This is the Vietnamese (attacker) side of the second scenario I've created based on a fictional world. The first scenario ended in a draw: https://www.matrixgames.com/forums/tm.asp?m=4700787
SECURING THE IRRAWADI
22nd June 1940
Union of Vietnamese Socialist Republics vs Indian Raj
The fall of Mandalay into Indian hands couldn't be avoided, but we managed to significantly slow down their advance and evacuate the communist government. The rest of the country refused to bow down to the provisional government installed by the invaders, and allowed us to move the I and VI Cavalry Corps into it to drive the Indians away.
Enemy units have spread out to occupy the rest of the country. Your orders are to set up a counteroffensive and drive them away of the country entirely, taking back Mandalay and, if possible, encircle as much enemy units as you can.
I have three Fast Divisions made of Tank Destroyers, Light Tanks and Mounted Infantry and Armored Battalions that can help punch through enemy lines. Four Motorized and one Cavalry Divisions can follow their advance, so I have a highly mobile force at my hands.
My forces are highly mobile, while India's Assault Divisions are still recovering from the earlier battle. They are still very powerful, though, so I'll try to set up as many encirclements as I can to soften them up, and attack from several vectors to avoid them concentrating all their firepower in a narrow range. I'll also try to sneak fast units in the enemy's backfield and hunt for their Heavy Artillery Brigades: those formations hit HARD and can melt any troop concentration so they are the highest-priority targets around.
The enemy has quickly reinforced La Drang, sabotaging our attempt to encircle it with a quick move. The 80th Fast and 42nd Motorized are now stuck in the woods E and SE of the city, facing a solid defense. Bad situation. 2Nd Cavalry and 6th Motorized will still try to attack from the NW, maybe we can still catch the Indians off-balance, although the forward elements have been intercepted by an Engineer Battalion clearly guarding the western approach to the city. A hasty attack that tried to push back an enemy Assault Regiment fails miserably. A hundred 122mm howitzers start shelling enemy positions.
Vector A immediately finds itself in a very bad supply situation in the plains west of the Saat River, so I decide to reassign the 5th Motorized Division to Vector B with the order of taking Tosula (guarded by a reorganizing Recon Battalion), then turn east and add its weight to the battle for La Drang.
Vector C is still going: an enemy Recon Btn spots our columns and I decide to encircle and destroy it. The enemy knows our position and direction. Too bad, we are still moving west. Supplies are not good in this area.
My offensive will be three-pronged:
A) 2nd Fast Division and 5th Motorized will advance west of Tosula and engage Mandalay from the west.
B) 80th Fast Division, 2nd Cavalry, 6th Motorized and 42nd Motorized will encircle then storm La Drang
C) 9th Fast Division and 33rd Motorized will drive straight west toward Mandalay. I'll consider a river crossing just north of the Iwadra-Saat Swamps, though: it may surprise the enemy.
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