The battlefield from the British side. I contributed a few palm trees but they were mainly Johns. It looked pretty jungle-like I think.
The British objective was this village, down at the far end of the track.
On came the leading platoon, ably led by Graham. The Japanese presence (or not) was indicated by inverted playing cards. The dense undergrowth made the going very slow, but lining up in a big column on the track just seemed to be asking for trouble
After a while some of the suspicious looking cards turned out to be real Japanese troops.
A section of the were lurking in the trees, covering the track.
Their opening shots were ineffective and fairly soon the Brens had them pinned down.
Then it was time for right flanking and clearing the position with bayonet and grenade, covered by the Brens. Just like the manual.
As the Japanese were pinned by fire, they were easily eliminated.
On up the track we went until another lot opened fire. They pinned the leading rifle group.
While all this excitement was going on, the Company command group came on, along with the MFC and other platoon commanders. Runners went back and forth but the Grahams chaps were doing fine.
The lead platoon fanned out, but the Japanese melted back into the jungle as the rest of the company began marching on.
Things started getting a bit sticky when this nasty MG opened up down the road, pinning the leading section.
Then this sniper started shooting from behind a tree and another Japanese section opened fire.
Time for a spot of smoke to cover the pinned troops on the road.
The leading platoon had another section pinned by the Japanese fire, at which point it was thoroughly bogged own and time to commit the rest of the company against what was obviously a strong position (it turned out there were two other Japanese sections as well).
At that point it was time to call it a day, we'd pushed a fair way up the track but time had run out. The attack never really developed into a company attack as the dense jungle precluded a rapid flanking manouvre. Instead it was a platoon fight and Graham managed to get a long way on his own. It was a shame we didn't manage to do the full company attack but perhaps we were a bit too tentative in our advance.
I know John has a large collection of training manuals. Which one was this taken from?
I;m not sure, I guess one dealing with the specifics of jungle warfare. 'Infantry Fieldcraft and Tactics' certainly doesn't cover it, although it does have a section on clearing woods.Delete
With the terrain setup it was most likely a gardening manual....ReplyDelete
It was based on four manuals:ReplyDelete
Army in India Training Memorandum, Jungle Omnibus, January 1945
Battle Drill for Thick Jungle, 1943
Military Training Pamphlet No. 52, Warfare in the Far East (Provisional), December 1944
Military Training Pamphlet No. 9 (India), The Jungle Book, 4th Edition, September 1943.
Thank you John.Delete
Martin/John, any chance you can provide a bit more about the scenario itself? I'm interested in recreating it in Crossfire.Delete
Steve, it was a standard British infantry company with an attached 3" mortar section vs a reinforced Japanese infantry platoon (3 x rifle sections, 1 x grenade launcher section, 1 x MG, 1 x sniper).Delete
The terrain layout was above, but the jungle off the tracks was bad going, with v. limited visibility so for CF you'll want lots of little jungle sections (maybe 6" sections?) and visibility was limited to 100 yards max as the tracks were very narrow.
It would make a good CF game.
If you let me have your e-mail address I can send you the briefings.Delete
Something of a war game 'torso', Martin, with the (really) interesting stuff yet to happen. I wonder when the section(s)(?) flanking the road off to the right, there, might have added their weight to the battle?ReplyDelete
Tbh, I think it would have been a stop for tiffin and then a full company attack at dawn the following day. Progress through the jungle was agonisingly slow, which was why we basically ended up with one platoon leading the way.Delete