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Reclaiming Hue
BFV RECLAIMING HUE PAGODA
Panoramic view on the Thiên Mụ Pagoda
Game

BFV Icon Battlefield Vietnam

Part of the

Vietnam War

Music

The Letter-The Box Tops

Teams

North Vietnamese Army vs Army of the Republic of Vietnam

Date

February 23, 1968

Location

Huế, Vietnam

Terrain

Urban

Mode(s)

Conquest

Combat

Vehicular warfare, close-quarters

Platform(s)

PC

Reclaiming Hue is a map featured in Battlefield Vietnam, and is the epilogue to Hue - 1968.

Reclaiming Hue takes place during the Battle of Huế from January 30 to March 3, 1968. More specifically, it depicts the month following the North Vietnamese invasion on January 31, 1968, in which North Vietnamese Army troops were gradually pushed back by ARVN and USMC forces in intense house-to-house fighting.

As Huế was an ancient city with a particular religious and cultural status, Allied forces abstained from bombing any positions out of fear of destroying historic structures. However, the situation became too hectic, and the policy was dropped. When the battle was near an end, NVA forces gathered in the city's old citadel. Napalm and regular bombing strikes pounded the citadel's walls and damaged many buildings within. ARVN declared the city's palace at the citadel's center secure on February 24 and NVA forces withdrew within the following week.

DescriptionEdit

"February 23, 1968 - The South did everything they could to repel the attacks of Tet. Despite the earlier lost of Hue, the ARVN was determined to retake the city. This was to become one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War."

ConquestEdit

  • Reclaiming Hue is virtually identical to Hue - 1968, with the only difference being the time of day, a few destroyed walls and tanks for scenery and lighting, as well as the layout of the factions. The Army of the Republic of Vietnam start with one flag and are forced to capture flags that are all initially controlled by the North Vietnamese Army. The map focuses on urban warfare, with many buildings in which players can enter and climb to higher and concealed positions. The map also features a large amount of main battle tanks and open roads that surround the center of the citadel, ideal for easy transportation. Just as in Hue - 1968, the map features some of Huế's landmarks, such as the Purple Palace and the Thiên Mụ Pagoda.

EquipmentEdit

2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment ARVN Rangers
648px-Flag of South Vietnam.svg 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment ARVN Rangers
Light vehicle(s)
Armored personnel carrier(s)

M113

Main battle tank(s)

M48 Patton

Flag of North Vietnam 6th N.V.A. Regiment
Light vehicle(s)
Armored personnel carrier(s)

BTR-60

Main battle tank(s)

T-54

Reclaiming Hue 2

BasesEdit

South BridgeEdit

The South Bridge is the starting point for the ARVN. The flag is at the end of a bridge south of the citadel, and consists of a small formation of sandbags and a bunker, as well as a destroyed M48 Patton halfway across. It is extremely difficult for the NVA to capture this flag, as the counter for a single player to capture it starts at 0:30, instead of 0:12 like most flags. Although it is serves little help to the NVA once under their control, it is very advantageous to have this flag if on the NVA side, as it halts the ARVN's major supply of main battle tanks.

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NVA controlEdit

HeadquartersEdit

The Headquarters is the closest flag to the South Bridge and is a common first target for the ARVN. It consists of a two-story house-like building that is largely intact, and that is on the South-West corner of the citadel. There is a small hole in the wall of the citadel, which can be used by infantry to sneak by the imminent heavy fighting at the bridge's exit.

ARVN controlEdit
NVA controlEdit

West CitadelEdit

The West Citadel is another flag that is very close to the exit of the South Bridge, and is also a common first target for the ARVN. It consists of a thick part of the outer wall, where there is a large terrace and small building on top, with a ramp for vehicles to get in. It's connected to the East Citadel by a small bridge, and is symmetrical to that flag. It faces a dirt street and a few large buildings.

ARVN controlEdit
NVA controlEdit

East CitadelEdit

The East Citadel is, as its name depicts, is to the East part of the outer wall, and is symmetrical to the West Citadel. It is mostly secluded, and is not a very strategic point, making it an uncommon flag to come under ARVN attack. For the same reason, it is usually not widely defended either.

ARVN controlEdit
NVA controlEdit

Purple PalaceEdit

The Purple Palace is easily the most prominent flag of the map, itself based off the Imperial City's gate. It is placed on the front gate of a large fort surrounding a three-story palace, and itself placed on a large platform surrounded by a moat, with two bridges crossing it. The palace itself is very plain, as there is nothing within it. The flag can only be captured from around the front gate. There is also a Hanoi Hannah propaganda speaker placed on the flag post.

ARVN controlEdit

NVA controlEdit

PagodaEdit

BFV RECLAIMING HUE Thiên Mụ PAGODA NVA CONTROL

The Thiên Mụ Pagoda, under NVA control

The Pagoda is on the North-West side of the citadel. It is largely based off the Thiên Mụ Pagoda, and is another prominent feature of the map. It consists of the Pagoda, on a slightly elevated platform accessible from a set of stairs. This platform is surrounded by an agglomeration of sandbags and barbed wire. There is also a crashed UH-1 on the platform. It often receives a fair amount of attention, usually with a hit and run tactic. It provides little strategic importance, however, it opens up a clean line of sight to the Purple Palace, and it is easily accessible from this flag, by foot or in a vehicle.

ARVN controlEdit
NVA controlEdit

GalleryEdit

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