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18415U  [Admiralty Islands] Defense of Momote Airfield
March 03, 1944
Pacific Theater
Night Japanese attack on the defense perimeter.
By: jdrommel - Last update: 06/06/2018

Historical Background:
Admiralty Islands were in the US plans for the reconquest of the New Guinea area because it was the place of a large bay able to hold the US fleet in its campaign to isolate the Rabaul Japanese base. On the 29th of February 1944, US troopers of the 5th US Cavalry Regiment landed on Hyane Bay on the island of Los Negros. Within two days, they captured a small beach head around Momote Airfield. They made a defense perimeter with mines because they don't had barbed wire to protect their entrenchment. During the night of the 3rd March, Japanese troops of Colonel Ezaki attacked the defense perimeter, crossing the minefields in front of US machine-guns. At dawn, the Japanese attack had failed, about 750 soldiers were lying on the ground around the US entrenchments.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Japan] : 5 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [United States] : 5 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
7 medals.

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nations 3).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets >1942) are in effect for the infantry units equipped with mortars (SWAs 6) or machine-guns (SWAs 7).
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Actions 19).
- The Allied player lays out the minefields (Terrain 29).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Admiralty islands campaign.
- Hyperwar : US Army campaign of WWII, Bismarcks.

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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