The Fourth (and Final) Day
Jungle Fighting #18
|(Defender) Japan||vs||United States (Attacker)|
|Japan||229th Infantry Regiment|
|Japan||230th Infantry Regiment|
|United States||27th Infantry Regiment|
|Overall Rating, 3 votes|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 598|
|Parent Game||Jungle Fighting|
|Layout Dimensions||84 x 55 cm
33 x 22 in
|Kill Them All|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Battle of the Bulge||counters|
|Guadalcanal||maps + counters|
The 3rd Battalion had taken some, but not all of their objectives on the 12th. Water looked to be problem again on the 13th, but the attack would go forward anyway. The equally-thirsty Japanese were in dire straits as the three previous attacks had greatly reduced their strength.
A sudden rain shower relieved the water problem and some quick maneuvering put paid to the last of the Japanese defenders. At last the inland flank was secure. The fighting would not end just yet, however.
Elsenborn Ridge or Cassino '44 may be used for the U.S. units.
|Battle without Survivors|
In this one the Americans seem certain to finally overwhelm the Japanese defenders, the only tension is whether they will lose more than one step doing it. Since this one was a draw I apparently did.
Regardless of what happens the final removal of the Japanese, especially in their one position located in the jungle will require assaults which will not be friendly to the Americans. I ended up losing my second step early in the scenario and was stuck playing for a draw all along. Luckily for me I read the victory conditions wrong and thought that it was still a three step limit and pushed forward aggressively. I say luckily because it was not simple to finally root the Japanese out of those positions.
As in the other two scenarios in this arc - this is not a good candidate for a ftf game. Play it solo to see how the Americans can improvement as the step total for the Japanese goes down. This one is surprisingly balanced and the arc is worth playing as all three scenarios are quite small and play quickly.
I give it a "3" due to the balance in the victory conditions.
Reduced in numbers, the reduced elements of the Japanese 229th and 230th Infantry Regiments await the final assault.
American Plan: Hit hard with everything. Avoid assault except against demoralized Japanese. Try to eliminate/break with artillery and direct fire from point blank. End as quick as possible to avoid chances of Japanese artillery inflicting casualties.
Japanese outnumbered in direct fire values 84-11!!! How many minutes will this take? Bets are on!
0630 – American attacks begin.
Japanese artillery is off-target. Zeroing in on American position.
American artillery hits the dug-in Japanese. Japanese HMG half platoon panics and, demoralized, flees their position.
American direct fire from their HMG nests (Three HMG platoons) devastating! (2X) Japanese INF platoon eliminated!
American assault against demoralized Japanese has no effect.
Japanese artillery has minimal effect.
American HMG nest accurate again!! (2X). First dug-in defenders in jungle eliminated.
American assault eliminates the second Japanese dug-in position.
In the jungle the demoralized HMG is hit by American artillery then assaulted. The soldiers are eliminated and the Japanese lieutenant is captured!
This walk-over took approximately 8 minutes to play! Whereas the other missions at Hill 53 were quite balanced, I felt that in this one the Japanese had very little, if any chance. Maybe it was payback for all the scenarios that favour the Japanese?
Overall, this was such a quick scenario the “skew” didn’t really matter. This could also be used as a “teaching” scenario, but make sure you give the new guy the Americans!
Scenario Rating 2/5. 3/5 as Teaching Scenario