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First Banzai - Online - May 29, 1943

Engineer Hill
Pacific Theater By: sdnative - Last update: 02/06/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x5 x7
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Near CHICHAGOF HARBOR, ALASKA, 29 May 1943: When darkness fell on 28 May, the bulk of the American troops on Attu were poised for the final assault on Chichagof Harbor, the last Japanese bastion. General Landrum, in command of the U.S. Army ground forces, had decided to finish off the costly campaign for the island the next morning. But sometime during the evening Colonel Yamazaki also reached a momentous decision. Of the 2300 Japanese on Attu when the Americans invaded, only about 1000 were still able to fight. Faced with the obvious end for his isolated garrison, he ordered a counterattack. His men would break out of the pocket, with the aim of rushing through Clevesey Pass in the darkness and reaching the American artillery positions. There the Japanese would capture the massed howitzers and turn them on the enemy positions in Massacre Valley. At 0300 on the 29th, Yamazaki personally led his ragtag force, soon split into several waves by the broken ground, up the valley. The Japanese first fell upon Company B of the 32nd Regiment and Company L of the 17th Regiment; the sleeping GI's barely had time to awaken before they were swept away by the heretofore silent rush. The confused survivors fled in all directions. Next the Japanese overran an aid station at the mouth of the path, slaughtering the medics and wounded. In the pass itself, alerted by the sporadic gunfire below, the divisional engineer battalion had hastily organized a thin defensive line in the dark, Cooks and drivers, officers and engineers, signalmen and quartermasters, grabbed any weapon handy and prepared to make their stand.
Yamazaki's counterattack the first "Banzai" charge the U.S. Army had faced ended the fighting in the Aleutians.

Allied Player [Unites States] : 5 Command cards
Axis Player [Japan} : 5 Command Cards, you move first.
Steep winter hills are not allowed online as of yet so I had to use the countryside hill tiles.

Conditions of Victory:
Allies 7 medals
Axis 7 medals
Hospital is a permanent victory medal for the Japanese
Engineer Hill is a temporary "2" victory medal for the Japanese
Engineer Hill is a temporary "1" victory medal for the U.S.

Special Rules:
Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nation 3)
Night Attack rules are in effect
HQ/Supply Tent Rules
Hospital Rules
Air Power as Artillery deck is used.
All Hills are "Steep".
The Special Forces Artillery unit is Mobile Artillery.
Place an Mobile Artillery badge in the same hex with this unit
to distinguish it from the other units. Read p. 11 about Mobile
*Rice Paddies are used since Marshes do not work online yet*

Scenario Bibliography:
ASL Scenario A57

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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