4
3
1
2
2
5