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WARNO Commando Hunt 002

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Operation Commando Hunt 002

North Vietnam/Laos/Cambodia - 1971










1. REGION: North Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia

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

3. TERRAIN: Mountains, Highlands, Jungle, Rolling plains

The year is 1971. American ground troops are being pulled out of South Vietnam at an alarming rate. The countryside is full of empty fire support bases, and the North Vietnamese have infiltrated and occupied Laos, Cambodia, and the western fringes of South Vietnam. Hundreds of millions of tons of supplies are being transported along the Ho Chi Minh trail, through NVA occupied Laos & Cambodia.

As the main American ground presence winds down, MACV-SOG's operations to disrupt the enemy in their rear operating areas are intensified; however, the NVA occupy the areas along the Ho Chi Minh trail in great numbers. MACV-SOG Recon teams of 10 men are dropped into "target boxes" with several thousand North Vietnamese regulars in an attempt to disrupt their operations in the rear. Special Elite "Anti-Reconnaissance" battalions have been assembled from Montagnard's and hardcore NVA NCO's, who's sole purpose is to track and pin down MACV-SOG Reconnaissance teams and then send in a battalion of NVA regulars to surround and finish off the enemy.

Since MACV-SOG team's were often outnumbered 100 to 1, their survival relied on the expertise of their indigenous Montagnard "strikers" to guide them to defendable positions such as hilltops, cliffs, old abandoned fire support bases, etc. as well as the brave pilots of the US Navy and Airforce that often were called in to provide close air support for trapped recon teams on the ground. 

For this campaign, we will be playing the part of two MACV-SOG Recon teams, who will be given tasks in three "Target Boxes" DM-01 (Cambodia), DM-08 (Laos), and DM-09 (North Vietnam). Each target box is home to an NVA Regimental headquarters that is operating and overseeing the movement of supplies down the Ho Chi Minh trail. To complete this campaign, we will have to locate and destroy all three NVA Regimental Headquarters in order to clear the target box. Detailed information about the Target boxes can be found below. A base line of intelligence has been provided, and as Recon teams conduct missions in the target box they will gather more information and fill the files with further details which will provide for future missions & objectives from Saigon.

a. Enemy Disposition

  1. Massive disposition of North Vietnamese Regulars

    1. Small Anti-recon teams hunting for American Recon Teams

    2. Large Units of PAVN Regulars acting as quick reaction forces

    3. Static Anti-Air

    4. Supply and Logistics units operating in the area

b. Friendly Disposition

  1. None

c. 1970s - Rules of Engagement

  1. Use of any force necessary is authorized within the target boxes. 



Maps of the theatre

*How to Zoom in: Open spoiler> Right click on photo > Open image in new tab > Congrats, you can now zoom in.



DM01 (2nd Spoiler is PDF. SL's please download & Read)



DM08 (2nd Spoiler is PDF. SL's please download & Read)






Thud Ridge



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.
  • Bring this in your kit         ITEM - Zippo        if you want to burn the huts
  • When burning a hut make sure to stand back, and let one person burn the hut, as to avoid friendly fire.





Recon Company, Command and Control North

Recon Team Asp will be conducting an Area Recon of DM-01 (Cambodia) and Recon Team Crusader will be conducting an Area Recon of DM-08 (Laos). Their mission will be to infiltrate the target box and attempt to locate enemy encampments, locate communication lines, supply depots, high speed trails, traffic on the trails, the location of the regimental HQ, or even take a prisoner.


71st Assault Helicopter Company

R71st AHC is to provide transport for RT Asp & RT Crusader. They will also conduct aerial recon and provide close air support for ground forces.






Call Signs

  • "Washington",           1LT J. Kauffman
  • "RT Crusader",           SSG D. Jordan
  • "RT Asp",                    SSG V. Handberg
  • "Covey",                      2LT K. Grorud
  • "Rattler 1-1",              CW3 T. Sadler
  • "Rattler 1-2",              WO1 J. Hart

Hand Signals

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



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