Greetings, and welcome to another new wargaming blog. This is my fifth; here's what I have going so far:
-Blackhawkhet, where it all started. Lots of batreps from various projects/campaigns, and a catalog of all my painting. Every now and again I place minis for sale there as well.
-Cuba Libre, my major ongoing splinter campaign. The concept is that Cuban exiles staged an invasion of Cuba in 1990 and overthrew the Castro regime, then set out on a crusade to fight for freedom and democracy worldwide.
-Island Hopping with the Old (Lead) Breed, a blog following a platoon of US Marines and a US Marine fighter squadron throughout WWII, from the Fall of the Philippines through the Solomons, the Central Pacific, and finishing in Okinawa.
-The Hakuna-Matata Wars, a blog chronicling a pair of post-WWII African Imagi-Nations fighting it out in 3mm from 1950 to present.
So, why another blog? Because I can't stay focused and overcommit myself to projects. This blog will follow a platoon of Israeli soldiers through that country's various wars.
DISCLAIMER: This is not a political blog, or any other type of blog attempting make a political statement. While I admit to having an affinity for Israel, the point here is that this is a toy soldier blog and will be used to document battle reports of games played using toy soldiers. I will be playing fictitious battles of real wars, or fictitious engagements of real battles, but I will not be making any political commentary and I would appreciate it if you don't either.
My overall plan is as follows:
-The War of Independence, 1948-1949: play maybe ten or so games following a group of villagers defending themselves that end up being incorporated into the Haganah (the pre-cursor to the IDF).
-Play a few of the cross-border actions, 1950-1955.
-The Suez Crisis, 1956: the platoon is now part of an airborne brigade and takes part in the push to the Suez Canal, maybe half a dozen fights.
-Play a few of the cross-border actions as part of the War of Attrition, 1956-1966.
-The Six-Day War, 1967: continuing as a paratrooper platoon, maybe a dozen fights pushing south into the Sinai, then coming back to take Jerusalem and then airlifted to the Golan.
-Probably play a few more of the cross-border actions in the War of Attrition, 1968-1972.
-The Yom Kippur War, 1973. Not sure yet where I'll place them (down south or up north), but probably ten or so fights.
-The 1978 Lebanon War, 1978. Take part in the invasion of Lebanon as part of Operation Litani, probably only a few fights.
-The War in Lebanon I, 1982. Take part in the invasion of Lebanon, probably face off against the Syrians in Operation Peace for Galilee.
-The War in Lebanon II. Not sure what year yet, but we'll say the platoon went home in 1983, then returned later for another tour in Lebanon, this time dealing with Hezbollah in Beirut.
-The First Intifida, 1987-1993. Have a few fights in Gaza Strip and/or West bank.
-The Second Intifada, 2000-2005. Have a few fights in Gaza Strip and/or West bank.
-The Israeli-Hezbollah War, 2006. Have a few fights in Lebanon against Hezbollah.
-The Gaza War, 2008-2009. Have a few fights in Gaza Strip as part of Operation Cast Lead.
-The 2014 Gaza War, 2014. Have a few fights in the Gaza Strip as part of Operation Protective Edge.
To be honest, I'm not sure how committed I am to any of the above after 1982, but I definitely will get at least to that point. I plan on playing these out in 15mm, squad-sized battles using Ivan's "Five Men at Kursk" (modified a bit). I'll probably shift between playing on 2' x 2', 3' x 2', and 4' x 4' fights, we'll see. I also like the idea of following a fighter squadron through all this; Me-109s to Mustangs to Mirages to F-15s sounds cool, but that's probably a bit ambitious with all the other stuff I have going on.
So, whaddaya think?