March 1966, R10 Free World turn (Seasonal interface)
Moonsoonseason starts giving all aircraft operations a negative -50% modifier.
The political situation in South Vietnam is calm. Bao Dai is still head of state. SVN morale is still low at 65. My controlled population has again risen from 427 to 444. The most likely influence is due to SVN low morale which gives SVN a -5 modifier on all pacification rolls. NVN morale has risen from 59 to 85 indicating another major US buildup.
It seems that the Republic of Korea (ROK) has decided to Support the South Vietnamese puppet regime and sent both its Capitol and 9th Division to the area. Intelligence sources also report that the 82nd Airborne Division, the 26th Marine Regiment and several detached mechanized and infantry battalions and armored squadrons have been sent to Vietnam.
In Quang Ngai, Corps I area, The 82nd Airborne together with ARVN forces begins Operation "Go Fish" to clear the coastline of NLF guerillas. Just south of Quang Ngai city an NLF battalion is shattered loosing 310 men 190 US and ARVN losses.
In Laos the ARVN paratroopers easily moves through the weak NLF forces blocking the border area killing 110 NLF. The paras decide to stay in Laos though and still hold Saravaneh. The rest of Corps I area see little or no combat.
In Kontum province, Corps II, Operation STD is raging and heavy battles around Kontum city causes major casualties on both sides. Forces from the 1st Cavalry Divsion and the 101st Airborne Division reoccupy Kontum city and Pleikku. The casualty leavel reaches its highest peak yet with 1 570 US dead, wounded or missing compared to 1 650 NVA losses from the 319th and 2nd NVA divisions.
The situation does not look good for my units in this battle but the people of Kontum province will be difficult to convince going back to being loyal to the SVN government. None of them are currently loyal to them.
In neigbouring Phu Bon province US forces make a catastrophic frontal assault agains my forces dug into mountains. US losses reach 450 men and 10 helicopters shot down for only 40 dead guerillas.
Corps III/IV see little combat. B-52s bomb the border area of Tuyen Duc province, causing 60 casualties.
Korean units shell the provincial capitol of Khim Cuong in Hau Nghía province with heavy artillery causing 40 men lost. The city is still held by the VC though.
In An Giang Province ARVN fight their way to rescue the beleagered US battalion brushing aside weak NLF cover forces causing some 90 NLF casualties. The rescue forces are still a long way from the US battalion though.
Screenshot shows operations STD and Go Fish.