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The Battle for Hookei-Dookei Island 1943

 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 8:49 am    Post subject: The Battle for Hookei-Dookei Island 1943 Reply with quote

During the Pacific War a joint US Army and USMC force was tasked take the Japanese held island of Hookei-Dookei.

After easy initial landings the assault met with increasing resistance as it moved inland to capture the Japanese airfield. This game represented an attack by an US Army platoon and a USMC platoon against a Japanese force at the base of mount Hookei. The Japanese had also chosen to try and force back the American force and a bitter struggle for a small jungle hamlet ensued...





Both sides quickly advanced towards the hamlet but the US forces seemed to have the advantage and made haste towards the hamlet and nearby paddy field. Soon they would be in an excellent defensive position. The Japanese surged forward en-masse with their two tanks making a sweep on their right flank.






As the Japanese gathered for a major assault on the hamlet, their tanks tried to soften up the US forces already in the buildings. Despite a great deal of firing, one tank was easily destroyed by a bazooka team, while the second tank tried to attack the howitzer battery only to meet a similar fate at the hands of the cool-headed Marine gunners...





The fighting now kicked off accross the battlefield with the main struggle centered on the hamlet and the paddy field which proved to be an excellent defensive position. Despite overwhelming numbers, the accurate fire from the USMC units caused heavy casualties on the Japanese and the USMC force on the far left flank of the Japanese army even begun to advance over the corpses of the enemy.





As the Japanese casualties mounted many performed suicidal acts to try and move the attack forward but momentum seemed to be lost when one of the Japanese officers was shot and killed by the US Army sniper from the ridge on which he was hidden. He then began picking off key targets along the Japanese lines.





The Japanese now began a number of suicidal 'Banzai' charges as things became desperate. The first launched itself into the hamlet but was shot down before it could do any real damage to the defenders.





One Japanese attack did succeed, the command of 2nd Platoon forced its way among the defenders along the paddy field and brutal hand-to-hand fighting ensued with the Japanese wiping out one USMC rifle team to only find itself facing a HMG at point-blank range...





This was to be the last gamble by the Japanese and they began to retreat back towards Mount Hookei in order to prepare a second line of defence against the Americans. Despite winning the field of battle the USMC and the US Army platoons had suffered heavy casualties with the USMC platoon losing over a third of its men.



A great game, with planty of suicidal Japs! Much fun was had by all.

Japanese figures by Cyril (CYC)
USMC figures by Piers (V)
US Army figures by Brian (Flyer115)

Terrain mat by 'Mat-O-War', scenery from the collections of Cyril and Piers.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 9:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great little game there,should wet the appetite of pacific theatre fans.

Cheers for the AAR and pics,the few palm bases and the paddie fields and hut soon changed the look of the game board didnt they,

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great AAR and pics. I have been paintng up individual soldiers for a time now to get a game of this as they look like great rules.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

great looking game. I especially like the huts and paddy field, they do lend a PTO feel! You mentioned the "suicidal charges," are these initiated by the players or random events for the Japanese? Also, what other special rules are there for the Japanese? Thanks.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are LOTS of special rules for the Japanese...

They happen when you cause 'guts checks' on the Japanese units and range from 'seppuku' to 'Banzai' charges that can really catch the opposition out!

There is a number of other rules that give the force a really 'Japanese' feel in the game and gets them to act as they might historically.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking game and this pic is just awesome!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favourite pic too Bob... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Superb in every way!

so jealous... Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

excellent stuff piers Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

brilliant piers ..
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All your games are just outstanding visually!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 13, 2007 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprised Shocked Great stuff Piers!

noticed a few pine trees, must be in the Christmas spirit!

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