[Salomon islands] Munda track - July 05, 1943 - July 08, 1943

Operation Toenails - "Bloody Hill".
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 07/03/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x5 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
After the capture of Rendova island, US forces landed in New Georgia on Zanana Beach, on the 5th of July 1943, without any enemy opposition. From this beachhead, several battalions of 169th and 172nd Infantry Regiment of 43rd US Infantry Division advanced on a jungle trail towards Munda Point and its airfield. But near the river Barike, US soldiers were stopped by a roadblock on the trail defended by a Japanese machine gun entrenched on a hill. Japanese soldiers of the 11th company, 229th infantry regiment had orders to defend the area and they adopted the tactic of harassment to delay the American advance. And actually, the US soldiers needed several days to capture the hill which was called "Bloody Hill" because of the losses inflicted in this jungle combat.
The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn, and you are in command. The rest is history.

Axis player [Japan] : 5 command cards.
Allied player [United States] : 5 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.
Bloody Hill is a temporary medal-objective for the Allied player.
For the Allied player again, use Exit token rules to the road hexagon noted "vers Munda".

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nations 3).
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the Axis and Allied units equipped with mortars (SWAs 6 - Mortar Late War) and machine guns (SWAs 7 - Machine Gun Late War).
- Use "Fordable streams" rules for the Barike river (Terrains 61).

Scenario Bibliography:
- "La Seconde Guerre Mondiale au jour le jour" - Ed. France Loisirs.

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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