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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/17/2018 1:07:03 AM   
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Israeli Turn 11... By midnight, it was clear to those involved, that the operation was not going according to schedule. It was now a question of "Do we continue?" There was a total failure of Israeli intelligence regarding the enemy forces in and around the crossroads of Lexicon/Tirtur. That point on a map had become a cauldron of death. Reschef's reinforced Brigade had been ambushed by the enemy and he had experienced loses that would be questioned until this day. The clusterf@#k of Avakish road was apparent as multiple units were log jammed all along its length. No one was responsible for traffic control. Support units, combat units, bridging elements all were trying to move west at the same time. (I am holding units back for historical purposes)

The battle for Tirtur road raged on.

Armor elements moved north along Lexicon to get into the enemy rear areas.... (note...Mitzna's Bn had made it to the road and had wrecked havoc in the Egyptian rear areas)





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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/17/2018 1:15:43 AM   
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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/17/2018 1:21:32 AM   
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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/17/2018 10:57:57 PM   
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Thanks to Crossroads for recommending ""The Crossing, Suez 73" by Amiram Ezov. It truly is an insight to this battle. Spartan 7 is correct...The scenario needs serious updating based on the accounts in this book. I am reading it as I play this out. What a mess...

btw..a whole $1.99 for Kindle on Amazon

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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/18/2018 4:34:59 PM   
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Thanks to Crossroads for recommending ""The Crossing, Suez 73" by Amiram Ezov. It truly is an insight to this battle. Spartan 7 is correct...The scenario needs serious updating based on the accounts in this book. I am reading it as I play this out. What a mess...

btw..a whole $1.99 for Kindle on Amazon


Now that you mention maybe it was Spartan that recommended it to me first. It is a great book isn't it

This scenario conversion by Alan is actually not based per history per se, but is a conversion of Suez'73 boardgame instead, but with as close to actual OOBs as research has allowed him. Most of Alan's scenarios are odes to various boardgames, while he has made some historical scenarios as well, for instance covering WW2 battles of Arracourt and Prokhorovka, West Front and East Front, respectively.

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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/19/2018 12:03:09 AM   
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Thanks to Crossroads for recommending ""The Crossing, Suez 73" by Amiram Ezov. It truly is an insight to this battle. Spartan 7 is correct...The scenario needs serious updating based on the accounts in this book. I am reading it as I play this out. What a mess...

btw..a whole $1.99 for Kindle on Amazon


Now that you mention maybe it was Spartan that recommended it to me first. It is a great book isn't it

This scenario conversion by Alan is actually not based per history per se, but is a conversion of Suez'73 boardgame instead, but with as close to actual OOBs as research has allowed him. Most of Alan's scenarios are odes to various boardgames, while he has made some historical scenarios as well, for instance covering WW2 battles of Arracourt and Prokhorovka, West Front and East Front, respectively.



Regardless of history..this is a great conversion of the scenario from the board game...I own It! Alan has done the community a great service in this regard...

Even still...playing it as close to "historically" has resulted in some very similar results...Amazing!

It will be interesting once I get that armor force north along Lexicon..What shall they run into??????????

The book is an amazing account of "Friction" and how higher commands can lose the feel of the fight on the ground. Sharon, as arrogant as any commander can be, was right. I'm here...you are not.........



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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/19/2018 10:46:00 AM   
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Israeli Turn 11 cont...the big picture..






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/19/2018 1:09:48 PM   
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Egyptian Turn 11.. In the darkness, a Company of enemy tanks appear 250m away from the Israeli armor advance north along Lexicon....






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/19/2018 1:23:27 PM   
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Egyptian Turn 11 Cont...Heavy artillery and mortar fire falls all along the Israeli lines. Enemy soldiers continue to reinforce their positions north of the Tirtur road. Then, in a rush, enemy soldiers push onto the road in conjunction with armored vehicles advancing from the east.






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/19/2018 1:44:21 PM   
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Israeli Turn 12....Reports of enemy tanks pushing south reach Col Reshef. Part of his mission was to advance as far as north as Usha Rd and establish a blocking position to prevent the enemy from counterattacking the crossing points. (Historically, Mitzna's Bn had in fact made it there without being engaged at the Tirtur/Lexicon intersection. The Egyptians positioned only 250m's away had mistaken his force as friendlies...When his advance wrecked havoc in the Egyptian rear ares, this all changed....)




