[Dutch East Indies campaign] Palembang - February 14, 1942 - February 16, 1942

Japanese airborne attack.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 11/27/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x4 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
14th of February 1942 - Sumatra island.
Vanguard of the Japanese invasion troops,the Parachute Brigade of colonel Seicki Kume had to capture the airfield and the oil refinery of Palembang in Sumatra island. The Allied defense was composed of Australian, Dutch and British troops. Japanese paratroopers suffered some casualties during the landing but had the advantage once on the ground. The airfield was attacked by two groups coming from the north and from the south. The battle was indecisive during the whole day but in the evening, Japanese repulsed Allied defenders in the jungle. During this time, a third group approached of the oil refinery and attacked it on the night, but without decisive result. On the 15th of February, a new landing of paratroopers on the airfield brought some reinforcement to the Japanese troops attacking the refinery. On the 16th of February, Japanese troops landed by sea joined the paratroopers in Palembang. At that time, Sumatra was lost for the Allies.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Japanese Imperial Army] : 5 command cards, you move first.
Allied player [Netherlands] : 4 command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals. The main hex of the airfield and the refinery are each a temporary medal objective for the Axis player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nation 3).
- Use "Specialized Units" rules for all Japanese infantry units (Troop 2).
- If the airfield is captured by the Japanese (medal acquired), the Axis player may enter a new infantry unit on one hex of the airfield from the 6th turn. This new unit could not be activated before next turn. This is the airborne reinforcement arrived on the 15th of February. If the airfield is not in Japanese hands at the end of 6th turn, there is no more reinforcement.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Connaissance de l'Histoire n°57.
- Atlas de la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
- Image satellite Google Map.

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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