General MacArthur, furious at the perceived inability of his commanders to crack the Japanese fortified positions surrounding Buna, relieved his top field commanders and placed General Eichelberger in command. MacArthur’s last words to Eichelberger were, “Capture Buna or don’t come back alive!” General Wooten, the Australian Area Commander, was awaiting fresh troops from the AIF 18th Brigade and armor support from Milne Bay before resuming the attack on January 1st. Eichelberger, in an attempt at grabbing the glory, threw two companies at the Japanese. They almost immediately stalled and were unable to support the Australian attack scheduled for the next morning.
Attacker: Australian (2/9th Battalion, AIF 18th Brigade)
Defender: Japanese (Remnants of the 18th Army)
Turns: 9 Players: 2 OBA: Australian Night: No
Giropa Front, Buna, New Guinea 1943-01-01
Squads: A:16.0 D:13.0
AFVs: A:6 Stuart III(a) x 6
Guns: A:0 OML 2-in. Mortar x 2 D:0 Type 89 Heavy Grenade-Launcher x 2 Type 97 Automatic Gun x 2