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[Bougainville] Koiari Beach - November 29, 1943

Operation Cherry Blossom - The first Parachute battalion pinned down on the beach.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 10/07/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
In order to weaken the Japanese troops in Bougainville, US General Geiger, commander of the 1st Marine Amphibious Corps ordered to make raids on the Japanese rear lines to disrupt communications and destroy installations and supplies. The 1st Parachute Battalion (Marines), just landed on Bougainville, was designated for this operation : the battalion, under the command of Major Fagan, had to land on Koiari beach, establish a temporary base and conduct raids along the coast and as far inland as the East West Trail. But on the 29th of November at 04h00 in the morning, the Marines discovered that they landed in a middle of a Japanese supply dump and that enemy forces were close of them. Quickly, the Japanese attacked the Marines but were repelled the first time. Under heavy fire of Japanese 90mm mortars, the Marines dug on the beach, waiting for a night evacuation by the Navy. They held their position up to the night with the excellent naval gunfire support of some destroyers, in particular the USS Fullam.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The destruction of the Japanese supply depot is a permanent 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 Japanese unit equipped with a mortar (SWAs 6).
- Use "Destroyer" rules for the USS Fullam (Troops 12).
- Use "Sabotage" rules (Actions 6) for the Allied player on the Japanese supply depot.

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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