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-"David vs. Goliath"-

Christmas week of 1979 the world was stunned by the news of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The mighty Red Army was on the move! But in the decade following, the Soviets were fought to a standstill by Afghan guerrillas in an insurgency which was one of the major turning points of the Cold War. In the end, the Soviets withdrew and the Middle East has not been the same since. Soviet-Afghan War is a tactical level simulation of this conflict using the Squad Battles system.


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Soviet-Afghan War Features:

  • 57 stand alone scenarios and 3 campaigns to choose from.
  • A wide sampling of actions from all over the country during this 9 year conflict.
  • 39 unique maps ranging in size from 1900 hexes to 59,000 hexes providing ample ground for scenario designers to create their own actions.

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Engine changes include:

  • New optional rule "Alternative Fire Density"
  • Bridge destruction with demolition charges
  • Cache and Hidden objectives
  • Rest, for men and weapons
  • Body Armor
  • Vehicle Smoke
  • Chemical/gas warfare ability added
  • A new Database editor to enable users to easily edit the various DAT files included with the game (load, weapon & vehicle).
  • A new Parameter Data Editor to easily edit the PDT files that come with the game.

The game also has the standard scenario, OOB, parameter, database & sub-map editors included with the game. Play modes include A/I, Hot Seat, PBEM, LAN & Internet play.


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  • Developer: John Tiller
  • Artist: Joseph Amoral
  • Unit Graphics: Mark Adams
  • Music: Thomas Hook & Daniel Lee
  • Additional AI programming: John Rushing
  • Contributed Sound Effects: Edward Williams
  • Project Coordinator: Rich Hamilton
  • Scenario Designers: Ozgur Budak, Mike Cox, Jeff Conner, and Joao Lima
  • Scenario Maps: Dave Blackburn, Rich Hamilton, Mike Cox, and Ozgur Budak
  • Orders of Battle: Ozgur Budak, Mike Cox, and Jeff Conner
  • Playtesters: Atle Jenssen, Joao Lima, Jeff Conner, Greg Coleman, Nik Butler, and Bob Bannerman
  • Historical Background Documentation: Jeff Conner

System Requirements:

Windows XP, Vista, or 7
Processor: 1 GHz
Disk Space: 1 GB
Memory: 1 GB

Planning Maps     (click for full-sized images)
Alishang Village map Babur Valley map Badguzar-Apikutan map
Alishang Village: 4.63 mb gif Babur Valley: 5.70 mb gif  Badguzar-Apikutan: 7.25 mb gif

Baghlan  map

Baghram map Chandaran Canyon  map
Baghlan: 10.2 mb gif Bagram: 27.8 mb gif Chandaran Canyon: 5.54 mb gif

Darulaman Palace map Herat map Hindu Kush map
Darulaman Palace: 11 mb gif Herat: 6.85 mb gif    Hindu Kush: 22.5 mb gif

Islam Dara Canyon  map Jalalabad map Jalalabad NE map
Islam Dara Canyon: 5.55 mb gif Jalalabad: 5.69 mb gif Jalalabad NE: 5.6 mb gif

Jurm Sari Puli map Kabul East map Kabul South map
Jurm Sari Puli: 5.43 mb gif Kabul East: 5.93 mb gif Kabul South: 6.38 mb gif

Kandahar  map Kaneske Gorge map Kirgak Village map
Kandahar: 5.22 mb gif Kaneske Gorge: 4.15 mb gif Kirgak Village: 15.3 mb gif

Kokabulak Marzek map Kunduz map Laghman map
Kokabulak Marzek: 9.78 mb gif Kunduz: 7.87 mb gif    Laghman: 7.68 mb gif

Loy Karez  map Mahipar map Marjeh map
Loy Karez: 15.4 mb gif Mahipar: 8.73 mb gif Marjeh: 9.39 mb gif

Mashala map Mohammed Agha map Paktia map
Mashala: 6.79 mb gif Mohammed Agha: 8.61 mb gif Paktia map: 5.5 mb gif

Panjshir II  map Shingali Kalay map Spinakalacha map
Panjshir II: 14.2 mb gif Shingali Kalay: 5.05 mb gif Spinakalacha:10.2 mb gif

Talbeg map Tor Ghar map Tsawkey  map
Talbeg: 3.7 mb gif Tor Ghar: 17.4 mb gif Tsawkey: 7.06 mb gif

Zhawar map  
Zhawar: 10.1 mb gif    

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Reading List
Russian General Staff; The Soviet-Afghan War: How a Superpower Fought and Lost; University of Kansas Press, 2002
Jalali, Ali Ahmad; Afghan Guerrilla Warfare: In the Words of the Mujahideen Fighters; MBI Publishing Company, 2001
Frunze Military Academy; The Bear Went Over the Mountain: Soviet Combat Tactics in Afghanistan (10th Anniversary Edition); National Defense University Press, 2006
Poole, H. John; Tactics of the Crescent Moon; Emerald Isle, NC, 2004
Tamarov, Vladislav; Afghanistan: A Russian Soldier's Story;Ten Speed Press, 2001
Bahmanyar, Mir; Afghanistan Cave Complexes 1979-2004 (Fortress); Osprey, 2004
Borovik, Artyom; The Hidden War: A Russian Journalist's Account of the Soviet War in Afghanistan; Grove Press, 2001
Zaloga, Steven; Warsaw Pact Ground Forces (Elite); Osprey, 1987
Feifer, Gregory; The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan; Harper Perennial, 2010
Jalali, Ali Ahmed; The Other Side of the Mountain: Mujahideen Tactics in the Soviet-Afghan War;, 2010



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