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Counter Attack #64
(Defender) North Korea vs United States (Attacker)
Formations Involved

Overall balance chart for KWCA064
Side 1 0
Draw 0
Side 2 1
Overall Rating, 0 votes
Scenario Rank: --- of 607
Parent Game Counter Attack
Historicity Historical
Date 1950-10-20
Start Time 06:30
Turn Count 16
Visibility Day
Counters 29
Net Morale 1
Net Initiative 3
Maps 2: 112, 114
Layout Dimensions 56 x 43 cm
22 x 17 in
Play Bounty 158
AAR Bounty 163
Total Plays 1
Total AARs 1
Battle Types
Bridge Control
Hill Control
Urban Assault
Randomly-drawn Aircraft
Scenario Requirements & Playability
Counter Attack maps + counters

Douglas MacArthur had been sent an airborne regiment from the 11th Airborne Division, and initially used them as infantry, attaching the unit to the 1st Marine Division during the capture of Seoul. Afterwards, he ordered the paratroopers pulled out of the line and readied for a jump. A month later, they floated down from the skies north of P'yongyang in a bid to cut off the North Koreans retreating from the capital.


Their regimental history proclaims that the unit "conducted the two most successful combat parachute operations in history of regimental size or larger." In reality the Rakkasans - a name earned during the occupation of Japan, derived from the Japanese word for "umbrella" - landed after the bulk of the North Korean troops and governmental officials in P'yongyang had already headed northward.

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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
  • Foot
  • Foot
  • Motorized

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Korean War: Counter-Attack, scenario #64: Rakkasans
Author JayTownsend
Method Solo
Victor United States
Play Date 2017-06-12
Language English
Scenario KWCA064

Korean War: Counter-Attack, scenario #64: Rakkasans

I had to get actual paratrooper drops back into PG after doing Nihon Silk, so Counter-Attack has one. The Leyte part of the Philippines will see the Japanese with them again, Sicily with the Americans and Intervention with another American drop as well, whenever those might get published but for now I had to play this published one from Counter-Attack.

The first couple of turns in just about the American airborne drops and is fun to go through the process to see what happens. After the first two drops I lost two Leaders and one Infantry step plus had 3 disrupted units, not to mention scattered units and leaders. It took me a couple more turns to reorganize my airborne troops, which left me about 11 turns to try and conquer and take the two village hexes, one bridge hex and two 60 meter hill hexes from the North Koreans which are pretty much all reduced steps except the ATR unit and all have a very low 7/5 morale but this was a real challenge regardless!

I managed to take both village hexes, the bridge hex and even lost another Airborne Infantry step in the process but the last 60 meter hill hex was not taken until the last turn on the last dice roll for an American victory. I am not sure how they pulled it off in fact, one dice roll number difference in the last combat and the Americans wouldn’t have made it happen, not to mention the initial airdrop wasn’t as bad as it could have been. I got lucky, and believe the NKPA, even with the weaker force should win this one most of the time.

This is an excellent scenario to play solitary, as the North Koreans won’t have much to do but defend but the Americans will have the pleasure of trying out a fun airborne landing and exercise and try to perfect it in this fun situation. The NKPA will naturally setup to defend the Villages, bridge and 60-meter hill. I really had fun playing this and it is worth reading the extra rules in the Counter-Attack booklet to get this action in.

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