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I Simulated a Massive Israel vs. Syria Tank War (It Was Epic)
But there is also a single night turn at the end of each day, during which the Syrians move first and the Israelis, who lacked the Syrians’ night vision gear, move last. In addition, leg infantry is penalized when firing at tanks during the daytime, while tanks are penalized when firing at infantry during night turns.
It’s Israel versus Syria in board game ‘Days of Battle: Golan Heights’
The odds were staggering. Just 177 Israeli tanks facing horde of 1,400 tanks of the Syrian army. Just 200 Israeli infantry facing 40,000 Syrians.
(This article by Michael Peck originally appeared at War is Boring in 2013.)
Even 40 years after the fact, the Israeli defense of the Golan Heights in October 1973 remains an epic tale of bravery and self-sacrifice as David’s tanks fired like madmen at the waves of armored Goliaths rolling relentlessly toward them.