Counter Attack #5
|(Defender) North Korea||vs||United States (Attacker)|
|Overall Rating, 2 votes|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 579|
|Parent Game||Counter Attack|
|Maps||2: 114, 115|
|Layout Dimensions||86 x 28 cm
34 x 11 in
|Kill Them All|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Counter Attack||maps + counters|
The Marine Brigade, supported by Marine Corsairs flying from a pair of Navy escort carriers, made rapid progress up the coastal road from Masan. The Flying Leathernecks (and Air Force F51’s) shot up a large truck convoy on the 11th, disrupting the NKPA’s 83rd Motorized Regiment’s plans to defend the road. On the next morning the 1st Battalion of the 5th Marines leapfrogged through one of its sister battalions and raced forward for 11 unopposed miles. Then they met the NKPA.
The Marines were marching into the ambush when two NKPA soldiers prematurely showed themselves. Dozens of Marines opened fire on them, and North Korean machine guns returned the favor. “All hell broke loose,” Marine Corporal Manuel Brito wrote later. “We began taking fire from both sides of the road.” Marine radio operators dove into rice paddies for cover, ruining their sets and making it impossible to summon artillery support. But the ever-present Corsairs laid down strong support and the Marines pressed forward, to be met by repeated NKPA counter-attacks. By late afternoon the Marines had taken the high ground on either side of the road, but that evening events elsewhere caused the Marine Brigade to be pulled out of the front.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|1 Errata Item|
The 8-3 Marine Infantry counter appears in most of the Saipan 1944 and Marianas 1944 scenarios, replacing the 10-3 DF valued Marine counters for those scenarios and is currently published in the most recent Saipan printing.
(JayTownsend on 2015 Dec 26)
|Korean War: Counter-Attack, scenario #5: Enemy Ambush|
Korean War: Counter-Attack, scenario #5: Enemy Ambush
Ok, a 26 turn scenario but it plays faster than it looks. The U.S. Marines enter on the far eastern edge of map 115, while the North Korean setup way over on map 114 in or within two hexes of any town hex. It takes a while for the Americans to get to the battle zone and since the NKPA have some mobility with MTC Infantry and trucks and GAZ67s I decide after setup on turn one to move 3 MTCs, 1 truck, 1 Gaz67, 1 45mm AT gun, 1 ATR and 2 Leaders forward in kind of an engagement delay tactic. I problem was, the American rushed their 50.cal Jeeps forward and activated first making this first engagement too close to the town hex but still weakening the defensive forces there. Also a M26 and a jeep carrying an ENG units followed close behind as all the American Infantry trudged slow up the rear of the column.
The next turn the American .50cal Jeeps and NKPA MTC traded shots. The 50cal. Jeeps are so weak, I never known how to use them and wish they had Recon status like Armored Cars & I&R Infantry but they don’t. I disrupted one MTC units but lost both .50cal jeeps eventually but they don’t count as points lost in this scenario, so no big deal risking them and they stopped the NKPA from advancing too far east and delaying the Americans from getting to the town hex objectives.
For a changed the Marines had things go more their way and the 8 airstrikes open a nice path to the town and caused some good holes into town to open up. The NKPA 45mm AT guns could only watch their shots bounce off the heavy armor of the M26 tanks. The Marines after heavy fighting took all the town hexes. They lost only three steps, 2 INF, 1 HMG and lost 2 .50cal Jeeps and 1 Leader which do not count against them for NKPA victory points. The U.S. Marines win a clear victory and the Navy aircraft assisted while the North Koreans wasted valuable resource in their gamble to send units forward to engage a stronger force. For once the .50cal jeeps were useful in keeping the North Koreans from getting too far forward.