The push northward to Buka Island and its airfield was taken up by the largely untried Australian 11th Brigade soon after its arrival on Bouganville. The advance ground to a halt as the Japanese dug in. The Allies had grossly underestimated the size of the Japanese force on the island. To get things going again, a militia company was sent on a flanking movement across the Genga River with orders to interdict Japanese reinforcements. With no retreat path, the Aussies had to dig in and resist a series of bruising counterattacks.
Attacker: Japanese (Elements of 81st Regiment)
Defender: Australian (C Company, 31/51st Battalion)
Turns: 4.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Bougainville, New Guinea 1945-01-29
Squads: A:11.0 D:7.5
AFVs: A:0 D:0
Guns: A:0 Type 89 Heavy Grenade-Launcher x 2 D:0 OML 2-in. Mortar x 2