Panzer Grenadier Battles on February 25th:
Desert Rats #8 - Cavalleria
Squeezing the Jarmin
Author Schoenwulf
Method Solo
Victor Draw
Play Date 2018-02-05
Language English
Scenario AlWa005

On May 12, 1943, troops from the 7th Infantry Division tried to break through the Japanese defensive line formed by the 303rd Independent Infantry Battalion guarding Jarmin Pass. As they moved north along the track, they took fire at 0645 hours from Japanese troops that had been lying in wait east of the pass. The Japanese leader was killed at 0845, which put the ranking Lieutenant in charge of the Japanese defense. Three separate Japanese pockets of defense were identified by 1030 hours, and two were under assault. One on a ridge in the southern portion of the track was eliminated at 1130 hours followed by another in the center falling at 1215. At that point, the two remaining Japanese infantry platoons retreated to the north with four American infantry platoons in hot pursuit. Both OBA and mortar fire fell on the Japanese, as well as direct fire from the pursuers, but one Japanese unit remained in good order covering the track at 1330 hours, resulting in a draw.

The objectives of this scenario include step loss and a track free from Japanese fire at game end. A cursory overlook of the scenario objectives might make it appear impossible for the Americans to clear the track of any Japanese fire unless all units were eliminated; however, this playthrough brought tension to the end as the Americans were within one unit, and possibly 1-2 turns of achieving the victory. Initial placement of the hidden dug-in Japanese units was similar to that of other AAR’s posted on the HQ site, with units in 0518, 1018, 1317, and 1517, and those last two northernmost infantry units proved difficult to spot and then neutralize. Since the Japanese still had firing range to the track, but had lost 11 steps to the Americans 4, the match ended in a draw.

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