This virtual staff ride examines the 158th RCT and 6ID efforts to seize Lone Tree Hill, key terrain that overlooked Maffin Bay and the airfields on Wadke Island along the northern coast of New Guinea. This operation was designed to secure the lines of communication for the larger campaign aimed at liberating the Philippines.
The staff ride begins with an overview of the campaign, followed by the 158th’s attack, and the 6ID relief in place of the 158th RCT. The study continues with a detailed examination of the 6ID’s seizure of Lone Tree Hill.
The primary learning objective is to discuss insights of attacking in a jungle environment and small-scale amphibious operations, especially at the battalion to division level.
The Lone Tree Hill VSR is fully exportable to any organization that has access to the Army-licensed gaming software, Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3). Each exportable package includes full instructor support materials, student readings, and instructions on how to use everything. Please see below.