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On May 10, 1965 two Vietcong (VC) regiments surprisingly overran the provincial capital of Long Binh province, Song Be. The Battle of Song Be was the culmination of the collapse of the South Vietnamese regular army, known as the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, or ARVN. It was the first time a South Vietnamese provincial capital had fallen and then been held, even briefly, by VC forces in the long-running war. To General Westmoreland, commander of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), the battle could not have been more ominous.
Two months earlier, on March 8, 1965, two battalions of the 9th Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, had landed at Danang to take over the large base’s defense from ARVN forces who were thereby presumably free to engage in offensive operations against the ever-growing VC forces. Later that year, regular US Army units were deployed in Bien Hoa and other strategic areas. By fall 1965, the 1st Cavalry Division was engaged in aggressive offensive military operations in the Ia Drang Valley south-west of Pleiku in Vietnam’s Central Highlands. “Americanization” of the war had begun. Before it was over 10 years later, Cambodia and Laos had been dragged into the horrific struggle as well. Despite never losing a battle, US forces left Vietnam in 1973 and South Vietnam fell to the communists after a brutal offensive in early 1975.
How did it all happen? Can YOU change the result? You are in command of US and ARVN forces starting in early 1965. The ARVN has basically collapsed and watch out! North Vietnamese Army (NVA) units are infiltrating the south in large numbers even as local VC forces grow in strength.
Can you, as the USA and South Vietnam, defeat the resilient communist fighters and create a stable and lasting western-aligned nation as a bastion in Southeast Asia? Or will you, like Presidents Johnson and Nixon, find the VC and NVA impossible to completely defeat?
It is early 1965. Following a shocking defeat at Song Be, the South Vietnamese army has essentially dissolved.
GENERAL: REESTABLISH ORDER, CRUSH THE VIETCONG GUERILLAS AND THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY DIVISIONS, AND REBUILD THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE POLICE AND ARMY!!!
UNBOXING: Take a look at the 2nd Edition Print reveal of “8th Air Force” & “20th Air Force” – the same sturdy game board (14-point stock) and pre-cut counters will make for a high quality “Save South Vietnam!” as well!