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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/9/2019 8:09:49 PM   
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Off with a Bang - Battle of Bu Dop
29 November, 1967
[Bu Dop, Binh Phuoc Province, South Vietnam]: [H2H/SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: Bu Dop Special Forces Camp is a former U.S. Army and Army of the Republic of Vietnam base in Bu Dop District, Binh Phuoc Province near the Vietnam-Cambodia border. It was strategically placed near the upper Song Be River reaches as it passed near the border, as this area was a known heavily used infiltration route for the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) to bring supplies to War Zone D. While the 9th PLAF Division began withdrawing from Loc Ninh, elements of the 5th PLAF Division were massing near Song Be town, some forty kilometres to the east. The 275th Regiment arrived from War Zone D in southern Phuoc Long Province to join the 88th Regiment, now attached to the 5th Division. The second phase of the PAVN Military Region 10’s campaign to improve the security of Communist lines of communications into III Corps was about to unfold. A large number of Communist troops building fortifications near Bu Gia Map, an abandoned hamlet twenty-eight kilometres northeast of Song Be that had a small airfield formerly used by the Special Forces. The Viet Cong was gearing up for a new campaign in Phuoc Long Province, with evidence supporting that view when part of the 275th Regiment attacked the South Vietnamese Army camp south of Song Be on November 25th. The fight lasted more than four hours, but later turned out, was a diversion. The real targets were Bo Duc, a district capital some twenty kilometres northwest of Song Be, and the neighboring Special Forces camp at Bu Dop, located two kilometres to the north of Bo Duc. On November 26th and 28th, Montagnard troops from Bo Duc observed unidentified enemy forces moving through the area and later on the 28th, the 2nd and 3nd Battalions of the 272d Regiment attacked the Bo Duc District headquarters, a fortified compound defended by a reconnaissance company from the South Vietnamese 5th Division, a company of Regional Forces soldiers, and two Popular Forces platoons. Viet Cong mortar fire prevented the Montagnard soldiers stationed at the nearby Bu Dop Special Forces camp from reinforcing the embattled district headquarters. The enemy attacked the compound from multiple directions to take advantage of his superior numbers and a group of Viet Cong troops fought its way through the southern perimeter and forced the defenders to regroup in the northern half of the compound. The U.S. adviser attached to the reconnaissance company called down napalm and 750-pound bombs a mere seventy-five metres from his location to prevent the enemy from overrunning the compound. The air strike landed on target, violently jarring the government soldiers in their bunkers but also killing many Viet Cong troops caught in the open. When the defenders saw the enemy waver, they counterattacked and drove him back into the jungle. Both Communist battalions broke contact around 0630. Allied reinforcements arrived during the afternoon of November 29th and consisted of two infantry battalions from the South Vietnamese 5th Division that took up defensive positions in the town, while the U.S. 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry, as well as Battery A/2nd/33rd Artillery, equipped with 105-mm. howitzers arrived and established a firebase at the northwestern end of the runway. The Viet Cong would test the American position later that night, starting with a barrage of 122mm rockets and mortars. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]






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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/10/2019 12:26:29 AM   
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Shouldn't the LZ XRAY be less full of vegetation? the terrain looks the same all around?? It could be my perception from the Movie " When we were soldiers"

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/10/2019 2:07:33 AM   
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Keep in mind the scale, the hexes are 250 metres. The maps above are based on topo's from the time frame, which represent the area fairly accurately.

Unfortunately, I can't have a "partially" treed hex to give the illusion that you see in the movie.

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/10/2019 7:14:50 PM   
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The Omen - Battle of Ban Houei Sane

