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Subject: New Campaign Has Begun Spring 1972 - OFFENSIVE! (long) rss

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Spring 1972

OFFENSIVE

This is an NLF Offensive!

The NVA are pumped up.

The VC has it's entire counter-mix on the map.


Some historical notes:

30 March 1972

A major coordinated Communist Offensive opens with the heaviest military action since the sieges of allied bases in Con Thien and Khe Sahn in 1968. North Vietnamese troops attacks of South Vietnamese bases and towns along the DMZ herald the eventual participation of 500 tanks and 12 divisions of North Vietnamese regular troops - 150,000 men - as well as thousands of Vietcong, supported by heavy rocket and artillery fire.

The 30th March attacks along the DMZ from Dong Ha to the mountains near Khe Sahn mark the first Communist use of long range heavy artillery along the DMZ. The Communist objective is apparently Quang Tri city.

Other NVA launch attacks in the Central Highlands (between Kontum and Pleiku), and also near An-Loc, which is beseiged.


On to the Spring 1972 Game Report:

Pacification Spring 1972:

Pacification continued slowly this season.

+2 Population are gained by SVN, yielding a total of 314 SVN-controlled "pacified" population.

SVN Morale jumps by 6 points, to 199.

Government continues Stable.

Bombing:

All Air Points will be saved for defense and bombardment. The Easter Offensive comes.

US Player Recruitment Phase:

*** US commitment jumps by +25 points to 368. ***

This is a PEAK. The US Commitment has not been this high yet in the campaign. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

In anticipation of the rather obvious offensive, the US purchased the following:

ARVN Military Supplies (28)
199th Infantry brigade
26th Marine Brigade
173rd Infantry Brigade
Entire Navy
3 US replacements
4 Airmobile
1 armor battalion
5th security battalion
(Total +25 new commitment)

The ARVN get 56 replacements, which they will need! :)

The ARVN begin the season with 108 Replacements.
The NVA begin the season with 134 Replacements.
The VC begin the season with 62 Replacements
The US begin the season with 26 Replacements

NVA Recruitment & Deployment:

The NVN Morale increased from 876 to 915 this season. So the NLF received +39 new commitment this season, to continue improving their force levels, and to pay for the new Offensive.

Here is the situation prior to Spring 1972 infiltration:



Above the NVA are ready to infiltrate and assault I Corps.
Note the US/ARVN located in supporting positions, limiting any successful NVA assaults and ready to make the NLF pay heavy casualties. Each stack has artillery in range of the other stacks… It will be a bloody offensive for the Communists.



Above you can see another of the 7 NVA divisions that will infiltrate and attack with their VC brothers.



Above you can see the screen of VC who will suicide attack along with their NVA support. The NVA will be upgraded and will infiltrate before the start of the offensive...

Spring 1972 Operations


Operations Phase, Game Turn 1, Easter Offensive, Spring 1972

The following is a combat log recording the details of the Offensive:

R = Replacements Lost

Unless otherwise noted, ALL VC and NVA fight to the death, and are completely eliminated at the conclusion of the Operations, padding the NLF Attacks marker as much as possible! This was enhanced because the US Player very seldom retreated, and held positions, calling in US artillery wherever it was needed.
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TURN 1 Spring 1972 OFFENSIVE

Con Thien is assaulted by NVA from North Vietnam! This Assault lasted 6 Rounds! Defensive Reserves are called to help.

Con Thien holds, but the ARVN lost 11 replacements, before the 6 NVA units were killed off finishing the assault. Free Fire!

Attack # 1 ARVN -2 R NVA -13 R
Attack # 2 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R
Attack # 3 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R
Attack # 4 ARVN -2 R NVA -13 R
Attack # 5 ARVN -1 R NVA -7 R
Attack # 6 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R
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Attack # 7

Suicide Attack by a 2-0-6 VC against Aussies & ARVN
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Attack # 8 ARVN -1 R

VC Regiment 6-2-6 Attacks ARVN in Laos , Round 1

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Attack # 9

VC Regiment 6-2-6 Attacks ARVN in Laos, Round 2
(VC Regiment survives)

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Attack # 10

Suicide 3-1-7 VC Attacks ARVN in Laos
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Attack # 11 ARVN -1 R
2 VC Battalions Attack ARVN in a Quang Nam Rice Paddy. Free Fire!
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Attack # 12

Suicide 1-0-7 VC Attack against US in Jungle

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Attack # 13

Suicide 1-0-6 VC Attack against ARVN

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Attack # 14

Suicide 1-0-7 VC Attack against ARVN

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Attack # 15

VC Regiment attacks US battalion in Quang Gnai.

