[Salomon Islands] Battle of Tulagi - August 08, 1942

Operation Watchtower - Capture of hill 281.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/21/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
Operation Watchtower, 1st Marine Division landed on Guadalcanal on the 7th of August 1942. The same day , on the small island of Tulagi, the 1st Raider Battalion landed on Blue Beach without any opposition, followed by the 2/5th Marine. The Japanese garrison, composed of 500 soldiers of the 3rd Kure Landing Special Force, withdrew in the southeast of the island and entrenched in caves and tunnels of hill 281. In the evening, the Marines organized defenses around the hill in order to attack next morning. During the night, Japanese made several "Banzaï" attacks without success. On the morning of 8th August, the two Marines battalions assaulted the hill, attacking the caves with explosives charges. At the end of the day, Tulagi island was definitively in the Marines' hands.
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 Club is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nations 3).
- Use "US Marine Corps" rules for all Allied troops (Nation 4). Badges are not required.
- Use "Combat Engineers" rules (Troops 4) to the Allied units with badges.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs14 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the Allied unit equipped with mortars (SWAs 3 - Mortar).
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Action 19).
- Use "Cave on Hills" rules (Terrain 52).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Champs de bataille" thématique n°5 - La campagne de Guadalcanal.
- Deuxième guerre mondiale - Editions Time-Life - L'offensive du Pacifique.
- Battle of Tulagi - Wikipedia.

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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