15.12.1944 - 30.1.1945

PacPG: 15.12.1944 - 10.1.1945

Scenario Map:

When you move the mouse pointer over the map, unit name, strength and coordinates are displayed as a label. When you press terrain button object name is displayed (city, river, sea, ...)

Changes and corrections of map:

Scenario author:
Scenario origin:
Last revision date:
First release:
Revision released:

Entirely new scenario - cast islands of Mindoro and Marinduque, which lies south of the Philippines main island, Luzon. The struggle for mastery of Mindoro was interesting because it was landing of the Americans wtih the Australians as the Japanese. In addition, the Japanese sent last in war their fleet to offensive action with another landing forces ...
The entire island of Mindoro was occupied by January 30, 1945. The end of scenario had to be set to January 10, 1945 to keep the chronological continuity with following scenario Philippines 1945.

When you move the mouse pointer over the map object (city, river, ...), its name, coordinates, optionally flag are displayed as a label

Historic overview:

Operation codename: Love Three
Mindoro Island is separated from Luzon seven and a half-mile wide Strait of Verde Island and the northern most tip is far from the capital city of the Philippines, Manila, nearly 90 milels. Mindoro is not a large island, in the widest part is from south to north 175 km and from west to east 93 km. But for the Allied command had the importance for its strategic location - Southwest Pacific Air Force operating from the airports of Mindoro could effectively support the landings on Luzon and protect the future supply of reinforcements and war material. (Miloš Hubáček - Boj o Filipíny, Panorama 1990)

Article on English Wikipedia

Scenario in dates:
December 13, 1944: In the Sulu Sea - The American heavy cruiser Nashville and a destroyer are heavily damaged in Kamikaze attacks. Both ships are part of the US invasion force heading for Mindoro in the Philippines, Nasville is flagship of the Mindoro invasion fleet.
December 14, 1944: In the Philippines - US Task Force 38 (Admiral McCain) launches air strikes on airfields throughout Luzon. TF38 includes 13 carriers, 8 battleships and numerous cruisers and destroyers. The attacks are in support of the American landing on Mindoro. Palawan massacre is committed on Palawan Island. Here, the Japanese are afraid that the US invasion force is heading towards them and killing 139 mainly US prisoners of war to prevent their liberation, in a cruel way, by burning them. This experience has led the Americans to later plan liberation operations in the rear of the enemy in the Philippines (eg, the liberation of Cabanatuan camp on Luzon).
December 15, 1944: In the Philippines - On the island of Mindoro (about 75 miles from Manila), American forces, under the command of General Dunckel, land at San Augustin. The force consists of part of US 24th Division and a parachute regiment. There is almost no resistance and American troops advance up to 8 miles inland. Naval support includes 3 battleships and 6 escort carriers. One carrier and two destroyers are damaged by Kamikaze attacks. Meanwhile, TF38 continues air strikes on airfields on Luzon. One of the victims of the USS Hornet aircraft in Subic Bay becomes an unmarked ship Oryoku Maru. Later it turns that it is one of the so-called hell ships, a transport ship with 1600 Allied prisoners, including seven Czechoslovaks, several hundred of whom will not survive the sinking of the vessel.
December 16, 1944: In the Philippines - Japanese planes attack American shipping while US aircraft strike at air bases (in continuing operations by TF38). On Mindoro, the landing forces consolidates the beachhead and begins construction of an landing strip.
December 17, 1944: In the Philippines - On Mindoro, American forces capture San Jose Airfield. On Leyte, parts of US 10th and 24th Corps record advances against Japanese positions.
December 26, 1944: In the Philippines - Japanese naval force arriving from Indochina bombards the American beachhead on Mindoro. The force consists of 2 cruisers and 6 destroyers. An American PT Boat sinks one of the destroyers. This is the last sortie by a Japanese naval force in the Philippines.
December 28, 1944: In the Philippines - Mindoro airfield becomes fully operational. A convoy carrying supplies to Mindoro is attacked by kamikazes, with SS John Burke, a Liberty-type freighter loaded with ammunition, ending in a huge explosion, one of the largest man-made before the use of nuclear weapons. The attack of the aircraft with the subsequent explosion is taped by camera. The author of extremely valuable shots is Lieutenant Johnson from the escort destroyer USS Bush (DD-529).
January 19, 1945: In the Philippines - On Mindoro, there is a brief flurry of activity as the Japanese try to slow the advance toward Calapan of the US 21st Infantry. Filipino guerrillas are active throughout the island in support of US forces.
January 24, 1945: In the Philippines - Calapan is taken by the US forces on Mindoro. Japanese resistance on the island has been reduced to isolated pockets.

