Continuing in 1942, the 1st Marine Division took the island of Guadalcanal with little resistance. With Henderson Field secured, things were looking up for the US...until one of the worst possible things happened. The US Navy was defeated in Iron Bottom Sound at the Battle of Savo Island, severing the supply routes to the Marines on Guadalcanal. The Marines had no choice but to dig in for what was bound to be a very long campaign.
On the night of August 21, 1942, the movement of the Ichiki regiment was preceded by a native police officer who issued a warning that the Japanese marines were coming and wanted blood and victory. Over 1,000 men of the Ichiki regiment committed to a Banzai charge against Marine positions on the Tenaru River. Can the 1st Marine Division hold out and push back this Eastern horde? Uncle Sam needs your help! Follow men like Chicago Native Lew "Chuckler" Juergens, as they defend against the the Banzai attack!
Follow the jump for photos of this fantastic board! Tickets for this event are still available (Saturday, 7:00PM - 11:00PM).
The Guadalcanal board was assembled by the following members of the Central Illinois D-Day Society/Hotel Kompanie: Scott Curry, James Lemon, Dave Searing, and Dave Cleveland. Old Glory and Battlefront miniatures are being used.