Wake Island 1941. The Pacific War scenario starts out with 3 strikes on Wake. I guess there is no response or counter… or does CAP get to react. [EDIT – I ran 3 attacks on the ground units and only managed a T or Troop Quality Check, which the Marines passed easily.]
No doubt the first of many stumbles learning this game. The US start with 1 Marine units 1 sub and 1 step of 1 Engine planes [fighters]
The IJN have air support from the Marshall islands and are ready to land troops. No Zeros that were historically present, just a 2E force with 1 Step of IJN Marines being escorted.
I shall walk myself thru this simple but overwhelmingly wordy process, one step at a time. Enjoy the drama.
The Japs score a Troop Quality check, the Marines save easily.
Now the IJN closes in with its Ships, searches fail to spot them, and sub attack misses the target.
In essence all units are in the Wake Is hex we a spread out as needed:
Anti Sub attack:
Now the Air Movement Phase
Imp. Japanese Forces fly to Wake Is. Each hex affords a chance to detect and this activate Interceptors.
Searches fail until just before the aircraft are on the Marines! The wildcats and buffalos race to the fight. [A step must interact with the interceptors] Bot sides score a kill, with the Bettys rolling a ZERO!
Nells and Bettys approach. With the intercept almost over the island the handful of Wake Island planes fly to take them on finally detecting the enemy approach.
The tiny atoll is rocked by Naval fire from the Yubari, the APD transport and the Tenyru Crusier. Str one, one and finally a 2 strength barrage adds a ‘broken’ to the 1 step holding the fort. 1st Marine is in trouble!
The Ground combat phase now kicks in. The USMC is Troop Quality/2 as is the IJN Marines as they Amphib in. TQ 4 v 3. This pops us on the 11 column.
We look at the total number of steps involved, and the force ratio (1:1)… and see a 0:0 result. No losses!
I think this means that the boys on Wake hold out? The scenario says one battle cycle. Unless we run thru another round? The scenario seems to say explicitly a battle cycle..singular.