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ARVN Guard Tower
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GuardTower
A Guard Tower, guarding the entrance to a ARVN base
Faction None
Minor Faction(s) ARVNLogoThumbRepublic of Vietnam Ranger Forces
Building Type Base Defence
Function Anti Infantry
Cost N/A
Construction Time N/A
Power 0
Constructs N/A
Dev. Status In game
Country of Origin  SouthVietnamthumb South Vietnam
Produced by/
Recovered from
 ARVN Field Engineers
Key Features  » Browning .50 cal heavy machine gun
 » Overprotected firing platform (includes sandbag, barbed wire and steel mesh)
 » Sturdy wood base w/ brown camouflage
 » Highly visible flag (renders camouflage ineffective)
 » Thermos of over caffeinated coffee w/ huge amount of sugar

"I feel like a mean motherfucker!"

- Guard Tower gunner after he killed a Vietcong squad.

BackgroundEdit

The Vietnamese jungle is a treacherous foe to both the ARVN and the Allied forces that support them. Apart from the natural dangers that the jungle poses to soldiers, ranging from dangerous creatures to tropical diseases, there is also the everpresent threat of the Vietcong, who are familiar with the ways of the jungle and quick to exploit it to their advantage. The cover and camouflage that the terrain affords has assisted the Vietcong in their campaign of guerrilla warfare, allowing them to strike with very little warning. Vietcong ambushes have already claimed many casualties on the Allied side, and the numbers continue to go up.

One strategy of Allied and ARVN forces to wrest control of the jungle from the VC has been to establish multiple forward outposts, which provide logistical support for further pushes into the jungle, as well as bases for ARVN Ranger patrols to operate out of. Naturally, as the ARVN continued to establish more and more of these forward outposts, the Vietcong began to target them, seeking to disrupt the foothold of Allied and ARVN forces in the jungle.

Most outposts consist of little more than a modular command tent, which means that the ARVN must post forces to protect them from assault. Fortunately, even the most rudimentary outposts will have at least one or two Guard Towers on the lookout, the sentries inside watching for any potential attackers or infiltrators. Simple but sturdy structures of wood, Guard Towers are a ubiquitous sight at ARVN bases, from the simplest forward outposts to the larger ARVN bases. The height of the tower provides an excellent vantage point and field of fire for the sentry inside, and the simplicity of construction has allows the ARVN to deploy them quickly and on a wide scale.

All Guard Towers come with a few pieces of equipment; apart from the pair of binoculars issued to the sentry, every Guard Tower possesses a single Browning .50 cal heavy machine gun, which has proven itself capable of tearing through thick jungle foliage and lightly armoured Vietcong soldiers with equal ease. Sustained fire from the machine gun will eventually tear up light vehicles, but against heavier armour the bullets aren't likely to have much effect, and the wood construction of the tower means that it can't be expected to survive more than a few well aimed shots from a tank. While in the past the Vietcong rarely made use of vehicles, these days there are rumours of VC forces with Mammoth tanks...

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • The Guard Tower appears to be a nod to the GDI Guard Tower of the original C&C.

Just the Stats Edit

Guard Tower

Defence
Cost N/A
Build Time N/A
Health 450
Power 0
Armour Type Fortification
.50 cal Browning
Intimidating (30)
Gun
Range 350
RPS 3
Damage 25
Suppression 25
DPS 75
ARVNLogo
ARVNLogo
Republic of Vietnam Ranger Forces

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Aircraft Bluejay TransportCardinal ViperRascal Dive Bomber
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Protocols ARVN Protocols
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Detailed Information Vietnam WarSouth Vietnamese Characters

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