Category: 1948 Arab-Israeli War

On 14 May 1948 the British terminated their mandate over Palestine and the Jews immediately proclaimed the independence of the state of Israel. The Soviet Union was the first country to recognise Israel, followed promptly by the United States. On the other hand the Israelis had already been fighting a unofficial war with the local Palestinians and upon declaration of independence they faced invasion by seven Arab armies (including those of Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq). The then scratch built Israeli army managed to defeat these opponents thus establishing the boundaries of modern Israel. The Israelis called this war the “War of Independence”. Not surprisingly the Palestinians have a different slant on this; to them it is al-Nakba (“the catastrophe”).


Sources for the Arab-Israeli Wars

An annotated bibliography for the Arab-Israel Wars.

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Flags of the Protagonists in the Arab-Israeli Wars

I wanted to make some Arab-Israeli objective makers for Crossfire and thought flags would be a simple answer. It turns out the Arab states were in a period of transition so the flags are many and varied.

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Israeli Ranks

I needed a table so I could understand the Israeli system of ranks.

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Weapons and Vehicles of the Arab-Israeli Wars

Here’s a brief description of the various weapons/vehicles used in the Arab-Israel Wars.

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Israeli / Hebrew Terms for Military Formations

The IDF uses platoons, companies, battalion, etc just like the rest of the world. But I thought it would be handy to have a table of showing the Hebrew and English equivalents.

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Infiltration, Insurgency and Counter Measures in the Arab-Israeli Wars

Infiltration of national borders has been a component of the Arab-Israeli conflict, for example, during 1949-53 the Arabs organised over 3,000 infiltrations and in 1949-56 over two hundred Israelis were killed by mistanenim. The general name for this conflict is the Terrorist War, however, the War of Attrition (1968-70) also saw many infiltrations. I have grouped them together as the military operations were very similar.

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Scenario Ideas for the 1948 Arab-Israeli War

Scenario ideas for my Arab-Israeli Crossfire set in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. At some point I might turn them into proper scenarios. For the moment they are literally just ideas.

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Datasheets for Arab-Israeli Crossfire

Data sheets for my Arab-Israeli Crossfire.

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Crossfire House Rules for the Arab-Israeli Wars

I’ve started compiling some Crossfire amendments for refighting the Arab-Israeli conflicts. I’ve also started putting together scenarios – particularly for 1948-49.

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Timeline of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War

Timeline for the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

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1948 Arab-Israeli War Wargaming Project

the 1948 Arab-Israeli War interests me because the battles were small unit actions under strong leaders to gain local tactical advantage, plus I get to use a variety of World War II material in a mix-n-match kind of way.

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Israeli Order of Battle in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War

Israeli order of battle for the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

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Arab Order of Battle in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War

I have struggled to find information on the Arab order of battle for the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. This is what I’ve found so far.

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15mm Wargaming Figures for the 1948 Arab-Israeli War

I’m gearing up to do the 1948 Arab-Israeli War using 15mm and the Crossfire rules. I’m going to simplify my life by getting a generic Israeli Battalion and a generic Arab battalion. By and large I’ll be using Battle Front miniatures, but with a mix of Peter Pig for small numbers of specialist figures.

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