[Luzon] Manaoag road - January 16, 1945 - January 17, 1945

Attack of battle group Shigemi.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 11/29/2014
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
After the landing of the 6th US Army in Lingayen Gulf, the Japanese 2nd armoured division "Geki", the only one in Luzon, was divided in three battle groups to support the infantry divisions engaged in the defense of the island. On the 12th of January, General Nishiyama, commander of the 23rd infantry division, ordered the battle group Shigemi to attack towards Manaoag to stop the advance of the 40th US Infantry Division. During the night 16th to 17th of January, Japanese tanks attacks the positions of 103rd US Inf Rgt along the Manaoag road. Supported by some Sherman tanks of the 716th Tank Battalion, US infantrymen repulsed the Japanese and destroyed most of their tanks.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Japanese Imperial Army] : 5 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [United States] : 6 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
For the Axis player, exit marker is in effect on the road hexagon "vers Manaoag".

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nation 3)
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Action 19).
- Special Weapon Asset Rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for Allied units equipped with anti tank weapons (SWAs 5 - Anti-Tank Gun Late War).
- Use "Mobile Artillery" rules (Troop 14).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Batailles & Blindés" n°60 - "Geki", mort d'une division blindée nippone.

Official scenario of the FFM44, played in the Memoir'44 tournament in Nantes on the 29th of November 2014.

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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