(VC Regiment Survives)
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Attack # 16

Suicide 1-0-7 attacks US battalion in Quang Gnai.

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Attack # 17

VC units Ambush US 101st Airborne battalion in Kontum.
US unit is within range of "Artillery Base Thumper", and the VC are obliterated. Free Fire!

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Attack # 18 ARVN -2 R & ARVN Arm. Cav. Unit eliminated

An NVA Division assaults the 9th & 18th ARVN divisional units in Kontum. Heavy VC / NVA losses.

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Attack # 19 ARVN -2 R NVA -5 R
Attack # 20 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R
Attack # 21 NVA -12 R

An NVA Division performs a 3-round assault against the 21st ARVN Division in the Forested Hills of the Cambodian Border area. (One NVA regiment survives)

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Attack # 22 ARVN -1 R NVA -6 R
Attack # 23 ARVN -2 R NVA -5 R
Attack # 24 ARVN -3 R NVA -8 R

An NVA Division performs a 3-round assault against the Town of Bo Duc ("Bo Duke" to the US-Player). VC support the NVA. An ARVN Marine Regiment is defending the town. The NVA Division survives.

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Attack # 25

VC Regiment attacks An Loc, the Capitol of Phuoc Long. ARVN Paratroopers hold the capitol with no losses. VC lose heavy replacements (6). VC regiment Survives. VC battalion KIA.

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Attack # 26

INCIDENTAL ATTACK during VC Strategic Movement, (VC battalion eliminated)
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Attack # 27

Suicide 2-0-7 VC Attack in Tay Ninh. VC KIA
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Attack # 28

NVA Attack Tay Ninh against the ARVN forces + US 3rd Marines.
20 Air added.

ARVN -2 R NVA -3 R VC battalion KIA
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A series of 3 attacks are launched against Tay Ninh, Tay Ninh:

Attack #29 Suicide NVA attack, regiment KIA (9 losses)
Attack #30 Suicide VC battalion KIA, ARVN - 2 R
Attack #31 Suicide VC battalion KIA
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Attack #32 Attack against Kien Phong rice paddy

ARVN -2 R VC -2 R
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8 ROUND! Assault on town of Ha Tien (in Kien Giang) >8 rounds<

Attack #33 ARVN -2 R NVA -8 R
Attack #34 ARVN -2 R NVA - 1 R and NVA regiment KIA
Attack #35 ARVN -1 R 3 x VC battalion KIA
Attack #36 ARVN -1 R NVA - 7 R
Attack #37 ARVN -2 R NVA - 8 R
Attack #38 ARVN -1 R NVA - 7 R
Attack #39 ARVN -3 R NVA - 5 R
Attack #40 ARVN -3 R NVA - 1 R and NVA regiment KIA

This was a large attack operation against Ha Tien, and lasted 8 rounds. The ARVN and NVA were bled white, until the NVA units finally chose to sacrifica themselves and save replacements for further attacks elsewhere in Vietnam.
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The VC and NVA units are completely OPS COMPLETE, and so now operations go over to the United States player, who launches bombardments and Search & Destroy operations to destroy VC and NVA units and attempt to prevent more attacks during TURN 2 of the Spring 1972 offensive season. US Counterattacks begin, including some significant & effective Security Operations that destroy several NVA regiments and artillery units.


US / ARVN / Korean Operations include:

Eliminate 4 VC battalions, 2 political sections, 2 x 6-2-6 Political Sections, 2 x NVA artillery, 2 x 7-2-7 NVA regiments.

The US operations cost 3 US replacements, and some ARVN replacements.

GAME TURN 2 of the Offensive continues:
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Attack #41 NVA bombardment vs Con Thien ARVN -1 R

Attack #42 NVA bombardment ARVN -1 R

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Attack #43 Suicide attack VC battalion KIA

Attack #44 Suicide attack VC battalion KIA

Attack #45 Suicide attack VC - 2 R

Attack #46 Suicide Attack VC battalion KIA

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Attack #47 Laos VC battalion KIA

Attack #48 Kontum VC - 4 R

Attack #49 Kontum VC battalion KIA

Attack #50 VC bombardment ARVN -1 R



Huge 4-round Assault against Kontum "hamburger hill". VC & NVA divisional assault backed by NVA artillery …

NVA roll back-to-back-to-back 6's in the first 3 rounds of combat !!!

