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Thought i just might as well open a thread for that. How about we gather some ideas about Sub-Campaigns in here and bring them into chronological order? I will gather all ideas in a list here so it doesnt get convoluted, discussion and explanation for my first ideas will be below.


Sub Campaign List

The Battle of Ia Drang

The Battle for Khe Sanh & the "Hill Fights"

The Battle of Dak To

Tet Offensive

Retaking the lost ground and the Battle of Hue

The May Offensive (Tet Offensive Phase II)

The August Offensive (Tet Offensive Phase III)

Vietnamization

"Northern First" - Change of Hanoi´s war strategy after Ho Chi Minhs death
 
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Idea # 1: The Battle of Ia Drang

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Generally we´re entering a phase in the war were the US got more involved, especially utilizing helicopters and getting behind enemy lines or into disputed areas, destroying targets and killing as many VC they can, and then leaving with said helicopters again. The first major use of those tactics was the so called Battle of Ia Drang Valley, which was some sort of success since the americans achieved all their goals but also showed some critical weakpoints in that strategy: helicopters are fragile and troops are vulnerable during landing/embarking. Losses were catastrophal on both sides and the battle was the culminating event of the struggle for the so called central highlands, through which the so called Ho Chi Minh Trail went. Both sides saw that control of the central highlands was a necessity to ensure logistical supply for future operations and ramped up their troops. The US first sent special forces to assist the local militia and the Northern Vietnamese sent a number of PAVN Regiments to bolster the VC Forces in the area.

Here´s some key points we could turn into ops but i highly recommend having a look at the linked video if you got 20 minutes time.

- PAVN Assault on military camp of Plei Mei:

to hinder the ARVN and US advancing, the PAVN General Chu Huy Mân commited 3 Regiments to conquer the military Camp in Plei Mei, south of Pleiku City. The plan was started prematurely because Hanoi received Intel that the Americans were sending the First Aircav Division to Plei Mei, planning to use the camp as a staging ground for conquering the central highlands. The local ARVN commander hid in some bunker and many of his troops fled, which didnt help with the situation since the southern and american troops were outnumbered to begin with. They held their ground with the help of A LOT OF air support til reinforcements broke the cordon. One of the PAVN regiments was held in reserve to ambush any reinforcements tho, so those ARVN troops that made it through were beaten bloody and late. But in the end, they lifted the siege of Camp Plei Mei.

- Minor Skirmishes around Plei Mei


This phase was followed by skirmishes and foot patrols around Plei Mei, but the majority of PAVN forces had retreated to their strongholds in the central highlands since they knew that the Aircav was coming for them. So they wanted to use the time they had to fortify their locations.

- Battle for Ia Drang, Day 1

The Americans bombed the shit out of three chosen LZs and then proceeded to land right after that. However, the Hueys werent optimized for the tropical weather yet so they could fly with reduced capacities (roughly 5 guys per helo) so they dribbled in slow. While they got their guys in and unloaded their gear, they were already watched by PAVN forces in the jungle. However since General Mân was away from the front, dealing with logistics, the PAVN forces were initially taken by surprise. The first day saw first chaotic engagements of uncoordinated PAVN troops and VC Guerillas but nothing the US couldnt handle. A company of the first batallion that landed even managed to push deeply into enemy territory.
That company, however, soon met fortified positions and got stuck. Soon a second Company arrived to help with the assault, and the americans were hopeful to secure swift victory soon. However, the deputy PAVN colonel finally managed to rally his men and mortars bombarded the LZ and pinned down companies. A sudden counter attack from up the mountain the americans tried to conquer saw a platoon being cut off with the rest of the unit. The second company that was sent to help with the assault was now tasked with rescuing the lost platoon. 2 hours of fierce fighting with heavy losses on both sides ensued. This went so far that reinforcements couldnt land for fear of helicopters being shot down.

- Battle for Ia Drang, Night 1:


Finally however, the sun began to set and the fighting dwindled down. Reinforcements were brought in and they dug in, preparing for a counter attack next morning. The "lost platoon" was still in no mans land. Due to the PAVN losses and catastrophic logistical situation, no attack happened that night.

- Battle for Ia Drang, Day 2:

The next day, the US received supplies and reinforcements while the PAVN started their attacks again. They were held in check by B-52s bombing the general area of the enemy. With the help of these bombers, the US could finally break through to the lost platoon. However these danger close fire missions proved costly, killing and wounding almost as many friendlies as enemies.


- Battle for Ia Drang, Night 2:


The night saw probing attacks from the PAVN but again no major offensive.

- Battle for Ia Drang, Day 3:

With their wounded evactuated and first batallion relieved, the remaining americans on LZ Xray set off on foot towards LZs Columbus and Albany. Columbus already was occupied by americans, but albany was not used to this point. The batallion tasked with securing Albany walked into the LZ (a large jungle clearing) and came under fire from all sides since the PAVN has laid an ambush on the site. The Americans ran for cover, focusing on 3 large termite mounds around which they dug in. So basically they dug in around huge insect nests for cover and the whole forest all around them was constantly shooting at them for the entire day. The proximity of the enemies also meant that no arty or air support could help them like it did in LZ Xray. In the evening, reinforcements arrived.

- Battle for Ia Drang, Night 3:

LZ Columbus turned into a huge cat and mouse game as Northeners crawled into the clearing at night, searching for wounded and isolated americans to kill in the pitch black area.

- Battle for Ia Drang, Day 4:


by the morning however, the PAVN troops were exhausted and had basically no ammo left, so they retreated. A hand full of other minor skirmishes occured but the battle was mostly over.
 

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Mission Making for Ia Drang:

PHASE I: The Siege of Plei Mei


Mission 1: Lifting the Siege:

the 91st are excited to get to their new base at plei mei (or whatever standin base we use in the end) and board a lot of helicopters to fly to it for that sweet vietnam moment. On the way they hear that Plei Mei is under attack and an emergency LZ is created for them. They are to dismount and lift the Siege on the camp. They do so by first easing the pressure on the defenders by taking out some side objectives like a convoy or an ammo dump, and then proceed to break the cordon and fight of whatever remains. Conclusion: The day is saved but they hear a much larger force is under way to lay siege to them.

Mission 2: Defending Plei Mei
This will be a defense mission with side objectives (rescue pilots of a crashed bird, get supplies that were dropped somewhere, place mines on a critical junction, you name it!)

PHASE II: Driving the enemy back into the valley

Unspecified amount of missions, goal will be to defeat the 3 regiments that sieged Plei Mei and drive them back into Ia Drang Valley
 

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