Panzer Grenadier finally moves to
the Pacific with this game of the intense
fighting between U.S. Marines and Japanese
soldiers and marines in the tense weeks of
1942. Twenty-four scenarios are included.
Guadalcanal is a stand-alone game;
no other game from the series is required
to play any of the 24 scenarios.
Guadalcanal has several
types of Marine units: Marine rifle, parachute
and Raider units plus scouts. The Marines
usually have very good morale, and have excellent
leadership and strong firepower. Where they’re
at times lacking is in support weapons: The
Army gets first call on tanks and artillery,
and the Marine versions on Guadalcanal are
not up to the high quality of the riflemen.
Japan counters with Army and navy units of
low firepower but fanatically high morale.
Japanese artillery isn’t very good,
their handful of tanks will barely keep out
rifle bullets, and there are few direct support
weapons. The key to Japanese success will
be to enter close combat with the Marines,
where the Japanese warrior spirit can be used
to full advantage.
Scenarios cover a wide variety of actions.
The maps, thought by many to be the most beautiful
in the Panzer Grenadier series, cover
“historical” terrain rather than
the generic coverage of most other games in
The Marine operations began in August 1942
with landings on Tulagi and Tanambogo islands.
Guadalcanal includes complete maps
of these islands, and scenarios to re-create
the intense fighting required to eject the
Japanese from them.
Fighting on Guadalcanal hinged around one
key location: Henderson Field. The Marines
fought to hold this muddy airstrip, the Japanese
flung themselves at them in heroic efforts
to take it. Most scenarios in the game hinge
on the areas that had to be held to protect
the airfield: the Matanikau River line, the
Tenaru River, and the line of hills known
as Edson’s Ridge. All of them became
etched in the memory of every U.S. Marine
since, as the scenes where the Corps wrote
its finest chapters of bravery and dedication.
Army units fought on Guadalcanal as well,
and we haven’t forgotten them. The Jungle
Fighting book gives a full background
of the fighting on Guadalcanal plus an additional
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