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Battle of Tarawa - November 20, 1943

By: *player214143 - Last update: 07/28/2006
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x4 x6

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:
The Marines started their attack on the lagoon at 09:00, later than expected, and found themselves stuck on a reef some 500 yards off shore. The Japanese, hiding in deep shelters during the bombardment, quickly manned their guns when the naval fire stopped to allow the Marines to unload. Japanese fire from the island soon started up, and the boats caught on the reef were soon burning. Troops jumped out and started making their way ashore, under machine gun fire the entire time.The first wave was only able to land a few men, who were pinned down against the log wall on the beach.
Several early attempts to land tanks and break through the wall failed when the landing craft were hit on the run in, and either sank or had to withdraw while taking on water.
By noon the Marines had successfully taken the beach as far as the first line of Japanese defences. By 15:30 the line had moved inland in places, but was still generally along the first line of defenses. The arrival of the tanks started the line moving on Red 3 and the end of Red 2 (the right flank, looking south towards the island) and by nightfall the line was about half-way across the island, only a short distance from the main runway.
During the later hours the Japanese defenders continued harassing fire.

Japanese player:
Take 5 cards

Allied player:
Take 4 cards

Conditions of Victory:
6 Medals

Every allied unit which exits a board on Japanese site counts 1 victory medal.

Special Rules:
When Allied player uses Air Power Card Japanese player ignores all flags rolled against him.

All allied units are US Marines so there is no need to place badges on them.

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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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