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Day of the Merks - Campaign Series: Middle East 1948 -1985

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Day of the Merks

By John M. Pirman
Israel 0 - 0 - 0 Syria
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SM: 4
Turns: 22
Type: Custom
First Side: Israel
Second Side: Syria
Downloads: 3
[Jenin settlement, northern Israel] [H2H] [WIF] [BZ] On June 14, 1982, at 1200 hrs, the latest of several UN negotiated seize fires between the Israelis and the Syrians was due to take effect. About an hour before, in the Jezreel Valley, elements of the Syrian 4th Armored Brigade were moving up to reinforce units already facing the IDF in front of Jenin. As the Syrians moved up they came under intense anti-tank fire from the heights on their left. Soon four of the Syrians newest Main Battle Tanks, the T-72 were set afire! Scrambling to get into position and cease the anti-tank fire coming at them, the Syrians sent mechanized infantry up into the heights to eliminate the IDF anti-tank threat. But they were met with small arms and machinegun fire as they climbed the heights. Shortly thereafter IDF artillery started to zero in and the Syrian mechanized infantry were taking casualties at an alarming rate. Unable to move any further up the heights the Syrian mechanized infantry withdrew back towards the main road leading to the northwest. At about the same time the Syrian mechanized infantry was catching hell, other T-72 tanks accompanied by more mechanized infantry skirted to the left off the main road and attacked Jenin head on. There the Syrian T-72 tanks came under further anti-tank fire from IDF Merkava I Main Battle Tanks holding defensive positions in Jenin. Unable to move any further towards Jenin that day the Syrians decided to withdraw and fell back licking their wounds. [ALL: No VV] [NONE] [1.02] [Based on a scenario originally created by Wyatt Kappely]