Last Stand on Opium Hill campaign (updated 07 12 20)

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Re: Last Stand on Opium Hill campaign (updated 1 11 20)

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Casualties are always a tricky thing and I had mixed feelings at first, but I think they help illustrate the story, glad you agree.
I think tabletop casualties work at two levels, a little like battlefield cemeteries - they mark out a history of action on the table in much the same way that battlefield graves do for the landscape; and they both remind us of the cost of war - a helpful reminder for we armchair Generals that "It is well that war is so terrible. Otherwise, we would grow too fond of it."
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Re: Last Stand on Opium Hill campaign (updated 1 11 20)

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The Japanese continue their drive on Singapore but now reach a tough defensive position held by the Malay Regiment for scenario 3. Is this where their offensive will stall, or can they push on through? Another gripping game in what is turning into a very enjoyable campaign, the full AAR is here: http://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com/ ... rio-3.html
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Re: Last Stand on Opium Hill campaign (updated 6 11 20)

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Again a very exciting report and an enjoyable read.

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Re: Last Stand on Opium Hill campaign (updated 6 11 20)

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Loving these AARs as much as all the others, but particularly poignant for me as my grandfather was captured by the Japanese in the campaign and did not survive the war. (Luckily for me, my mum, gran and aunt were safe in Australia.)

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Re: Last Stand on Opium Hill campaign (updated 6 11 20)

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Dog who drinks paint wrote:
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Loving these AARs as much as all the others, but particularly poignant for me as my grandfather was captured by the Japanese in the campaign and did not survive the war. (Luckily for me, my mum, gran and aunt were safe in Australia.)

Many thanks and keep up the fantastic work.
Thanks for sharing the story. It certainly brings the games and history to life with a personal connection. As it happens Dave’s grandmother left his grandfather for a rubber plantation owner in Malaya. The family urged her to return to Australia when war looked imminent but she stayed. She was captured and interned only to be murdered. A Japanese officer was accused of the crime but after the war the case was dismissed for lack of evidence. The word of a Malay manual worker was not enough against the word of a Japanese officer. Rough justice it seems.
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Here we go again. The Japanese return to Map 3 after being rebuffed in no uncertain terms by the doughty Malays in the last game. The full AAR is here: https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com ... 3-one.html
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Re: Last Stand on Opium Hill campaign (updated 13 11 20)

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We now reach the final map of the campaign and a last ditch defence around the opium factory that gives the hill its name. While it may be backs-to-the-wall for the Malay Regiment this attack will be no pushover for the Japanese who have a lot to do. Quite a game in the end and you can read the full AAR here https://thetacticalpainter.blogspot.com ... rio-4.html
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