23 January, 1968
[Ban Houei Sane, Savannakhet Province, Laos]: [SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: . In April 1961, the newly created Bataillon Volontaire 33 'Elephant' Battalion of the Royal Lao Army arrived at Ban Houei Sane, after it was forced to retreat from the Tchephone area by People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and Pathet Lao forces. At Ban Houei Sane, the Laotians constructed new defensive positions with assistance from the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN)'s 1st Infantry Division. One year later, BV-33 began monitoring North Vietnamese movements along the Vietnam-Laotian border. In order to lure American combat units away from the major cities the North Vietnamese High Command decided to launch the first strike; on January 21st, 1968, the PAVN began their attacks on the Khe Sanh Combat Base, where six thousand U.S. Marines were stationed. As part of that major effort, the PAVN made the decision to knock out the small outpost of Ban Houei Sane once and for all, as the Royal Laotian Army's BV-33 was considered an important tool in the Allies' intelligence gathering effort. On the night of January 23rd, 1968, the 24th Regiment of the PAVN 304th Division began on their assault on the small Royal Lao Army outpost at Ban Houei Sane. The small outpost, defended by the 700 man Bataillon Volontaire (BV-33), was attacked by the the PAVN 3rd/24th Regiment, eventually supported by PT-76's tanks of the 198th Battalion. The PT-76 was a Soviet amphibious light tank ideally suited to reconnaissance and fire support roles. This was the first time the PAVN used these tanks in cooperation with an attack on a fixed position, which wouldn't bode well for the next target, the Lang Vie CIDG Camp only 15 kilometres away. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/14/2019 6:55:34 PM   
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Campaign Series Vietnam: Manual Teasers.

Here are a few maps that show locations of battles that are to be included in the game. Additional maps will be 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973-1975, Laos, Cambodia, North Vietnam and Hypothetical.




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/14/2019 6:55:59 PM   
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Manual Teaser #2




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/14/2019 6:56:26 PM   
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Manual Teaser #3




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/14/2019 6:56:58 PM   
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Manual Teaser #4




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/15/2019 12:09:32 PM   
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Looks Awesome Jason. Hope we are going to see the Battles for FSB Coral & Balmoral for the Aussies in May-June of 1968 with the introduction of Centurion tanks.

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/15/2019 2:30:05 PM   
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You bet, Jugger!



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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/15/2019 2:56:20 PM   
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Just looking awesome Jason, Thank You!!

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/16/2019 3:32:54 AM   
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Here is a map that shows the Laotian Civil War battles that are included in the game. These are all made by our guest designer, David Galster.




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/16/2019 5:37:17 PM   
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And So it Begins - The Hill Fights
24 April, 1967
[Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam]: [SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: While there were a small number of contacts made by 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, and elements of 3d Reconnaissance Battalion, there was still no conclusive proof that the People's Army of North Vietnam (PAVN) occupied the hilly jungle terrain north of Khe Sanh in regimental or division strength, it was decided to reduce the Marine presence there as the fighting in the eastern part of Quang Tri was heavier. By the time all was said and done, come the beginning of February, Khe Sahn was defended by Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines and a platoon from the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion with a supporting artillery battery, which was a far cry from the original intention of defending Khe Sanh with at least a battalion. Apart from a firefight in February and a mortar attack on Khe Sanh on March 2nd shortly after the accidental bombing of Lang Vie village, activity around Khe Sanh had been relatively quiet. As the month progressed, an attempted probe by the PAVN on perimeter of Khe Sanh airfield, contacts were becoming more frequent with a major firefight happening on March 16th, which highlighted how dependent the Marines were on helicopter support as well as how the PAVN were capable of keeping large units concealed in the dense terrain around Khe Sanh until they were ready to attack. With this additional concerns, and with Route 9 being opened between Dong Ha and Khe Sanh, a convoy was sent to bolster the defences. Active patrolling was the norm for the garrison and April 24th started no differently with two platoons of B/1st/9th sweeping a complex of caves northwest of Hill 861. Additional forces were maneuvering towards Hill 700 to set up a mortar position to support the other two platoons. Elements of the PAVN 18th Regiment/325C Division were also lurking in the hills and today was the day they planned on revealing themselves starting a series of battles that would become known to the Marines as the Hill Fights. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]