6, 6, 6 NVA "devil assault" :)

Attack #51 ARVN - 2 R NVA - 7 R

Attack #52 ARVN - 2 R NVA - 9 R VC battalion KIA

Attack #53 ARVN - 2 R VC - 7 R

Attack #54 ARVN - 1 R NVA & VC regiments KIA

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Attack #55 Kontum VC Suicide attack

Attack #56 Cambodia Bombardment ARVN - 1 R

Attack #57 Cambodia NVA assault

ARVN - 1 R NVA - 5 R

Attack #58 Bombardment ARVN - 1 R

Attack #59 NVA ATTACK against the Koreans! (Koreans retreat)

US - 1 R NVA - regiments KIA

Attack #60 Bombardment ARN - 1 R

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Attack #61 VC attack on An Loc

ARVN - 2 R VC - 10 R

Attack #XXX US releases the Artillery Defensive Reserve from Saigon, and the VC regiments decide to ABORT the attack on round 2.

Attack #62 Suicide attack VC KIA

Attack #63 Incidental attack VC - 1 R

Attack #64 Incidental attack VC - 2 R

Attack #65 Attack on Cao Lanh (capitol of Kien Phong)

ARVN - 1 R VC battalion KIA

Attack #66 Bombardment of the small coastal resort of Ha Tien!

ARVN - 2 R

Attack #67 NVA attack on Ha Tien !

ARVN - 2 R NVA mech regiment 8-4-10 KIA

Attack #68 Hau Bon 41 Air Points assigned

VC wiped out in assault. VC enter Hau Bon city, but KIA

Attack #69 NVA Attack - Final attack of Offensive!

Attack capitol of Bau Loc (Tuyen Duc).

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So the 69 NLF attacks create a Morale Loss of -17 points.

The tally of death & sacrifice for the NLF player during the Spring 1972 Offensive is as follows:

VC battalions KIA 54
VC regiments KIA 8
VC HQ KIA 2
VC Supply Conduits KIA 2
VC political Sections KIA 7
NVA regiments KIA 19
NVA HQ KIA 6
NVA Artillery KIA 5
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Total battalion equivalents lost: 187 (that is a massacre).

Here are the dead:




It will take almost 2 full years for the VC/NVA to rebuild their strength following this major offensive…


END of Spring 1972 Summary and Highlights:

NLF Offensive! 69 ATTACKS

* US brings on 25 Commitment...
* US Morale drops by 2 points.
* Offensive results will affect morale in the Summer.

US Total Commitment 368 (high point to date)
US Replacements 26
US Total Air Points remaining 164
US Riverines 2
US Helicopters remaining 41
US Morale: 464

NVN Morale Level 915
NVA Divisions remaining: 7 total, plus all NVA artillery
NVA Eliminated: 90 equivalents (19 reg, 6 HQ, 5 arty)
NVA replacements zero (0) (lost 134 Repl this season)

SVN Morale 199
SVN Draft Level 203
SVN Population Controlled 314
ARVN replacements 22 (lost 55 Repl this season)

VC Population Controlled 46
VC Eliminated:
54 VC battalions
7 Political Sections
2 VC HQ
2 supply conduits
8 VC regiments

VC Replacements 1 (lost 61 Repl this season)

Next up, Summer 1972 pacification.

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A valiant effort, and it killed over a dozen population points worth of ARVN replacements!

Still, a slightly disappointing number of attacks - but I know it would have been very difficult to build VC directly inside SVN into attack positions with the remaining population.. and now half of NVA still survived.. maybe this was the best that could be achieved at this point.
 
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petrip wrote:
A valiant effort, and it killed over a dozen population points worth of ARVN replacements!

Still, a slightly disappointing number of attacks - but I know it would have been very difficult to build VC directly inside SVN into attack positions with the remaining population.. and now half of NVA still survived.. maybe this was the best that could be achieved at this point.


It was indeed a significant Easter Offensive.

