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ETA Fall 2022.
In June 1967, Israel needed just four days to crush the armies of Egypt and Jordan, and then two more to finish off Syria. It was an overwhelming defeat for the Arab powers, and it has shaped the power politics of the Middle East and the world at large ever since.
But that’s not the story the Egyptian public heard. The powerful radio station Voice of the Arabs, located in Cairo, pumped out a bizarre set of “alternative facts” regarding the course of the war. In this tale, the Egyptians and their allies were beating the hell out of the Israelis and on their way to an overwhelming victory.
What made this even stranger, was that the story seems to have been based on the actual Egyptian war plan. When the Israelis figured this out, they located the approaching Iraqi 3rd “Salah ad-Din” Armored Division exactly where Voice of the Arabs said it would be, and where the IAF then pounded it into scrap iron. The radio version also accurately predicted where the Jordanian armored brigades would be located.
Voice of the Arabs is a Campaign Study (a short book of scenarios and history) based on the story of the 1967 Six-Day War as the radio station told it: with the Egyptians administering an ass-kicking to the ill-prepared Israelis. It is and it isn’t alternative history: the battles never happened, but the Egyptian-sponsored fake news said they did.
Voice of the Arabs adds 10 new scenarios to 1967: Sword of Israel, split into two chapters, each with a battle game to link the scenarios together. This being an Avalanche Press product, there’s also the background story of the battles that never happened. You’ll need 1967: Sword of Israel (and only 1967: Sword of Israel) to play all 10 scenarios.