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302 Bougainville - Operation Cherry Blossom

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Record a victory for ALLIES ARMY  100 %
Total plays 1 - Last reported by pino on 2022-09-25 00:40:33

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After the victorious conclusion of the Guadalcanal campaign in February 1943, Allied forces advanced into the central Solomon Islands, and in late 1943 they began the Bougainville campaign as part of the larger Operation Cartwheel.
The first phase of the allied operations aimed at the reconquest of Bougainville, in code known as Operation Cherry Blossom, was the landing on Cape Torokina.
The site was chosen because the bay area was at the extreme limit of the range of the Allied aircraft, and because the numerically superior Japanese forces were concentrated in more strategic areas, north and south of the island.
At 7:10 am, the 3rd and 9th battalions of the 3rd Marine Division approached Cape Torokina a long front of over 7 km.
The Marines managed to secure the landing area at 11:00, losing 78 men, while the Japanese battalion of 270 soldiers was almost annihilated.
During the battle, Sergeant Robert A. Owens managed alone and at the cost of his life to conquer the only Japanese artillery post, which up to that moment had carried four landing craft and damaged another ten.
He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration awarded by the Government of the United States of America.
The Allies succeeded in establishing a bridgehead, immediately starting work to build an airport and provide support for the invasion, as well as providing escorts for air raids against Rabaul.

  American Japanese
Division 1

3 Squad Bases
- 9 Regular Infantry
- 3 Officer

1x Engineer
1x Flamethrower

3 Squad Bases
- 6 Regular Infantry
- 4 Elite Infantry
- 2 Officer
- 3 Machine Gun Crew

2 AT Gun 57mm

1x Concealed Concealed

Division 2

4 Squad Bases
- 16 Regular Infantry

1 Sherman Calliope tank

1x Engineer
1x Flamethrower

3 Squad Bases
- 6 Regular Infantry
- 1 Machine Gun Crew
- 2 Mortar Crew

1x Concealed Concealed

Strategy Decks

American Air Support 1 (rimuovere Paratroopers - Bombing Run x2 - Air Superiority x2 - Air Reconnaisance)
American Reinforcements 1
Artillery 1 (rimuovere Offensive Artillery x3 - Increased Priority x2)
Command 1 (rimuovere Rapid Mobilitation x2 - Surprise Assault x2 - Heroic Leadership)

Morale 1
Ground Support 1 (remove Reconnaisance - Saboteur)
Starting Strategy Cards 4 (1 from each deck) 2
Operations Cards Lay Smoke
Naval Bombardments
Tank Raiders
Inspiring Leadership
Desperate Defenders
Camoflauge
Duty & Loyalty
Deployment Zone Div. 1: Any dark green hexes.
Div. 2: Any light green hexes.
Div. 1: Any dark red hexes.
Div. 2: Any light red hexes.
Starting Initiative Initiative Token  
Objective

The Americans win if by turn 6 they manage to conquer the target point placed inside the Japanese HQ

Rounds 6
Actions per turn 3 2
Reinforcements    
Special Rules -
Terrain Features -

 

Tags: American Army, Rounds, Boards, Year: 1943, Japanese Army

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