One sunny day in Libya, Nov 1941, a victorious column of New Zealanders from the 25th Battalion got ambushed by a counterattack personally directed by Rommel! One Valentine caught several rapid shots from their ROF3 guns but 2 managed to ran off! The New Zealand infantry were caught in the open and were getting shot at, blasted and overranned.
Unfortunately for them, this is my first real DTO ..
This is it!! The last of 4 Assault Periods in the “Sand & Blood” CG. All Marines have landed. The Americans win by controlling all land hexes on both islands (IJA has to surface to get land hexes) and not losing more CVPs than the IJA.
So I (as the USMC) lost the equivalence of the entire IJA OB in CVPs. That makes it impossible for me to fulfil the 2 fold Victory Conditions : to hold all land (aboveground) hexes and to not lose more CVPs than the IJA.
I believe landing the first wave on the south part of Gavutu (bottom island) behind the hill was a good decision. Landing all the remaining groups in Assault Period 3 was a good decision as well because that effectively overwhelmed the defenders with targets. I was lucky in that we took out the 2 x AA guns on Gaomi early. That took out the guns from behind our backs as we attacked Tanambogo.
I would have used my fighter bombers more effectively though, to hit the island early as the landing crafts were approaching. Sighting on units that broke from NOBA would have brought more devastation. Oh, DCs are precious. Sinking a few boatloads of DCs in the first Assault Periods resulted in a lot of Close Combats and manpower wasted to guard IJA exit point.
This is a great little CG. I learned a ton about ASL seaborne assault.
Here’s the whole series: