Combat Commander: Battle Pack #4: New Guinea

Combat Commander: Battle Pack #4: New Guinea

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Wau Me Worry
After an arduous trek cutting through the jungle, and harassed along the way by Australian KANGA Force, the exhausted Japanese troops of the 102nd Regiment, Okabu Detachment struggled onto the high ground overlooking their objective—the airfield at…

Closing Outer Camp
The Japanese defenses at Buna were extensive and compartmentalized, requiring coordinated Allied operations at various points. Elements of the well-supported 2/9th assaulted the defenders in the area identified by the Japanese as ”Outer Camp". The…

The Butcher's Bill
The Japanese defenses west of the Girua River were anchored on numerous hidden strong points along the Soputa-Sanananda Road. One such strongpoint was flanked and cut off by the men of Coy l, 3rd Bn, 126th IR under the command …

The Australians had taken Kokoda and were driving toward the north coast of New Guinea. The Japanese forward defense was centered on Gorari. The Australians managed to find a parallel around the Japanese defense and managed to break it into …

Blind Man's Bluff
The Australians had taken the crossings over Eora Creek, but the Kokoda Trail remained blocked by a Japanese strongpoint to the north. B Company 2/1 Battalion was pinned down to the south and subjected to fire from Japanese heavy weapons. …

Templteton's Crossing
The Japanese advance along the Kokoda trail had reached its high water mark. The Japanese high command decided to focus first on Guadalcanal, and the forces on New Guinea were in retreat, having extended their supply lines. The Australian 25th …

Rebuked at Rabi
The Japanese attempt to seize the allied airfields in the vicinity of Rabi (Operation Re) encountered unexpected stiff Resistance from the defending Australians of Milne Force. After initial gains the 5th Kure Special Naval Landing Force was driven…

The Gloomy Forest
The initial formation of Maroubra Force (39th, 53rd and Papuan Infantry Battalions) faced the vanguard of the Japanese presence building up on New Guinea in June 1942. The force worked rapidly in an attempt to block the easy spread of …

Encirclement of Troop C
After the westward breakthroughs across the river (earlier in July), the 20th Infantry Division was ordered to entrap and destroy American units. The Miyake Force (composed of the 78th, 79th and 80th Infantry Regiments, each fielding no more than a …

Bad Dreams
The desperate Japanese offensive along the Driniumor River by forces of the 20th Infantry Division faced widely strung out US regiments (the 127th, the 128th and the 112th Cavalry), with both parties probing each other. At the culmination point,…

Scarlet Beach
As the Allies progressed up the New Guinea coast. General Adachi’s XVIII Army desperately counterattacked. To support a 20th Division thrust into the Allied perimeter around Finschhafen, Adachi dispatched barges loaded with remnants of 1st Lt.…

Shattered Bobdubi
Following the Allied victory at Buna, Australian infantry pushed northwest toward the next enemy coastal base in a war of small-unit actions across the jungle tracks and kunai-grass heights of the interior. As a pincer with a US landing near …

Bulolo River Bridge
A company of the ANZAC 2/5 battalion ordered to intercept elements of the Japanese 51st Division advancing on Wau finds itself bypassed and cut off. The unit attempts to sneak back to friendly lines through the advancing Japanese forces but …

Rabaul Rousers
The Australian men of Lt. W. G. Grant’s platoon of Coy. A, 2/22 Bn. were the forward elements defending the beachhead on the northern slopes of Mt. Vulcan. Grant's view across Simpson Bay showed the city of Rabaul and its …
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