Battle of Osan - July 05, 1950

Task Force Smith
Pacific Theater By: nemesszili - Last update: 05/04/2013
Axis Player: Allied Player:
x6 x6 x4 x6
first You play first    

Historical Background:
In order to buy time to bring in reinforcements from occupied Japan, the US deployed the first ground units by air to Pusan on June 30th, 1950. They were part of the 24th Infantry Division, but were understrength and underequipped units. Collectively, it was called Task Force Smith, named after its commander, Colonel Smith.

They were ordered to head for Taejon, advance north of the city and establish a blocking point on the main highway. They reached Osan on July 4th and established defensive positions on hills on both sides of the road and waited for the enemy...

In the morning of July 5th, a North Korean armored column advanced on the road towards US positions. The infantrymen were unable to disable them with 2.36-inch bazookas, so the howitzers started firing at point-blank. Some tanks were stopped, but the majority of them advanced south unharmed.

Soon, two KPA Infantry Regiments, the 16th and the 18th arrived in a truck column, headed by 3 tanks.

The stage is set, the battle lines are drawn and you are in command. The rest is history.

US Player: 4 cards

KPA Player: 6 cards
You go first.

Conditions of Victory:
6 medals.

Both hills are Temporary Majority Medal Objectives worth 1 medal for each side.

Special Rules:
Special Weapon Asset rules (SWAs 4 - Special Weapon Assets) are in effect for the 1 US unit equipped with Anti-Tank weapons (SWAs 5 - Anti-Tank Gun Late War), the 2 KPA and 1 US units equipped with Mortars (SWAs 6 - Mortar Late War) and the 3 US units equipped with Machine Guns (SWAs 7 - Machine Gun Late War). Place the proper badges on these units.

Place a Big Gun badge on the US heavy artillery unit (Troops 3 - Big Guns).

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Please note that this scenario was not approved by Richard Borg or Days of Wonder, so you have to check yourself about playability, potential gaming issues, etc.

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