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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/17/2019 4:30:12 PM   
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Special K - The Hill Fights
25 April, 1967
[Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam]: [SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: April 24th found B Company/1st Battalion/9th Marines attempting to secure Hill 861 after the 2nd Platoon was taken under fire. The Company was dispersed and on opposite sides of Hill 861 where a company sized unit of the PAVN 18th Regiment was dug in. On a tactical level, then, one could conclude that the Marines had received the worst of the fight on 24 April. The commanding General concluded, however, that the actions of Company B had forced the NVA to reveal that they were staging men and supplies for a potential major attack on Khe Sanh in the coming days. With this, it was determined the real fight was to be at Khe Sanh and addition forces were to be sent immediately. Company K, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines were flown in after the fog lifted during the late morning of April 25th and immediately started to head towards Hill 861 to link up with B/1st/9th. Both companies would then attack and clear Hill 861. As Company K/3rd/3rd advanced, F Battery with 105mm and 155mm howitzers were prepping the top of the hill. Once reaching their jumping off positions on Hill 861, Company K took the initiative and had started their assault against Hill 861. Unknown to them was that the 18th Regiment had sent reinforcements to the area during the previous evening and were well fortified on the hill where the preparatory fires seemed to have little effect. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/18/2019 3:54:46 PM   
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A New Plan - The Hill Fights
28 April, 1967
[Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam]: [SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: The intense fighting and heavy losses sustained around Khe Sanh convinced the leadership of 3rd Marines to commit even more combat power to the remote outpost in the hills. The presence of large enemy forces with machine guns and mortars indicated that they indeed intended to make a major effort to take Khe Sanh. On April 27th, Company B, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, and Company K, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines, depleted by heavy casualties, were pulled out of the fight for much-needed rest and rebuilding. In their place was sent Company K and M, 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines. After the heavy fighting for Hill 861, it was decided to send a second battalion, 2nd/3rd Marines, to Khe Sanh, as well as another artillery battery. While all this firepower was being assembled, the Marines made plans for a new attack against the formidable PAVN forces in the hills. The commanding officer passed down broad outlines for a two-battalion operation that would capture the hill mass to the northwest of Khe Sanh. After two days of artillery and airstrikes against the hills, the two battalions would conduct their assault. Planners designated Hill 861 as objective one, while Hill 881 South would be objective two and Hill 881 North identified as objective three. 2nd/3rd Marines would seize Hill 861, while 3rd/3rd Marines would follow and then swing west to Hill 881S. Once both of the hills were secured, the 2nd/3rd Marines, as 3rd/3rd Marines protected their flank, would continue the advance and capture Hill 881N. After the preparatory fire lifted, where bombs and artillery had stripped most of the vegetation, leaving only charred and splintered trees, the 2nd/3rd Marines assaulted Hill 861 with two companies abreast . The Marines moved up the hill against sporadic mortar fire, but met no other determined resistance; the NVA had withdrawn. The elements of the PAVN 18th Regiment had withdrawn in an orderly fashion, leaving behind no equipment or anything else with intelligence value. The 18th Regiment didn't plan on giving up the other two hills so easily. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/19/2019 5:21:23 PM   
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King of the Hill - The Hill Fights
3 May, 1967
[Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam]: [SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: Between April 29th to May 2nd, the 2nd/3rd Marines and 3rd/3rd Marines had been fighting a see-saw battle with elements of the PAVN 18th Regiment for Hills 881 South and 881 North, advancing to contact and then withdrawing to let the artillery and airstrikes rout the PAVN forces from their position. Before capturing Hill 881S, 166 Marine Air Force sorties were flown against the hills with over 650,000 lbs of bombs were dropped. On May 2nd, Companies of 3rd/3rd Marines assaulted Hill 881S and captured it with minimal resistance by the mid afternoon. The Marines discovered over 250 bunkers protected by anywhere between 2 and 8 layers of logs and then 4 to 5 feet of earth, only 50 bunkers remained intact after the sustained bombing. Also on May 2nd, 2nd/3rd Marines were attacking Hill 881N and had also encountered determined defenders and pulled back to allow for artillery support. The 2nd/3rd Marines almost reached the summit of the hill when it was hit by an intense rainstorm and the Battalion was pulled back into night defensive positions and would assault the hill in the morning. Unaware at the time, the 18th Regiment was pulled out of the line and replaced with elements of the PAVN 95C Regiment. Under the cover of darkness and rain, the PAVN 95C Regiment prepared to assault the Marine positions south of Hill 881N, to maintain their dominance over the hill top. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/19/2019 5:57:16 PM   
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That will be the last of the Hill Fight scenarios.

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/19/2019 6:18:00 PM   
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As you may have noticed, I had been posting nearly a handful of "Hill Fight" scenarios that relate to the fighthing around Khe Sanh prior to the siege. I have some other scenarios to make for 1967 (Loc Ninh, Operation Buffalo, etc), but I have a question for YOU regarding the Khe Sanh siege. There wasn't a lot of ground combat during the siege, a small engagement here and there (which I will cover), it was mostly artillery duels and no determined attempt to attack the base.

So what are YOU expecting from a "Siege of Khe Sanh" scenario?

