From my introductory videos regarding Op sheets you may have gathered that TCS was back on the table. You would be right! I was just helping a new guy grab hold of how to do a few things and I got the bug. This game represents the defense of Henderson Airfield post landing. Given the lack of action during the landing likely a good idea.
I will post a background piece if there is enough interest after we get some turns under the belt, as this is a fascinating look at the capabilities of the Marines for the first time in WWII.
Good news is, it is a small 1 mapper. I really have too many games on the boil at the moment. As you can see I was really trying to convince myself I was NOT going to play this game!
Nevertheless the play here is quick, unit count is low – 1 Regiment of Imperial Japan and the Raiders and sundries @ Guadalcanal. I’ll not be posting in this detail for all 83 turns, but I am happy to expand detail as interests, questions and or opportunity arises.
In the 0200- 0300 turn the Japanese plan becomes clearer. The USMC elects to fail the Paras in order to move them to support Hill 80 and reinforce 123.
IF the Enemy attempts to sweep around in a wide arc it will likely be daylight before they make it to 123. Corsairs are on stand by! Regardless USMC pop Illum to look for shots in the Jungle on the impending approach
In the 0300 turn the Japanese commit.
Lets pick up around Turn 3:
No reinforcements, no variable reinforcements. Supply is moved onto board. 3CA moves (1t) to 2.27 to support the ability to do trace supply. Air strikes pound the Japs. 17Ind moves up to attack and 63rd brigade gets ready to attack the DG’ed Japs
No reinforcements, no variable reinforcements. Supply is moved onto board. 3CA moves (1t) to 227 to support the ability ot do trace supply. Air strikes pound the Japs. 17Ind moves up to attack and 63rd brigade gets ready to attack the DG’ed Japs
The Battle for Sihang Warehouse, where a morale boosting victory over the Japanese by Chinas forces took place is significant not because of the military value of the objective, nor the tactics used but as in many wars it was the intangible benefit that lifted an entire nation. Poorly armed remnants fought the best of the Japanese army (3rd Division) in China, their tanks, artillery and planes could not dislodge the 800 Heroes 八百壮士. Watched by the world from across the banks of the creek separating the International concessions this battle raged for days. The “800” were dedicated to fighting to the death.
Stay tuned for video play thru posted here.
Image via Wikipedia
- Sihang Warehouse
The stalwart defense lifted the spirits of a nation after the fall of Shanghai. In a war that was to eventually claim over 10 million lives this battle resonates amongst many as something noble. Fought close to the International concession just across the river, Japanese officers were loathe to unload Naval Artillery fire for fear of hitting an Embassy location of another country, making the victory all the more costly.