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Urban Brawl: An Analysis of the Battle of Hue City Tet Offensive, Vietnam 1968. PROJECT ALBERT BY: SEAN TOOLAN, MIDSHIPMAN 1/c, USN USNA CLASS OF 2005 PROJECT MENTOR: SARAH KNIGHT, MITRE CORPORATION. SPECIAL THANKS. SARAH KNIGHT, MITRE CORP. JOHN WASSER, PROJECT ALBERT

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Urban Brawl: An Analysis of the Battle of Hue City

Tet Offensive, Vietnam 1968

PROJECT ALBERT

BY: SEAN TOOLAN, MIDSHIPMAN 1/c, USN

USNA CLASS OF 2005

PROJECT MENTOR:

SARAH KNIGHT, MITRE CORPORATION

special thanks
SPECIAL THANKS
  • SARAH KNIGHT, MITRE CORP.
  • JOHN WASSER, PROJECT ALBERT
  • DR. GARY HORNE, PROJECT ALBERT
  • ALL OF THE MITRE CORPORATION-PROJECT ALBERT TEAM
overview
OVERVIEW
  • HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
  • HISTORICAL QUESTIONS
  • DATA FARMING RESULTS
  • FURTHER AREAS OF STUDY FOR THE BATTLE
  • FURTHER AREAS OF STUDY FOR MANA
historical background
HISTORICALBACKGROUND
  • HUE- THE SACRED IMPERIAL CAPITAL OF VIETNAM
  • TET OFFENSIVE 1968
  • ATTACK BEGINS AT MIDNIGHT JANUARY 30-31, 1968
31 jan 9 feb 1968
31 jan – 9 feb 1968
  • NVA SEIZES ALL OF HUE WITH EXCEPTION OF ARVN HQ AND MACV COMPOUND
  • USMC & ARVN REINFORCEMENTS FIGHT OUTNUMBERED HOUSE-TO-HOUSE
  • US ARMY REINFORCEMENTS ARRIVE, HEAVY GUNFIRE APPROVED
9 feb 25 feb 1968
9 feb – 25 feb 1968
  • ALLIED FORCES DRIVE NVA FROM SOUTH HUE
  • ALLIED FORCES PUSH INTO CITADEL, EVENTUALLY TAKING IT
  • REMAINING NVA ATTEMPT TO FLEE FROM CITY
outcome of battle
OUTCOME OF BATTLE
  • HUE SECURED, RETURNED TO S. VIETNAMESE CONTROL
  • BLOODIEST ENGAGEMENT OF VIETNAM WAR
  • CASUALTIES- ENEMY=5113 KILLED & 89 CAPTURED, ARVN = 384 KILLED & 1800 WOUNDED, USMC = 142 KILLED & 857 WOUNDED, USA=74 KILLED, 507 WOUNDED
historical questions
HISTORICAL QUESTIONS
  • IMPACT OF HEAVY GUNFIRE SUPPORT (TIMING, POLITICS)
  • WHAT IF NVA PRESSED NUMBERS ADVANTAGE? IMPACT OF COMMS
  • IMPORTANCE OF PERFUME RIVER MAIN BRIDGE
  • EFFECT OF ARMOR
  • URBAN COMBAT LESSONS
mana combat model settings
MANA COMBAT MODEL SETTINGS
  • 40 MEN (1 PLATOON) = 1 AGENT
  • AVERAGE SIZES OF UNITS ARE ASSUMED (EXACT NUMBERS WERE NOT FOUND TO BE DOCUMENTED)
  • ALLIED FORCES HAVE BETTER CAPABILITIES (ASSUMING SUPERIOR TECHNOLOGY)
conclusions
CONCLUSIONS
  • HEAVY GUNFIRE WOULD HAVE SAVED ALLIED LIVES AND HAD GREAT IMPACT-MORE CASUALTIES ON BOTH SIDES
  • MORE NVA CASUALTIES WITHOUT CONCENTRATED ASSAULT & ALLIED FORCES ARE ABLE TO PREVENT MORE CASUALTIES
  • DESTROYING THE BRIDGE WOULD HAVE HAD MEANT MORE CASUALTIES ON BOTH SIDES, ALLIED FORCES MAY STILL HAVE PREVAILED
  • COMMS=NO GREAT DIFFERENCE IN THIS BATTLE
  • ARMOR SAVES LIVES
further areas of study for the battle
FURTHER AREAS OF STUDY FOR THE BATTLE
  • WHAT IS THE MEANING OF CLUSTERING?
  • WHAT IS THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCATION AND PLACEMENT?
  • WHAT IF THE NVA IS ABLE TO CONCENTRATE FORCES AND SEIZE ARVN AND MACV HQ’S?
further areas of study for mana
FURTHER AREAS OF STUDY FOR MANA
  • EASIER-TO-USE APPLICATIONS
  • MORE LIFE-LIKE MOVEMENT(NOT SO MUCH EMPHASIS ON WAYPOINTS)
  • BETTER WAY TO DEVELOP BASE CASE SCENARIOS
  • ABILITY TO SIMULATE FASTER IS NEEDED
  • VERY GOOD WORKING MODEL OVERALL
  • GREAT VISUAL REPRESENTATION OF COMBAT DYNAMICS
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“FORTUNE FAVORS THE BRAVE.”-TERENCE (190-158 b.c.)

“The Battle of Hue City was an urban brawl between two armed and largely adolescent tribes, a street fight of fast action and merciless bloodletting.”

-John Laurence