Last Saturday my club members played a Bolt Action scenario related to a battle between the Imperial Japanese Army and the US troops that was fought on the Guadalcanal island.
This scenario is included into the supplement “Empires in flames” and it is part of the WWII Pacific campaign.
The battle was an assault of the Ichiki Japanese regiment against US Marines. Underestimating the strength of American forces on Guadalcanal, Ichiki's unit conducted a nighttime frontal assault on Marine positions at Alligator Creek. Japaneese’s assault was defeated with heavy losses for the attackers. The Marine units counterattacked Ichiki's surviving troops after daybreak, killing many more of them. All but 128 of the original 917 of the Ichiki Regiment's First Element were killed in the battle.
I want point out that:
- the field was prepared by Ezio
- USMC are painted by Ivano
- and Japanese forces by Riccardo
Below a couple of maps of the Guadalcanal campaign and a detail of Alligator creek section. In the Map B it is possible to see where Ichiki regiment was deployed during the Allies landing (near Lunga point)
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An overview of the scenario with images of the real battlefield
The American trenches and the initial Japanese bombardment
The Japanese start their assault
Two Japanese assault waves …
… and the Marines that will push back the enemies.