The US gets three M113 armored personnel carriers and three M48 tanks. The infantry starts off embarked and the American vehicles must move in a single file column until the NVA open fire or are otherwise detected.
Here are a few pics of the convoy and its passengers. There are two leaders and 6 US Army squads.
Considering the last scenario was a cakewalk for the US due to its use of a lead vehicle to recon the village, the NVA opts to set up further off the road in the light jungle and bamboo huts. It’s not as much protection as the heavy buildings but it keeps everyone hidden until the trap is ready to be sprung.
The NVA also have 2 leaders and 6 NVA squads. Lt. Thien sets up with his platoon and an RPG-2 near the center of the village where the US vehicles must pass by.
Lt. Khai sets up a bit further north. Again, he has an RPG-2 ready to fire towards the convoy as it comes from the east down the road. Both leaders are set up on the eastern outskirts of the village, hoping to hit the main body of the convoy. The M113s have very little armor, so they will be the main targets of the ambush. Any lead vehicles will be allowed to pass through so as to avoid detection. The NVA player will even allow the lead vehicle to exit the map (and thus net the US player 4 victory points) if it means a better chance at hitting those APCs.
Here’s the final setup. The NVA have placed themselves in good cover and await the US convoy.
This gave me a good setup with nice interlocking fields of fire.
Next up: The Convoy Setup.