[New Guinea] Night attack on the Driniumor River - July 11, 1944

The attack of General Adashi 's 18th Army.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/30/2018
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x4 x8 x6 x8
first You play first    

Historical Background:
After the landaing at Aitape (Operation Reckless) on the north coast of New Guinea, US troops put a defensive perimeter along the Driniumor River to be protected of an attack from the Japanese 18th army under the command of General Adashi. But this general wanted to attack Aitape and he ordered to his troops to cross the jungle towards the Driniumor River. In the night 10 to 11 of July 1944, after an artillery shelling which surprised the Americans, Japanese soldiers of three infantry regiments (237th, 78th and 80th) crossed the river and assaulted the US positions (128th Infantry Regiment and 112th Cavalry Regiment). In spite of tremendous losses due to the US machine-guns fire, Japanese troops succeeded to break through the US front line, and obliged US General Martin to withdraw his troops on a second defensive line along Xray River. However, General Adashi could not exploit his success by lack of supply, so US troops could counter-attack on the 13th of July and retake the abandoned defensive positions on the Driniumor River.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Japan] : 4 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [United States] : 6 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
8 medals.
Chakila village is a temporary medal objective for the Axis player.
For the Axis player, use the "Exit" token rules (Action 23) to the hexagon marked "vers Aitape".

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nations 3).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets >1942) are in effect for the infantry units equipped with mortars (SWAs 6) or machine-guns (SWAs 7).
- Use "Fordable Stream" rules (Terrains 61) for the river.
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Actions 19).

Scenario Bibliography:
- 2e guerre mondiale - éditions Time life - L'offensive du Pacifique.
- "Defending the Driniumor : Covering force operations in New Guinea".

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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