Let me know, I am curious!

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/20/2019 7:19:41 PM   
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Street-fighter - Battle of Loc Ninh
29 October, 1967
[Loc Ninh, Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam]: [H2H/SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: As a part of the strategic preparations for the Tet Offensive in early 1968, the Peoples Army of North Vietnam (PAVN) began attacking isolated allied bases in the fall of 1967 in hopes he could draw US and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) forces outside of several major South Vietnamese cities. The Dry Season Campaign started on October 27th when an attack was launched against Song Be by the PAVN 88th Regiment. After a couple of days of heavy fighting, the 88th Regiment had withdrawn back into the jungle before additional ARVN reinforcements would arrive. Further to the west, the next target would be Loc Ninh, a town located in Binh Long Province, approximately 14 kilometres east of the Cambodian border and 110 kilometres north of Saigon. Elements of the Viet Cong 273rd Regiment gathered in the plantation around Loc Ninh, with support from the 84A Artillery Regiment, and prepared their plans for the assault, which also provided an opportunity to experiment with street fighting techniques as well as to test South Vietnamese reactions and use of firepower to relieve cities and populated areas captured by Viet Cong forces. Loc Ninh was defended by a Regional Force Company located around the District camp, a Popular Force Platoon and near the airfield was a Special Forces CIDG Camp that also housed the A-331 Special Forces team, although one of the CIDG Companies was on patrol eight kilometres from the town when the rockets and mortars started to fall on the Special Forces Camp and the Regional Force compound, with some of the rounds falling in Loc Ninh, setting it ablaze. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]







