Henderson Airfield - Kawaguchi's charge - September 15, 1942 - September 16, 1942

Pacific Theater By: nemesszili - Last update: 09/30/2009
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x5 x5 x5
first You play first    

Historical Background:
During the battle of Edson Ridge ( scenario 62 A ) the Japanese charge was successful, and the Marines were forced to fall back to Henderson Airfield.
Major General Kawaguchi ordered some of his men, to cross the Lunga River. After his men took up their positions on the left bank, his weary troops began to prepare for the assault on the Airfield. At the same time, he requested support from Colonel Oka, whose troops were positioned not far from General Alexander Vandegrift's HQ. Also, fire support from the heavy cruiser Tone was also available for Japanese forces. On September 15, 1942, Major General Kawaguchi ordered the smashing Banzai charge on the last outpost of the Americans on Guadalcanal.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. Will the Marines be strong enough to stop the Japanese, or will the airport fall in the hands of the Japanese? Find out...

[ Japan ] Major General Kiyotake Kawaguchi:
Take 5 cards. You move first.

[ US Marine Corps ] General Alexander Vandegrift:
Take 6 cards.

Conditions of Victory:
5 medals.

Henderson Airfield and the HQ worth each 1 medal for the Axis player. Place a Japanese Victory Medal token on these hexes.

Special Rules:
The Marine unit marked with a Marine Badge is an Elite Infantry unit. Place the respective badge on it to distinguish it.

Japanese Heavy cruiser Tone supports the IJA's effort to capture the airfield. See rules for it in the PT rulebook.

The single figure unit on the HQ represents General Alexander Vandegrift. Mark him with a Battle Star token. He works as follows:

-May move 1-2 and never battle.

-Ending its moving near any allied unit, all friendly units next to him get +1 battle die.

-When the Japanese kill him, the Allies instantly lose 1 card. It hits on an infantry symbol. It DOESN't counts as a medal.

Japanese units with 3 figures are the weary troops who fought on Edson Ridge. All IJA rules apply for them, but not the +1 die modifier (except when its healed by Medics&Mechanics card).

-US Marine Corps rule is in effect.

-IJA rules are in effect.

-Air rules are optional: If used, give both players 1 Air Sortie Card. The Airplane on Henderson Airfield is a Lockheed P-38 Lightning Recon plane.
It functions as a P-38, except it can only use the recon ability. It counts 2 dice when near enemy airplane (as normal).

Scenario Bibliography:

Guadalcanal Campaign

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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