The Sands of War Expansion
The Sands of War
Expansion built on the successful Sands of War game,
which itself was an expansion of the First Battle series begun with
Team Yankee in 1987 by GDW.
Like the original game, the expansion is an anthology in that it
covers a wide time span, with scenarios ranging from the Second
World War to then-contemporary Gulf War settings. The common theme
addressed by the anthology is mechanized warfare in the deserts of
the Middle East.
A limited number of
new rules were added in the expansion; Escarpment and Rubble terrain
types, with a mechanism for creating rubble during play, and
Amphibious Assault Vessels were included as a new vehicle type.
Steve Keifer noted in his review of the expansion for
Movement that "GDW didn't tinker with the original game
system and I applaud them for that. They included errata for four of
the original scenarios and some minor rules errata." Keifer's
opinion was that there were some obvious rules omissions and
inconsistencies but that "(n)one of the rules ambiguities affected
my enjoyment of the game".1
Eight new scenarios
for the game were included, in addition to modifications to the
existing scenarios of the initial Sands of War game. Three
come from the Second World War, one involves Israeli and Egyptian
troops, and four from the Gulf War of 1991.
The Battle of Beda Fomm (6 February
The Battle of Bir El Gubi (19 November
The Battle of Sidi Rezegh (22 November
South of Sheikh Zuweid (5 June 1967)
The Battle of As Salam (25 February
Al Jaber Airbase (25 February 1991)
Kuwait International Airport (27
Beachhead Kuwait (24 February 1991)
Sands of War is a successful
refinement of GDW's First Battle system. The Sands of War
Expansion Kit can only be used with the original Sands of War
There are eight new scenarios. They
cover subjects that were neglected to some degree in the original.
Two 1941 battles, Beda Fomm and Bir El Gubi, introduce the
Italians...The Six Day War was short-changed in Sands of War
with only to scenarios - the Expansion remedies this with
Sheikh Zuweid, as the Israelis attempt to clear a section of road...
Three of the new Gulf War scenarios
feature the U.S. Marines. If you think the Iraqis are easy meat, try
the Kuwait International Airport scenario. The Marines are
hard-pressed to demoralize the Iraqi formations holding the airfield
in eight turns...A fourth Gulf War scenario depicts an action
involving French and U.S. Coalition forces on Desert Storm's far
The Expansion Kit also comes
with a set of campaign game rules, just in case you've played all
forty historical scenarios to death and want more. These provide the
framework to fight a series of scenarios on tactical map sections
linked in a tactical campaign...2
►"The Sands of War
Expansion Kit" by Steve Keifer (Review)
"The Sands of War Expansion Kit"
Fire & Movement, No. 82.