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Vietnam Combat Operations
August 29, 2020
Real-time strategy (mod)
The ‘Nam: Vietnam Combat Operations or Tiberian Sun Vietnam is a freely-downloadable standalone conversion mod for Tiberian Sun released in 2020. It is a Vietnam War RTS that recreates company-sized combat operations set during the American phase of the Vietnam War, termed by Vietnamese as the Second Indochina War.
Its expansion packs, The ‘Nam: Wider War and The ‘Nam: Tour of Duty, were released in 2021. The expansions add new units, music and maps while expanding the game to include operations in Laos, Cambodia, the air war over North Vietnam and the Sino-Vietnamese War of 1979.
Players can choose to play as the US Marine Corps or the Vietcong (VC) and People’s Army of Vietnam (PAVN).
Marines can draw support from additional service branches like the Army for Special Forces (SF) troops, plus the Air Force and Navy for land and carrier-based air support, plus the allied Army of the Republic of South Vietnam (ARVN). The VC and PAVN can set-up and capture villages or go underground and fight from hidden tunnel systems. The game has hundreds of units ranging from Marine riflemen to Vietcong guerrillas, all the way to water buffalo, villagers and even Indochinese tigers prowling through the deepest parts of the bush.
Among the many battles players can recreate are Con Thien, FSB Mary Ann, Hamburger Hill and the Tet Offensive. The game can be downloaded for free through The Nam’s Facebook page. Whichever side and scenario you choose, each battle will test your mettle as a combat commander.
A US Marine platoon awaits orders to move out at the village of Dai Do on May 2, 1968.
Helped by a scout dog, a US Marine patrol cautiously checks out a road. Near the point element is a hidden VC grenade trap. Trails were generally dangerous to traverse, which the game accurately conveys.
A section of the US Marine base at Khe Sanh, defended by dug-in tanks and artillery.
A lonely ARVN outpost guards a small river port, where military and civilian boats are moored. Over 200,000 ARVN or South Vietnamese soldiers died during the conflict – unsung heroes of the Vietnam War.
US Marines cautiously advance through the streets of Hue City, one of the cities taken by VC and PAVN forces during the Tet Offensive of 1968.
US Marines rumble through a Vietnamese dirt road as various types of aircraft provide cover with concentrated doses of napalm and high-explosives.
723 US casualties for over twice as many Vietnamese. The body count was America’s flawed way of gauging progress during the Vietnam War. North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces merely sought to outlast their opponents. Can you do better?