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Please let me know what you think / possible improvements etc...


Download the Pearl Harbor scenario including US unit list, map and rules.
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Ok, so i finally have a moment to do a short write-up on this 'labour of love' that's been kicking around my desk for over a year.


history.navy.mil wrote:
At 6:00 a.m. on 7 December, the six Japanese carriers launched a first wave of 181 planes composed of torpedo bombers, dive bombers, horizontal bombers and fighters. Even as they winged south, some elements of U.S. forces on Oahu realized there was something different about this Sunday morning.

The Japanese aircrews achieved complete surprise when they hit American ships and military installations on Oahu shortly before 8:00 a.m. They attacked military airfields at the same time they hit the fleet anchored in Pearl Harbor. The Navy air bases at Ford Island and Kaneohe Bay, the Marine airfield at Ewa and the Army Air Corps fields at Bellows, Wheeler and Hickam were all bombed and strafed as other elements of the attacking force began their assaults on the ships moored in Pearl Harbor. The purpose of the simultaneous attacks was to destroy the American planes before they could rise to intercept the Japanese.

Of the more than 90 ships at anchor in Pearl Harbor, the primary targets were the eight battleships anchored there. seven were moored on Battleship Row along the southeast shore of Ford Island while the USS Pennsylvania (BB-38) lay in drydock across the channel. Within the first minutes of the attack all the battleships adjacent to Ford Island had taken bomb and or torpedo hits. The USS West Virginia (BB-48) sank quickly. The USS Oklahoma (BB-37) turned turtle and sank. At about 8:10 a.m., the USS Arizona (BB-39) was mortally wounded by an armorpiercing bomb which ignited the ship's forward ammunition magazine. The resulting explosion and fire killed 1,177 crewmen, the greatest loss of life on any ship that day and about half the total number of Americans killed. The USS California (BB-44), USS Maryland (BB-46), USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS Nevada (BB-36) also suffered varying degrees of damage in the first half hour of the raid.

There was a short lull in the fury of the attack at about 8:30 a.m. At that time the USS Nevada (BB-36), despite her wounds, managed to get underway and move down the channel toward the open sea. Before she could clear the harbor, a second wave of 170 Japanese planes, launched 30 minutes after the first, appeared over the harbor. They concentrated their attacks on the moving battleship, hoping to sink her in the channel and block the narrow entrance to Pearl Harbor. On orders from the harbor control tower, the USS Nevada (BB-36) beached herself at Hospital Point and the channel remained clear.

When the attack ended shortly before 10:00 a.m., less than two hours after it began, the American forces has paid a fearful price. Twenty-one ships of the U.S. Pacific Fleet were sunk or damaged: the battleships USS Arizona (BB-39), USS California (BB-44), USS Maryland (BB-46), USS Nevada (BB-36), USS Oklahoma (BB-37), USS Pennsylvania (BB-38), USS Tennessee (BB-43) and USS West Virginia (BB-48); cruisers USS Helena (CL-50), USS Honolulu (CL-48) and USS Raleigh (CL-7); the destroyers USS Cassin (DD-372), USS Downes (DD-375), USS Helm (DD-388) and USS Shaw (DD-373); seaplane tender USS Curtiss (AV-4); target ship (ex-battleship) USS Utah (AG-16); repair ship USS Vestal (AR-4); minelayer USS Oglala (CM-4); tug USS Sotoyomo (YT-9); and Floating Drydock Number 2. Aircraft losses were 188 destroyed and 159 damaged, the majority hit before the had a chance to take off.

Japanese losses were comparatively light. Twenty-nine planes, less than 10 percent of the attacking force, failed to return to their carriers.


The scenario takes place over 12 turns (or 18 if you wish to attempt a third wave of attacking aircraft)

Each Japanese attack wave gets 6 turns (rounds) to make attacks, so 6 full rounds with wave 1, and 6 full rounds with wave 2, with each turn (round) following this order:

Initiative Phase (except turn 1 which the Japanese player wins automatically)
Movement Phase (beaching happens at the end of the movement phase)
Activation Phase (where US ships and aircraft attempt to wake up)
Air Placement Phase (as normal)
Air Defence Phase (as normal)
Air Attack Phase (Wave 1 aircraft for turns 1-6, wave 2 aircraft for turns 7-12)
Surface Attack Phase (Only relevant for ASW attacks on the midget subs)
Sub Attack Phase (midget subs only as USS Cachelot is prevented from using submerged shot per the 'no SA' rules)
Repair Phase (per repair rules)
Air Return Phase

In the zip file is documentation for wave composition (including rules for the modified AP shells the Kates were carrying as bombs in the first wave), us force dispositions and deployments, land masses (including a map for the standard w@s size, if you would like one done up for the larger HBG mats let me know and I'll put one together). In addition i have included rules for beaching, blocking the harbour, midget subs, staggered ship and aircraft activation, explosion (splash) damage, emergency damage control, and multiple air bases.

I would very much like to know what everyone thinks of this scenario and how it plays for you, and more importantly whether there is anything that could be added / subtracted to make it play better.
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I can't download file. Can you please make it a pdf file? Sad
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joshk 58 wrote:
I can't download file. Can you please make it a pdf file? Sad


Sorry Josh, I didn't notice this reply until now. Is it that you can't download the file, that you can't unzip the file, or can't load the files once they're unzipped?


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