Yom Kippur War, Modern Spearhead Game
The Battle of El Fridan
This week myself and three friends played a game of set in the Yom Kippur War using Modern Spearhead rules.
The scenario was based on the Israeli counter attack on the Egyptian Bridgehead across the Sue Canal during the 1973 clash known as the Yom Kippur War.
My friend John M. hosted and ran the game at his home where he provided all the 12mm miniatures and terrain for the game. Also in attendance were Art F. of Aide de Camp Books, and Paul M. This game saw myself and our host John playing the defending Egyptians against Art and Paul.
Now I have never personally been interested in any modern game periods after the Korean War so I was dubious about this one. I had many years ago played a lot of Spearhead so I felt comfortable with the rules over all.
The game turned out to be an Egyptian victory 🙂
The original battle was mostly an all tank affair by the Israeli’s thinking that they would be able to just show up and push the Egyptians back into the Canal. In the interest of play balance I beefed up the Israeli attack with a battalion of M113 Mechanized infantry and a company of Halftrack mounted Paratroopers.
Ultimately it made no difference as the Egyptian anti-tank defense was too strong with it’s AT-3 Sagger armed ATGM teams and the RPG equipped Egyptian Infantry, forcing one tank Battalion to retreat and the second battalion to follow suit with significant casualties.
D-Day to Berlin
I have been toying around with the idea of a D-Day to Berlin supplement set of rules for the Arab – Israeli conflicts in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Let me know if this is of interest to you and if you would like to involved.