This is the third time I am playing this scenario. This is a great scenario that confers the heart pounding excitement of a PTO scenario without having to deal with PTO terrain. As far as China battles go, this is perhaps the most famous one (internationally) and hence also the most over covered by ASL designers!
There’s even a new movie on the battle “The Eight Hundred”!
The IJA are to control the building with 3 Fortified hexes on the bottom left of the map in 6.5 turns (GMT has the balance), a representation of the Sihang Warehouse no doubts. Clearing a large (fortified) building is a time consuming task! Hence I race my IJA forces down the board where I can. Being able to cut off retreating Chinese forces would be good too but so far I hadn’t been too successful. On the otherhand, I am not as keen as my earlier self in running Banzai’s through the map. As a matter of fact, I did none so far. IJA’s are great in their ability to go wherever they want to with striping. However one they get reduced, they don’t recover. So I want be very deliberate in any losses via striping. The “IJA HS strategy” of course hinges on having IJA leaders who behaves like Commissars. Unfortunately, they had been replacing units over half of my rallies so far.
We were almost all at the Sihang factory after 3 Movement phases. Not the quickest really. Let’s kill the gents in the rowhouse and figure out which hex is fortified! The IJA has unfortunately broke though the Chinese right flank and was last seen streaking down the length of the map. I, on the otherhand, should deploy more IJA to stop them from (unnecessarily) striping.
The IJA ran through the rowhouse and came in front of the warehouse itself! The massive firegroup broke the MMG stack in the fortified C6 hex (where you see an IJA 2-3-7). The IJA were now in the house! The platoon of IJA Banzai’d in from the right and fortunately broke the defenders in the “courtyard” and even trapped a defender at the wall (G8).
Oh and the GMT sniper drilled a hole through my 10-0’s forehead. His neighbours described him as nice, quiet and unassuming. He will be missed. Painful.
The GMT promptly counterattacked and took that MMG back. Unfortunately, an IJA Death Star assembled (2 x MMG + 1 x HMG) and broke the GMT MMG team! The IJA HS’s decided to do two Banzais into the factory, forcing GMT squads to FPF as much as they can. The other IJA squads came in the right and left nowhere for the GMT squads to rout.