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Taking Heads PTO (id:#60821)
(ASL Action Pack # 6 A Decade of War ID:AP59)
Designer: Gary Fortenberry
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During the retreat of the North Luzon Force to Bataan in the last days of 1941, two recently mobilized reserve divisions of the Philippine Army took up temporary defensive positions astride the Concepcion-Magalang Road along the so-called D-5 Line. The 21st Infantry Division held the western flank, while the 11th Infantry Division held the road and the eastern flank. Their orders were to repel any attacks until the night of January 1st-2nd, then resume their withdrawal southward. In the afternoon of New Yearís Day, a Japanese force struck the 11th Divisionís left flank along the road in an attempt to rout the defenders by a coup de main.
Attacker: Japanese (Kanno Detachment of 3rd Battalion, 2nd Formosa Regiment and 9th Infantry Regiment)
Defender: American (2nd Battalion, 11th Infantry Regiment (PA), and 1st Field Artillery Group (Provisional))  
Turns: 6.5     Players: 2     OBA: None     Night: No
Along the Magalang Road south of Concepcion, Luzon, Philippine Islands 1942-01-01
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:16.0 D:12.0
AFVs: A:0 D:2
M3 GMC x 2

Guns: A:0
Type 89 Heavy Grenade-Launcher x 3
Type 97 Automatic Gun x 1
M3A1 37mm AT Gun x 1
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: PTO, LJ (Exc: bridge DOES exist on elevated rd). Water obstacles are dry.
Map Board(s): 3a 48
Overlays: NONE
Errata (source)
Clarification: the bridge on the elevated road still exists.G. Fortenberry via GameSquad.
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The river is a level -1 valley (view)hipsu2014-04-02 18:38:51
Latest Updates:
hoxson1 Modified the overlays2019-06-06 17:30:51
hoxson1 Modified the misc. rules2019-06-06 17:30:40
hoxson1 Modified the overview2019-06-06 17:29:04
mike205 Rated the scenario2019-04-05 16:11:37
von Marwitz Added a playing2018-11-05 15:33:57
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2018-11-03(D) X von Marwitz vs BjŲrn Lorenzen Japanese winGrenadier 2018. Wanted to play the attacking Japanese this time but got the US. The Japanese entered exactly as I had hoped and sprung about every trap I had laid. Unfortunately, they consistently got away with it. On top, I have made three crucial mistakes throughout the game. Altogether I managed to stripe two Japanese units, wound one leader and kill 1 squad equivalent - in the ENTIRE game. So this playing was a complete disappointment. I am still convinced it is a very good scenario, but sometimes things are just meant not to work out.
2018-10-30(A) Jeff B vs Elmo Menon Japanese winJapanese went for a hard sweep from the west, with a couple MGs and the ATR in the Z9 building to limit the American's ability to shift. It seemed to be a good approach as most of the resistance they met were scarecrows. The scenario is probably built for early banzai, but I was very wary of the three FL-capable weapons the Americans possessed and decided to hoof it a bit slower. Thus half my game was spent just getting to the bamboo thicket. And then there was the matter of going around it, something that would take another couple turns. At that point I was questioning the wisdom of my approach, but the shit all hit the fan the last couple turns with two consecutive banzai. First to breach the town, then to sweep the town. In the end all but one building was captured, with the CVP count being fairly even. All Japanese leaders died in the end, and probably half the Japanese casualties were from berserker charges. As hard as it is to not use the guns on the HTs to meet the headlong charge, I think they need to be safely tucked away in the village for the final stand, the rowhouse being the key building to hold (8 points). Fun scenario, if not a little bit tough for the Japanese.
