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Third turn of the Next War:

The Intelligence Officer waits for the room to settle down to begin the briefing.

“Alright, the last 84 hours have seen some significant developments in Korea sir. First, our electronic assets detected the HQ units from the 620 and KDG Artillery Corps, plus the 425 Mech and PYG Motorized HQ’s. The DPRK was able to detect the ROK VI Corps HQ. It appears the DPRK units lost some momentum during the prior week and had to slow down their operations due to their losses. We gained the initiative during this time but didn’t have the combat forces in place to do much with it.

“Our Special Forces assets were sent to reduce the DPRK radar detection ability and to try to locate the supply depot along the east coast road. We did reduce their detection ability by 20% but were unable to locate the depot. A ROK Special Ops unit has not returned and is assumed KIA.

“In the air we were able to gain Air Advantage over the DPRK air units.
They still have a decent amount of planes left but have taken brutal losses. In the last 84 hours they have lost 5 air units.

“The DPRK then hit us pretty hard with their Special Forces assets. They reduced our air detection ability by 33%, and caused damage to Wonju and Jeonju Airfields. A ROK A-50 bomber unit was eliminated, an F-15K air unit was reduced, and Apaches from the 82 Airborne took some damage. The good news is that their Special Forces took 50% losses to do that.

“The DPRK then launched SCUD attacks. The VI Corps was hit and reduced. The 1st Brigade of the 82 Airborne was targeted but the missiles hit the wrong location in Uijeongbu. The CVN Group and Amphibious Group in the Sea of Japan launched cruise missiles at the 815 HQ and a Mobile Supply unit. Both were hit with serious losses but not destroyed.(Note: As was noted the turn before regular HQ's can't be targeted by SCUDs/Cruise missiles. I typed this up before posting that and have subsequently highlighted the rule to remember it.)

“As far as the land battles go sir we have again pulled the V Corps back into Seoul. They are really beat up and need replacements; unfortunately there are none available yet. The 3 Army has mobilized two Mech Divisions and moved to back stop the VI and VII Corps north east of Seoul. In the east the II, III, and VIII Corps conducted a multi-corps attack and destroyed another Sniper Brigade northeast of Inje. Also, the siege of Gunsan has been lifted. 1 Brigade of the 2ID and three brigades of the 82AB attacked into Gunsan with A-10 support causing serious causalities to the defending DPRK units and forcing them out of the city.

“DPRK units reacted to these developments by shifting their VI Corps and Light Infantry units to flank the ROK VII Corps east of Seoul. Also, the PYG Corps moved through the mountains east of Munsan and captured the town of Hwacheon.

“The 3rd Marine Regiment was landed in Donghae while two battalions were moved by helicopter to Ganghyeon. The ROK Capital Mech Division of VII and the 11 Division of 1 Army destroyed another Light Infantry unit, this one from the V Corps.

“The DPRK reacted to these attacks by conducting a general offensive in four places along the front. The 806 and 108 Mech Corps again assaulted the defenses along the east coast road but were repulsed with massive causalities. The PYG Motorized and V Corps hit 2 Army units north of Chuncheon with each side taking a loss. To the north of Seoul the IV Corps attacked the dug in Capital Corps and was repulsed. However, to the east of Uijeongbu the 26 Mech Division was destroyed by concentrated attacks by the 820 Armor, VI, and 620 Artillery Corps. This attack has flanked our defenses to the west of and including Uijeongbu.

“Because of this all ROK units defending north of Seoul have had to conduct withdrawals to the south. Marine Battalions are being sent in to bolster the ROK units. We are moving to the Puk’an River line.

“DPRK forces quickly followed up their attacks by moving south and engaging the ROK units before they can dig in. They took serious losses (6 steps) doing this but caused losses with the ROK defenders (2 losses). The 806 and 108 Mech Corps again assaulted along the east coast road and destroyed a Marine Recon battalion. The VII and I Corps attacked the 27 Division of II corps north of Inje but were repulsed. The PYG Motorized Corps attacked the 76 Mech Division and Japanese Airmobile brigade north of Chuncheon but were also repulsed. The Japanese AH-64 battalion was completely destroyed by DPRK SAM’s in this battle. The 820 Armor and V Corps attacked the 5 division of VI Corps causing it to retreat with losses southeast of Namynangju. The 820 Armor lost a brigade of armor in this battle. The DPRK Marine and Light Infantry units west of Gunsan attacked out of their bridgehead to try to keep the US units occupied. They were cut to ribbons and fell back in disarray. Uijeongbu has fallen sir.”

“What are our total losses so far Jack?” asks the General.

“Sir, the ROK Air Force has lost seven air units. Their Army has lost one Mechanized division, three armor brigades, and two infantry divisions. The USMC lost a recon battalion and the Japanese their Apaches. Two Army Apache battalions have been reduced. Another eight units in the ROK Army are reduced. Estimates of the DPRK losses are as follows: 14 air units destroyed, three armor brigades destroyed, two infantry divisions destroyed, and 15 Light Infantry type brigades destroyed. There are seven additional units that have taken losses.”

“Understood Jack, I want maximum air effort to help out those ROK units defending to the east of Seoul. We also need to keep an eye on the east coast. If those mechanized units break through there is nothing south of them to stop them getting to Pohang” replies the General.


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Quote:
Note: As was noted the turn before regular HQ's can't be targeted by SCUDs/Cruise missiles


Sorry to say this, but regular units can't be targets either...the only things that can be targeted are detected Supreme HQs, detected Supply Depots, Installations (i.e., Airbases, Ports, Nuclear sites, Chem/Bio Sites), and Airfields.
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Ok. Another note in the game rules. So basically air units can strike any unit/installation/airfield/HQ on the board (assuming they are detected), but SCUDs/Cruise missiles can only target Supreme HQ's, supply depots, installations, and airfields. Got it.

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Correct.

Units, generally, are on the move and aren't really good targets for SCUDs/Cruise Missiles. Doesn't mean it can't happen, but it's just not an effective use of the weapon. (All depending on the warhead, of course).
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An often underutilized capability is HQ Strikes (18.2.2). These can be used to strike any detected unit (combat, HQ, or MSU).
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