Operation Shoestring: The Guadalcanal Campaign, 1942 - GMT - Very Good

Regular price $44.95

Operation Shoestring: The Guadalcanal Campaign, 1942, is an Operational level board-wargame covering the air, land, and sea battles between the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps and the forces of the Japanese Empire on and around Guadalcanal Island in 1942. The unit scale is company-level for the ground game and squadron-level for the air forces. Naval counters represent one ship for carriers and battleships, two ships for cruisers, and destroyer flotillas.
The strategic situation at the time found both sides relatively equal in strength for one of the few times in the war. After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and the ensuing string of rapid conquests, Japanese fortunes had taken a turn for the worse. At the Battle of Coral Sea, American carrier-based air power fought to a draw with the vaunted Japanese, serving notice that the Japanese would not be allowed to project naval power with impunity. Later, the Battle of Midway saw four Japanese carriers sunk, evening the odds in the Pacific and laying the groundwork for the first American offensive of the Pacific War.
Operation Shoestring simulates this fascinating campaign & includes special rules to simulate such unique aspects of the battle as: Innovative combat resolution, integrating maneuver combat, close assault, artillery bombardment, shore bombardment, air support, and even Banzai charges into one easy-to-use system. Full-featured naval and air game that integrates with the island fighting. Engineers to rebuild airfields and construct improved positions. Japanese hidden units and limited U.S. intelligence.
Operation Shoestring can be played by one to four players. Solitaire play is possible with a slight modification to the naval rules, while team play is easily accommodated with one player commanding the ground forces and one the air and naval forces for each side. An introductory scenario, several short scenarios, and a grand campaign game allow players to experience the battle for Guadalcanal over a variety of time spans.

Game Scale:

  • Game Turn: 3.5 days
  • Hex: 1 mile / 1.6 kilometers
  • Units: Battalion to Army

Game Inventory:

  • One 22 x 34" full color map
  • Three dual-side printed countersheets (600 1/2" counters)
  • One 24-page Operation Shoestring rulebook
  • Six single-side printed player aid cards
  • One 10-sided die
  • One counter storage tray

Solitaire Playability: High
Complexity Level: High
Players: 2 or more
Playing Time: 1-30 depending on scenario

    This game is in Very Good condition. The counters are partially punched. There is some minor shelf wear. As always, the photos are of the game you will receive.