Battle of Mimasetoge

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fitzpatv
Lance Corporal - SdKfz 222
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Battle of Mimasetoge

Post by fitzpatv » Sun Apr 02, 2017 8:41 pm

There are two versions of this second scenario in the historical Sengoku Jidai series, allowing both sides to be played. A large Hojo clan army containing a high proportion of raw troops faces a Takeda clan force split into a main body and two flanking groups. That on the right, under C in C Takeda Shingen, is aiming to lure the Hojo onto it, leaving them open to being attacked in the rear by that on the left. In doing so, Shingen's men are in for a desperate struggle for survival as half the Hojo army focuses on them. They need to hold on until the fights on the other two fronts are won and help can arrive. On the left, although the Takeda force starts concealed in a wood, the Hojo AI is immediately aware of them and will move troops to block their advance. The Takeda have the quality and local numbers to break through, but time is of the essence. In the middle, the Takeda main body is hampered by having to fight uphill, but has numbers and quality and should be able to prevail by edging around the enemy flanks. Takeda reserves can be sent round to help Shingen.

Playing the Takeda side first, I made this work and won 43-11 at the first attempt.

As the Hojo, you have the surprise handicap of having to win by 32 points (unless you score 60+) and limit your own losses to 34 points or less. To begin with, you need to sort-out the messy initial deployment and re-organise to face the flanking threat. There is, at least, time to do this. Try to pull the raw ashigaru back into reserve, so as to deny the Takeda easy points. There are only two Takeda units on your left, so use sufficient force only to defeat them (a couple of decent infantry, some bowmen and one or two of the raw ashigaru for flanking moves). Get cavalry over to the right to stop the main flanking force. Defend the escarpment here, watching out for flanking moves in the woods on either side - none of this will be easy and results are uncertain. Meanwhile, the main Takeda force will either forge straight ahead or move through the woods to help Shingen. Delay with the better central infantry and missile troops, plus one cavalry unit, feeding in raw ashigaru from the reserve around the Honjin as necessary.

Managed a 48-14 win first-time with this approach.

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