Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines – AAR, Scenario 1 Part 3

Wrapping up the first mission in Airboy’s extended AAR ~

Avery Abernethy, 29 August 2016

This is an AAR of Order of Battle Pacific: US Marines on Captain level difficulty. Our first scenario is taking Tanambogho and Tulagi. I picked a large proportion of my core force in the first scenario over three attack waves.

Turn 12 Reinforced and Marching Towards East End of Tuguli

Turn 12 Reinforced and Marching Towards East End of Tuguli

I chose Marine infantry without transport to save command and supply points. US Infantry has slightly more firepower but must land in a port to avoid heavy disorganization penalties. Heavy terrain also makes it difficult for tracked or wheeled vehicles to move quickly off-road. The difficulty of spotting Japanese units makes fast travel over unsecured ground a recipe for disaster.

Turn 13 Close to Linking up the Attack

Turn 13 Close to Linking up the Attack

 

Turn 13 - Captured Supply Point after Multiple Turns of Rest & Regrouping

Turn 13 – Captured Supply Point after Multiple Turns of Rest & Regrouping

 

Turn 13 - Closeup of the Cut Off Japanese

Turn 13 – Closeup of the Cut Off Japanese

 

Turn 14 Spotted a Major Bunker

Turn 14 Spotted a Major Bunker

 

Turn 15 Finally Cleared Part of Tanambogho

Turn 15 Finally Cleared Part of Tanambogho

 

Turn 16 Linkup

Turn 16 Linkup

 

Turn 16 Tanambogho Was a Tough Nut

Turn 16 Tanambogho Was a Tough Nut

 

Turn 17 Pivoting to Capture Supply Point

Turn 17 Pivoting to Capture Supply Point

 

Turn 17 Artillery and AA Unmasked

Turn 17 Artillery and AA Unmasked

 

Turn 19 Bitter Fighting with Jap Holdouts

Turn 19 Bitter Fighting with Jap Holdouts

 

Turn 19 Supply Cut Off It is Close to Over

Turn 19 Supply Cut Off It is Close to Over

 

I got a Free Tank for Doing Well

I got a Free Tank for Doing Well

 

Turn 22 - Victory!

Turn 22 – Victory!

 

I want the Higgins Boat Please

I want the Higgins Boat Please

Supply is critical! If you get cut off from supply or if you do too much without rest your unit will become very weak.

Postscript: I won easily only when I could cut the Japanese off from their supply line. If you look at the screen shots, white means full supply and organization, yellow weak supply/organization and red out of supply. Red in this game really is dead. When I attacked too soon with poorly supplied troops I lost units and could not successfully attack. Tanambogho was packed with Japanese troops and Tulagi was relatively lightly defended. If you replay the scenario, the relative Japanese strength on the islands could be reversed.

We’ll be back with the second mission in a few weeks!


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