Wow, a lot of clarifications to the many questions I’ve had since beginning this Exploration. I’ve put a lot of inline edits in previous posts. I’ve made some big mistakes, mostly in terms of movement because of the cost of towns and cities regardless of roads, but no retcons with one notable exception: The Communist Yak 9P can’t go to MiG Alley because there is no Improved Airfield for it to fly from. As such, I’ve moved it to the Top Cover box, which will also let us work the air system a bit more.
Here is the map situation at the start of Week 3:
This week, the Communists will try to take Kunsan, then try to punch through the northern portion of the Pusan perimeter while driving SE from Taejo to stretch the defenders out. The UN will continue to try to hold on. However, there is a very good chance that the UN air will be able to help out considerably by preventing Communist HQs from activating.
After strategic movement, the Communists decide to activate II KPA to start punching across the the Nantong River (another oversight, the rivers on this map should have been named), but the UN player chooses to send an Interdiction mission to try to prevent it. This gives us an opportunity to see how a tactical mission can play out.
The triggering event is the HQ trying to establish an LoC to activate, and the lone F-51 aircraft in the Interdiction box will try to prevent it. At most we can have one aircraft per mission box per mission, so even if we had two aircraft they couldn’t both interdict. This allows the Communist to intercept with an aircraft in their Top Cover box, the Yak 9P, which in turn allows the UN to intercept the interceptor with a unit from their Top Cover box, in this case an F9F. This is as many aircraft can be involved, and we resolve it in a nested fashion, the most recent activating aircraft going first, so the F9F. Their combat number is 4, and they roll a d6 to try to destroy the Yak. Note that this is a different die than is used in MiG Alley, and also note that the Yak doesn’t get to fire back, but the F9F will have to make a station roll. It rolls a 1, so the Yak is reduced and sent to the Damaged Aircraft box. It will not roll against the interdicting F-51. The F9F makes a station roll of 2, below the 4 it needs to stay, so it stays on station. The F-51 rolls a 2 to prevent the HQ from activating, and also makes it’s station roll.
This means that both aircraft may be activated again, even during this turn. Top Cover can still be used against the Il-10 in the Ground Support box.
III KPA also activates, the F-51 again attempts to prevent it, is successful, and also stays on station, then does the same against the I KPA. This seems like it’s a problem for the Communists until they get more units in, primarily through Intervention. This seems odd, considering that most of the assaults across the Nantong River were at night, but maybe that’s a function of the interdiction rolls. You can do a lot to prevent the other side from doing much of anything, but I should note that the UN Air was perhaps a bit underused at the beginning of the month.
And thus endeth the Communist turn. The UN merely brings on it’s additional US formations, two cadres and six units, and uses Strategic movement to solidify the perimeter, choosing to save it’s supply for when it needs a reserve move.
The turn ends with the Communists placing an Obj marker in Kunsan, and the UN promptly removing it. This seems silly, but perhaps I’m missing the bigger picture.
Here is the map at the end of the turn. Not a lot happened other than the UN getting better positioned. There is only one more US corps entering the game, but there are no Amphibious points in this scenario, so no need to be thinking about an invasion (which was a Marine division and an Army corps, historically).
Hopefully we’ll get some actual stuff happening, that F-51 got very luck staying on station for three consecutive missions.