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What would be the best wargames, books and DVD's about the War that took place in Palestine in 1948 following the end of the British Mandate ?

EDIT: This thread is about positive and constructive discussions concerning games, books and DVD's only. If you want to venture beyond this, create your own thread concerning the "palestine-israel-arab situation" (or whatever YOU want to call it) in the appropriate forum. cool

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I don't know if it is the best but The Arab-Israeli Wars is a good game. It uses an updated version of the Panzer Leader/PanzerBlitz System
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Critical Hit has an ASL module for that war: Genesis 48: The First Arab-Israeli War

I've not played it. Beware that many CH ASL modules have tons of errata.
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This is the game that came to mind when I read the subject line:

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The First Arab-Israeli War
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charlieturtle wrote:
I don't know if it is the best but The Arab-Israeli Wars is a good game. It uses an updated version of the Panzer Leader/PanzerBlitz System


The Arab-Israeli Wars is a good game but it does not cover the 1948 conflict, only the 1956, 1967, and 1973 conflicts plus a couple of "future" conflicts.
 
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Infomanohio wrote:
charlieturtle wrote:
I don't know if it is the best but The Arab-Israeli Wars is a good game. It uses an updated version of the Panzer Leader/PanzerBlitz System


The Arab-Israeli Wars is a good game but it does not cover the 1948 conflict, only the 1956, 1967, and 1973 conflicts plus a couple of "future" conflicts.


I stand corrected. It's been a few years since I've pulled out the game, but I should have remembered that.
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As for books, I've always liked this one, which covers the '48, '56, '67, and '73 wars in some detail from the Israeli perspective:

"The Arab Israeli Wars", by Chaim Herzog





I haven't yet run across a good account from the Arab perspective in English.
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Peter Pariseau wrote:


Hmm.

Most assessments of this game are not very enthusiastic ...
 
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marticabre wrote:
Critical Hit has an ASL module for that war: Genesis 48: The First Arab-Israeli War


I would be more interested in a self-contained game.
 
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Good book by a revisionist historian.



BYW, you do realize that calling the 1948 War "Al-Nakba" is a politically charged statement..
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evanbrooks wrote:

BYW, you do realize that calling the 1948 War "Al-Nakba" is a politically charged statement..


Not more nor less then calling these events a "War for Independence".

[ EDIT: In a war, each OPPOSING side labels historical events as THEY choose fit. Wargamers are used to this. For example, "Operation Barbarossa" for the Germans, vs "The Great Patriotic War" for the Russians. Playing a game called Lebensraum does not necessarily mean the players agree that the nazis had a legitimate reason to expand by force towards the east ... ]

I realize I am more ignorant about the in's and out's of all this then I should be.

I am interested in understanding the beginning of this: not only 1948, but what came before.

Intuitively, if there is so much conflict still going on 70 years later, one might suppose that maybe the whole project did not start on the right footing to begin with.

Not that I think it was wrong to envision a country for individuals of the jewish faith / ethnic nationality.

Is it possible that this could have been done differently ?

This is what I would like to know.

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evanbrooks wrote:




I just looked up this book and the author on the Internet.

Seems certainly interesting: I will probably read this book.

I would like to hear about information coming from all sides.

Thank you for the recommendation.




 
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This conflict has historical roots in the Cold War, the Second World War, the First World War, the Ottoman Empire, the expansion of Islam, the Roman Empire, the expansion of Christianity and the Biblic times.

All the favorite wargamer topics except the ACW and Nappy.

Good luck!
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BYW, you do realize that calling the 1948 War "Al-Nakba" is a politically charged statement..


Not more nor less then calling these events a "War for Independence".


Referring to the creation of a country as a "catastrophe" in the language of those who tried to annihilate it is certainly more politically charged than "War for Independence", which is a fairly standard way to describe the formative conflicts of any country whose creation involved violence.
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Great suggestion !

I will order it !
 
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Referring to the infallible, primary source Wikipedia,

"Roughly half of the 1948 Palestinian exodus, often referred to as al-Nakba (Arabic: النكبة‎, literally "The Catastrophe"), occurred amidst this war."

This is repeated in a separate Wikipedia entry:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Palestinian_exodus

Googling up some other sources we find:

http://middleeast.about.com/od/israelandpalestine/f/me080511...

Which states:
"Question: What Is al-Naqba, or al-Nakba - The Catastrophe?
May 14, 1948 marks Israel's declaration of independence. To Israelis, it's a day of celebration. For Palestinians and Arabs, May 14, 1948 marks a day of rage they call al-Naqba, Arabic for "the Catastrophe." What is al-Naqba, or al-Nakba, and how do Palestinians mark the proudest day in Israeli history?
Answer: By the time Israel declared is independence in May 1948, a civil war was raging in Palestine. Palestinians and Arabs had rejected a United Nations plan to partition the country between Jews and Palestinians. Arabs from Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Iraq joined Palestinians to battle against Jews, who by then had sustained a huge influx of Jewish immigration for more than 30 years--long enough to establish a de-facto state.

Israel's Declaration of Independence was the culmination of what, in retrospect, looked inevitable--the establishment of an independent Jewish state, made up of the Jewish diaspora, and the triggering of a new, Palestinian diaspora."


They do not mention that the the "United Nations plan" was United Nations approved. Also not mentioned is the offer by Israel to allow the "Palestinians" to stay in Israel. They left on their own accord. Those who remained, and their descendants, enjoy full citizenship and the rights associated with it. Hey, even that most authoritative research source, Wikipedia, says something about it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_citizens_of_Israel


So, to summarize, it does not appear to be correct to refer to "Al-Nakba" as a war. Also, maybe in the future people in Londonistan will refer to July 4, 1776 as "Al-Nakba."

So, release the Krakens!
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I said Krakens, not Kittens!


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So, only two books suggested so far ?


How about movies / documentaries / DVD's ?
 
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I have a great book about 1948 war by a British officer shortly afterwards (Suez hadn't happened by the time of the book): The Arab-Israeli War, by Edgar O'Ballance. He is mostly somewhat irritated by both sides for their zealous elements and annoyed that the British-officered Jordanian forces didn't do better. But it is written primarily as a military history & is good for that, which is what wargamers are after rather than the boring who was morally right discussion, which is what RSP is for.

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kerpob2 wrote:
I have a great book about 1948 war by a British officer shortly afterwards (Suez hadn't happened by the time of the book): The Arab-Israeli War, by Edgar O'Ballance.


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Thank you very much ! Very helpful.

I see he has published many books on the Middle East and Asia.

I will look him up for sure.
 
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There are a number of Osprey books about the conflict. I read some of them years ago. Just google "Osprey Israel Independence" or "Osprey Arab Israel" and there are books about the particular conflicts and about the armies and the elite troops.

I'm sorry I just don't remember which books I read.
 
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