Encouraged by the heavy North Korean losses during the initial UN attacks, Almond again ordered the US 2nd Infantry Division to recapture Wonju on January 9. About four infantry battalions from the US 23rd and 38th Infantry Regiment supported by French and Dutch troops advanced toward Wonju on January 9, yet the attack was stalled at Hill 247 due to the cold weather and the lack of air support. As the UN forces tried to dislodge the North Koreans the next day, they were met by six defending North Korean battalions with an estimated strength of 7,000 soldiers. Under a heavy snowstorm and with no air support, the battle for Hill 247 continued for most of January 10, and the fighting around the French Battalion of the 23rd Infantry Regiment became particularly fierce. At one point, the French Battalion was forced to fend off several North Korean counterattacks with bayonet charges after running out of ammunition. The French Battalion's action at Wonju impressed Ridgway, who later encouraged all American units in Korea to utilize bayonets in battle.
Attacker: OUNC (3ème Compagnie, Bataillon Français and 23rd Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division)
Defender: North Korean (2nd Division)
Turns: 7 Players: 2 OBA: None Night: No
Wonju, South Korea 1951-01-10
Squads: A:12.0 D:11.0
AFVs: A:0 D:0
Guns: A:0 M2 60mm Mortar x 1 D:1 82mm BM obr. 37 x 1