Wednesday, September 14, 2011

OOB for Australian forces and Japanese Fela 3rd August 1942

Australian OOB and Orders Fela 1.30am 3rd August 1942

Introduction: 

At Midnight on 2nd August Papuan scouts A company PIB, inform your troops at Deniki that two
Japanese sections were spotted crossing the track between Deniki and Fela using Eora Creek as a
covering path as they move quickly towards the rear right flank of Deniki.

In response to this report Company C command at Deniki dispatched two full sections of militia each
with attached Papuan scouts to track down the reported Japanese. The commander at Deniki also
radios A Company moving between Isurava and Deniki which likewise dispatched two sections with
attached scouts to join up and support the searching troops. 

Meanwhile the Japanese sections execute a sharp left turn once clear of the track and creek
proceeding to deploy to the southern flank of Fela.

Between 12.30am and 1am on the 3rd August two other Japanese formations begin to deploy to the
North East and North West of Fela, they spend another ½ hour slowly creeping towards no 5 section
A company PIB that has been left to defend and hold Fela.

At 1.30 am they attack.

Japanese break jungle cover and attack 

Battle Field Conditions:
     
The weather is again like it has been for the last few nights, it is raining heavily and there is a thick
mist rolling over the battlefield (-1 for Rain, -1 for Mist on all ACC rolls).

Australian OOB and Conditions

Defence of Fela – All Fela - Troops are entrenched
No 5 Section A Company PIB 1 x Australian corporal SMG armed, 7 x Papuan riflemen.
No 1 Section, 8th Platoon, A Company 1 x Australian corporal SMG, 1 x L/Cpl NCO rifle armed, 1 x
LMG, 6 x Riflemen

C Company Patrol from Deniki – These troops need to roll against their guts score and those of
the Japanese to see if they have located the Japanese. If they don’t they will be located 1 D6 in
turns away from the fight when it begins.

No 1 & 2 Sections, 14th Platoon, C Company each with 
1 x Australian corporal SMG, 1 x L/Cpl NCO rifle armed, 1 x LMG, 6 x Riflemen, 3 Papuan Scouts
A Company Patrol from main body located between Deniki and Isurava – These troops start 6
turns away from the battle, they also need to roll against their guts score and those of the
Japanese to see if they have located the Japanese. If they don’t they will add a further D6 in
turns away.

No 2 & 3 Sections, 8th Platoon, A Company each with 
1 x Australian corporal SMG, 1 x L/Cpl NCO rifle armed, 1 x LMG, 6 x Riflemen, 3 Papuan Scouts

A Company main body troops located at kanadara – These troops start 4 turns away from the
battle, they may send through any or all of the following in aid but only after the first shots have
been fired

No 1, 2 & 3 Sections, 7th Platoon, A Company each with 
1 x Australian corporal SMG, 1 x L/Cpl NCO rifle armed, 1 x LMG, 6 x Riflemen, 3 Papuan Scouts
No 1, 2 & 3 Sections, 9th Platoon, A Company each with  1 x Australian corporal SMG, 1 x L/Cpl NCO rifle armed, 1 x LMG, 6 x Riflemen, 3 Papuan Scouts
1 X HMG Section, 1 x Spotter FOO. Company Sergeant Major as C-in-C.

Japanese OOB and Orders Fela 1.30am 3rd August 1942

Introduction: 

At Midnight on 2nd August your troops from 1st Platoon of 1st Company 144th Regt, cross the track
between Deniki and Fela using Eora Creek as a covering path once across the track your platoon turns sharply to its left and circles around behind Fela.

At 12.20am 3rd August the 1st Platoon of 2nd Company 144th Regt follows the path of the leading
platoon and also circles now to the West of Fela

By 1.10 you last platoon 2nd Platoon, 2nd Company 144th Regt and the 2nd  Company HQ are in place to the north of Fela the village is now surrounded and all forces begin to creep forward.

At 1.30am the attack begins.

Japanese  OOB and Conditions

All units start 15inches from Fela village

2nd Company HQ, I Battalion, 144th Infantry Regiment (from Kokoda)
7 men Veteran/Spirited Reactions

1st Platoon, 1st  Company 1/144th
 Regt (Veteran/Spirited Reactions) (from Pitoki)
Platoon HQ 1 x Officer and 1 x Sgt, 1 x Sniper, 2 riflemen
3 x Sections each  of 1 x LMG, 2 loaders, 2 x NCO, 8 x Soldiers
1 x Section of three Knee Mortars, 2 x NCO, 6 x loaders/riflemen
1 x HMG from HMG Coy 1/144th Regt

1st Platoon, 2ndCompany 1/144th Regt (Veteran/Spirited Reactions) (from Kokoda)
Platoon HQ 1 x Officer and 1 x Sgt, 1 x Sniper, 2 riflemen
3 x Sections each  of 1 x LMG, 2 loaders, 2 x NCO, 8 x Soldiers
1 x Section of three Knee Mortars, 2 x NCO, 6 x loaders/riflemen
1 x HMG from HMG Coy 1/144th Regt

2nd Platoon, 2nd Company 1/144th
 Regt (Veteran/Spirited Reactions) (from Oivi)
Platoon HQ 1 x Officer and 1 x Sgt, 1 x Sniper, 2 riflemen
3 x Sections each  of 1 x LMG, 2 loaders, 2 x NCO, 8 x Soldiers
1 x Section of three Knee Mortars, 2 x NCO, 6 x loaders/riflemen
No HMGs at Oivi.

Support Elements A Section 55th Mountain battery
1 x Observer team attached to 2 x75mm Mountain Howitzers located at Kokoda

Support Elements 1/144th Regt Mortars 1 x Observer team attached to 2 x81mm Mortars located at Kokoda

Allied Commanders Ian, Doug and Michael confir
The AAR to follow for the action.

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