Korean War: Counter-Attack, scenario #18: Pedal to the Metal
Another fun, small size, action packed, fast playing scenario, pitting North Koreans vs South Koreans. There are points for eliminated enemy steps, 60 meter hill control, road control and for NKPA units exiting south. The South Koreans (ROK) setup in a defensive line from east to west, kind of thin but filled in with five minefield counters. The North Koreans don’t have a large force either but have some armor in the form of T34/85s and Su76s mixed in with their Infantry types. The NKPA decide to enter force on both sided of the north-south river and go after the road control, hill control and enemy steps eliminated victory conditions and forget trying to exit units. The ROKs are dug-in with Infantry types, Bazooka Teams, engineers and minefields, waiting the NKPA forces but are still stretched thin but have American air-support.
The ebb and flow of the battlefield was interesting, the Americans tried assisting the ROKs with their air-strikes concentrating on the NKPA armor but out of four airstrikes only one hit home and destroyed one step of T34/85s and disrupting another, so three steps remained with the disrupted one recovering quickly. This was the first time I ever got to use a North Korean engineer unit to try and remove minefield counters. The first two were dummies/decoys, in fact the South Koreans drew the worst minefield counters possible with 3 out of 5 being dummies. I kept them unknown to myself until flipped in action. Other ROK highlights; they managed to knockout one step of NKPA Su76s in an assault hex with a puny 2.36 Bazooka Team before getting killed off themselves. The 3.5Bz never had a chance to get into the assault. The ROK overall had the worst assault combat dice rolls compared to the NKPA, enough to swing the battle against them at a critical time in the action.
By the end of 18 turns, the ROKs had only 4 steps left on the map plus three leaders. The North Koreans lost 7 steps, the South Koreans lost 18 steps. Each side controlled one 60-meter hill hex but the NKPA also controlled all of the road hexes south of the intersection. The NKPA had a 16 point advantage overall, for a major victory.
Despite the North Koreans major victory, this was a fun scenario to play and offered a little of everything. If I replay this one, I’ll not try and defend the whole map from east to west as the ROK player but the road south and the two 60 meter hill hexes and then I believe they will get a result in their favor.