Battle for South Vietnam -Tet offensive start

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Modern Wars, Scenario

The Tet offensive 1968 was the psychological turning point of the war. The American public had been told that the war was being won (and by som standards this was true). Then the NLF launched a country-wide offensive. Scenes of battles and violence even on the streets of Saigon itself destroyed any confidence that the US was actually winning the war. In military terms the offensive was a disaster; NLF military might was shattered and took years to rebuild. But the effect on US morale was decisive (VG:s Vietnam War, Rulebook p.44).

This is a second campaign scenario using the full campaign rules but starting at the time of the Tet offensive in january 1968. The Free World side begins more or less fully deployed, so does the Communist side.

  • Players: 1-2.
  • AI Capable: Yes, but only as the communist side. The AI cannot play the Free World side. But i have scripted an AI that plays the communist side reasonably well. And the AI follows the normal rules concerning commitment, morale and supply (but not population).
  • Engine: ATG.
  • Events & Variants: Weather, limited intelligence, The Ho Chi Minh Trail, Sea Supply, Korean, Thai, Australian, Phillipine & ANZAC Free World Allies, pacification, politics, heads of state, military coups, political unrest, ARVN inneffectivness, inducing coups, morale, commitment, military supplies, population, draft, infiltrating recruits to the south, New Jersey, Cruisers, Naval Blockade, Strategic Bombing, Defensive Air support, Withdrawal of US units, Forced Withdrawal, Final Withdrawal, Offensives, Rangers, Regional and Popular Forces, Replacements, Dispersal of guerilla units, historical units etc.
  • Production & Research: No research. Production is done through deployment of units by actioncard, replacements and to some degree by normal production.
  • Scale: Each round represent one month of fighting. The scenario lasts 75 rounds. Each hex is 10 km. Units are battalion or regiment with with Brigade or Division HQs. Map size is 72*108.
  • Availability: Only through donation. This scenario is inlcuded in the Vietnam scenario series.

Scenario and briefing can be downloadable here. But scenario is password protected.

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