A Check Your 6! campaign book covering the US Navy’s air combat over Vietnam from 1965 – 1968.
Tonkin Gulf Yacht Club is a scenario and campaign book for the popular Check Your 6 Jet Age Air Combat and Campaign Rules. The book provides comprehensive coverage of the clashes between the United States Navy and North Vietnam’s Peoples Air Force between 1965 and 1968 during Operation Rolling Thunder with four campaigns, a mini-campaign and 28 scenarios. The scenarios can be played individually, linked to form campaigns, or combined as one grand campaign. The campaigns cover the battles that occurred during the annual southern monsoon fighting season. The missions changed during the course of Rolling Thunder, so each campaign is different.
The first campaign 1965: Hard Lessons Relearned covers the initial battles between the USN and VPAF and the failures of initial tactics and weapons at the start of Rolling Thunder.
The second campaign 1966: The Grind covers the period where the operational failure of Rolling Thunder’s restrictions became clear to the men fighting even as their weapons and tactics improved, the skill of the VPAF improved as well.
The third campaign 1967: The Gloves Come Off covers the period where many of the restrictions of Rolling Thunder were lifted, with large strikes on VPAF airfields and the push to destroy the VPAF. Included within this campaign period is the mini-campaign “A Birthday Gift for Uncle Ho” covering the Bon Homme Richard’s audacious mission to deliver Walleye glide bombs to a power plant in downtown Hanoi, and the running air battle that ensued.
The fourth campaign 1968: The End of the Beginning covers the period post Tet Offensive, the US ended their operations over the heart of North Vietnam, and thereby created a safe haven for VPAF MiGs North of the 19th Parallel. The VPAF began to sweep south and with bait and killer teams, and the Navy had to change tactics again, counter to these attacks till the end of Operation Rolling Thunder.
HISTORICAL RESEARCH: The book includes sections containing historical background, the training, tactics and weapons of each side, a bibliography for further reading, a color scheme guide, and a campaign map.
AIRCRAFT STATISTICS and CAMPAIGN INFORMATION: The book contains aircraft statistics for 14 US and Soviet-built aircraft and their variants in Check Your 6 Jet Age format for use in the scenarios. The book also contains detailed notes and pictures of the various aircraft featured in the campaign.
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