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Engineer Hill - May 29, 1943

Operation Landcrab
Pacific Theater By: Turboheizer - Last update: 05/11/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

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:
As a diversion for the Midway campaign in the Central Pacific, in the first week of June 1942 Japanese troops landed on the Aleutian islands of Kiska and Attu, conquering American soil for the first and only time in the war. After the victories of Midway and Guadalcanal, the United States planned an operation to retake the islands, beginning with the landing of the 7th Infantry Division on Attu in the spring of 1943. The landing on May 11 was virtually unopposed by the isolated Japanese garrison under Colonel Yasuyo Yamasaki, and soon US troops advancing from the two landing zones combined for an intended assault on the Japanese base of Chichagof Harbor. Faced with inevitable defeat, Yamasaki ordered a suicide charge for the night of May 29, hoping to reach the American supply base in Massacre Bay and inflict as much damage as possible. Pushing aside weak American outposts near Lake Cories, the Japanese overran two command posts and a field hospital at the mouth of Chichagof Valley. But, unknown to the attackers, elements of the 50th US Engineer Battalion were entrenched on high ground at the northern end of Massacre Valley, named by them Engineer Hill, blocking the way to the American supply depot. Failing in several desperate attempts to storm the hill and reach Massacre Valley, nearly 800 Japanese soldiers, including Yamasaki, were killed or committed ritual suicide, effectively ending the Battle of Attu.

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

Axis Player (Japan):
- Take 4 Command cards.
- You move first.

Allied Player (United States):
- Take 6 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals.

The US field hospital is a Temporary Medal Objective for the Allied player.

Exit rules are in effect for the two marked hexes on the Allied baseline, for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
Imperial Japanese Army Command rules (Nations 3 - Imperial Japanese Army) are in effect.

Place badges on the US engineer units (Troops 4 - Combat engineers).

HQ / supply tent (Actions 17 - Capture HQ / Supply Tent), hospital recovery (Actions 18 - Hospital Recovery) and night attack (Actions 19 - Night Attacks) rules are in effect.

Rice Paddies stand in for Marshes as long as those are not supported.

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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