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[Salomon Islands] Withdrawal in the jungle - August 01, 1943

Operation Toenails - Breakthrough of the 148th Infantry.
Pacific Theater By: jdrommel - Last update: 07/03/2012
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x5 x6 x6 x6
    first You play first

Historical Background:
During the US offensive launched on the 25th of July in New Georgia, the 148th US Infantry Regiment under the command of Colonel Baxter, on the right flank of the 37th Infantry Division, advanced without any enemy opposition. In three days of a difficult advance in the muddy jungle, the regiment was east of Bibilo Hill, in fact far away of the front line. The 13th Japanese Infantry Regiment, which have attacked the US rear base in Zanana Beach on the 18th of July, moved from the north and cut the supply line between the 148th Inf and the main US forces. On the 29th of July, Baxter received the order to withdraw his regiment by the supply trail although it was under fire of Japanese mortars and machine guns. The situation of the US regiment was getting worse and worse so Colonel Baxter ordered to his soldiers to breakthrough the Japanese lines at all costs. In the early morning of 1st August, the 148th Infantry fixed bayonets and charged the Japanese positions and finally succeeded to reach the US lines.
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.
For the Allied player, Exit markers are in effect on all hexes of the Axis baseline.

Special Rules:
- Use "Japanese Imperial Army" rules (Nations 3).
- Use "Night Attacks" rules (Actions 19).
- 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).

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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