Summer 1968 Interphase and Game Turns 1 & 2
The SVN Government is currently run by Big Minh (3-star leader).
Pacification for Summer 1968 results:
Big Minh brings +7 population into the SVN fold this season.
Average rolls 7.514 produce nice results.
That makes me happy, as we didn't gain anything last Spring for our efforts. So now SVN Population is 270.
There was a INSTABILITY this season. This caused ALL SVN generals to drop one more morale level. Most of the 2 star leaders are morale 5 now. All but one in fact. SVN is hopeless in the politics phase.
To be clear, 6 out of 7 Two-Star leaders are at the bottom morale bracket. So A COUP will happen on 2D6 on a sum of "5" or more for the predictable future… That is really ridiculous.
We decided to take a break from Bombing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The NLF have poured so many resources into its maintenance that it now has rest stops, pools, bathing areas and hot showers along the way. The Trail is at maximum improvement level, at +10. So we wouldn't want to damage such a beautiful thing that Mark made.
We also did not bomb the North.
Addendum to last seasons operations:
I forgot to show these four pictures of Tay Ninh in the last AAR (notice the progression):
Picture 1: Tay Ninh at the end of Winter 1967; "
A Quiet Front"
Picture 2: Tay Ninh after Spring 1968 VC deployment;
"The VC break the peace"
Picture 3: Tay Ninh with NVA support for the VC on our dubbed hamburger hill. This is just before the HUGE operation where the ARVN and FWA surround and wipe out elements of the NVA division. The Queen's Cobras die in the Operation, round 1.
"The NVA show up"
Picture 4: A season or two later, fresh new troops massing to enter SVN.
"NVA graves in Tay Ninh"
US Player Recruitment Phase:
Summer 1968 US Commitment remains at 250.
Westmoreland feels he needs more mobility at the expense of less troops in the field, because Washington will not allow additional troop deployments at this time!
US withdraws 8 points of the 1st Division elements, and replaces them with mobility resources:
*** Add 12 helicopters
*** Add 2 riverines
Summer 1968 ARVN make no changes to deployment of troops.
NVA Recruitment & Deployment:
The NVN Morale Increase for Summer 1968 was +37, ending at 338 total morale. So the NLF received 37 new commitment this season.
SUMMER 1968 NLF Expenditures
After the heavy fighting during the Spring of 1968, the NLF spends more than they received in new Morale this season:
Here are the US analysts projections of what the NVA purchases were (It seems Mark spent more resources than he received again this season; likely the remains of those he may have been saving toward a possible offensive):
10 Commitment*** 30 New NVA replacements (total 73):
10 Commitment*** Entire NVA 5th Division is built:
6 Commitment*** 2 NVA regiments are built:
8 Commitment*** 4 NVA independent Artillery:
7 Commitment*** 15 VC replacements (total 108), the new 9th VC Division in Cambodia, and many new VC battalions!
That's a huge spending spree for the second season in a row.
So that's how the Summer Season of 1968 found the two combatants deployed.
FREE Fire in Kontum.
A large ARVN S&D Operation in Kontum catches and kills elements of a supported NVA/VC force.
A large Operation chases an NVA group across into Laos:
FWA unit eliminated, 10 NVA loses
2 ARVN losses, 5 NVA losses, retreat to safety
A large S&D Operation ends with the elimination of 2 VC regiments and a VC Divisional HQ:
4 ARVN replacements, 10 VC replacements
FWA unit destroyed, 6 VC replacements
1 FWA replacement, 13 VC losses = Mark eliminated the trapped, interdicted, surrounded VC Divisional units (2 x 6-2-6 and the HQ)
Elsewhere in heavy fighting, another NVA regiment is eliminated in trade for some ARVN replacements.
A Brutal Season of Fighting and Death.
NLF losses totalled 42 battalion-equivalents:
5 x Political sections were destroyed
4 x NVA regiments were eliminated
2 x NVA independent Artillery were eliminated
1 x NVA HQ was eliminated
2 x VC regiments were eliminated
7 x VC battalions were destroyed
1 VC Headquarters was trapped and destroyed
NVA replacements remain the same.
VC replacements dropped from 64 to 48 (net loss of 16 replacements)
These heavy losses will grant the US another much needed +3 Morale Bonus in the Fall.
2 US Aircraft and 3 US Helicopters were shot down during the course of these operations.
South Vietnam Morale gets some boost for population control and new US commitment, and suffers for the instability, but increases slightly to 96
US Operations & Military Strategy
With the new US Airmobile equipment and the new riverine transport, the US, ARVN, and FWA units went on a literal killing spree wherever the enemy could be found. Even declared a bit of Free Fire this season.
The new helicopter fleet really enabled those heavy upgraded ARVN regiments to get into the action. It costs 3 airmobile points to lift an ARVN regiment into the air (I lovingly call them "fatties" when they get on the choppers). But having the extra choppers for both halves of the season really allowed me to chase down the VC and NVA wherever they were operating.
It feels good to be the US player coming off of two good seasons laying into the VC and NVA with the US/ARVN assets.
US Morale Drops only 1 Point, from 474 to 473:
-1 SVN Political instability!
+1 Population Controlled
-2 other factors dragging US Morale down
+3 US Morale for 40 NLF Units Eliminated last Spring
END of Spring 1968 Summary:
SVN Government was unstable
NVA and VC were chased out of SVN with heavy losses
Free Fire in Kontum
US Morale stabilizes
SVN sneaks up to 96
2 FWA units eliminated in operations
US Total Commitment 250
US Replacements 28
US Total Air Points remaining 116
US Riverines 4
US Helicopters remaining 33
US Divisions in SVN 5.5
US Morale 473
NVN Morale Level 338
NVN Replacements 62
NVA Divisions remaining: elements of 2
NVA Eliminated: 4 Reg, 2 Arty, 1 HQ
SVN Morale 96
SVN Draft Level 130
SVN Replacements 30
SVN Population Controlled 270
VC Population Controlled 90
VC Replacements 53
Some additional deployments at the end of the season, using pursuit movement and strategic movement (the VC can appear anywhere, and the 101st Airmobile Division will be ready for them!)
The 101st Airborne ready for action in I Corps area:
Enjoying the Game!
Randy Knight (playing with Mark Evans)
- Last edited Mon May 21, 2012 4:13 am (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Mon May 21, 2012 1:53 am
No NLF counterreport?
No NLF counterreport?
Here is a copy of the NLF thoughts on Summer 1968:
The US got a big morale boost for the Tay Nhin disaster last season. The US finally abandoned their campaign of bombing the North and Laos. We challenged him in Kontum and unfortunately lost too many units again and gave him another boost to his morale. Kontum is very defensible for me and hard to get to for him. The folks there are not very excited about Communism so they understood the need for a Free Fire Zone and didn’t mind during the upcoming pacification phase. We were able to force the US player to take some units off the board due to the high casualty rate. Most of these were Australians.
The other good news was the unstable government of South Vietnam. Though it didn’t impact the troops in the field, it eventually will. We watched the loyalty of South Vietnam’s generals plummet this turn. By a miracle most of ARVN was still effective.
The end of this season was the same as the rest. No VC or NVA in South Vietnam, but we put some casualties on him.
No NLF counterreport?
The US is probably jamming the NLF's Internet connection.