Huai River Part 2 - February 12, 1938 - February 16, 1938

Battle of Xuzhou
Pacific Theater By: Nygaard - Last update: 08/29/2011
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x5 x7
first You play first    


Historical Background:
As the 51st Corps was forced back from the Huai River, the Chinese immediately had the 59th Corps race to the scene in order to attack the flanks for the Japanese in the vicinity of Ting-yuan on the southern bank of the Huai River. The main strength of the Japanese 13th Division withdrew from the northern bank in order to provide assistance. On February 16 the 59th Corps recovered the original positions along the Huai River, and the 51st returned to garrison the northern bank.
Except for a few guerrilla skirmishes the front south of Xuzhou remained quiet through March and April.

NB: I haven't been able to find out what the weather was like, so the Winter board might not be historically correct.

Briefing:
The Japanese player takes 5 command cards
The Chinese player takes 5 command cards, you go first

Conditions of Victory:
7 Medals
The town hexes of Tingyuan, Chihho, and Mingkuang, are temporary victory locations for the Chinese player. Linhuaikuan, and Fengyang are majority objectives worth 1 medal for the Chinese player.

Special Rules:
- Imperial Japanese Army rules are in effect for the Japanese units (Nations 3)
- The Japanese armor units have 4 figures to symbolize the superior number of Japanese tanks present.
- The Huai River is Fordable (Terrain 41) the ice hexes used are purely cosmetic.
- The Depleted (Troops 22) Chinese infantry are remains of the 51st Corps. They are not worth a victory medal if destroyed, use German figures to distinguish them.
- The Chinese Cavalry units (Troops 8) are forward elements of the 13th Cavalry Brigade.
- If the Air Power Card is played the effects are reversed (i.e. the Japanese (axis) player rolls 2 dice, the Chinese (allied player) rolls 1 die per hex.
- Air Rules are optional, if used give the Japanese player 1 Air Sortie and shuffle the other in the deck. The Chinese use a Spitfire as their plane in this scenario.

Scenario Bibliography:
Hsu Long-hsuen and Chang Ming-kai, History of The Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) 2nd Ed., 1971, pg.225 + Map 9-1
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Xuzhou

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
2
8
7
13
9
11
1
8