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20574U  [Burma] Battle of Kangaw
January 22, 1945 - January 31, 1945
Pacific Theater
Fighting for Hill 170.
By: jdrommel - Last update: 04/17/2019

There are problems with this scenario: it cannot be set-up using the standard terrain tiles of Memoir '44 and the selected extensions. There are too many terrains of one or more types. Please contact the author.

Historical Background:
During Operation Talon, a British offensive in the Arakan area, the 3rd Commando Brigade landed on the 22nd of January 1945 on the banks of the Daingbon Chaung with the objective to capture the village of Kangaw and to cut the withdrawing road of the Japanese troops. After the landing of 1st Commando, vanguard of the Brigade, British troops advanced in a hard country made of jungle, mangrove, swamps and steep hills. They captured most of the Hill 170 after some close-combat with Japanese. From the 23rd of January the Japanese resistance increased and the Commando Brigade was stopped around and on Hill 170. On the early morning of 31st January, the 2nd battalion of 154th Japanese Infantry Regiment attacked Hill 170 hold by Troop 4 of 1st Commando, Troop W of 42nd Royal Marine Commando and a Sherman tank platoon of the 19th Lancers. Quickly the tanks were destroyed and Troop 4 was under heavy fire of mortars, machine-guns and snipers. The Japanese infantry launched several banzaï charges which were repulsed very often in close combat. The battle of Hill 170 lasted all the day and defenders were reinforced by Troop 6, 1st Commando. In the evening, two Troops of the 5th Commando relieved the defenders. Next morning, the British commandos found more than 340 Japanese killed on the slopes of Hill 170, on their side they suffered 45 KIA and 90 wounded.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Japanese Imperial Army] : 4 command cards.
Allied player [United Kingdom] : 6 command cards, you play first.

Conditions of Victory:
12 medals.
Taungaw and Kangaw are each a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.
The 6 hexes of Hill 170 form a Temporary Majority Medal Objective worth 1 medal for whoever controls the hills.

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nation 3).
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nation 5).
- Use "Specialized Unit" rules (Troops 2) to all Allied infantry units. Badges are not required.
- Use "Sniper" rules (Troops 10) to the two Japanese infantry units with a single figure. Their loss is a victory medal as other units.
- Use "Landing Crafts" rules (Troops 15). Units on landing crafts may land only on beach hexes.
- Special Weapon Asset >1942 rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for Japanese units equipped with mortars (SWAs 6) or machine-guns (SWAs 7).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Troupes d'élite, tome 4 - Article "Attaque en Birmanie".

Official scenario of FFM44. Gift for the players of French Open Memoir'44 2019 at Issy-les-Moulineaux on the 13th/14th April 2019.

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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