[New Britain] Coffin Corner - December 30, 1943

Operation Dexterity - Japanese counter-attack on Green Beach.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 12/02/2018
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
During the US operation to capture Japanese airfields on Cape Gloucester, the 2nd Battalion 1st Marine Regiment landed on the 26th of December 1943 on the west coast of New Britain at about 15 kilometers of the cape, on a beach codenamed "Green Beach". Under heavy rain, the Marines had taken defensive positions in the middle of a swampy jungle. The Japanese attack, made by two companies of the 53rd Infantry Regiment with the support of mortars, occurred only in the night of 29th to 30th of December. This attack was focused on Coffin Corner, the north west point of the defensive perimeter, hold by the Easy Company. The Marines were waiting for this attack and were prepared to fight. The battle lasted until the morning and, in the daylight the Marines counted about 90 dead Japanese in front of their positions. On their side , they lost only 6 KIA and 17 wounded.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Japan] : 5 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [USMC] : 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 mortars (SWAs 6).
- Use "Fordable streams" rules for the river (Terrains 61).
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Actions 19).

Scenario Bibliography:
- 2e guerre mondiale - éditions Time life - L'offensive du Pacifique.
- « The Campaign on New Britain », USMC Historical Monograph.

Official scenario of the FFM44, played in the Memoir'44 tournament in Nantes on the 1st of December 2018.

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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