Video AAR by: Neal Ulen & Scott Rowland
Advanced Squad Leader AAR: Baw Drop (AP65)
Here’s the historical situation:
Date: March 13, 1943
Location: Baw Village, Burma
Attacker: Japanese (18th Division)
Defender: British (3 and 7 Columns, 77th Indian Infantry Brigade (“Chindits”))
For weeks the “Chindits” of the 77th Indian Infantry Brigade had been marching, living off the jungle, and harassing the Japanese wherever they were found. Major Mike Calvert’s 3 Column had tried unsuccessfully to find a suitable site for an air resupply drop, but finally it seemed they’d located the perfect spot, near the small village of Baw. RAF Dakotas were on their way to make the drop, while Major Ken Gilkes and his 7 Column were on the way down from the north to share in the spoils. As the parachutes began to fall, it was a surprise to see Japanese troops appear at the jungle’s edge and take the Lancashire men under fire.
The 77th Indian Infantry Brigade (“Chindits”) had spent weeks harassing the Japanese in the jungles of Burma, living off the land. But they were desperate for re-supply. Baw Village was targeted as a resupply point, but just as the crates began to drop a company of Japanese troops appeared to claim their share of the spoils of war, just as desperate as the Indians …
Accompanying video with commentary …
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