Literature sources:
Hubáček, Miloš: Boj o Filipíny (Fight for Philippines),   Paseka, 2005, Praha, Litomyšl
Moskin, J. Robert: The U.S. marine corps story,   Laser - books, 1997, Plzeň
.Swanston, Alexander & Malcolm: The Historical Atlas of World War II,   Columbus, 2007, Praha
Hata, Izawa, Sh, Ikuhiro, Yasuho, Christopher: Japanese army air force fighter units and their aces, 1931-1945,   DOBROVSKÝ s.r.o., 2007, Praha
Hrbek, Jaroslav, Hrbek Ivan: Vítězství přichází z moře (Victory comes from sea),   Naše vojsko, 1999, Praha
Novák, Zdeněk: Japonské eskortní torpédoborce třídy Matsu (Japanese Escort Destroyers of Class Matsu),  HPM No. 8/1995

Game play matters:

Campaign play:
In the event of defeat or Minor victory follows scenario Ie Shima. Major victory means to continue in scenario Philippines 1945.

Scenario data:

Map size: 61 x 32 hexes
14 turns, 2 days per turn
Version: PacAGPG 1, Starting side: Allies, Campaign: US campaign, Order in campaign: 13.
Allied states:    USA, Australia & New Zealand, Philippines
Axis states:    Japan
Neutral states:    -
Allies:    attack
Axis:    defend
Experience of Allied purchased units:   
Experience of Axis purchased units:   
Climate region:    Oceania, tropics
Weather character in region:    Rain regularly all year round.
Game time costingness of scenario:    10.2 %
(product of units and turns numbers divided by difference between the most long and the most short scenario)
Number of Allied units:
39 units, from them are 21 core units and 18 auxiliary units
8 air units, 13 naval units and 18 ground units
0 of units are loaded to air transport and 12 to naval transport
Transports Air/Naval:
Allies - Axis

2/14 - 0/3
Number of Axis units:
35 units
12 air units, 7 naval units and 16 ground units
0 of units are loaded to air transport and 3 to naval transport

Initial prestige + every turn donation:
Allies / Axis

500 + 0 / 320 + 35
Max number of Allied units:
47 units, from them are 21 core units and 26 auxiliary units
- on start of scenario is possible to purchase 8 unit
   (0 core + 8 auxiliary)
Max number of Axis units:
35 units
- on start of scenario is possible to purchase 0 unit
Transport units:
Allies - air:    C-47 Dakota
Axis - air:    not available
Allies - naval:    AF Transport
Axis - naval:    Transport

Victory conditions:

Major victory:      All strategic objectives must be token up to 12. turn
Minor victory:      All strategic objectives must be token up to last turn

Prestige donation for Major victory:      100
Prestige donation for Minor victory:      50

Battle participated units:

   Complete list of all units on map including coordinates, strenght, experience etc.

 List of types participated units
Allied units:

Para 43 (USA)
Infantry HW 43 (USA)
Infantry 43 (USA)
Bridge Engineers (USA)
LVT (A)-4 (USA)
M4A1 Sherman (USA)
M5 Stuart (USA)
US 57mm ATG (USA)
US 75mm Gun (USA)
US 105mm Gun (USA)
US 50mm AD (USA)
P-61 Black Widow (USA)
F4U Corsair (USA)
F6F Hellcat (USA)
P-38 Lightning (USA)
P-40 Warhawk (USA)
SB2C Helldiver (USA)
B-25H Mitchell (USA)
Douglas A-20 Havoc (USA)
Torpedo Boat (USA)
Destroyer (USA)
Light Cruiser (USA)
Heavy Cruiser (USA)
Escort Aicraft Carrier (USA)
US M2 Halftruck (USA)
AF Transport (USA)
Bridge Engineers (Australia & New Zealand)
Brencarrier (Australia & New Zealand)
AF Transport (Australia & New Zealand)
Partisans (Philippines)
Axis units:

Kyoka Hohei 1943 (Infantry HW 1943) (Japan)
Hohei 1943 (Infantry 1943) (Japan)
Type 97 Te-Ke (Japan)
Type 1 47mm (Japan)
Meiji 38 Improved 75mm Field Gun (Japan)
Type 98 20mm (Japan)
Ki-84 Frank (Hayate) (Japan)
Ki-61 Tony (Hien) (Japan)
A6M2 Zero (Reisen) (Japan)
D3A Val (Japan)
Destroyer (Japan)
Light Cruiser (Japan)
Heavy Cruiser (Japan)
Transport (Japan)

The same time period scenarios:

Burma 44-45 (PacAGPG 2), Buin (PacAGPG 2)

Map names list:

Apo East Pass
Banton Island
Bongabon River
Busuanga Island
Calavite Passage
Cape Calavite
Dimipac Island
Display all mapnames in list...

Tactical map (large & detail):

Basic map
Map with unloaded transports and order numbers of units

Battlefield map: