The capture of Gavutu?Tanambogo was a side show in the assault of Florida and Guadalcanal, but a necessary part of Operation Watchtower. The 1st Marine Parachute Battalion was given the task, and unbeknownst to them, they would be outnumbered by the Japanese defenders. On the 7th of August 1942, after a fierce naval bombardment the soaked and sea sick paratroopers made their assault support by air power from the USS WASP. Soon after their landing the paratroopers were pinned down by heavy fire, but soon managed to establish a defensive perimeter. With the arrival of their last boat the Marines received their mortar support and began shelling the hilltops. With the help of air support, the Paratroopers made a rush for hill 148 around 14.00, and by mid-afternoon the Japanese flag was torn down of the radio station atop the summit.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.
Allied Player [United States]: Take 6 Command cards
You Move First
Axis Player [Japan]: Take 4 Command Cards
Conditions of Victory:
Hill 148 counts as temporary victory medals for the US player.
The 6 town hexes count as a majority objective medal for the Japanese player.
Imperial Japanese Army Command rules are in effect. (Nations 3)
US Marine Corps Command Rules are in effect. (Nations 4)
All US Infantry units are Elite & may move 2 and still battle.
The 5 US Special forces Infantry units are Elite combat Engineers (Troops 4).
The 2 US & 2 Japanese single figure units marked with a Marines and German Special forces badges & are snipers. (Troops 10)
Special Weapon Asset rules are in effect for the 1 Japanese & 2 US units with Machine Guns. (SWAs 7)
Air Rules are in effect, the US player starts with one Air Sortie card, the other is shuffled back into the deck.
The 4 Japanese units with Engineers badges are 3-figure units.
Special Weapons Assets rules are in effect for the 1 Japanese & 2 US units equipped with a Mortar. (SWAs-6).
Historical ASL Scenario A3 Grabbing Gavutu
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.