[Bougainville] Cibik Ridge - November 22, 1943 - November 23, 1943

Operation Cherry Blossom - Japanese assault on the ridge.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 09/13/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
On the 21st of November 1943 during the battle of the Piva Forks, a platoon of the 3rd Marines, under the command of 1st lieutenant Steve Cibik captured a ridge which was called later Cibik ridge, in honor of the platoon commander. With the reinforcement of a heavy machine-guns section, the platoon entrenched on the ridge, waiting the inevitable enemy assault. The Japanese attacked at dawn on the 22nd of November, with the support of a mortar shelling on the ridge. During two days, the Marines resisted on the ridge to several Japanese attacks which never succeed to take Cibik Ridge.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

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

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

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).

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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