Death of an Artillery Battalion
Counter Attack #6
|(Attacker) North Korea||vs||United States (Defender)|
|Overall Rating, 0 votes|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 588|
|Parent Game||Counter Attack|
|Maps||2: 112, 113|
|Layout Dimensions||86 x 28 cm
34 x 11 in
|Kill Them All|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Counter Attack||maps + counters|
Attacking troops of the North Korean 6th Division shot up an American artillery battery on the 11th of August and forced back the U.S. Army’s 5th Regimental Combat Team. The regiment’s commander, Col. Godwin L. Ordway, wished to retreat during the night but 24th Infantry Division headquarters ordered him to wait until daylight. During those nighttime hours the NKPA infiltrated deeply into his positions, and shortly after daybreak they pounced on two unprotected artillery battalions. The infantry and tanks tasked with protecting them had withdrawn without orders, while panicked rear-echelon elements jammed the road leading eastward to safety.
North Korean tankers approached to within point-blank range before the Americans detected them. The 105mm gunners attempted to engage the enemy tanks without making an impact; the 155mm crews found they could not depress their gun barrels low enough to fire over open sights. Most of the 555th “Triple Nickle” artillerymen died at their guns; the 90th also suffered heavy casualties. Both battalions lost all of their guns. Five weeks later, UN forces discovered the bodies of 75 men from the battalions who had been taken prisoner and subsequently massacred by the North Koreans.
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|Korean War: scenario #6: Death of an Artillery Battalion|
Korean War: scenario #6: Death of an Artillery Battalion
I won’t go into a great AAR on this one, as I want to see how other gamers do with it, not based on my results, as this one was very tough on the Americans and for a change I believe the NKPA are heavy favorites in this scenario. There are three different ways to figure points on this one that have to be carefully read. The American air-force pretty much were zero effect in this scenario and in fact the M13 helicopter was almost shot down. The American chose the strategy of starting setup up on the road with all the units loaded and the armor leading, to try the exit strategy, this didn’t work out as the NKPA have a blocking force on the road until their main force enters from the south and north in a squeeze play. I believe they will need to start with their artillery unloaded for the first half of the game, for firing support as the bum-rush exit strategy gave the North Koreans a Major Victory with a eleven point difference. I’ll have to try this one again and maybe solve this puzzle? This one ended with the death of my Artillery Battalion as well but one loaded gun managed to escape, with a M5 HST prime mover and a few jeeps and that was it.