2018-10-06(D) Andy Beaton vs Adam Lunney American winASLOK 2018
2018-07-03(D) X von Marwitz vs Alex Koestler American winExcellent scenario! The VC/SSR are typical Gary Fortenberry: Some subtleties hidden and maybe even a bit of a red herring. (C)VP calculation and outcome is kind of hard to forsee. I played the defending Philippine US Army. It has to make the approach of the Japanese costly, because if the latter don't suffer substantial casualties, then the US will be overcome. At the same time, the US has to carefully balance when to pull back. Remaining too long up front might invite disaster. Furthermore, the US has to keep a constant and careful watch on the (C)VP-Tally. In our game, the Japanese had quite some casualties before they were out of the Kunai and crossed the road. The latter was sigificantly eased by the exceptional Smoke performance of the Japanese MTRs laying 4x Smoke in Adjacent hexes practically blinding the US schwerpunkt of defence. This allowed the Japanese to close in but at the same time allowed my US defenders to pull back under Smoke cover. A tricky business is the scarcity of only 3 Japanese leaders. Eventually, I managed to kill two (lethal wounds) and to wound the third. My US guys managed to form a fall-back line and having inflicted heavy losses on the Japanese. I took watch for my ht's and the ATG not get too exposed to the Japanese, though the Sniper did manage to recall one of the ht's. Throughout the game, both sides were seriously whittled down. The US was doing well firing but the Japanese almost made up for it by being successful in CC. Eventually, there was not much left to hold the Japanese back with. For a second time, the Japanese MTRs managed to put down 3 or 4 Smokes/WP on the second line of defense, blinding much of it. However, we had a Mild Breeze coming up, so drifting Smoke became not only beneficial but also a bit of a bane for the Japanese as they simply could not see some of the US units any more. Again, the Smoke helped me to fall back into final positions. With the Japanese beginning to capture buildings and bagging broken US soldiers, things got close in the end. The US managed to pull off a win with 37 to 33 points, building locations being 7 to 6 in favor of the Japanese but CVP being 25 to 19 in favor of the US. The CVP show that this was bloody business.
2018-06-10(A) jon smith vs yanks American winBordering on a non game at end of turn 1. 6 from 8 NMC failed on box cars as the japs made their way onto the board meant they just didn't have enough forces to make a game of it. We played it through and the banzai charges were fun, but no competitive edge to it once japs lost 6 4-4-8 squads on NMC box car checks.
2018-01-01(A) Michael Rodgers vs David Gillies Japanese winGood use of smoke and Banzai brought the Japanese into the village with few casualties. Americans conceded on Jap turn 5 because of lack of good order units.
2017-03-26(D) Jeff B vs Pierce Mason American winJapanese ATR did its job taking out both HTs, but not before their big guns did some early damage. Japanese leaders had a hard time staying alive or unwounded, slowing the attack. Axis accidently shorted themselves 2 mortars whose smoke-generating capability could have been a factor in the approach. At the end the Filipinos just lined up a wall of bodies to protect the village and the Japanese didn't take a single building.
2016-12-29(A) Andy Beaton vs Blake Ball American winJapanese just kept getting whittled down and ran out of forces before I could get into the village. Borked the last CC which left an American HS alive on the road.
2015-03-30(A) leo zhu vs Erwin Lau American winBest scenario for learn Jap's tactics.Wind changes during our play.Jap's sniper made two M3 stun three times.The last VP is 40:41, only lose by 1VP.Excellent game!
2014-06-14(D) Andy Beaton vs Richard Hooks Japanese winI was doing a good job of slowing and whittling down the Japanese until the big banzai charge when all my guys stepped on rakes at once. Once the Japanese were in the village, it came down to a lot of CCs where I was crushed.
2013-04-14(A) Paolo Cariolato vs Andrea Pagni American winIt was the rematch of the previous game, the japs fared better but filipinos prevailed
2013-03-10(A) Paolo Cariolato vs Andrea Pagni American winAndrea managed to CH with the 75 on the first turn, all my leaders were dead by the end of the first turn. After 3 more KIA that cost me 3 more squad I throwed the towel on turn 2
2011-10-08(D) Edward Fritz vs Ed Fritz Sr. Japanese winThis one was brutal and bloody - perfect for a face-off between my dad and myself. My dad had five (5) squads go berserk in this scenario. I couldn't keep up with the attrition.
2011-03-12(A) Paul Jones vs William Binns Japanese win
2011-03-12(A) David Ramsey vs Trevor Edwards Japanese winBanzai'd my way to victory. Got lucky when the Americans didn't voluntarily rout upstairs for the win on the lat turn though.
2011-02-10(D) Paul Jones vs Mark Blackmore Japanese winHordes of Japanese simply overwhelmed the Americans
2011-01-20(A) David Ramsey vs Martin Barker American win
2010-05-28(A) Glen Taylor vs Burnie Japanese winBanzais are cool. Good scenario!!
2010-03-12(D) Jeff Waldon vs Tom Richardson Japanese winFtF-Bitter Ender '10
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M3 GMC with five man crew
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Taking Heads [Confirmed]
[A] Japanese 45
[D] American 46
Friday 06 December 2019 12:12:24 AM  (c)dramsey 2019