Wargaming US Mobile River Force Operations in Vietnam

Mobile Riverine Force Operational Concept (Schematic) - Page Title

 

Schematic Diagram of Mobile Riverine Force Operational Concept in Action!

CONCEPT
MRB up to 50km from AO and protected by Monitors and Assault Support Patrol Boats on the river flanks of the base. Infantry detachments of Platoon strength are deployed on the opposing banks to cover the land flanks of the base.
Operations were planned to encircle the enemy and destroy him in depth which required the movement of infantry units by watercraft and helicopters.
Reserve units are held afloat or positioned near helicopter LZ's ashore.
Ground units are deployed into blocking positions.
Monitors and ASPB's cover the flanks of the landing sites so as block enemy movement on the water.
Fire support is provided by assault force boats, artillery emplaced on barges or ashore, by helicopter gunships and by fixed-wing tactical aircraft.


Mobile Riverine Force Patch (small)

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SOURCES:

Mouth of the Dragon, Rules for Riverine Operations by Paddy Griffith
Free Fire Zone, Wargames Rules for the Vietnam War by Barrie Lovell
Brown Water Navy - article in Dustoff#9 SOTCW Vietnam War Study Group
The Brown Water Navy, Col. Victor Croizat USMC (Retd.), Blandford Press, ISBN 0-7137-1272-4

 

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