Introduction

Probably the easiest and most expedient way for a Europa player to attempt a WW wargame focused on the Iraq campaign would be to set up and play F. Watson’s “Iraq: Rashid Ali and the Golden Square” battle scenario found in TEM#81. At least this small Europa battle scenario gives the wargamer the “historical” Iraq campaign in its only published format that I know of. When attempting those much larger and longer WW Rule 41 Scenarios that use the Near East map group (maps 20A, 21A, 22A, and 32) needed to play out the Iraq campaign, the wargamer appears to be Rules-bound to roll the die “from Jan I 41 through Jun II 41” and only hope for the “chance of a pro-Axis coup d’etat in Iraq,” per WW Rule 38J4-[Iraq] Coup. Further, it appears that if the players don’t agree to use WW Optional Rule 38J6-Axis Intervention in Iraq, then the Optional Axis Near East Forces cannot be used. Moreover, it appears to me there might be WW Rules issues/disputes about exactly how Rule 38V3a-Axis Privileges [in Vichy Levant] juxtaposes, or interfaces, or is used “along with” Optional Rule 38J6. More later regarding the previous sentence.

So, with the above being said, we now plunge into a special/experimental/provisional truncated WW Middle East (ME)/“Iraq Campaign” Scenario demonstration (based on Rule 41B5) that focuses on an “embedded” historical Iraq campaign and which is specially cropped for EA presentation to save time and space. However, this wargamer confesses to making all kinds of wargaming mistakes and so invites EA members to point out any WW Rules errors or issues/flaws in Europa wargaming S & T they might catch, or perhaps suspect. The ultimate aims of this labor are to hopefully help improve any future Europa wargame product and for fun at the EA.

Starting Conditions and Special Rules

  • The Axis player controls the Med/NA and the NE commands. The Allied player controls the ME and NE Commands. Observe Rule 3E4-Player Control of Commands.
  • The Iraqi Coup has occurred on the Apr I 41 Axis turn’s initial phase, after supply determination. The Iraqi Army is Unsteady.

  • The initial Axis Vichy Levant Table dice roll done on the Apr I 41 Axis turn was 5: Air. See Rule 38V3a-Axis Privileges [in the Vichy Levent]. The Vichy Levent dice roll is done before the Iraqi coup dice roll.

  • WW Optional Rule 23I-Out-Of-Supply Airbases is used. In addition, (new) Opt Rule 23J-Axis Air Ops from the Aegean Islands, found in the WW Errata-28 October 2005 is also used. It is assumed that the specified Axis air operation limitations from Aegean Island airfields are ended “in scenarios in which the Balkans (Rule 3E5) are not in play…on or after [the] Apr II 41 [Axis turn].” See Optional Rule 38J6-Axis Intervention in Iraq, second paragraph, for this quote.
  • WW Optional Rule 38J5-Variable [Iraqi] Coup Collapse/Surrender is used.
  • The Allied player uses the Iraqi Coup Reaction Forces found in the WitD Allied OB booklet on p 5. Coup turn 2 is Apr II 41. I’ve taken designer’s privilege to add a few other units.
  • WW Optional Rule 38J6-Axis Intervention in Iraq is used along with the Optional Axis Near East Forces found in the WW OB booklet on p. 27. Coup Turn 3 is May I 41. Optional Rule 39E4-Fawzi al Qawukji is not used, nor is Optional Rule 38J7-Iraqi Armor.
  • WW Advanced Rules 5B3-Ownership of Cities, Ports, and Airbases and 5B4-Half RE Units are used. Also use Advanced Rule 13C-Retreats and Overruns.
  • Red U- markers are used to indicate unit supply status determined in the Allied initial phase; black U- markers are used to indicate unit supply status determined in the Axis initial phase.
  • Note the important Additional WW Chart Errata regarding Game Play Chart 8-Political Events, Table 7, found in the Wavell’s War Errata-28 October 2005 addendum. It says: “Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse: The +5 modifier for ‘If a supported unit is adjacent to Baghdad and this is the first turn that Baghdad is Iraqi-owned’ should instead read ‘First turn (only) that a supported Allied unit is adjacent to an Iraqi-owned Baghdad.’”
  • Note: per published Europa text use, Near East map 22A is placed on top of 21A. Place Near East map 20A on top of Western Desert map 19A.

