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New Scenario -- 442nd Rescues Lost Battlion Fri, 12 January 2007 09:03
I have published a new Scenario from the Front.

This scenario is loosely based on the rescue of the 141st "Lost Battalion" by the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (composed of Americans of Japanese Ancestry) near Biffontaine, France.

The link is:

http://www.memoir44.com/index.php?t=editor&sub=view& id=2874&returnto=scenariofans&game=&rid=294524&a mp;S=83e18c8d984b6da2b1590bb0d65e4e5b

This is my first scenario and I would appreciate any input to possibly improve it.

BTW, it requires the Terrain Pack.

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Re:New Scenario -- 442nd Rescues Lost Battlion Fri, 12 January 2007 11:56
It says in the Conditions of Victory that If the Lost Battalion unit is destroyed before being rescued the Allies automatically lose. Later it, however, says that destroy the 3 Lost Battalion units before they are rescued.

I assume that the later term is the correct one and the first should say If all Lost Battalion units are destroyed before being rescued the Allies automatically lose.
Am I right?

Are the mines laid by germans?
      
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Re:New Scenario -- 442nd Rescues Lost Battlion Fri, 12 January 2007 19:48
raistlin_majere wrote on Fri, 12 January 2007 00:56

It says in the Conditions of Victory that If the Lost Battalion unit is destroyed before being rescued the Allies automatically lose. Later it, however, says that destroy the 3 Lost Battalion units before they are rescued.

I assume that the later term is the correct one and the first should say If all Lost Battalion units are destroyed before being rescued the Allies automatically lose.
Am I right?

Are the mines laid by germans?


Yes, you are correct that it should be units and not unit.
The mines are laid by the Germans.

I have now updated the Scenario description to clarify.

Thanks much for the sharp eye.
      
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Re:New Scenario -- 442nd Rescues Lost Battlion Fri, 26 January 2007 06:03
Wow. Looks like a really rough one for the allies. Haven't gotten a chance to play it yet, but that german artillery unit in the center looks like it'd be pure hell on the americans.
      
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Re:New Scenario -- 442nd Rescues Lost Battlion Fri, 26 January 2007 10:24
There were over 800 casualties for the 442nd in their fighting in the battles in Bruyeres and Biffontaine and in their successful rescue of the Lost Battalion. And the Lost Battalion was a unit of about 200 soldiers.

There was a key machine gun nest (not an artillery unit--but this is highly stylized of course) that had to be overcome and the Germans had mined a lot of the area.

[Mis à jour le: Fri, 26 January 2007 10:29]

      
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Re:New Scenario -- 442nd Rescues Lost Battlion Sun, 28 January 2007 07:33
I have a (limited) knowledge of the battle in question, though obviously not as much as you do. I don't deny that it was a very very tough fight.

My concern though, is that it may be too hard for the allies to duplicate their historical victory. I'll hopefully play this scenario soon so I can get a better feel for it.

I'm curious as to the reasons for the command-card hand-sizes and special rules. Could you please explain the history behind the card-balance to me in greater detail than what is in the summary?

6 seems like a bit much for the Germans, simply for being fresh troops. In Omaha Beach they only get 5, and the 352nd was a veteran division, well rested and fresh as well.

In all likelihood, you know something about the engagement that I do not. Like I said, just curious.
      
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Re:New Scenario -- 442nd Rescues Lost Battlion Mon, 29 January 2007 03:55
Steel Inferno,

The card balance was chosen because the 442nd had just finished intense battling in Bruyeres and had very little rest (2 days I think)--that's why they start with 2 going up to 4.

And the Axis having fresh troops was the reason that 6 was chosen. Perhaps it should be reduced to 5, but I think it should be more than the Allies.

Freeing the Lost Battalion will supply the Allies with 3 units as effective re-inforcements if the Allies can get there quickly enough. Perhaps there could be more Allied units in the center section, although my intention was to give the impression that this was a very tough challenge for the Allies.

The re-inforcement effect is more for playability than for historical reasons, although the Lost Battalion was pretty much pinned where they were (historically speaking) as a start point.

If you get a chance to play the scenario sometime, I would appreciate your input again as to card balance/unit balance.

[Mis à jour le: Mon, 29 January 2007 03:58]

      
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Re:New Scenario -- 442nd Rescues Lost Battlion Thu, 08 February 2007 09:45
I have now updated the historical description in the scenario, as follows:

"This scenario is loosely based on the rescue of the 141st "Lost Battalion" by the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (composed of Americans of Japanese Ancestry) near Biffontaine, France.

The following text is taken from the "Go For Broke" website at
http://www.goforbroke.org/history/history_historical_campaig ns_rescue.asp

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team (made up of Americans of Japanese Ancestry) is best known for rescuing "the Lost Battalion" in the Vosges Mountains. The 442nd and the 141st Texas Regiment were both part of the 36th Division under the command of Major General John Dahlquist. They were fighting in Eastern France, near the German border.

The 442nd had just finished 10 brutal days of fighting to liberate the French towns of Bruyeres and Biffontaine. Finally, on October 23, 1944, the Nisei got clean, dry clothes, hot food and rest. Glorious rest.

But not for long. General Dahlquist had another trapped unit that needed rescuing. Dahlquist had ordered the 141st Texas Regiment to advance four miles beyond friendly forces. The Texans warned that they would get cut off, but they pushed on as ordered. Naturally, the Germans surrounded them. In fact, 6,000 fresh German troops moved into the area. Der Fuhrer's orders were to hold the area. No surrender. No retreat. More than 200 Texans, known as the "Lost Battalion" were stranded on a ridge. They were low on food, water and ammo - just like the men in the 100th at Biffontaine. However, the Texans were not rescued by their own men in the 141st, nor by other white soldiers in the 143rd Regiment. Dahlquist ordered the Nisei soldiers to save them.

During the six days the 442nd fought to rescue the Lost Battalion, 54 men were killed and many, many more were wounded and sent to hospitals. During the entire Vosges Campaign, 34 days of almost non-stop combat - liberating Bruyeres and Biffontaine, rescuing the 211 Texans, and nine more days of driving the Germans through the forest - the 442nd's total casualties were 216 men dead and more than 856 wounded.

When Division Commander Dahlquist ordered the 442nd to assemble for a recognition ceremony, he scolded a 442nd colonel. "You disobeyed my orders. I told you to have the whole regiment." The colonel looked him in the eye and reportedly said, "General, this is the regiment. The rest are either dead or in the hospital."

To the U.S. Army, the rescue of the Lost Battalion became one of the top 10 battles in its history. But to many, questions still remain. Why did the General order the 141st to advance nine miles beyond reasonable support, and without protection in the rear? Did Dahlquist use the Nisei more ruthlessly than the other American troops?


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

      
    
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