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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/21/2019 5:48:06 PM   
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Raining Death - Battle of Loc Ninh
31 October, 1967
[Loc Ninh, Binh Dinh Province, South Vietnam]: [H2H/SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: After the arrival of a couple of companies from the ARVN 5th Division on the morning of October 29th, Loc Ninh and the Regional District Camp were cleared of the Viet Cong. Later that morning, two companies of 2nd/28th Regiment with an artillery battery were flown into Loc Ninh and set up a Firebase at the south end of the runway. Its first job was to soften up a landing zone some 3,500 meters to the northwest near the hamlet of Srok Silamlite for the 1st/18th Infantry. The fighting then shifted to the northwest of Loc Ninh after the 1st/18th Regiment had air assaulted and began setting up another firebase. Assisted by CIDG units, the U.S. 1st/18th Regiment fought a running battle in the rubber plantation. After airstrikes and gunship support, vicious fighting ensued until the PAVN 165th Regiment melted back into the plantation. Intelligence had determined that there were the elements of six regiments from two divisions operating in Binh Long and Phuoc Long Provinces, but haven't determined where the next attack would be. The 1st Brigade headquarters was transferred to Quan Loi, a staging area and airstrip in central Binh Long Province, where it would take command and control of the coming fight. Also in the staging area were elements of the 1st/28th Regiment and a company of the 2nd/28th Regiment ready to reinforce an attack. As the PAVN 165th Regiment was regrouping in the plantation west of Loc Ninh, elements of the Viet Cong 272nd Regiment prepared for their assault. Shortly after midnight on October 31st, the target of their assault was made clear when hail of rockets and mortars started to slam onto the airfield and the camps that flanked it, with more accuracy that the previous bombardment. Fortunately for the defenders of Loc Ninh that an AC-47 "Spooky" armed transport was on station to rain down death onto the attacking Viet Cong. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/23/2019 6:13:55 PM   
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Air, Land and Sea - Operation DRAGON FIRE
6 September, 1967
[Batangan Peninsula, Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam]: [SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: In the province of Quang Ngai, the Batangan Peninsula was a well-known Viet Cong stronghold and had been the scene of several previous Allied operations, including Operation Piranha in 1965. In 1966 the peninsula became part of the Tactical Area of Responsibility of the South Korean 2nd Marine Brigade. The effectiveness of the South Korean 2nd Marine Brigade remained a question mark as since arriving in Vietnam, the Koreans had stayed near their bases. When they did venture out, it was rarely for more than ten days at a time. One of the exceptions was Operation Dragon Fire conducted against the Batangan Peninsula. After receiving intelligence that the Viet Cong 48th Battalion was refitting on the peninsula, a combined arms operation was developed to secure the peninsula and go one step further to create a tactical base on the southern end of the peninsula to wrestle control from the Viet Cong in the area. Operation Dragon Fire would involve the 1st, 2nd and 5th R.O.K. Marine battalions, one advancing from the west towards the peninsula over land, one combat assaulting on the western side of the peninsula and the last performing an amphibious landing on the northern beaches of the peninsula. Support would be made available from U.S. Marine gunships as the operation progressed. As with previous operations, the terrain and villages surrounded by dense hedgerows favoured the defending Viet Cong, making the task long and tedious. The operation generated a large number of refugees as they fled the fighting or abandoned their villages in the peninsula. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/24/2019 5:25:35 PM   
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Into the Mountains - Battle of Dak To - Phase 1
4 November, 1967
[Dak To, Kontum Province, South Vietnam]: [SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: By early October, U.S. intelligence reported that the Peoples Army of North Vietnam were withdrawing regiments from the Pleiku area to join those in Kontum Province, thereby dramatically increasing the strength of local forces to that of a full division. The goal of operations in the area, according to a captured document from the B-3 Front Command, was to annihilate a major U.S. element in order to force the enemy to deploy as many additional troops to the Central Highlands as possible. The area around Dak To had been well prepared by the PAVN. Nearly every key terrain feature was heavily fortified with elaborate bunker and trench complexes. With ample supplies and ammunition moved into the area, the three PAVN Regiments south of Dak To were ready for a fight. In response, the U.S. 4th Infantry began moving the 3rd Battalion, 12th Infantry and the 3rd Battalion, 8th Infantry into Dak To to launch Operation MacArthur. On October 29th, the 4th/503rd Airborne returned to the area as a reinforcement being sent to the Ben Het CIDG Camp. The U.S. Operation started with elements of the 3rd/12th Infantry combat assaulting north of Hill 1338, where they would work their way south and clear the ridge. 3rd/8th would establish a firebase on Hill 1001 while the rest of the battalion would combat assault near Hill 865 and advance west. Most of the 4th/503rd would advance south on foot from Ben Het and later establish a firebase on Hill 823. Fighting soon erupted for all three battalions as they ran into the PAVN defensive positions. These battles that erupted on the hill masses south and southeast of Dak To became some of the hardest-fought and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/26/2019 6:32:39 PM   
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Stirring the Nest - Battle of Hill 823
6 November, 1967
[Dak To, Kontum Province, South Vietnam]: [SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: Reacting to 4th Division intelligence that the headquarters of the NVA 40th Artillery Regiment was then located five kilometers southeast of Ben Het, the 4th/503rd Airborne was ordered to search the suspected area. A, C and D companies/4th/503rd had spent the day finding abandoned foxholes and entrenchments, but generally it was another day without incident. Thus far the only enemy force threatening Dak To was engaged with the two battalions of the 4th Infantry Division, south and southwest of the camp. On the morning of November 5th, still finding no trace of the enemy, Company A was now to trail Company D, allowing it to be readily available as a reserve as Company D advanced towards the Ngok Kom Leat ridge north of Hill 823. Company C advancing towards the high ground on the northern edge of the ridge along the trail network to the north, discovered some unoccupied enemy foxholes. As the distance between the companies and their Ben Het base was lengthening. It was decided that the 4th/503rd would establish a new fire support base closer to the anticipated area of combat. After making an aerial reconnaissance together, they selected Hill 823 because it dominated the terrain and would be mutually supporting with Ben Het. Relieved of the mission of providing security for Ben Het, Company B was to conduct combat assault onto the hill at 0900 on November 6th. After B Company secured Hill 823, Chinooks would transfer Battery B, 3rd/319th Artillery on the hilltop. As the companies of the battalion reached their objectives, and B Company's combat assault into a cold Landing Zone, the appearance of fresh prints of bare feet in the soft ground, a bamboo reel for wire, newly dropped human feces, all pointed to the nearness of the enemy. Advanced parties were sent out to recon the areas immediately around the hilltops seemed to have stirred the nest. Elements of the PAVN 174th Regiment sprang into action and swarmed around the Airborne companies, starting a fierce engagement that would last throughout the day. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/26/2019 9:13:07 PM   
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Looks awesome Jason, You keeping me up and Happy though my depression of lost of my grandmother and cancer now giving me hope for this game, keep the screenshots coming, brother, Vietnam one of my favorite wars, had 4 family members served in that conflict, hits home.

