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Matanikau River - October 23, 1942

Battle of Guadalcanal
Pacific Theater By: RBorg - Last update: 04/07/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x5 x6 x5
first You play first    

Historical Background:
A four-pronged Japanese plan to attack and recapture Henderson Field on Guadalcanal was scheduled for October 22nd, 1942.

The main force, 7,000 men under the command of General Maruyama, planned to approach the airfield from the South, but found itself quickly bogged down in very difficult jungle terrain, forcing a two days postponement of the attack.

Unaware of the delay, the tanks and infantry of Major General Sumiyoshi, at the mouth of the Matanikau River, and Colonel Oka's forces, positioned upstream, crossed the river on schedule and soon found themselves stuck in the river bed, under a withering crossfire of US artillery and anti-tank gunfire that wreaked havoc on them.

On the Western flank, Lieutenant General "Chesty" Puller and his 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, with the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry in support, held ground once again. By battle's end, over 1000 Japanese soldiers lay dead.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis Player (Japan):
- Take 6 Command cards.
- You move first.

Allied Player (United States Marine Corps):
- Take 6 Command cards.

Conditions of Victory:
5 Medals.

Exit markers are in effect on the portion of the Allied baseline in between the 2 Exit markers, for Axis forces.

Special Rules:
Imperial Japanese Army Command rules are in effect (Nations 3 - Imperial Japanese Army).

US Marine Corps Command rules are in effect (Nations 4 - US Marine Corps).

The Matanikau River is a Fordable Stream (Terrain 41 - Fords & Fordable Rivers), except at its mouth where it is impassable.

Air rules are optional: If used, give one Air Sortie card to the Axis player and shuffle the other one into the deck.

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