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Find, Fix, Fight, Finish - Battle of Ap Bac 2 - Campaign Series Vietnam 1948-1967

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Find, Fix, Fight, Finish - Battle of Ap Bac 2

By Jason Petho
US 0 - 0 - 1 N. Vietnam
Rating: 5 (1)
Games Played: 1
SM: 4
Turns: 30
Type: Stock
First Side: US
Second Side: N. Vietnam
Jason Petho
2 May, 1967
[Ap Bac 2, Dinh Tuong Province, South Vietnam]:

The 2nd Infantry/9th Division was intended to be the primary component of the Marine Riverine Force that would operate south of Saigon in the Mekong Delta.

The 2nd Infantry had arrived in Vietnam earlier in the year and had conducted training in the Rung Sat Special Zone. It was decided to move Headquarters, 2nd Infantry, to Dong Tam so that it would become operational at that location on 10 March.

With the arrival of the 2nd Brigade, at Dong Tam. the brigade began a demanding 90-day period of performing four separate but related tasks: the defense and construction of the Dong Tam Base; limited offensive operations in Dinh Tuong and Kien Hoa Provinces; operations in the Rung Sat Special Zone to protect the shipping channel; and planning with Task Force 117 to move aboard the Navy ships.

Conducting operations in Dinh Tuong Province was to prove as important in the seasoning of the battalions of 2nd Infantry as was the riverine training in the Rung Sat Special Zone.

The threat posed to Dong Tam by the Viet Cong 514th Provincial Battalion, the 26th Main Force Battalion, and local force sapper and infantry companies and guerrillas demanded a varied offensive campaign to protect the base as well as to reduce the Viet Cong influence.

While planning of the riverine organization of the infantry battalions was taking place, in April and May the 2nd Infantry battalions were conducting land operations.

The 3rd/47th Infantry, and 3rd/60th Infantry were increasing their proficiency in ground and airmobile operations. On May 2nd, the two battalions participated in the 2nd Infantry's heaviest fighting to date.

The target of the brigade assault was the Viet Cong 514th Local Force Battalion in the Ap Bac 2 area, which had been identified as a normal operating area for the Viet Cong.

The brigade plan was to conduct an airmobile operation; however, the brigade was notified that no airmobile company was available, and the two battalions would arrive to the operation area by truck. The battalions would use Highway 4 as their jumping off points and clear the numerous villages in the area before converging on Ap Bac 2.

Valuable lessons would be learned for 2nd Infantry, primarily the old adage of "finding, fixing, fighting, and finishing" the enemy.

[ALL, NO VV] [CSEE, Variable Objectives] [1.00]
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Smedley's ProfileSmedley Moderately Pro N. Vietnam 5
Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
N. Vietnam Smedley's Profile Smedley vs. Bioman Bioman's Profile US N. Vietnam Major Victory 48 8