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Hòa Bình 1 - Operation Tulipe - Campaign Series Vietnam 1948-1967

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Hòa Bình 1 - Operation Tulipe

By David Galster
France 0 - 0 - 3 N. Vietnam
Rating: 5.3 (2)
Games Played: 3
SM: 3
Turns: 15
Type: Stock
First Side: France
Second Side: N. Vietnam
David Galster
10 November, 1951
[Cho Ben Pass, Indochina]:

The first phase of the Hoa Binh campaign, Operation Tulipe, kicked off on November 10, 1951, to seize the Cho Ben Pass and extend French military control beyond Provincial Route 21.

While Col. CdC led Force Mobile Blindee Nord to attack south to secure the Route 21 corridor at Cho Ben, ground elements of Force Mobile du Centre attacked west from the Nam Duong region up the Day River, and linked up with the 1st Foreign Legion Parachute Battalion (1er BEP), which had dropped into the flooded rice paddies adjoining Cho Ben at 0910 that morning.

In conjunction with these thrusts, supporting operations were carried out by other task forces to the south and east of Cho Ben.

The Viet Minh abandoned Cho Ben after putting up only token resistance, but fighting along Colonial Route 21 proved harder, involving two battalions of Regiment 64, three companies of Regional Battalion 164, and local Viet Minh forces.

French air superiority, mobility and firepower gave them the advantage. By 1430 that afternoon, the 1st Colonial Parachute Battalion (1er BPC), Commando 24, and other elements attached to Mobile Group 2 had passed through the 1st BEP's lines to reach their objectives two kilometers north of Cho Ben.

With this French toehold in the Muong highlands, the French moved on to Phase II.

[ALL: NO ECAS: NO VV] [CSEE] [1.00]
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Gaming Records
1st Side Player 2nd Side Player Result Score
France Gray Nemesis's Profile Gray Nemesis vs. Bioman Bioman's Profile N. Vietnam France Major Defeat 6 36
France Outlaw Josey Wales's Profile Outlaw Josey Wales vs. vendetta vendetta's Profile N. Vietnam France Major Defeat 6 36
N. Vietnam devoncop's Profile devoncop vs. itlnprd itlnprd's Profile France N. Vietnam Major Victory 36 6
devoncop Frid Mar 04, 2022 11:08 am
A real meatgrinder of a scenario with the VM largely though not wholly static and both sides relying heavily of their indirect fire assets. Pushing south down the Pass is a very tough ask for the French I feel so the momentum really needs to come from the southern thrust.
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Bioman Sun Aug 14, 2022 11:36 pm
Defenders have the advantage