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WARNO: Operation Long Reach 003: Silver Bayonet I

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Operation Long Reach 003: Silver Bayonet I

Central Highlands - II Corps - Ia Drang Complex - 1965

A New Look at Ia Drang









1. REGION: Ia Drang, South Vietnam

2. WEATHER: Clear Skies; 38F ; Wind <1kn NNE; Dawn 0415 IGT; Dusk 1900 IGT

3. TERRAIN: Mountains, Highlands, Jungle


Last night, we saw heavy fighting in the hills to the west of LZ X-ray. Due to the high concentration enemy troops, with both the  PAVN and VC having established field HQ's in the eare, 1st Cavalry has ordered an Arc Light strike of the mountainrange tomorrow, no sooner than first light.  We are to commence a tactical march to our new extraction zone, LZ Albany. HQ has ordered us to strike at any target of oppurtunity along the way, to give PAVN and VC the finishing blow to end this war.


The enemy has been here for a while, so be on the lookout for traps/mines.

a. Enemy Disposition

  1. Unknown disposition of PAVN regulars

    1. Well equipped regular soldiers

    2. Light - Mechanized Force

    3. Anti-Air and Mortar emplacements 

  2.  Unknown disposition of Vietcong Irregulars

    1. Ill-Equipped but seasoned Guerrillas  

    2. Fanatical; Threat of suicide bombers

b. Friendly Disposition

  1. 1st & 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment

    1. 1 Platoon of Airmobile infantry

    2. FSB Falcon, as well as fixed wing support

c. 1960s - Rules of Engagement

On order from your commander, enemy military and paramilitary forces are declared hostile and may be attacked subject to the following instructions:

  1. Positive Identification (PID) is required prior to engagement. PID is a reasonable certainty that the proposed target is a legitimate military target. If no PID, contact your next highest commander for decision.
  2. Do not engage anyone who has surrendered, or is unarmed or wounded. 
  3. Any requests for fire support or close air support within 600 Meters of a civilian center must first get authorization from commanding officer. 



Maps of the Province:






71st AHC HQ





Notes from Commander:

  • All requests for Close Air Support/Medevac/Resupply/Insertion are to go to Mako 1-6 on FREQ 60.0. Mako 1-6 will contact Rattler 1-6 on FREQ 50.0 to request an asset to assist 1st Platoon as necessary. Once the asset is in the area of Operation for Mako 1-6, Infantry can contact the bird via CAS Net FREQ 45.0 to guide in the bird/direct close air support.
  • If an infantry element is in threat of being overrun and requires immediate assistance, they may declare a "Tactical Emergency" to Mako 1-6, who will then have Rattler 1-6 redirect all available air assets to Mako 1-6's Area of Operation to prevent the unit from being overrun.
  • Expect the enemy to utilize grenades when in close combat.





1st Platoon, A. Company, 1/7th Cavalry

1st Platoon will perform a tactical march from LZ X-RAY to LZ Albany

1st Platoon

PRIMARY TASKING:  1st Platoon will march north to the local civilian strongpoint of Bahn Trung, and will hold here untill the Arc Light subsides

SECONDARY TASKING:  1st Platoon will then move west, through the jungle along the trail towards LZ Albany, seizing any opportunity to strike a blow to enemy forces

TERTIARY TASKING:  Extract from LZ Albany


71st Assault Helicopter Company

Rattlers are to support 1st Platoon as they march out of LZ X-Ray

PRIMARY TASKING: Support 1st infantry platoon as they move north of Ia Drang, and west towards LZ Albany. Strike any aa-sites that may be uncovered.

SECONDARY TASKING: Provide Reinserts, Emergency CAS, Ressuply, and Medevac.

TERTIARY TASKING: Extract 1st Platoon from LZ Albany






Call Signs

  • "Mako 6",                   2LT K. Grorud
  • "Mako 1-6",               1LT J. Kauffman
  • "Mako 1-6R"              SSG A. Cummings
  • "Mako 1-1",                SSG D. Jordan
  • "Mako 1-2",                SSG V. HandbergTBD
  • "Rattler 1-1"              CW3 T. Sadler
  • "Rattler 1-2"              TBD

Hand Signals

  • Control + Num 5 = Rally/Set//Affirmative
  • Control + Num 2 = Halt/Hold/Stop/Negative
  • Control + Num 6 = Engage
  • Control + Num 4 = Go/Move/


Role selection:



K. Grorud@0.5x.png

Head of 71st Assault Helicopter Company

Call-sign: Rattler 1-6

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