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mpanko21 Feb 2012 9:35 p.m. PST

On 10 March in Lancaster PA the Operation Olympic game will run starting at 7PM. There are spots for 8 players using the Memoir 44 multiplayer (Overlord) format. Hosted by Richard Borg. You can sign up for the game (s-244)at the Cold Wars website:

Overview of the game:

Historical Background.

Operation Olympic was the first part of the Invasion of Japan planned for 1 NOV 45. Plans were well advanced with forces and materiel being forward deployed when the Japanese surrendered in August '45. The U.S. 6th Army was assigned the task of taking the southern portion of the Japanese island of Kyushu, the last stepping stone before invading the main island of Honshu in the Spring of '46. In July and August prior to the end of WW2 U.S. intelligence had determined that Kyushu would have many more Japanese Divisions than previously known. There would be an almost 1:1 ratio between the Allied assault force and the island defenders – hardly a recipe for success. Post war interviews found that the Japanese had figured out the Allied next logical invasion area and were in the midst of preparing Kyushu for a supreme suicidal showdown to bleed the assault white. Thousands of aircraft and their pilots were waiting to kamikaze into carrier decks and troop ships as the invasion fleet neared. At this stage in the war Japan only had submarines and small surface craft left from its once proud Navy and were creating small speed boat sized craft with explosives strapped to their bows – again the intended targets were the Allied troop transports. The Japanese situation on the ground was grim. The Army was starved of fuel, ammo and equipment thanks to the incessant bombing of the U.S. B-29s and successful submarine blockade of all shipping to Japan. Many Tokko 'Special Attack' units were created from the peasantry and poorly armed militias. The battle for Ariake Wan was, for both sides, going to be the defacto main effort of the largest amphibious assault in history. U.S. success in the Ariake area would unhinge any Japanese reinforcements, isolate the forward defenders and ensure the success of landings at other invasion beaches.

Scenario briefing. The Manhattan Project is a year behind it's historical timeline. In August the Soviets landed on the Japanese Northernmost Island; Hokkaido. Facing few good options the U.S. commits to the final stages of Operation Olympic for November 1945. An October Typhoon damages several ships and pushes the invasion date back two weeks to November 16. The U.S. approached Southern Japan using massive air strikes, bombing raids and naval landing diversions to stem the tide of the Japanese suicide Tokko units. Now the US V MAC and I Corps all are landing at separate beaches along with the XI Corps assault into Ariake Bay. The largest Naval and Air Armada in history has pounded 35 beaches and Japanese defensive positions for 8 days. At dawn on 16 November the first assault waves departed LSTs supported by Naval gunfire and carrier strike aircraft. The US 1st Cavalry Division (organized as infantry), the 43rd Infantry Division are first in with the 23rd Infantry Division following. The desperate Japanese will defend to the last using both a tenacious beach defense and strong counter attack using all available assets from the 57th Imperial Army. The U.S. faces almost parity with the Japanese defenders but has enormous fire support capacity with land, sea and air support. The Japanese are desperate and will fight to the death using all means of resistance combining conventional forces, Tokko units and the terrain to defeat the Allies.

See the flier at my blog:

mpanko22 Feb 2012 12:18 p.m. PST

Just to let everyone know – today is the last day for online registration for Cold Wars. Still two positions left!


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