After the hard fighting on the Numa-Numa Trail earlier in the month, the Marines of the 3rd Division had finally pushed through the Palm Grove, future site of the two airstrips the entire operation desperately needed. Their next missions were to push east across the Piva River and along the East-West Trail, both to expand the beachhead perimeter and to set the stage for the assault on Hellzapoppin' Ridge. The Japanese were shelling the beachhead with artillery dug in on the ridge, and the only realistic route to there was along the trail. The Japanese were not going to relinquish this trail as easier than the Numa-Numa.
Attacker: American (USMC) (21st Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division)
Defender: Japanese (23rd Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division)
Turns: 5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
The East-West Trail, east of the Piva River, Bougainville 1943-11-20
Squads: A:9.0 D:10.0
AFVs: A:0 D:0
Guns: A:0 M2 60mm Mortar x 1 D:0 Type 89 Heavy Grenade-Launcher x 1