[Salomon Islands] Capture of Tanambogo - August 08, 1942

Operation Watchtower - Attack of the 3rd Marine Battalion.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/21/2017
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
Linked up to Gavutu Island by a causeway, the island of Tanambogo was occupied by 240 Japanese, mainly aircrew and maintenance personnel from the seaplane base. A previous landing in the evening of the 7th August had failed and same surviving Marines withdrew to Gavutu. On the 8th of August in the afternoon, after an artillery fire support provided by USS San Juan, the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines (3/2) attacked Tanambogo by landing from landing craft and using the causeway from Gavutu. Two light tanks M3 supported the Marines but one of them was surrounded by some 50 Japanese and then was annihilated. The battle continued on hill 121 where was entrenched in caves the remaining of the Japanese garrison. Tanambogo Island fell in the Marines hands on the 9th of August after a hand to hand night fighting.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Japan] : 4 command cards.
Allied player [US Marine Corps] : 5 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

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.
- Use "Destroyer" rules (Troops 12).
- Use "Cave on Hills" rules (Terrain 52).

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine "Champs de bataille" thématique n°5 - La campagne de Guadalcanal.
- Hyperwar - History of USMC Operations in World War II.
- 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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