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WARNING ORDER

Operation Comanche III 01

 

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SITUATION

 

TIME APR 14 1972 @ 1900 EST (0600 IGT)

 

WEATHER: 75F (27C); Fog; Overcast; Wind 1kn NNE; Dawn 0600 IGT; Dusk 1800 IGT

 

In the afternoon hours of April 6th 1972, North Vietnamese Forces launched the largest offensive since Tet in 1968. With the help of local guerrilla, NVA Forces simultaneously launched offensive on every major South Vietnamese Installation and Provencal capitals with large amounts of Russian supplied T-34-85's & T-55. NVA Forces have also utilized their small amount of MiG-21s & AN-2 Colt Aircraft. 

Control of Pulau Island was handed over to South Vietnamese Forces in December 1971. Since then revolutionary sentiment has been growing due to the lack of action by the South Vietnamese Forces. We believe that over the four month period large caches of supplies, armored vehicles, heavy artillery, and Surface to Air Missiles were smuggled onto the island & used during the offensive.

Only a single Platoon of ARVN forces managed to evade capture and be evacuated before the Island fell. All others are believed to have been captured and executed; Viet Cong hit squads also managed to execute a vast majority of the civil officials residing in the cities and villages. We have lost complete control of the Island chain.

 

Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment is to accompany the 4th Battalion, 147th ARVN Marine Regiment and regain control over the island. 

ARVN Marine Reconnaissance platoon has landed on the southern most tip of Pulau Monyet and begun conducting clandestine reconnaissance of the island.

According to their intel, the majority of NVA forces have left the Island to assist with the offensives on the mainland. Control of the Island has been handed over to the NLF, while small contignents of NVA Forces remain to operate and guard the Airfield and Surface to Air Missile installations, which now cover a majority of the island and block the ability to use our fixed wing assets to neutralize Vietnamese Hard points. We are still able to utilize our rotary wing aircraft as long as they operate below 30 Meters from the ground (10 Meters above the Canopy).

Since this overlapping system of Surface to Air Missiles has been installed on the Islands, it is believed that two Russian MiG-21's have landed on the Island and intend to operate within the heavy cover of the Surface to Air Missile batteries. 

 

a. Enemy Disposition

  1. Unkown NVA Heavy Anti-Air-Artillery Company ( Comprised of 6 x S-75 Desna Surface to Air Missiles)

  2. 929th Fighter Regiment, 4th Bien Doi (Comprised of 2 x MiG-21s & Unknown amount of AN-2 Colt Aircraft)

  3. Unknown NVA Armored Company (Comprised of Russian T-34-85s & T-55s)

  4. Unknown NVA Mechanized Company

  5. 8th VC Battalion, 6th Regional Regiment

 

b. Friendly Forces

  1. 4th Marine Battalion, 147th ARVN Marine Regiment

 

c. 1970s - 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. 
  4. Pulau Monyet is delcared a free fire zone.

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MISSION

 

Our First Objective (OBJ Alpha) will be to conduct an air assault on the Island of Pulau Monyet. A reconnaissance Platoon of ARVN Marines have secured an LZ. Rendezvous with them, then move to OBJ Alpha. Search the Hangars for MiG-21's, and destroy them. From there, 1st Platoon is to move northwest and neutralize the largest Anti-Aircraft battery on the island which includes a single Surface to Air Missile (OBJ Bravo). Depending on time, 1st Platoon will then move onto OBJ Charlie, where high altitude Ariel reconnaissance has spotted a large concentration of fuel trucks, where the NVA is attempting to gather up all the remaining fuel on the island to run their armored vehicles.

 

Maps of the Province:

 

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Map of 1st Platoon, A Co., 1/7th Cav AO:

 

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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.

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EXECUTION

 

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

 

1st Platoon

 

Our First Objective (OBJ Alpha) will be to conduct an air assault on the Island of Pulau Monyet. A reconnaissance Platoon of ARVN Marines have secured an LZ. Rendezvous with them, then move to OBJ Alpha. Search the Hangars for MiG-21's, and destroy them. From there, 1st Platoon is to move northwest and neutralize the largest Anti-Aircraft battery on the island which includes a single Surface to Air Missile (OBJ Bravo). Depending on time, 1st Platoon will then move onto OBJ Charlie, where high altitude Ariel reconnaissance has spotted a large concentration of fuel trucks, where the NVA is attempting to gather up all the remaining fuel on the island to run their armored vehicles.

 

PRIMARY TASKING:  Close on OBJ Alpha, locate and destroy MiG-21s before they can take off. 

 

SECONDARY TASKING:  Close with OBJ Bravo, destroy enemy SAMs & other Anti-Aircraft-Artillery

 

TERTIARY TASKING:  OBJ Charlie, Locate & Destroy enemy fuel trucks before they can finish collecting the diesel reserve.

 

71st Assault Helicopter Company

 

71st AHC is to be flying air support for 1st Platoon. 

 

PRIMARY TASKING: Inserting 1st Platoon into the AO via UH-1H Hueys.

 

SECONDARY TASKING: Conducting Close Air Support, Resupply, Reinsert, Medevac, & Recon for 1st Platoon

 

TERTIARY TASKING: N/A

 

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SUPPORT

 

71st Assault Helicopter Company Vehicle Pool for Campaign:

 

Rotary Wing:

  • 6 x UH-1H 'Huey Slick'
  • 1 x AH-1G 'Cobra'
  • 4 x UH-1D 'Huey Hog'
  • 1 x HH-35 'Jolly Green Giant'
  • 1 x CH-47 'Chinook'

Fixed Wing: 

  • 2 x F-4 'Phantom'
  • 1 x OV-10 'Bronco'
  • 1 x C1-A 'Trader'
  • 2 x A1-J 'Skyraider'
  • 1 x A7-C 'Corsair'

Repairing:

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Destroyed:

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COMMAND & SIGNAL

 

Succession of Command: 

  • 1st Platoon HQ: 1LT J. Kauffman > SFC D. Brown
  • 1st Squad: SSG D. Jordan > SGT J. Hart
  • 2nd Squad: SGT C. Mandingo > SGT D. Thompson
  • 71st A.H.C: 2LT K. Grorud > CW2 R. Hepker > WOC T. Sadler

Call Signs

  • "Mako 1-6",             1LT J. Kauffman

  • "Mako 1-7",             SFC D. Brown

  • "Mako 1-1",             SSG D. Jordan
  • "Mako 1-2",             SSG C. Mandingo
  • "Rattler 1-6",           2LT K. Grorud
  • "Rattler 1-1",           WOC T. Sadler
  • "Rattler 1-2",           CW2 R. Hepker
  • "Rattler 1-3",           WOC J. Rob
  • "Firefly 1-1",            SGT B. Snurka

Hand Signals

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

 

Smoke Signals

  • Green = Friendly/Affirmative
  • Red = Enemy/Negative
  • Purple = Mass Casualty/Medic Required
  • Orange = Lost/Marking Current Position

Radio Frequencies

  • Infantry Platoon Net ~ 40.0
  • CAS Net ~ 45.0
  • Aviation Platoon Net ~ 50.0

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2 hours ago, T. Harrow said:

Gonna comment here. I'm not able to make the op on Saturday, hanging out with my girlfriend.

Nevermind. Had to cancel, she had plans. I'll be there.

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