Battle Game 7: Inch'on and the Battle for Seoul
Counter Attack #72
|(Defender) North Korea||vs||
United States (Attacker)
|Overall Rating, 0 votes|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 598|
|Parent Game||Counter Attack|
|Visibility||Day & Night|
|Maps||5: 110, 111, 112, 113, 114|
|Layout Dimensions||86 x 56 cm
34 x 22 in
|Enter & Exit|
|Kill Them All|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Counter Attack||maps + counters|
Battle Game 7 consists of Scenarios 42 through 52.
After the North Korean's Great Naktong Offensive lost its steam due to heavy casualties, a kind of stalemate developed along the Pusan Perimeter. This was essential to the drama of the plan developed by MacArthur. A victory by the Eighth Army in the Naktong battles that was so significant that the NKPA withdrew would have robbed the Inch'on strike of its impact. Indeed this happened later in the campaign during the drive north as a planned invasion at Wonsan became ridiculously delayed until the troops landed only after the ROK had already entered the town by land. However, Walker did just what the plan called for during the battles for the Perimeter: He fought the NKPA to a standstill. Now Doyle's detailed planning to prove that an invasion at Inch'on was "not impossible" would be put to the test.
No matter how terribly risky (and calculated by MacArthur to advance his political prospects) the Inch'on invasion may have been, there is no arguing with the massive success of the strike or its impact on the war in Korea. This was MacArthur's defining moment and could easily have catapulted him and his Asia First policy into the forefront of American and Free World thought. Following the Inchon invasion the NKPA disintegrated. Without Inchon there would have been a slow, tortured fight up the peninsula from Pusan. The sudden victory and pursuit even caused policy makers to reconsider whether the complete destruction of the North Korean state should be attempted. MacArthur ensured that such an effort could be completed. And in the wake of Inch'on, no one felt like second guessing him.
The victory at Inch'on was virtually assured once the Pusan Perimeter held. The NKPA had thrown nearly all of its troops into that battle and had neglected rear area security. To a great extent they could not even conceive of a strike such as that which hit Inch'on. This was pure strategic surprise and nothing that we can do on the tactical level will change that.
|AFV Rules Pertaining to this Scenario's Order of Battle|
|1 Errata Item|
The 8-3 Marine Infantry counter appears in most of the Saipan 1944 and Marianas 1944 scenarios, replacing the 10-3 DF valued Marine counters for those scenarios and is currently published in the most recent Saipan printing.
(JayTownsend on 2015 Dec 26)
|Korean War: Counter-Attack, The Inchon Battle Game|
Korean War: Counter-Attack, The Inchon Battle Game
After playing all the scenarios in this section I figured by the results I have an American Victory!
Scenarios: 42, 43, 48, 49, 50 and 52 all American victories.
Scenarios: 44 a North Korean Victory.
Scenarios: 45, 46, 47 and 51 were all Draws!
So this section was a very difficult for the North Koreans compared to the other Battle Game sections.