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Munda Point Virtual Staff Ride

Munda Point VSR
Munda Point VSR

This Virtual Staff Ride (VSR) examines the Battle of Munda Point during the New Georgia Campaign in the Pacific Theater during World War II. The study focuses on the efforts of the 43d Infantry Division and the XIV Corps to seize Munda Airfield from Japanese defenders between 29 June and 5 August 1943.

It studies joint operations in forcible entry and amphibious operations, operational decisions at corps and division level, tactical decisions at division, regimental, and battalion level, and the unique challenges of warfare in jungle environments. The challenges of sustainment in forcible entry operations and jungle warfare are also considered. A module dedicated to health service support is available to participants.

The Munda Point 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.

Munda Point Virtual Staff Ride Material

Hamburger Hill VSR Introduction

Munda Point VSR Introduction

This file provides an overview of the VSR, what products comprise the VSR, how to download the products, and how they are used to conduct the VSR. The exportable VSR contains all the elements of a “ground” staff ride, but with the terrain being presented with a computer in a classroom environment.

Download the VSR Introduction

Virtual Battlespace 3 Instructions

Virtual Terrain for Munda Point

The VSR runs off the Army’s games-for-training platform, Virtual Battlespace 3 (VBS3). Only a government employee on a CAC enabled computer can download the program. New VBS3 users must request authorization to download the program through Milgaming.  Use this link to access Milgaming. Please note that new download authorizations may not be available due to contract restrictions with the software manufacturer. Authorized users of VBS3 must then upload our Munda Point terrain and model files into VBS3. Detailed instructions on how to complete this process are at the Milgaming link. For technical questions or issues relating to VBS3, contact customer support at Bohemia Interactive Simulations at (866) 755-5127.

Army Milgaming Site

Preliminary Study Materials

Preliminary Study Materials

These materials help prepare staff ride participants for their virtual visit to the campaign area.

Download the Read Ahead

Field Phase and Materials

Field Phase and Materials

These resources are for the staff ride facilitator or instructor. The notes are the materials the instructor uses to tie the terrain, the historical narrative, and the visual aids together. The visual aids help keep the participants oriented to the virtual terrain and to the historical context of the operation.

Download the Instructor Notes

Download the Visual Aids