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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/19/2018 6:48:19 PM   
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Israeli Turn 12...The Israeli's discover a well integrated enemy AT gun defense over watches the minefield with tank support. The avenues of advance for the Israeli tanks are limited to Lexicon until they can outflank or destroy the line...






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/19/2018 8:04:00 PM   
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ISraeli Turn 12...Minefields worked both ways..Rechef set a thin screen to to the north to make sure the enemy didn't try to back door his attack. Star shells popped and the tanks fired. Ranges were from 250-500m..even so, the darkness and limited visibility only achieved to push back the enemy tank company. One was in flames.....

Importantly, they had gotten passed the mine field...




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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/19/2018 8:31:49 PM   
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Israeli Turn 12 cont.. The infantry attack went in and it was brutal. The Egyptian defenses were thick and even when they fell back, they were falling back onto other positions. Between the irrigation ditches and enemy trenches, there was no room for vehicle maneuver. If you tried to get off Tirtur, you were immobile...

The Para's were not about to go into the open on top of the road. They had gotten slaughtered the last time they tried. They would let the enemy come to them...






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/19/2018 8:44:35 PM   
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Israeli Turn 12 cont...With word that Sharon had not secured Akavish and Tirtur, Southern Command tells "Bren" Adan, the Cdr of the 162nd Ugda, to send a force to clear the roads from the east. Adan was not happy as he had already briefed his commanders on the mission they were given. Now he had to improvise...The lead tank company of his lead battalion was given the mission. Upon reaching the Tirtur Akavish intersection in the east, the tank Company Commander could not believe what he saw. Wounded Para's were all over the place. Smoldering half tracks littered the road. He was approached by an officer who climbed aboard his tank and said.."You are going into a death trap. This place is crawling with enemy. Lots of missiles and troops." That was not what the Armor commander was briefed. He was told it was small teams of enemy soldiers with some AT weapons. ""Look around you, said the Para....."






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/19/2018 10:20:45 PM   
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Egyptian Turn 12...Enemy artillery takes its toll.... Ltc Ben-Yitzak and Maj Maimon are killed....

Enemy indirect fires continue to fill the sky, pounding the Israeli positions...

The Israeli's come under fire as they push up the road...






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/21/2018 4:43:27 PM   
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Really nice AAR.
I've also got the translated after action reports of most of the
Israeli battalions that were in this battle including their initial
strengths and vehicle types. Using them as stated earlier to revise this scenario

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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/21/2018 7:42:12 PM   
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Israeli Turn 13...Col Reshef, one of Israel's finest armor commanders, scanned the area from his tank which was about half a kilometer from the Tirtur/Lexicon junction. The road march through the desert to Lakelan, where they jumped onto Lexicon, led by the now deceased Ltc Brom, went flawlessly. The securing of Matzmed and "The Yard" also went according to plan. Then all went to hell at the junction. Every attempt to clear Tirtur road, whether from the west or from the east, had met heavy resistance and resulted in severe casualties. When the Para's tried to advance up Tirtur from Akavish across open terrain, they were butchered by an enemy that was well dug in and well sighted to defend that approach. Mitzna's Bn was down to 6 or 7 functioning tanks after fighting at the junction. Almog's and Yitzak's tanks had tried to advance up Lexicon and got 2 kilometers before being engaged by entrenched AT guns and a company of enemy tanks. There was no room for maneuver..."Stubburn" he said to himself..."We must remain stubburn, more so than the enemy..." He called Ltc Shackled, his Mech Inf Bn commander. "Prepare to move forward down Tirtur and support Mitzna's boys. They have pushed the enemy back about 500m north of the road. There are more enemy though east of that position. Matt's Para's have tried and failed to clear the road from there to Akavish" said Reshef.




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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/21/2018 11:10:47 PM   
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Really nice AAR.
I've also got the translated after action reports of most of the
Israeli battalions that were in this battle including their initial
strengths and vehicle types. Using them as stated earlier to revise this scenario


Thanks again...Reading "Suez" has shed much light on this battle....not a very kind light shed onto the Israeli Southern Command as a whole...

