[Luzon] Paradrop on Topside - February 16, 1945

The "Rock Force" at Corregidor.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 04/07/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
US forces landed on Luzon on 09th of January 1945 and reached Manilla at the end of the month. Japanese Navy troops occupied the fortified islands in Manilla Bay. Corregidor island, called "the Rock" by US soldiers, had to be taken by a combined operation. On the morning of 16th of February,one battalion of 503rd US Parachute Regiment was dropped on Topside near the ruins of Mile Long Barracks. By a piece of luck, some US paratroopers landed near the Observation Post of the Japanese garrison commander, Navy Captain Itagaki, who was killed immediately in the battle. The dropping of a second airborne battalion and the landing of a battalion of 34th US Infantry Regiment on Black Beach near Bottomside, gave to the "Rock Force" the advantage over Japanese troops. In spite of several suicide attacks by Japanese Navy troops, US paratroopers kept firmly Topside, and Corregidor was definitively liberated some weeks later.
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] : 6 command cards, you move first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals. Itagaki's HQ is a permanent medal objective for the Allied player.
The "Capture of HQ" rules are not used.

Special Rules:
- Use "Imperial Japanese Army" rules (Nations 3).
- Use 'Specialized Units" rules (Troops 2) to all Allied units.
- Use "Paradrop" rules (Actions 20). Before the first turn, the Allied player drops five units on "Parade Ground" without using any command card, then he plays normally a command card and activates the corresponding units. On the third turn, he uses the same procedure : dropping of five new units and then activation of some units, using a command card.

Scenario Bibliography:
- Magazine Champs de Bataille 2ème Guerre mondiale - Corregidor, le Gibraltar américain en Orient.
- Magazine Troupes d'élite, Tome 10 - Les paras sautent sur Corregidor.
Remember, (if you have the opportunity to go there) see the Pacific War Memorial, Mile Long Barracks and the Malinta tunnel at Corregidor.

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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