[Salomon Islands] Bartley Ridge - July 25, 1943 - July 31, 1943

Operation Toenails - Flame-throwers versus pillboxes.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 05/27/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x7 x6 x7
    first You play first

Historical Background:
In New Georgia, for the final offensive ordered by general Grisvold, the 37th US Infantry Division was in charge of the right flank, that is to say the hills area. Reincke Ridge and Kelley Hill have been captured on the last week, but Bartley Ridge and Horseshoe Hill were always in Japanese hands. Bartley Ridge was a very hard defensive position with numerous machine guns in pillboxes which protect one another. US infantrymen fought very hardly during a full week to capture this well defended ridge. The use of flame-throwers and the support of some USMC tanks were needed to reduce one by one the Japanese pillboxes.
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:
7 medals.
The bunker with mortar on Bartley Ridge is a permanent medal objective for the Allied player.

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nations 3).
- Use "Combat Engineers" rules (Troops 4) to the Allied units with badges.
- Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the units equipped with mortars (SWAs 6 - Mortar Late War) or machine guns (SWAs 7 - Machine Gun Late War).
- All Bunkers are Field Bunkers (Terrains 22).

Scenario Bibliography:
- "Cartwheel - The reduction of Rabaul" - John Miller.
- "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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