Many NVA did survive! Mark purchased 90 new NVA Replacements and 30 VC replacements in the Summer of 1965. AAR for Summer going to post soon.

Regarding the number of attacks:

Mark performed the offensive flawlessly. He attacked with everything he had in position to do so. The ARVN rangers interdicting the border did hinder his forces and the accessibility of targets.

The US and ARVN units began the Offensive season completely out of range of all his NVA artillery (we pulled back as needed in the Winter and in the Spring strategic movement phase as needed.

I was certain to count his NVA movement points as well, and moved my troops back from them for the TURN 1 of Spring, thus rendering some divisions of the NVA worthless in TURN 1, because they couldnt reach targets to attack.

As the US, I did not, however, fall back everywhere as I had in the 1969 offensive. I held my ground in certain places (province capitols and other choke points) and MArk was able to get several multiple round offensive-padding NVA attacks. One battle lasted 8 rounds, another 6 rounds.

A grueling affair indeed.

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Quote:
TURN 1 Spring 1972 OFFENSIVE

Con Thien is assaulted by NVA from North Vietnam! This Assault lasted 6 Rounds! Defensive Reserves are called to help.

Con Thien holds, but the ARVN lost 11 replacements, before the 6 NVA units were killed off finishing the assault. Free Fire!

Attack # 1 ARVN -2 R NVA -13 R
Attack # 2 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R
Attack # 3 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R
Attack # 4 ARVN -2 R NVA -13 R
Attack # 5 ARVN -1 R NVA -7 R
Attack # 6 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R


so how many units did this involve?
 
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Minedog3 wrote:
Quote:
TURN 1 Spring 1972 OFFENSIVE

Con Thien is assaulted by NVA from North Vietnam! This Assault lasted 6 Rounds! Defensive Reserves are called to help.

Con Thien holds, but the ARVN lost 11 replacements, before the 6 NVA units were killed off finishing the assault. Free Fire!

Attack # 1 ARVN -2 R NVA -13 R
Attack # 2 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R
Attack # 3 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R
Attack # 4 ARVN -2 R NVA -13 R
Attack # 5 ARVN -1 R NVA -7 R
Attack # 6 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R


so how many units did this involve?


It was one NVA division (with HQ + 1 0-5-4 arty) and 3 VC battalions. All NVA who had just infiltrated from the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The HQ and independent artillery did lend artillery support each round of the 6 round attack.

Mark and I both took note & found it interesting that the six units attacking as a group effectively managed six attacks. The difference from attacking independently was that because of their combined inherent artillery and the 11 factors of support from the HQ/arty for each round of the attack, combined with at least 3-1 odds, meant that the ARVN averaged 2 replacement losses with each attack. (A bonus of sorts)

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Minedog3 wrote:
Quote:
TURN 1 Spring 1972 OFFENSIVE

Con Thien is assaulted by NVA from North Vietnam! This Assault lasted 6 Rounds! Defensive Reserves are called to help.

Con Thien holds, but the ARVN lost 11 replacements, before the 6 NVA units were killed off finishing the assault. Free Fire!

Attack # 1 ARVN -2 R NVA -13 R
Attack # 2 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R
Attack # 3 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R
Attack # 4 ARVN -2 R NVA -13 R
Attack # 5 ARVN -1 R NVA -7 R
Attack # 6 ARVN -2 R NVA -12 R


so how many units did this involve?


Additionally, it should be noted that because the NVA Division was built in the Spring of 1972, and therefore infiltrated off the trail, that Con Thien was basically the only US/ARVN occupied target within range for this division to attack.

Here was the US/ARVN defensive layout:

The US/ARVN defense of Quang Tri consisted of 3 units in Con Thien (one artillery on hold, one other unit on patrol), units in Quang Tri city (artillery was on hold), and a strong 6 x 175mm artillery base (that's 72 artillery factors with holding ground support) in forest hex 3106.

Khe Sanh was abandoned in the Winter of 1971 before the Offensive, to limit NLF attacks and so US/ARVN artillery would support all defensive positions in the province.

So no matter where the NVA/VC attacked, they were going to face a minimum of 72 artillery factors.

Mark figured ("I hate to do this, here we go!") that his choice was between not using these units to attack at all, or damn the torpedos and get as many attacks as possible from the units in the face of an uncrackable defensive position.

He chose the latter, and added six attacks to the tally for the Offensive season.

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