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/26/2019 9:20:43 PM   
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Very happy to help!! Stay tuned, there are more goodies coming for sure!

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/28/2019 9:54:40 PM   
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Campaign Series Vietnam: ALPHA Graphics: SCENARIO DESIGN
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Cumulation of Violence - Battle of Hill 875
November 19, 1967
[Dak To, Kontum Province, South Vietnam]: [SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: Intense fighting in the notoriously difficult terrain of the Dak To area had been going on for a few weeks already. During the previous two weeks, U.S. and ARVN forces found the PAVN troops and repeatedly made bloody assaults in the attempt to dig him out of his bunkers and trenches. Casualties mounted reducing companies in some Free World battalions to 50 and 60 percent, especially the U.S. 173rd Airborne Brigade's three battalions. On the November 11th the 1st Battalion/503rd engaged in a battle that decimated two of their companies that were formed into a task force at Hill 823. U.S. intelligence indicated that the PAVN troops in the area were the fresh 174th Regiment that had slipped westward past Ben Het and had taken up positions on an 875-metre-high hill just six kilometres from the border. The 174th Regiment had done so in order to cover the withdrawal of the 66th and 32nd Regiments, which were moving toward their sanctuaries across the Cambodian frontier. The Hill 875 complex consisting of three lines of mutually supporting bunkers all dug into the side of hill and interconnected with deep bombproof tunnels. A series of trench lines ran around the crest of hill from which grenades could be thrown and rocket propelled grenades fired. Mortar crews were positioned on the ridges behind the hill and were to provide indirect fire support. A Special Forces mobile strike force had been advancing up Hill 875 and had been taken under fire by PAVN in bunkers. Knowing the PAVN were there, the depleted 2nd/503rd was tasked with taking Hill 875. Moving across the mountainous terrain, A/2nd/503rd was the lead company and found a small hospital complex at the base of Hill 875. After laagering for the night, and artillery from 319th Artillery and airstrikes had spent hours bombarding the hilltop, Companies C and D would begin the climb to the crest of Hill 875. The culminating battle of Operation MACARTHER started on this day would result in the hardest fought victory of 1967. [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]




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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/31/2019 9:55:29 AM   
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Jason, coming out soon?????

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/31/2019 2:23:57 PM   
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Q2 2020ish, demyansk. As you can see, we're only creating scenarios for 1967 at the moment, but they are almost done. Still a ways to go yet!

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/31/2019 7:43:16 PM   
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Thanks Jason for the info and keep up the good work. I had a coupon and was wondering. I'll buy it anyway to support you guys. Been buying a lot of solitaire board games but still not played. Fire in the Lake is arriving soon and have Tank Duel on the table, ready to be opened.

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RE: Sneak Peeks, Coming Attractions, Works-In-Progress - 10/31/2019 8:16:12 PM   
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Campaign Series Vietnam: ALPHA Graphics: SCENARIO DESIGN
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The Shaping - Battle of Route 606
29 July, 1967
[Con Thien, Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam]: [SIDE A][HIS][CSL]: Operation BUFFALO and HICKORY II were sweeping operations of the southern half of the Demilitarized Zone with the intention of destroying PAVN fortifications, mortar and artillery positions south of the border. At the close of HICKORY II, a new operation was started under the guise of Operation KINGFISHER with much the same mission as before. On July 28th a Marine Task Force consisting of 2nd/9th Marines reinforced with a platoon of tanks, three Ontos, three LTVE's and engineers conducted a spoiling attack to the northwest of Con Thien along Provincial Route 606, which skirted along the border, clearing the southern half of the DMZ. The Task Force advanced up Route 606 with little contact, but the terrain made movement difficult for the flanking companies. The terrain also canalized the advance into a relatively narrows "V" as the end of the route came to the junction of the Ben Hai River and a tributary, which was unable to be crossed, meaning the Task Force would have to take the same route back. At the end of the day, the Task Force set up Night Defensive Positions at various positions along the route to head out the next morning. The PAVN were aware of what the Marine Task Force was doing and while they did not attack the Night Defensive Positions during the night, they were maneuvering around the Marines using the difficult terrain and darkness to their advantage. As dawn broke and the Marines started their trek back to Con Thien, the valuable lessons of Sun Tzu were about to be brutally reminded, "Avoid being Shaped". [ALL][CSEE, Variable Objectives][1.00]




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