Module:Crisis: Sinai 1973

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Crisis Sinai bc.jpg
Publisher GMT Games Era Modern Warfare
Year 1995 Topic Middle East Conflict
Players 2 to 2 Scale Operational
Length Medium


Module Files & Information

Filename Filetype Size Date Compatibility Developer Other Contributors
1.0
Crisis_-_Sinai.vmod Module 90.68 MB 2019-12-21 3.2.17 clanmacrae9 clanmacrae9
0.95
Crisis - Sinai 1973 v0.95.vmod Module 16.88 MB 2010-10-23 unknown Richz99 Richz99


Comments

On October 6, 1973, Egyptian forces, lavishly equipped with the latest Soviet weaponry, launched a surprise attack in overwhelming strength against the 436 Israeli infantrymen and 200 tanks that were guarding the Suez Canal. The Egyptian onslaught was spearheaded by seven divisions and over a thousand tanks - with another three divisions and 300 tanks in reserve around Cairo. Despite these long odds, the Israelis believed they would be able to repel the assault with relative ease.

Within 72 hours, the assumptions that formed the foundation of the Israeli strategy - the defensive value of the Suez Canal, the absolute superiority of Israeli troops, and the decisive role of the Israeli Air Force - were proven to be shockingly, undeniably mistaken. First of all, the Egyptians, displaying an unexpected mastery of engineering technique, built no fewer than ten bridges over the Canal by the end of October 7 - an achievement which enabled them to pour tanks and other heavy equipment across much faster than the Israelis had thought possible. More shocking yet, every Israeli counterthrust had been thrown back, with appalling losses. Those supposedly inferior Egyptian troops did not falter in the face of the immediate and violent Israeli counterattacks, but bravely stood their ground - knocking out better than 300 Israeli tanks in the first three days of the war. Finally, when the Israeli Air Force was sent to the rescue of the hard-pressed ground forces, it ran into an almost impenetrable wall of antiaircraft guns and SAMs (including the hitherto unknown - and very deadly - Soviet SA-6s) that took a dreadful toll of the attacking Phantoms and Skyhawks.

History tells us that the Israelis managed to overcome the initial consequences of their own hubris and overconfidence, and reverse the course of the war, through a combination of sheer guts, brilliant improvisation, and superior technique in mobile warfare. Yet, the outcome of the war along the Suez Canal was, to quote Wellington, "A very near run thing," that might easily have ended in a humiliating Israeli defeat.

TIME SCALE 12 hours per turn
MAP SCALE 2.5 miles per hex
UNIT SCALE Battalion / Brigade
NUMBER OF PLAYERS One to four
PLAYING TIME Two to twelve hours

  • About the Crisis: Sinai Vassal Module version 1.0
    • The 1.0 version of the Crisis: Sinai Vassal module is constructed using the .95 version as a template, but the two modules are not compatible. An attempt to contact the original designer for permission was made, however the e-mail link for Richz99 is no longer a valid account. Please contact me with any concerns if you read this. Much of the internal programming is retained as itworked very well in the original.
    • Improvements (as I interpret the improvement anyway)
      • Re-scanned map for a higher resolution and more consistent image
      • Returned most of the counters to closer to the original art. (The aircraft retain the .95 version images though.
      • Includes each of the preset scenarios setups including the extended example of play from the playbook and the deployed version of the Scenario One: War of the Ceasefire. Players may jump right in.
      • Improved dice - Animated 1d6 and 2d6 in the menu area.
      • Improved menu button art.
      • Improved scans for charts and tables.

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  • Richz99