Scenario was a simple one - US player, taking part in the invasion of Cambodia, must push across the board and exit his M113 platoon (3 x tracks with troops) from the opposite edge. THe North Vietnamese player aims to stop him. The NVA troopers set up in ambush positions - both are rated as "seasoned."
|M113s buzz along on Route 10 towards the ruins of an old building and a small clearing.
|NVA troopers deployed in defensive ambush positions against the movement of the American armor.
|US track under watchful eye of NVA troopers.
|CONTACT! M113 brews up, dismounts get the hell out of the track but are caught in some nasty small arms fire from RPDs, AKs, and SKS. 3 are killed instantly and a number are suppressed.
|US dismounts from the second track maneuver to fire and assault the NVA team
|second US fireteam behind the burning track
|NVA reinforcements pour in!
|NVA ambush team 2 takes up firing positions along a road culvert and immediately start shooting. They would kill even more stunned dismounts and force a retreat.
|US player fighting it out on the road
|US player assaults through the first ambush position as the surviving M113 tracks start racking up the casualties with their .50s!
|Platoon leader and weapons section dismount!
|Last remaining NVA position on the board. The US player spots them and moves up
|Assaulting "the rock"
|platoon HQs in the treeline
|Attack! Advance! Assault!
|Hand to hand fighting in the culvert as the last of the NVA are rooted out
|sunset over the battlefield...
DISMOUNT BEFORE DEATH: Tankers can have their fancy sayings (death before dismount) but in actuality, a wargame taught me why all those GIs in Vietnam rode atop their ACAVs during the war. Survivability. Should have dismounted and moved with the tracks alongside them during the beginning but I chose as part of the scenario to have them "buttoned up" as it added to the drama of the ambush. They would have had dramatically fewer casualties had they gone in dismounted.
Anti Tank! Ensure you have enough anti tank to go around, especially if you're deploying to stop an armored invasion...
2:1 ratio in close assault: Would have been better as the Americans or the NVA to go in with 2:1 local odds as you never know what's going to happen in a close assault when it's fireteam against fireteam. The NVA had the manpower to do it, but was intent on staying in the ambush teams.
Stick in close! The US player had an overwhelming advantage in firepower - as the NVA player I should have gone in right after the initial volley and got into hand to hand combat. Would have guaranteed more casualties from the start.
All in all an awesome game and a great chance to use my nicely painted US troopers, model tracks, and palm trees. I'll leave you with a few more gratuitous shots of my troopers in action!
|US Troops weeding out the last of the NVA attackers
|NVA Commander - where did everybody go?
|US Forces mopping up