2 campaign games of action in the Philippines in 1945. Its main attractiveness is the prevalence of U.S. and Japanese armor–a fairly rare occurrence.- - - The US Army had returned to the Philippines and was advancing across the plains toward Manila. Blocking their path was the Japanese 2nd Tank Division deployed in fortified towns blocking the advance to the Caraballo Mountains to the north. A large battle group from the 2nd Tank Division, commanded by General Shigemi, was ordered to delay the American advance. Believing that his armor was no match for the Shermans, Shigemi deployed his forces in a series of fortified strong points across the line of the US advance. The 161st Infantry Regiment ran into the first of these hedgehogs in the town of Binalocan. Here the advance was halted while the infantry was forced to call on help from the 716th Tank Battalion to help eliminate the Japanese armor and artillery that formed the core of the defense. Once Binalocan was secure these units rolled on to San Manuel where the main body of the Shigemi Detachment was dug in with orders to stand until victorious or dead.
Attacker: American (161st Infantry Regiment, 716th Tank Battalion and 98th Chemical Mortar Battalion)
Defender: Japanese (1st Battalion, 2nd Mobile Infantry, 7th Tank Regiment, 2nd Mobile Artillery)