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[New Guinea] Goodenough Island - October 24, 1942

Operation Drake - Attack on Kilia village.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/30/2019
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
Goodenough Island is situated north-east of Papua New Guinea, between Buna and Milne Bay. In 1942, the island was occupied by Japanese marines of the 5th Sasebo Special Naval Landing Force and some engineers. In the planning for the Buna campaign, General MacArthur decided to capture Goodenough Island to guard the flank of the main attack. The 2/12 Battalion of the 18th Australian Brigade in charge of the operation, landed in the night of 22nd of October 1942 on the beach of Mud Bay while a small force was landed at Taleba Bay. This force had a first fighting with the Japanese and had to withdraw and finally was evacuated by boats to Mud Bay. Then, on the 24th of October, LTC Arnold, commander of the "Drake" Force, launched an attack on Kilia village, but didn't succeed to capture it. Finally, Japanese troops were evacuated on the neighbouring island, Fergusson Island.
On the 27th of October, Goodenough Island was declared secured by Australians.
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 [Australia] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
The three hexes of Kilia form a temporary majority medal objective worth one Medal for whoever controls the village.
So the Japanese player began the battle with a medal.

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nations 3).
- Use "BCF Command" rules (Nations 5).
- Use "combat Engineer" rules (Troop 4) to the Japanese infantry unit with engineer badge.
- Use "Sniper" rules (Troop 10) to the Japanese infantry unit with a single figure.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for Japanese infantry units equipped with a mortar (SWAs 6) or a machine-gun (SWAs 7).

Scenario Bibliography:
-Battle of Goodenough Island - www.historyofwar.org.

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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