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

Airboy AAR’s his way through the Pacific campaign ~

Avery Abernethy, 26 September 2016

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Scenario 3 – Operation Cartwheel,  Attack on New Georgia

Turn 17 Jap counterattacks almost destroyed half of the Northern probe

Turn 17 Jap counterattacks almost destroyed half of the Northern probe

 

Turn 17 Jap defense of the airfield

Turn 17 Jap defense of the airfield

 

Turn 18 airfield surrounded and counterattack destroyed

Turn 18 airfield surrounded and counterattack destroyed

 

Turn 19 Northern advance is stopped cold

Turn 19 Northern advance is stopped cold

 

Turn 22 and advancing via two roads in the South

Turn 22 and advancing via two roads in the South

 

Turn 23 – Example of one of many bunkers which slowed my advance

Turn 23 – Example of one of many bunkers which slowed my advance

 

Turn 25 - Northern forces going nowhere fast

Turn 25 – Northern forces going nowhere fast

 

Turn 28 attacking via 3 roads

Turn 28 attacking via 3 roads

 

Turn 30 - Two Western columns; Third attack vector is off-screen to the East

Turn 30 – Two Western columns; Third attack vector is off-screen to the East

 

Turn 32 Another Jap ship spotted and sunk

Turn 32 Another Jap ship spotted and sunk

 

Should have bypassed this island but one unit is the smallest force possible

Should have bypassed this island but one unit is the smallest force possible

 

Turn 37 Forces linked and last major objective is surrounded

Turn 37 Forces linked and last major objective is surrounded

 

Turn 39 and mopping up

Turn 39 and mopping up

 

Turn 44 and Victory Achieved

Turn 44 and Victory Achieved

 

Took the Jerry Can option

Took the Jerry Can option

 

After Action Review: I was cautious about splitting my main force in the South which slowed my attack. I feared troops at a second landing zone in the south could be lost. The Jap Airforce kept harassing me in the South for the first 20 turns until I captured the airfield and landed my fighters. Main objectives were achieved without great risk to my main force. But my caution caused me to fail most secondary objectives. I could not flank the Japanese in the South without two beachheads. My advance was steady, but slow. I risked little which prevented success in most of the secondary objectives.

I also forgot to purchase more aircraft when I could which limited the damage done by my air force. That was a mental error and not a tactical choice.

 

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