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Grabbing Gavutu PTO (id:#61907)
(ASL 13 - Rising Sun ID:149)
Prior Publication: AH:ASL Annual `93b
See Also: Grabbing Gavutu by Avalon Hill
Designer: Dan Dolan
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American (USMC)Japanese
In the overall planning of “Watchtower”, the simultaneous assault on Florida and Guadalcanal, the capture of Gavutu-Tanambogo was a “side-show”, a necessary but minor element in the whole operation. The 1st Marine Parachute Battalion was chosen for the task. Mustering on 397 men, they were, unbeknownst to military intelligence, outnumbered by the Japanese defenders on the islets. Due to a shortage of landing craft and the higher priority given to other assaults, their attack did not begin until noon, four hours after the American landings on Tulagi and Florida and alerted the defenders. Finally, the Marine paratroopers were lightly armed, for it was never intended that they be used in such a role. An impressively furious but ineffective bombardment from a light cruiser and two destroyers rocked Gavutu during the paratroopers long run in from the east. Dive bombers from the USS Wasp swooped in to strike the Japanese as in three waves, twelve boats carried the Marines towards the seaplane ramp where they were to land.
Attacker: American (USMC) (1st Marine Parachute Battalion)
Defender: Japanese (Gavutu Defense Force)  
Turns: 10     Players: 2     OBA: None     Night: No
Gavutu, Solomon Islands 1942-08-07
Unit Counts:
Squads: A:29.0 D:24.0
AFVs: A:12
LCVP x 12

Guns: A:0
M2 60mm Mortar x 5
Type 92 Infantry Gun x 1
Type 89 Heavy Grenade-Launcher x 2
Victory Conditions:
Exit VP: Building Control VC: Area Control VC:
Unit Based VC: LOS Style VC: CVP Cap:
Misc Rules: GT SSR w A: Air, LC12 w D: Caves8 LJ
Map Board(s): MMP:GT
Overlays: NONE
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2020-01-21(A) Jeff Waldon vs Will Willow Japanese winFtF - Short Stay
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Avg Rating: 6.50Votes: 2
Views: 149
To-Play list count: 1
Estimated Play time: 17.1 hours
Recorded Games: 2
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ROAR Data: (updated Nov 2019)
Grabbing Gavutu [Confirmed]
[A] American 8
[D] Japanese 8
Thursday 20 February 2020 02:14:12 AM  (c)dramsey 2020