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High Water Mark - Campaign Series: Middle East 1948 -1985

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High Water Mark

By Alan R. Arvold
Israel 1 - 1 - 0 Syria
Rating: 6.25 (2)
Games Played: 2
SM: 2
Turns: 15
Type: Stock
First Side: Israel
Second Side: Syria
12 October, 1973

[Saasa, Syria]: [H2H/SIDE A] [HIS] [GD]:

After crossing the "Purple Line" into Syria from the Golan Heights, the Israeli 7th Armored Brigade split into two columns.

The left column headed towards Marzat Beir Jan, while the right column, spearheaded by the reconstituted "Barak" Armored Battalion, headed towards Saasa Ridge.

Saasa Ridge is located by Tel Shams, a hill whose height dominated the surrounding area. Defending this area was the Syrian 15th Mechanized Brigade, from the 3rd Armored Division, which having not been in battle yet was a fresh unit.

The Israeli column, being heavy in armor but weak in infantry, expected to blow through the Syrian positions. However, upon making contact near the village of Dourine, the Israelis encountered a solid defense instead, and after losing twenty tanks in ten minutes, withdrew to reorganize and prepare to make a more deliberate assault.

The Israelis attacked once more on the 12th, and two more times on the 13th, but each time they were driven back.

Finally, on the night of the 13th, they were able to take Tel Shams with paratroopers supported by tanks. But try as they might, they could not make a dent in the Syrian defense of Saasa Ridge itself.

At this point the Israelis ceased to make any further attempts to advance deeper into Syria and had to be satisfied with being close enough to Damascus to bombard the city with their long range 175mm guns.


This scenario is part of the Ode to Divided Ground scenario set, available in the Middle East 2.0 Mods folder.
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Gaming Records
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Israel Scud's Profile Scud vs. Tiger 88 Tiger 88's Profile Syria Israel Major Victory 24 4
Israel Crossroads's Profile Crossroads vs. berto berto's Profile Syria Draw 12 12
First Sergeant
Crossroads Tue Jan 30, 2018 8:32 am
A tough ride for Israeli Mech Bde towards the Saasa Ridge and the exit hex to Damascus, defended by a determined Syrian mech formation, and not many turns to waste to get there.
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