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The Taegu Front
Counter Attack #21
(Attacker) North Korea vs United States (Defender)
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Side 1 0
Draw 0
Side 2 1
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Scenario Rank: --- of 609
Parent Game Counter Attack
Historicity Historical
Date 1950-08-12
Start Time 06:00
Turn Count 20
Visibility Day
Counters 62
Net Morale 0
Net Initiative 0
Maps 1: 112
Layout Dimensions 43 x 28 cm
17 x 11 in
Play Bounty 160
AAR Bounty 163
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 1
Battle Types
Kill Them All
River Crossing
Off-board Artillery
Randomly-drawn Aircraft
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Counter Attack maps + counters

The capture of Taegu, at the “hinge” where the Pusan Perimeter’s front made a turn to the east, would unravel the whole United Nations position in Korea. The NKPA’s 10th Division had been formed from Democratic Youth League volunteers (North Korea’s equivalent of the Young Communists) with officers and NCO’s with experience in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, and given training by Soviet instructors. The NKPA had great hopes for this showpiece unit, entering combat for the first time, but had already weakened it by detaching much of its artillery to bolster the flailing 8th Division.


The North Koreans waded the Naktong and crossed over a damaged highway bridge during the last hours of darkness, just in time to strike the 1st Cavalry Division’s positions as daylight broke on another scorching hot day. Well-equipped with submachine guns and grenades if not with artillery, the Communist youth swept over many of the cavalry’s front-line entrenchments. But they could not stand up to concentrated artillery fire and air strikes, and by late morning they had been driven back towards the river.

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AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle
  • Vulnerable to results on the Assault Combat Chart (7.25, 7.63, ACC), and may be attacked by Anti-Tank fire (11.2, DFT). Anti-Tank fire only affects the individual unit fired upon (7.62, 11.0).

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North Korea Order of Battle
United States Order of Battle
  • Motorized

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Korean War: Counter-Attack, scenario #21: The Taegu Front
Author JayTownsend
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2017-05-29
Language English
Scenario KWCA021

Korean War: Counter-Attack, scenario #21: The Taegu Front

I wanted to finish up one whole battle section and The Taegu front was the last of four scenarios in this section that I hadn’t played yet and not only that, it is an interesting looking scenario. The Americans defend along the north-south river trying to keep the North Koreans on the other side. Victory points are accumulated for enemy steps eliminated and the NKPA also get points for steps on the east side of the river.

The American setup stretched out from north to south, dug-in not knowing where North Koreans would enter. The North Koreans decide to concentrate on the northern and southern flanks and a small faint in the center, to keep the Americans stretched thin. As the NKPA push across the river in the north and south, the Americans hit them with a good dose of airpower, off board artillery, on board mortars and direct-fire. But many Americans in the middle have to leave their dug-in positions in the middle to reinforce their flanks as this battle was turning into a real struggle.

By the end of the scenario the North Koreans had 8 steps on the east side of the river and bunch of demoralized ones on the west side. The Americans had lost 2 steps and one leader however the NKPA had lost 15 steps and one leader with Americans winning a minor victory of only a five point difference or a one point minor victory. Without the off-board artillery and air support I doubt the Americans would have won, as this was so close by points. A fun scenario to play.

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