The Marines planned a three-pronged attack against the Japanese forces on the western bank of the Matanikau River. The 1st Raider Battalion would cross the river at a small footbridge upstream and attack from the south while elements of the 5th Marines attacked at the river's mouth. Meanwhile, half of Chesty Puller's 1st Battalion, 7th Marines would land west of the river to encircle the defenders. Unbeknownst to the Raiders, however, the Japanese had crossed the river at the footbridge and set up on the eastern side. As the Marines surveyed the terrain leading to the bridge, machine gun fire rang out. The opening burst cut down the well-liked Major Kenneth Bailey, who would soon be awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions earlier at Bloody Ridge. Having realized that the Japanese were on the eastern bank, the Raiders tried to attack through them. . .
Attacker: American (USMC) (1st Raider Battalion)
Defender: Japanese (12th Company, 124th Infantry Regiment)
Turns: 6.5 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Matanikau River, Guadalcanal 1942-09-26
Squads: A:12.0 D:8.0
AFVs: A:0 D:0
Guns: A:0 M2 60mm Mortar x 1 D:0 Type 89 Heavy Grenade-Launcher x 2