Turn Reports

  • Iraq Campaign Scenario: Final Thoughts - There is still a little more that might be said of Europa wargame use and value in reference to the special WW ME/“Iraq Campaign” Scenario demonstration done earlier in 2015 at the EA. On the outbreak of the world war Iraq, under the rule of the pro-British Regent Amir Abdul Illah, broke off diplomatic relations […]
  • Aug II 41 Allied Turn - This turn the Allied player invades Iran. Rule 38I3-Allied Invasion says “for game purposes, the Allied player is required to invade Iran. He may not invade (enter) Iran before Aug I 41 [eg., the historical Europa date, I believe]. … The Soviet Union invades Iran simultaneously with the Allied invasion. … [T]he effects of the […]
  • Aug I 41 Axis Turn - This time in the initial phase the Allied player rolls high on the Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse Table and the result is: Coup Collapses. Per Rule 38J4B, which is used in the Variable Coup Collapse/Surrender Optional Rule, “Iraqi territory … becomes Allied owned.” Note this is different than Vichy Levant surrender, where just Vichy French […]
  • Aug I 41 Allied Turn - In the supply determination segment of the initial phase the Iraq 1-6* Inf XX 1 at 21A:4803 is still Black U-4, and isolated. Per Optional Rule 12E5, a die roll is done on the Success Table to check for elimination from lack of general supply; the roll is 3: elimination. The Iraqi inf XX is […]
  • Jul II 41 Axis Turn - Per the WW Master Sequence of Play Summary the Allied dice roll to check for Levant surrender using the Variable Levant Surrender Table is done before the Iraqi Coup Collapse check. Both are done in the Axis initial phase before supply determination or the reinforcements segment. The Allied player rolls high, and the dice roll […]
  • Jul II 41 Allied Turn - Iraqi Coup force and Axis/German Iraq intervention force dispositions on the Near East map group [at the turn’s start]: On the island of Rodi: Rodi (20A:2230) [point city/standard port]: 1 x Ju 52 1T1 0/20 (LW) [operative; in supply] Iraq: In the Central Iraq region: Baghdad (22A:2825): Iraq capital marker 1 x 1-2-6 Inf XX […]
  • Jul I 41 Axis Turn - The Allied player rolls a 5 on the dice roll using the Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse Table to check for an Iraqi Coup Collapse. For Modifiers the Allies have a +1 for the Allied-owned dot city of Basra, another +1 for the Allied-owned dot city of Mosul, a final +1 “if a rail connection (per […]
  • Jul I 41 Allied Turn - Iraqi Coup force and Axis/German Iraq intervention force dispositions [at the turn’s start]: In the Central Iraq region: Baghdad (22A:2825) [all forces here are in general supply]: Iraq capital marker 1 x 1-2-6 Inf XX 3 1 x 1-6* Inf XX 2 1 x 0-1-6* Inf XX 4 1 x 1-0-8 Lt Arm X 1 […]
  • Jun II 41 Axis Turn - Jun II 41 Axis Turn For the fifth time in the special ME/“Iraq Campaign” Scenario demonstration, the Allied player in the Axis initial phase prior to the reinforcements segment checks for an Iraqi Coup Collapse by a dice roll using the Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse Table to determine results. There’s a +1 Modifier for the […]
  • Jun II 41 Allied Turn - Iraqi Coup force and Axis Iraq intervention force dispositions [at turn’s start]: In the Central Iraq region: Baghdad (22A:2825): 1 x 1-2-6 Inf XX 3 1 x 1-6* Inf XX 2 1 x 0-1-6* Inf XX 4 1 x Mxd 1A2 1/8 [operative] Baqubah (21A:4802) [reference city canal intensive canal intensive secondary rail junction hex]: […]
  • Jun I 41 Axis Turn (Redo) - For the fourth time in the special ME/“Iraq Campaign” Scenario demonstration, the Allied player in the Axis initial phase prior to the reinforcements segment checks for an Iraqi Coup Collapse by a dice roll using the Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse Table to determine results. There is a +1 Modifier for the Allied-owned dot city of […]
