Battle Game 8: Breaking the Cordon
Counter Attack #73
|(Defender) North Korea||vs||
United States (Attacker)
|Overall Rating, 0 votes|
|Scenario Rank: --- of 609|
|Parent Game||Counter Attack|
|Maps||4: 110, 113, 114, 115|
|Layout Dimensions||86 x 56 cm
34 x 22 in
|Enter & Exit|
|Kill Them All|
|Scenario Requirements & Playability|
|Counter Attack||maps + counters|
Battle Game 8 consists of Scenarios 53 through 58.
After the Inch'on landings and the capture of Seoul, the whole front began to open. NKPA morale sank, with the enemy both in the front and to the rear of their positions and some units not even knowing their overall situation until a week or two afterward. The U.N forces took full advantage of this, exploiting the North Korean confusion.
Operationally, the NKPA forces surrounding the Pusan Perimeter had no option but to retreat once the X Corps came ashore. The North Korean forces left behind in the Seoul area were insufficient to maintain any supply line to the divisions to the south. The rapid shift from near-complete victory to crushing defeat caused a variety of responses; desperate defense through pell-mell abandonment of positions and equipment.
To an extent a battle game focused on the necessity of a rapid strategic retreat may seem to be overblown, however the progress of the UN forces at this stage of the campaign was to have a significant effect on the course of the war. The dissolution of the NKPA in the face of Inch'on and the breakout from Pusan led American policy makers to consider the possibility, previously not considered, of invading the North and uniting the Korean peninsula under an American-friendly government.
Certainly MacArthur had considered such an effort and he now turned his operational success in the Inchon invasion and Walker's breakout and pursuit into a policy campaign to cross the 38th Parallel and occupy North Korea. The near-total destruction of the NKPA made such a policy seem to be almost without any cost. To be able to meet what at the time was considered a Soviet-inspired (rather than what subsequent research has shown to be merely a Soviet-tolerated) invasion of a "capitalist" state with a complete reversal was seen as an opportunity that must be grabbed.
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|Battle Game 8: Breaking the Cordon|
I guess my play in this section was very good as the UN player, as my results were:
53 American Victory
54 North Korean Victory
Out of all the Battle sections, I played the worst as the UN player in this one and maybe rush to victory objectives too offend, thought the weak NKPA forces would break but didn't.