[DO2020] SC06 Jaws of the 6th Army - December 14, 1944

Return to Leyte
Pacific Theater By: rockerviking - Last update: 02/17/2020
Allied Player: Axis Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
first You play first    


There are problems with this scenario: it cannot be set-up using the standard terrain tiles of Memoir '44 and the selected extensions. There are too many terrains of one or more types. Please contact the author.

Historical Background:
Dec 14th, 1944: The Allies start their advance on December 5 from the vicinity of Limon. They encountered very determined resistance from the Japanese south of the Leyte River bridge. The enemy defences around Limon and Hill 1525 consisted of numerous foxholes and ten-foot-deep spider holes. The entire area was covered by hills and heavy rain forest. The Allied mortars and tanks were able to make only limited gains. Reported enemy tanks were coming up the highway. After heavy fighting, the Japanese tanks withdrew and returned to the south. By December 14 the main Japanese defensive line had been reached at two miles south of Lonoy. The jaws of the Sixth Army trap were starting to close.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. Can you change History?

Briefing:
Axis Player (Japan): Take 5 command cards

Allied Player (USA): Take 5 command cards.
You move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals

Road to Lonoy is a temporary objective for the Allied player.
Limon is a temporary objective for the Axis Player player.

Special Rules:
Dutch Open specific:
The winter forests on hills are used to depict Jungle on Hills. They play the same as Jungle hexes but if you fire at a hill you are at the same level.
If playing Combat cards that ignore Jungle, you ignore the Jungle effects but the Hill effects stay the same.

Combat Cards:
To incorporate Combat cards into a tournament setting we played with these rules:
Each player gets three specific Combat cards to put in front of him, open on the table.
Japan: Spider Hole, Jungle Fighters, Camouflage
US: Heat of Battle, Armor Bulldozer, Return to Duty
A player may play one combat card each turn.
To play a combat card (timing is on the Combat card itself): Take one Tactic Card from your hand and
place it on the desired Combat Card to use it effect.
The Tactic cards stays on top of the Combat card and you draw a replacement card at the end of
YOUR turn.
If Their Finest Hour is played reshuffle the covering Tactic Cards as well and can use that tactic card
again in another turn
Playing a combat card is in addition to a command card you normally play (Spiderhole you play in the
other players turn)

Air Power is only 1 die for both players.

Regular Memoir'44 Rules
Use the Imperial Japanese Army rules (Nations 03)
Use the Camouflage rule, but only with the Camouflage Combat Card and Camouflage tokens are limited to 3 per scenario.

Use late War SWA rules for Mortar (SWA 06) and Machine Gun (SWA 07)
US troops marked with Ranger Badges are special forces (Troops 02)
US Troops marked with Engineer Badges are Engineers (Troops 04)

Bridge counts as a road for movement.(terrain 9)
City ruin (terrain 45) so you can ignore the 1 flag (allies) and Axis MUST ignore 2 flags.
the River is fordable (terrain 41) so you must stop and battle with -1

Scenario Bibliography:
Biografie: The Return to the Philippines, by M. Hamlin Cannon

Warning:
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.

Set-up Order
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