[Bougainville] Battle of Coconut Grove - November 13, 1943

Operation Cherry Blossom - Attack of the 2nd Battalion, 21st Marines.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 09/13/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
On the 12th of November 1943, Colonel Ames, commander of the 21st Marines Regiment, ordered to the 2nd Battalion to set up a new position to the junction between Numa Numa Trail and Eat West Trail. On the 13th of November, at 11h05, the E company, vanguard of the battalion, was struck by heavy fire coming from a Japanese ambush. The Marines were pinned down by the fire of mortars, machine-guns and snipers entrenched in the Coconut Grove. The battalion advanced to relieve the isolated company but the Japanese heavy fire disorganized the US attack. The next day, the 2nd Battalion resumes its attack, with the support of five tanks. But the confusion prevailed in the jungle and some tanks fired on the Marines. Finally in the afternoon, the Japanese withdrew and the Marines reached their objective.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Japan] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [US Marine Corps] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The crossroad behind Coconut Grove is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nations 3).
- Use "US Marine Corps" rules (Nations 4).
- Special Weapon Asset Rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets>1942) are in effect for the units equipped with a mortar (SWAs 6) or a machine-gun (SWAs 7).
- Use "Fordable streams" rules for the Piva river (Terrains 61).
- Use "Sniper" rules (Troops 10) to the three Japanese infantry units with a single figure.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Hyperwar USMC Monograph - Marines in the Northern Salomons.

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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