AAR RAGE AGAINST THE MARINES - FEBRUARY 2011
MM (Japanese) v Malcolm Cameron (US)
The Japanese set up with the naval bombardment units on Suri, the mortars and rockets on the other hills adjoining the airfields and the big guns at the back with the HQ. The airfields are defended by AT units and 5-0 guns. No one defends the beaches.
The US bombardment targets Suri and Chidori scoring 5 hits on Suri and reducing all 5 units there. The US enters on Double Root and one regiment enters Suri and takes a hit from defensive fire. The 5th Division reinforces Suri and the 4th Division surges to the west coast.
The Japanese navy bombards Suri and scores 3VP.
The Americans flatten Suri with a bombardment but score no hits. The same occurs against Chidori. The 3rd Division reinforces Suri with three regiments. Armor moves on Chidori and a US regiment is forced back from the airfield by defensive fire. The US artillery lands on the Double Root beach head. The US assault scores 8 hits on Suri and wipes out all defenders. The Japanese have lost three bombardment units – ouch! The US also capture Chidori. The US get 3VP for Suri.
The Japanese bombard Double Root from the artillery unit on Empyreal and score a hit.
The score is US 6VP Japan 4VP.
Bad weather. The US bombardments are largely ineffective despite 16 die rolls on each of Funami and Moto. There is one step loss to an AT unit on Funami. Replacements come ashore.
The 5th Division moves on Warbler and Old Man beaches. The 5th’s armour moves on Funami and dodges the AT fire. The 3rd Division is ambushed entering Funami and takes losses. They reinforce with tanks and the AT guns miss again. One US regiment takes four hits and is destroyed on Funami. The US arty occupies Suri. The US assault Funami with 20 dice and Moto with 19 dice and wipe out all defenders.
The Japanese bombard Warbler to no effect. Mortars and the rockets unload on Funami and score three hits and one hit on Old Man. The Japanese mortars hide. The US gets 8VP for the airfields.
The score is US 14VP Japan 16VP.
The Americans have a firm grip on the key airfields. Bad weather again. They bombard Western Village, Tachiwa (empty) and Northern with 32 dice and kill two Japanese units on Northern. US armour advances on Northern and the 5th Division on Tachiwa. The US takes hits from defensive fire on Northern.
The Japanese bombard Funami and get one hit. The Japanese tanks and infantry attack Funami and miss. The Americans now have all the airfields and score 10VP.
The score is US 24VP Japan 19VP.
The US bombardment is largely ineffective. They move on Oshaka and fan out taking the coastal areas but leaving Chidori and Funami empty.
The Japanese bombard Ohsaka and Moto and get four hits. They charge down from Tamana with two infantry units and recapture Chidori and Funami unopposed, cutting the US VP for the airfields to 4 this turn.
The score is US 28VP Japan 23VP.
The US again bombard and assault Ohsaka and reduce by one step the last unit on the hill. The Americans bombard Chidori and Funami and obliterate the Japanese there. They retake the airfields.
The Japanese bombardment does nothing. The Japanese reinforce Ohsaka with some infantry. The end is nigh. The US gets another 10VP for the airfields.
The score is US 38VP Japan 23VP.
Good weather. The US bombardment wipes out resistance on Ohsaka. The bombardment on Empyreal is ineffective. The Americans move into the tougher terrain to wait out the last Japanese bombardment.
No effect from the Japanese bombardment. Only 1 unit can move. A Japanese infantry unit moves from Western Village to Funami and takes a step loss from defensive fire. The US get another 10VP.
Final score: US 40VP Japan 23VP.
Japanese comments: Putting the three red bombardment units on Suri was a mistake. Losing them so early on doomed the Japanese. Banzai!