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Slopes of Death
Counter Attack #11
(Defender) North Korea vs United States (Attacker)
Formations Involved

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Side 1 1
Draw 0
Side 2 0
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Scenario Rank: --- of 598
Parent Game Counter Attack
Historicity Historical
Date 1950-08-14
Start Time 06:30
Turn Count 18
Visibility Day
Counters 41
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 0
Maps 1: 112
Layout Dimensions 43 x 28 cm
17 x 11 in
Play Bounty 155
AAR Bounty 163
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 1
Battle Types
Hill Control
Kill Them All
Off-board Artillery
Severe Weather
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Counter Attack maps + counters

While Task Force Hill commanded the bulk of the 24th Infantry Division’s maneuver battalions, its total rifle strength barely exceeded that of a single regiment. Even so, Walton Walker required it to maintain its offensive in the Naktong Bulge. Hill planned a set-piece attack to follow a strike by over 100 aircraft and a massive artillery barrage. Rain grounded the planes, and the artillery delivered 10 minutes of fire. Even so, Hill’s infantry went forward.


Hill’s troops made it up the slope and three dozen of them crossed the Obong-ni ridgeline, where a savage close-quarters firefight broke out with dozens of grenades tossed and rifle fire exchanged at 10 paces. Church agreed with Hill’s desire to fall back to his starting lines, prompting a sharp rebuke from Walton Walker at Eighth Army headquarters who insisted that 24th Infantry Division had the strength to push back the NKPA’s 4th Division.

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Korean War: Counter-Attack, scenario #11: Slopes of Death
Author JayTownsend
Method Solo
Victor North Korea
Play Date 2017-07-10
Language English
Scenario KWCA011

Korean War: Counter-Attack, scenario #11: Slopes of Death

Both sides are badly depleted but the battle must go forward even with reduced steps on both side. The North Koreans have to eliminate 7 or more American steps but the Americans must control all the 40 meter hill hexes on the north side of the river, so the North Koreans simply have to setup dug-in on the 40 meter hills and let the Americans come to them, and a good thing as their force are just as depleted and in no condition to attack.

The Americans advance turn pretty bloody, fighting dug-in NKPA and uphill at that, giving the North Korean defenders a good advantage. The reduced Infantry on both sides is difficult to fight with but after I lost five steps as the Americans and controlled very little 40 meter hill hexes I thought about pulling out of the action and conceding a draw but against better judgement and not wanting to give up, I organized one more attack against better judgement and failed again, losing two more steps, one to a hot two dice roll with 16 points of enemy mortar fire and another to a 12 points of adjacent SMG fire with a 12 roll on the dice this time. The last try actually gave the North Koreans the victory that should have been a draw. My Americans were in varied stated of disorganization with no chance of taking those 40 meter hills, sure they controlled a few hexes after pushing some NKPA units off but the NKPA controlled a ton more hexes and believe it or not, had only lost two steps of Infantry and one leader.

Maybe I felt rushed as the American side, with only 18 turns but I should not have attacked down the middle road and I should have at least pulled back for a draw when I saw the bigger picture. This truly was the Slopes of Death.

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