Southern Counter Attack

16/10/73

v1.2

After the Israelis had defeated the Syrian attack on the Golan heights they launched a counter-attack towards Damascus which pushed a large salient into Syrian lines. The Iraqi's, Jordanians and Saudi Arabians all sent forces to aid the Syrians. On the 16th they launched a supposedly co-ordinated attack into the Israeli lines

Soviet 80's map of the battle area with major locations annotated

 

Map and Order of Battle

Israeli Deployment

The Israelis deploy second and move second

The 210th Divisional HQ and the 9th Mechanised Brigade are deployed within 9" of Tel Shaar

The 679th Armoured Brigade is deployed within 9" of Jabah

The 197th Armoured Brigade is deployed within 9" of Eltyha

The 205th Armoured Brigade is deployed within 9" of Tel Alakeih

The 282nd Artillery Regiment is deployed within 9" of points A and/or B

The 74th Tank Battalion arrives on Turn 6 within 9" of point C

The Israelis do not have any logistics. once they are low on ammo they remain low on ammo

Arab Deployment

The 1/33rd Syrian Infantry Brigade is deployed within 9" of point I. It is entrenched (2L shift)

The 2nd Battalion Army Artillery Brigade is deployed within 9" of corner H. It is emplaced (1L shift)

The 40th Jordanian Tank Brigade is deployed in area XGF

The 6th Iraqi Tank Brigade enters the table turn 2 within 12" of Jadieh

The 8th Iraqi Mechanised Brigade enters the table turn 8 within 12" of Jadieh

The I/20th Iraqi Infantry Brigade and the 201st AT Regiment are deployed within 9" of Dayr al'Adas. They are in foxholes (1L shift).

The II/20th Iraqi Infantry Brigade is a reinforcement. It enters along road E on turn 7. It must enter no matter what the proximity of the Israelis

The Elements of the Saudi 20th Brigade are deployed in area DYE.

The IV/20th Iraqi Artillery Battalion is deployed off table and may fire from turn 1. Its ranges are measured from point E, 6" is added to the range.

Most of the Iraqi artillery starts the game off table and may start firing from turn 1. Ranges are measured from Jadieh and 6" is added to the range. The V/6th and V/8th may enter the table with their respective brigades or any turn thereafter. To do so they must forgo firing for the turn before (they may not try for a response roll)

The Arabs have off table logistics so may recover from LOA status.

Terrain

The table is 8ft x 5ft if playing 6"=1.25km (approx)

The open terrain is for the most part an open plain strewn with stones

A picture of the terrain taken from an Israeli Centurion. Iraqi tanks burn in the background. From http://idf-armor.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html

The brown "blobs" are Tels. They are level 2 hills

The squares are BUA. The grey squares are dense town centre BUAs and the brown squares are scattered BUA

The circles are small villages, they have no effect on the game

The red lines are roads. they have no game effect except to obviate the terrain penalties for wheeled vehicles. Wheeled vehicles using the road are considered to be in a defile.

Terrain

Movement

Cover

ZOC

Fire Power

Leg/non-motorised

Wheels/ motorised

Tracked/ mechanised

Inf & Cav

Towed Guns

Vehicle

Inf & Cav

Towed Guns & Vehicles

IDF

BUA Scattered

-

-

-

1L

1L

1L

Cluttered

-

-

-

BUA Town Centre

Difficult

Difficult

Difficult

2L

-

-

Cluttered

-

1R

Zero

Fortifications: Foxholes

*

*

*

1L

1L

-

*

*

*

*

Fortifications: Trenches

*

*

*

2L

2L

-

*

*

*

*

Tel (Hill)

Difficult

Impassable

Difficult

-

-

-

Clear

*

*

*

Open

-

Difficult

-

-

-

-

Clear

-

-

-

 

Terrain

Movement

Cover

ZOC

Firepower

Leg/non-motorised

Wheels/ motorised

Tracked/ mechanised

Defile

Obstacle

Obstacle

Obstacle

-

-

1R

Aircraft

The Israeli Air Force was mostly busy on the Sinai Front, so attacks on the Northern Front were scanty. Both the Syrian and Iraqi air forces were active over the battlefield but efforts were weak and un co-ordinated

Both sides can roll for air support in their turns, a ground attack aircraft will be received on a roll of 6 (1d6). The Israelis get an A-4 Skyhawk, and the Arabs either an Su-7B or a MiG-17

Special Rules

The game is 12 turns long.

The Israelis never become spent and will still operate if reduced to one stand instead of being removed. Once reduced to one stand big bases are replaced by small bases. This is placed front middle of the existing stand, unless it was in contact in which case it is placed front middle of a touching attacking stand (owning player's choice). Facing remains unaltered.

Victory Conditions

Stars on the map represent victory locations. There are seven locations:

The road exits are worth 2VP each the others are worth 1 VP so there are a total of 9VPs available

To win the Arabs need 3 or more VP. Its a draw if they get 2VP. The Israelis win if the Arabs get 1 or 0VP.

VPs are calculated after the last turn of the game.

To hold the road exits the Arabs must have the only units within 6"

To hold the other locations the Arabs must have the only units touching them

Locations are considered to be held by the Israelis if the Arabs do not make the holding criteria. pervious occupancy by the Arabs is insufficient to count has holding the objective, they must fulfil the holding criteria at the end of the game.

References

Arabs at War - Kenneth M. Pollack

Inside Israel's Northern Front - Dan Asher

Iraqi Military Org forum: http://iraqimilitary.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=388&sid=eeb85c5a61b085eb4595f32d6dedb297 and http://iraqimilitary.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=391&sid=a79b9fc2200922d1e68141432d171797 

Wata CC forum: http://www.wata.cc/forums/showthread.php?51594-القصة-الكاملة-لاشتراك-الجيش-العراقي-في-حرب-تشرين-1973-كما-يرويها-شهود-عيان&s=6d4ade4b197a738691b1c07301237a23 

Wars of Modern Babylon - Pesach Malovany: https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=Ow8oDwAAQBAJ&lpg=PT75&dq=Tel%20Antar&pg=PT77#v=onepage&q=Tel%20Antar&f=false