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Fields of Fire is a solitaire game of commanding a rifle company between World War II and Present Day. The game is diceless and card based, and there are two different types of card decks used in play. There are four separate campaigns, and each has its own Terrain Deck based on the terrain found in that campaign. You use the terrain deck to build a map for the various missions your company must perform. The Action Deck is used in each campaign and serves many purposes: controlling combat, command and control and various activity attempts. The units of the company are counters representing headquarters elements, infantry squads, weapons teams, forward observers, and individual vehicles and helicopters. Each mission is a single game, and seven missions are strung together to form a historical campaign during which you must manage experience and replacements. A mission cna be played in about one to two hours. Because the campaigns span three eras, you can experience the evolution of the US rifle company in equipment. This game is based on four actual campaigns fought by units of the 9th US Infantry Regiment in World War II, Korea and Viet Nam. "Keep Up the Fire" is the motto of the 9th Infantry, known as the "Manchus" for their service in the Boxer Rebellion.
World War Two - Normandy, France - June-August 1944
As part of the 2nd Infantry division "Indianhead", the 9th Infantry landed on D-Day +1, June 7th 1944. They would spend the next 70 days in the line battling through bocage terrain. For much of that time they faced the German paratroopers of the 3rd Fallschirmjaeger Division. The Germans used the difficult terrain to their advantage, forcing the Manchus to battle for it hedgerow to hedgerow.
The Korean War - Naktong River - August-September 1950
Among the first reinforcements to arrive in Korea, the 9th Infantry was rushed into the Pusan Perimeter to reinforce the decimated US 24th Infantry Division. The North Koreans battled across a bend in the Naktong River, known as the Naktong Bulge. The Manchus were thrown in to face the North Koreans head-on. It took weeks of fighting and reinforcements to finally eject the North Koreans from the Bulge. The rest of the 2nd Infantry Division had arrived, and the 9th reverted back to its parent division. The battered regiment was given responsibility for the entire Naktong Bulge. With little rest they faced a renewed massive North Korean offensive that pushed back into the Naktong Bulge, and spent the rest of September pushing the North Koreans back out again.
The Korean War - Heartbreak ridge - August-October 1951
The summer of 1951 saw the 2nd Division taking part in a series of offensive operations in Central Korea, and systematically rolling back Chinese and North Korean forces. In the high rugged hills just to the south of the 38th Parallel, the fighting between August and October was the last major engagement of the War for the Manchus and the rest of the 2nd Infantry Division.
The Vietnam War - III Corps - April 1966-December 1970
The Fourth of the Ninth, 4/9 , Infantry was transferred to the 1st Brigade of the US 25th Infantry Division in 1966 and sailed to the republic of Vietnam. The Manchus were posted at Cu Chi, north west, of Saigon near the base of the infamous "Iron Triangle." They faced some of the toughest Viet Cong fighters in the Filhol Rubber Plantation, Ho Bo, and Bo Loi Woods areas. Later they moved north west to Tay Ninh to battle North Vietnamese infiltration along the Cambodian border. Working closely with helicopters, the Manchus flew in and out of action routinely.
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