Coral Sea Campaign
The game begins with both sides having historic orders of battle for ships and air (with air
at 50% of actual air strength), but abstracted infantry for the invasion. Three rules sets are being
used in the campaign. For the searches and ship movement on the strategic map the Coral Sea campaign rules are being used.
For air combat, "Red Sun, Blue Sky" (Simtac). For fleet contact, if necessary, "ShipBase"
(Armour Soft). All of these have been modified to fit within the context of the campaign.
The campaign map is a 33 by 24 square grid map that
stretches from Northern Australia to New Britain, and includes most of the Solomans. Total area
covered is about 40,000 square miles. The Allies have two major bases - Townesville, Australia
and Port Moresby, New Guinea. The Japanese have two main bases as well - Rabual in New
Britain and Lae, New Guinea, plus two sea plane bases at Shortland and Tulagi in the Solomans.
The Japanese also have a seaplane carrier that can establish another base on one of the islands if
Orders of battle and original positions of forces were:
Planes are not free to move about continuously. After each mission they have to be
"readied" to fly again. If they are damaged they can be repaired, but cannot be repaired and
readied in the same turn. This means that there is a time period when the planes are very
vulnerable to attack.
The campaign begins at dawn on May 4. The Japanese have to capture Port Moresby within
five days, and the Allies have to prevent this. Both sides have to protect their fleets - the Allies
because the carriers are necessary to protect the United States from a feared Japanese invasion,
and the Japanese because their carriers will be needed for the upcoming operation MI - the
invasion of Midway Island.
Chronological description of events
- May 4, 0500 - 0700
- May 4, 0700 - 1300
- May 4, 1300 through the night
- May 5, 0500 - 0700
- May 5, 0700 - 0900
- May 5, 0900 - 1300
- May 5, 1300 - 1700
- May 5, 1700 to nightfall
- May 6, 0500 - 0700
- May 6, 0700 - 0900
- May 6, 0900 - 1100
- May 6, 1100 - 1300