[New Britain] Landing at Volupai - March 06, 1944

The 5th Marine Regiment in the Willaumez Peninsula.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 01/08/2018
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the battle at Cape Gloucester, the 1st Marine Division was ordered to control the Willaumez Peninsula. So, the 5th Marine Regiment landed on a small beach near the village of Volupai (codenamed Red Beach) on the 6th March 1944. The Marines found a little resistance in this area : mines on the beach, a machine gun bunker on the hill "Little Mount Worri", some snipers in the jungle and one battery of heavy mortars (90mm) firing on the beach. Finally, the Marines controlled the beachhead in the evening, ready to advance on the trail to Bitokara the next day.
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 [USMC] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
For the Allied player, use the "Exit" token rules (Action 23) to the road hexagon marked "vers Bitokara".
The capture of Little Mount Worri is a temporary medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nations 3).
- Use "US Marine Corps" rules (Nations 4).
- Special Weapon Asset >1942 rules (SWAs 4) are in effect for the units equipped with mortars and machine-guns (SWAs 6 & 7).
- Use "Sniper" rules (Troop 10) to the three Japanese infantry units with a single figure.
- The Japanese player lays out the minefields (Terrains 29).

Scenario Bibliography:
- « The Campaign on New Britain », USMC Historical Monograph.

Official scenario of FFM44. Played during the tournament in Le Mans on the 07th of January 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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