  • Jun I 41 Allied Turn (Redo) - Jun I 41 Allied Turn Iraqi Coup force and Axis Iraq intervention force dispositions [at the turn’s start]: In the Central Iraq region [all Coup Iraq units are in supply via overland trace to Baghdad]: Baghdad (22A:2825): Iraq capital marker 1 x 1-2-6 Inf XX 3 1 x 1-6* Inf XX 2 1 x 0-1-6* […]
  • Aspects & Re-Do - The special “Iraq Campaign” Scenario demonstration has been great fun for me at the wargame table. Even though it superficially might have the appeal of a small highway chicken stand compared to the bigger and grander Europa campaign games, the WW design product makes the Iraq campaign in its broader WW ME Campaign Scenario aspect […]
  • Jun I 41 Allied Turn - Iraqi Coup force and Axis Iraq intervention force dispositions [at the turn’s start]: In the Central Iraq region [all Coup Iraq units are in supply via overland trace to Baghdad]: Baghdad (22A:2825): Iraq capital marker 1 x 1-2-6 Inf XX 3 1 x 1-6* Inf XX 2 1 x 0-1-6* Inf XX 4 1 x […]
  • Jun I 41 Axis Turn - For the fourth time in the special ME/“Iraq Campaign” Scenario demonstration, the Allied player in the Axis initial phase prior to the reinforcements segment checks for an Iraqi Coup Collapse by a dice roll using the Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse Table to determine results. There is a +1 Modifier for the Allied-owned dot city of […]
  • Scenario Interlude - Now might be a good time to tie up some loose ends regarding the present state of the WW ME/“IraqCampaign” Scenario demonstration, which has ended its May II 41 game turn, with possibly a bonus extended play period due to an assumed No Collapse die roll per the Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse Table done in […]
  • May II 41 Allied Turn - Iraqi Coup force and Axis Iraq intervention force dispositions: In the Central Iraq region: Baghdad (22A:2825): Iraq capital marker 1 x 1-2-6 Inf XX 3 1 x 1-0-8 Lt Arm X 1 1 x Mxd 1A2 1/8 [operative] 22A:2926 [canal intensive major rail/secondary rail junction hex, SW of Baghdad]: 1 x 1-6* Inf XX 2 […]
  • May II 41 Axis Turn - For the third time in the special ME/“Iraq Campaign” Scenario demonstration, the Allied player checks for an Iraqi Coup Collapse by a dice roll done using the Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse Table to determine results. However, now things have changed and this time the Allies have some substantial Dice Roll Modifiers to maybe hasten the […]
  • May I 41 Allied Turn - Iraqi force dispositions: In the Central Iraq region: Baghdad (22A:2825): Iraq capital marker 1 x 1-6* Inf XX 2 1 x Mxd 1A2 1/8 [operative] 22A:2826 [canal intensive major rail line/road junction hex W of Baghdad]: 1 x 0-1-6* Inf XX 4 22A:2928 [clear terrain hex SE of Habbaniya (22A:2828)]: 1 x 1-2-6 Inf XX […]
  • May I 41 Axis Turn - For the second time in this special ME/“Iraqi Campaign” Scenario demonstration, the Allied player in his initial phase, prior to receiving reinforcements, checks for an Iraqi Coup Collapse by a dice roll done using the Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse Table to determine results. As earlier, there is a +1 Modifier for the Allied-owned dot city […]
  • Apr II 41 Allied Turn - Initial Iraqi force dispositions: Iraqi: Kirkuk (21A:3904): 1 x 1-6* Inf XX 2 Baghdad (22A:2825): Iraq capital marker 1 x 1-2-6 Inf XX 3 1 x 1-6* Inf XX 1 1 x 1-0-8 Lt Arm X 1 1 x Mxd 1A2 1/8 Diwaniya (22A:3623): 1 x 0-1-6* Inf XX 4 Rutbah (21A:5023) [stony desert road […]
  • Apr II 41 Axis Turn - Per the WW Master Sequence of Play, early in the Axis initial phase the Allied player for the first time checks for an Iraqi Coup Collapse by a dice roll done using the Variable Iraqi Coup Collapse Table to determine results. There is a +1 Modifier for the Allied-owned dot city of Basra; but the […]
  • Excerpts from “The Background to the Syrian Campaign, May-June 1941 - In an effort to bring forth some facts regarding the historical Axis intrigues in Vichy Levant in May and June of 1941 and also the particulars leading to the Allied invasion of the Vichy Levant in June 1941, here are some excerpts from and commentary about a journal article entitled “The Background to the Syrian […]