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Invasion of Hong Kong - December 18, 1941

First Wave
Pacific Theater By: Brummbar - Last update: 09/02/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x5 x5 x5
first You play first    

Historical Background:
After days of bombardment and two refusals to surrender the Japanese finally launched the invasion of Hong Kong during the dark hours of December 18, 1941.

Commonwealth forces had the advantage of search lights that saw the first wave of troops coming in. They also lit up part of the invasion area with burning oil. Repeated efforts by the Japanese to extinguish the lights by bombardment failed. It was then that a Japanese artillery officer (and former Olympic swimmer) took it on himself to assault the searchlight personally and in turn, inspire the troops.

Initially, the Japanese took casualties but their numbers were simply too great and despite the courage of the island defenders, a week later, on Christmas day, the British forces surrendered.

Allies - 5 Command Cards
Axis - 6 Command Cards
Axis goes first.

Conditions of Victory:
5 medals

Jardine's Lookout is a temporary objective medal for the Axis. Axis player may also earn medals from Sabotaging the Searchlights (see below).

Special Rules:
Searchlights - The Lighthouse and Powerplant represent powerful searchlights that were deployed to spot the invasion coming from the mainland. The Japanese may attempt to Sabotage these (TP - 7). While they are operational, the Allies player has unlimited visibility in the section where the searchlights exist. The Allies also have unlimited visibility in the center section permanently due to lighting up the water with burning oil.

Night Rules are in effect (see searchlight above). With the following exception, no matter how many Stars are rolled, the dawn can only increase a maximum of one space per roll.

Japanese may play Air Power as Behind Enemy Lines.

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

British Commonwealth Forces Command rules are in effect (Nations 5 - British Commonwealth Forces).

Air Rules are not in effect

Scenario Bibliography:
The battle for Hong Kong 1941-1945 : hostage to fortune
Lindsay, Oliver

Desperate siege : the Battle of Hong Kong
Ferguson, Ted

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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