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Operation Wilderness 001

The Bra - South Vietnam - 1968


Actual LRRP Company attached to the 1/7th Cavalry Regiment ~ Khe Sanh 1968









1. REGION: The Bra, South Vietnam

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

3. TERRAIN: Plains, Jungle

The Year is 1968, the Tet Offensive Rages across South Vietnam. After three months of intense fighting, US Forces are spread thin. The majority of US and ARVN Ground forces are already committed to the Sieges of Khe Sanh, Da Nang, Hue City, Saigon, and the DMZ.

With limited manpower and resources at its disposal, the US Army seeks to generate large gains by utilizing the highly effective rangers of the Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol Companies. A LRRP Platoon consisting of eighteen men, A single Six man recon team, and a hatchet force of twelve men. These LRRP Platoons were often sent out on patrols deep into enemy territory for months at a time to fight a guerrilla war against the PAVN and Viet Cong main force units, Averaging a body count of 400 enemy combatants killed for one ranger of an LRRP Platoon. During the course of the war, LRRP's confirmed over 10,000 enemies killed.


For this campaign, we will be playing the part of an LRRP Platoon, attached to the 1/7th Cavalry, tasked with infiltrating enemy territory in the region known as "The Bra". This region is occupied by a regiment of PAVN Regulars, where men are trained to join to the on going assault on Khe Sanh Airbase, and where supplies are transported along its many concealed roadways. Our Long Range Recconassaince Patrol Platoon has limited Support and manpower but is expected to wage a guerrilla war against this unknown PAVN Regiment. The LRRP's objectives are as follows,

1. Gather intelligence on the PAVN Regiment, who they are, what are they doing, where do they train their men, where do they transfer their supplies, where are their munition stockpiles, where do they sleep, where does their food come from, how many of them are there in the Bra, do they have artillery and anti-air. 

2. Establish Fire Support Base Striker to house 3 x 105mm Artillery guns & 6 Helicopters for the 71st AHC, to offer support for the LRRP in the Field.

3. Establish several temporary concealed shelters and fortified bases across the Bra, for the LRRP to operate out of across the entire map.

4.  Disrupt and Destroy and Hamper all enemy operations in the valley. If they are transporting men and munitions, ambush them, mine the roads, secure prisoners for interrogation, sneak into their barracks and kill them while they sleep, plant explosives in the center of their training areas, booby trap their armories, find and clear their tunnels, destroy their radios, kill their commanders, cut off their food supplies, find and destroy their anti-aircraft guns, artillery, communications arrays. 

5. Draw large groups of PAVN regulars out in the open, for several pitched battles. Draw them into your concealed fortified prepared positions to be cut down by your small arms, claymores, booby traps, sniper ambushes, and lastly into the open where our artillery and air support can make up for our lack of numbers.


Be prepared to remain in the field during the entirety of the Campaign, you cannot rely on helicopter transport to and from the Fire Support Base each mission, unless you want Anti-Air Craft guns, and platoons of PAVN regulars to be upon you, in their LZ's. Be prepared to build concealed fortified camps in the jungle, several times during the campaign. Be prepared to conduct Emergency Action Drills, similar to our MACV Campaigns, you will be vastly outnumbered, with limited support. 

71st AHC will have 3x105mm Artillery Guns, 3xUH-1 Huey Slicks, 3x Gunships, 1xChinook, 2xFixed Wing for the entire campaign. If an aircraft or gun is lost, it will need to be salvaged by 71st AHC & LRRP in order to be used next mission, otherwise it is lost for the entire campaign.

a. Enemy Disposition

  1. Unknown Regiment of PAVN Fighters

    1. Logistics Companies transporting Arms through the Valley to Saigon

b. Friendly Disposition

  1. 71st AHC

  2. 1xCompany of 1/7th Cavalry Troops to secure and operate FSB Striker.

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:

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

Map of the AO:



Base Area 316 (South of River)



Villages (North of River)







Site for FSB Striker



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.





17th Long Range Reconnaissance Company, A-Team, 1/7th Cavalry

LRRP A-Team will land at an LZ of their choosing and investigate two villages in the vicinity of OBJ Striker, in an attempt to recon the area's surrounding the potential FSB Striker, and to determine the extent and the reach of the PAVN Regiment, north of the River. A-Team will then move to OBJ Striker, survey the area, and provide security while Rattler's transport men and material for security and the establishment of a temporary fire support base.


71st Assault Helicopter Company

Will Insert A-Team LRRP into the Bra. Will be transporting Artillery, Supplies, and Men into OBJ Striker for the establishment of a Temporary Firebase. Will be on standby to assist A-Team with resupply and close air support.





Call Signs

  • "Mako Six",                    1LT J. Kauffman
  • "Mako One-Six",           SSG D. Jordan
  • "Mako One-One"             SGT R. Kris
  • "Mako One-Two"             SSG K. Kersemeier
  • "Rattler One-Six"            2LT K. Grorud

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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