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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/21/2018 11:25:33 PM   
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Israeli Turn 13...The battle along Lexicon, north of the the Tirtur/Lexicon junction...






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/22/2018 8:26:41 PM   
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Turn 13 cont.....






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/22/2018 8:28:28 PM   
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Turn 13 cont...The arrival of Adan....






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/23/2018 12:35:44 AM   
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Egyptian Turn 13...Egyptian artillery is relentless. Radio reports another Company Cdr is killed, a Bn Hq's destroyed, vehicles disabled....

Adan's lead element moving on Tirtur from the east comes under murderous fire. The extent of the enemy position is exposed....






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Egyptian turn 13 cont....The fight in the trenches is brutal. Many Israeli units take casualties and are pinned down. Some pull back...






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/24/2018 10:23:17 AM   
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Israeli turn 14...Engineers and Para's arrive at Matzmed but the Pontoons and Alligators are fighting traffic,terrain, and enemy artillery along Akavish.

Reshef's armor continues to run the gauntlet between the Chinese Farm and the minefield. He pushes all available armor through the gap, attempting to widen it by forcing back the enemy over watching Lexicon.

The enemy Anti Tank/Armor defense starts to crack (?) under the weight and firepower from the Israeli tanks....








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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/24/2018 10:34:32 AM   
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Turn 14 cont...Gains are measured in meters as the battle in the trenches continues...






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/24/2018 10:51:07 AM   
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Turn 14 cont..."Adan, Arik cannot clear the road. He has too much going on. You must clear it and escort the bridges to the point", said Bar-Lev. "Is Akavish open?" "Somewhat, but not enough for the soft ones" answered Adan.

Adan's lead tank company comes under fire as it deals with enemy vehicles just north of Tirtur. An Inf Company from the 162nd deploys to its left to assist, but the open ground they must traverse to get to the road....

The second tank company approaching from the east engages enemy BRDM-2 missile vehicles...






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/25/2018 1:18:59 PM   
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Egyptian Turn 14..."Bar-Lev, Arik here. You must do something about the damn enemy artillery. It is falling everywhere and I am losing commanders." said Sharon. "How goes the road?" asked Bar-Lev. "Passable" responded Sharon. "Both?" "No, Akavish is passable" "Both must be open Arik. This is your responsibility." "I know, but I have much to do." "You agreed you could, no?" "Yes, but Reschef has problems. He is still 2kms short of his northern obj and has run into tanks. Has Adan started his move to assist?" "Yes, but his Bde Cdr reports heavy enemy resistance."

The Egyptian advance to seal the penetration....






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/25/2018 1:58:00 PM   
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Turn 14 cont...The Egyptian Strong point defense east of the Chinese Farm...






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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/25/2018 1:59:11 PM   
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RE: Chinese Farm 1: "A Most Terrible Night" N... - 8/26/2018 3:45:58 PM   
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Israeli Turn 15..."Adan here...I have the soft ones at the intersection" Southern Command.."It's your responsibility to escort them to "The Yard" Adan.."Understood, they must use Akavish. Tirtur is not safe." Southern Command...Arik, your status?" Sharon..."They are trying to drive me back from the north. Reschef is dealing with that....Southern Command..."Tirtur?" Sharon..."Almost, Adan's forces are moving up it now." Southern Command..."No good Arik, this was your responsibility, not Bren's." Sharon...I am here you are there. I have engineers and Danny's lead at The Yard. Where are the bridges?" Southern Command..."Coming up Akavish. Bren says they can make it." Sharon..."The junction is safe enough. Get them here while I still control this area." Southern Command.."They are easily hurt. Bren's force will move them up Akavish."

Col Nir's Bde, assigned the task of escorting the Alligators and Pontoons, plus clearing Tirtur from the east, were hampered by the soft sands approaching the enemy defensive positions east of the Farm. His lead Bn cleared the traffic on Akavish and made the turn up Tirtur. Star shells fired finally proved effective and the Israeli armor took advantage of it.

Col Nir's plan was to send one force west, up Tirtur as far as the irrigation ditches. Another force would turn north where Tirtur turned west, and attempt to isolate the enemy positions east of the Farm. A third force would keep the in those positions occupied....







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