Critical Hit (2019)
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Desperation Morale has not examined this product and cannot verify its contents. However, the product seems to have a historical map consisting of 20 12" x 18" glossy heavy paper/light cardstock map panels, 1.5 1/2" half-countersheets and 1 mixed 1/2"/5/8" half-countersheet (with 514 counters total), 2 pages rules, 12 scenarios.
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This entry, then, is not a typical Desperation Morale write-up but rather more of a placeholder and historical marker. If Desperation Morale ever acquires a copy of this product, this placeholder entry will be replaced by a full write-up.
Bloody Buna is a historical module from Critical Hit featuring the struggle by U.S. and Australian troops to take the Papuan New Guinea village of Buna from the Japanese in late 1942 and early 1943. The green American troops of the 32nd Infantry Division, lightly armed (most of their artillery was left behind and they had no armor support), struggled mightily fighting the Japanese (in strong defensive positions) for the first time. They also struggled with the difficult terrain and tropical diseases. Many lessons were learned the hard way at Buna.
In a sense, this module is a complement to Those Ragged Bloody Heroes, an early Critical Hit historical module which featured Australians fighting in the nearby Gona area at the same time.
However, Bloody Buna is far larger in size. It takes place on a large historical map that uses a full 20 glossy heavy paper/light cardstock 12″ x 18″ map panels that must be assembled for play. People who have purchased this module have noted that assembling the map can be an arduous task (most scenarios, though, do not require the full map). Though the map is large and impresses with its size, the map artwork is only so-so, without a lot of detail and containing irritating aspects, such as the against-the-grain airstrips, which is something that Critical Hit often portrays very awkwardly.
According to purchasers, Buna also comes with a 1/2″ countersheet of “Japanese naval infantry/sw,” a 1/2″ half-countersheet, and another half-countersheet that has both 1/2″ and 5/8″ counters, for a probable total of 514 counters. It seems like none of these countersheets were actually created for this product but were all from earlier, other products and are just thrown in here.
The product seems to come with 12 scenarios, including a monster-sized scenario, Buna11 (Sons of Bushido), but no campaign game (Critical Hit having abandoned such things).