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Stirring the Nest - Battle of Hill 823 - Campaign Series Vietnam 1948-1967

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Stirring the Nest - Battle of Hill 823

By Jason Petho
US 0 - 0 - 3 N. Vietnam
Rating: 3.4 (1)
Games Played: 3
SM: 3
Turns: 20
Type: Stock
First Side: US
Second Side: N. Vietnam
Jason Petho
11 November, 1967
[Dak To, Kontum Province, South Vietnam]:

Reacting to 4th Division intelligence that the headquarters of the NVA 40th Artillery Regiment was then located five kilometers southeast of Ben Het, the 4th/503rd Airborne was ordered to search the suspected area.

A, C and D companies/4th/503rd had spent the day finding abandoned foxholes and entrenchments, but generally it was another day without incident. Thus far the only enemy force threatening Dak To was engaged with the two battalions of the 4th Infantry Division, south and southwest of the camp.

On the morning of November 5th, still finding no trace of the enemy, Company A was now to trail Company D, allowing it to be readily available as a reserve as Company D advanced towards the Ngok Kom Leat ridge north of Hill 823.

Company C advancing towards the high ground on the northern edge of the ridge along the trail network to the north, discovered some unoccupied enemy foxholes. As the distance between the companies and their Ben Het base was lengthening, it was decided that the 4th/503rd would establish a new fire support base closer to the anticipated area of combat.

After making an aerial reconnaissance together, they selected Hill 823 because it dominated the terrain and would be mutually supporting with Ben Het. Relieved of the mission of providing security for Ben Het, Company B was to conduct combat assault onto the hill at 0900 on November 6th. After B Company secured Hill 823, Chinooks would transfer Battery B, 3rd/319th Artillery on the hilltop.

As the companies of the battalion reached their objectives, and B Company's combat assault into a cold Landing Zone, the appearance of fresh prints of bare feet in the soft ground, a bamboo reel for wire, newly dropped human feces, all pointed to the nearness of the enemy. Advanced parties were sent out to recon the areas immediately around the hilltops seemed to have stirred the nest.

Elements of the PAVN 174th Regiment sprang into action and swarmed around the Airborne companies, starting a fierce engagement that would last throughout the day.

[ALL, NO VV] [CSEE, Variable Objectives] [1.00]
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Lieutenant General
Scud Thu Mar 10, 2022 11:35 pm
The US has to take, hold, and establish a firebase on Hill 823. No Hill, no win.
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