I don't have a french platoon for indochina and didn't roll one up. The french platoons were large with 15 person squads. I think I will stick to my ARVN platoon long term. I did roll up the backgrounds of the legionnaire NCOs though because they are always interesting. I didn't roll a scenario and just decided on "Hammer Dawn" straight out of Grunts Forward. This would be a water borne assault with one squad of ARVN coming in on the side so I could use my new greyhound.
Mission brief straight out of Grunts Forward: "Our intelligence has found the enemy! Your platoon has been selected to make a surprise attack on a rebel hideout. While destruction of the enemy is important, it they run away another platoon will be there to catch them. Your job is to capture officers and supplies."
2 squads of 12 men each 1 LMG team and 9 semi automatic rifles. 1 NCO with SMG. 8/10
1st squad SL Gr I french orphaned and joined the legion at 15. ASL Gr II Dutch ran away from rich parents who didn't even know he was gone.
2nd squad SL Gr II french jilted lover ASL Gr I Welsh former commonwealth soldier looking for excitement.
Sous-Lt Gr III and medic
1 80mm mtr across river
1 Arvn squad modeled on french with 12 men including LMG ( BAR) 6/8
Gr II SL Gr I ASL
A lot of fun! I actually had to remember how to play FoF as I hadn't played since November. Technically this was a french win as they prevented the rice from leaving but they were slow and ironically it was ARVN that stopped the rice. French had 3 KIA, 1 seriously wounded IH and 1 WIA. The river craft was sunk ( I guess) and the alligator damaged. The VM had 6 KIA. Great fun and am thinking of using ARVN marines as they used french equipment including the alligator. For those of you that want to try this Platoon Forward generated the following forces:
VM regulars 8/10
1 squad of 9 with semi automatic weapons. 1 SL Gr III
1 LMG team
1 half squad of 5 men Gr I leader
1 57mm recoiless rocket team
2 security teams on alert at start with 3 men each.