Heat: Pedal to the Metal Heat: Pedal to the Metal

Slopes of Mount Austen - January 10, 1943 - January 22, 1943

Pacific Theater By: RBorg - Last update: 06/03/2010
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Historical Background:
At the close of the year, Maj. Gen. Millard Harmon, commanding U.S. Army Forces in the South Pacific concluded that Mount Austen, the high ground that dominated American positions around Henderson Field, had to be taken in order to secure the airfield.

It was rugged terrain and the Japanese were deployed across a number of strongpoints and connected pill boxes with prepared fields of fire. In a series of attacks over the open hills of 'Galloping Horse', the 'WolfHounds' of the 27th Infantry made spectacular progress towards their objectives.

For its part, 'Cacti', the division's 35th Infantry, slogged through deep canyons and solid jungle in a push to relieve the 132nd Infantry at 'Gifu' and capture the hill formation known as 'Sea Horse'. Eventually they successfully reduced the last pocket of Japanese resistance east of the Matanikau River.

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

Japanese Player: Take 5 Command cards.

US Army Player: Take 6 Command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
5 Medals.

Special Rules:
Imperial Japanese Army Command rules are in effect (see p. 7).

The US Army Special Forces Infantry units are Engineer units. Place an Engineer badge in the same hex with these units to distinguish them from the other units. Read p. 10 about Engineers.

Jungles are explained on p. 5.

The bunkers are Field Bunkers (p. 9).

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