AAR by: Neal Ulen & Scott Rowland
Advanced Squad Leader AAR – Kawaguchi’s Gamble (S64).
Here’s the historical situation:
Date: September 9, 1942
Location: Near Henderson Field, Guadalcanal
Attacker: Japanese – 1st Battalion, 124th Regiment and 2nd Battalion, 4th Regiment
Defender: Americans (USMC) – Raider Battalion and Para-marine Battalion
Colonel Merritt Edson’s command, a composite battalion made up of U.S.M.C. Raiders and Para-marines, had just been ordered to occupy a “quiet area”, an unnamed ridge overlooking the all-important Henderson Airfield. Much depleted from past operations, they were moved to give them a rest. The Japanese, however, had organized a series of complicated maneuvers designed to surprise the American defenders and to reach a point adjacent to the ridge through which they planned to assault the American lines and break through to Henderson Field — the key to maintaining control of Guadalcanal. General Kawaguchi’s gamble gained him an element of surprise, allowing him to bring 3,000 soldiers against the 800 Marines occupying the ridge. But these Marines were some of the best and toughest on the island and were determined not to retreat.
Our first foray into PTO with S64 – Kawaguchi’s Gamble. Dense jungle. Banzai charges. Hand to hand combat. Good clean fun!
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