Christian for his part had several torpedo boats, two shore batteries, and could call for air support. Unfortunately for him, he fail the special unit roll that would have also given him a Komar missile boat.
|A picture of the battlefield prior to the start of the game. My ships can be seen in the bottom left. My targets can be seen all along the coast with several unknown contacts between us and them.|
|My fleet. The destroyers USS Lloyd Thomas and USS Higbee. The missile cruiser USS Sterett and the 7th Fleet flag ship USS Oklahoma City.|
Turn 3: My ships continue to move towards the coast.
Turn 4: A torpedo boat attacks Higbee, firing two unguided torpedoes. Both torpedoes miss. In response the Higbee cripples the torpedo boat with its guns, taking out all the boats weapons.
|The torpedo boat HQ-12 firing torpedoes at the USS Higbee.|
|The torpedo boat HQ-13 burns after being hit by multiple 127mm rounds.|
|The torpedo boat HQ-13 is blown out of the water while the US naval forces move to bombard the North Vietnamese Dr. Pepper supply.|
|A civilian fishing boat watches as the Lloyd Thomas get hit with a torpedo after destroying the Vietnamese PT boat HQ-11.|
|The USS Higbee bombards a truck convoy, while USS Sterett moves into position to attack another.|
|Fishing boats watch as Oklahoma City bombards the first shore battery|
Meanwhile in the South three MiG-17 fighters attack the Higbee. At first they tried tossing the bombs from just outside the Higbees AA range. The bombs miss and Sterett shots down one MiG with a terrier missile. The remaining two MiGs decide that to go to the deck and drop their remaining six bombs on the Higbee. All the bombs miss and the MiG-17s run for home.
|MiG-17s attack the USS Higbee.|
It was at this time that we decided to call it. The game was pretty much a draw. Christian had gained a victory by damaging one of my ships. However, with the loss of the shore battery and no mobile units left, I could bombard the land units I needed for victory at my leisure. Over all the game was good and close to the actual battle. (Although in the real battle it was Higbee that lost the aft turret).
What Christian could of done better: Spread the shore batteries out to cover area and group the land units closer to the batteries to be protected.
What I could have done better: Moving the Lloyd Thomas up to engage the shore battery was unnecessary and only resulted in the ship suffering more damaged.
Anyway I not sure what I'll be doing for my next game. I'm still working on units for my Megablitz East Front scenario and I also have a few ideas left for Shipwreck.