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Diên Biên Phu 1 - Bruno Arrives - Campaign Series Vietnam 1948-1967

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Diên Biên Phu 1 - Bruno Arrives

By David Galster
France 1 - 0 - 2 N. Vietnam
Rating: 8.2 (3)
Games Played: 3
SM: 3
Turns: 16
Type: Stock
First Side: France
Second Side: N. Vietnam
David Galster
20 November 1953
[Diên Biên Phu, Indochina]:
[ALL] [HIS] [CSL]:

General Henri Navarre, commander of CEFEO decided to occupy Dien Bien Phu. He wanted to place troops astride the Laos invasion route, and seek a major battle, using the "base aero-terrestre" as bait.

On the morning of 20 November, 1953 French paratroopers of the 6e Bataillon de Parachutistes Coloniaux (6e BPC) and the 2nd Battalion of the 1er Regiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes (II/1er RCP) landed on dropzones Natasha and Simone.

Operation Castor's initial objective was to secure the old Japanese airfield. With 65 C-47 Dakota transports, and twelve C-119 "Flying Boxcars," it still required two trips to get the lead elements into the valley, in the largest paradrop since WWII.

The 6e BPC battalion, led by the daring Maj. MB, (callsign "Bruno,") quickly assembled, and then secured DZ Natasha, while the II/ 1 RCP battalion ran into difficulties as they were largely misdropped, and spread over a wide area. In addition, its mission to protect the Headquarters of Groupement Aeroporte 1 (GAP 1) slowed down efforts to join the attack.

Poor radio communications with the other units, and aircraft added to overall ineffectiveness. 6 BPC collided with the Viet Minh 910th Battalion, 148th Regiment, which had been conducting field exercises with batteries of the 675th Heavy Regiment and 226th Combat Support company.

Fighting persisted until afternoon, when the Viet Minh eventually withdrew southward, hiding in heavily overgrown terrain along the Nam Youn River.

[ALL, NO VV] [CSEE] [1.00]
Player Voting Stats
Member Balance Enjoyment
Scud's ProfileScud Slightly Pro N. Vietnam 7
vendetta's Profilevendetta Well Balanced 8
Yossarian's ProfileYossarian Slightly Pro France 7
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
France Yossarian's Profile Yossarian vs. JP48 JP48's Profile N. Vietnam France Minor Victory 27 12
N. Vietnam vendetta's Profile vendetta vs. Outlaw Josey Wales Outlaw Josey Wales's Profile France N. Vietnam Major Victory 36 6
N. Vietnam itlnprd's Profile itlnprd vs. Scud Scud's Profile France N. Vietnam Minor Victory 27 12
Major General
Scud Mon Feb 21, 2022 8:22 pm
We played the first version of this scenario and discovered a bug, where the French player, upon reaching >5% casualties, is docked 50 points, not just that turn, but every turn thereafter. I don't believe the French were actually docked the points, though, since it would have resulted in -600 points or so. Nonetheless, though all three objectives were taken and the Viet Minh crushed, I still lost a minor. Bug will be fixed in v1.10. I'd like to see how others fare with final results. Was it just me?
Resolve then, that on this very ground, with small flags waving and tinny blasts on tiny trumpets, we shall meet the enemy, and not only may he be ours, he may be us. --Walt Kelly
vendetta Mon Mar 06, 2023 10:32 pm
A fun game