The Soccer War (1969)

Posted: October 14, 2011 in Free Download, Modern Wars, Scenario

The “Soccer War” (known more aptly as “the War of the Dispossesed” boiled over on 14 july 1969. Between may 1967 and june 1969, some twelve clashes occured along the officially disputed Salvadoran-Honduran border, leading up to this confrontation. Other contributary factors included Honduras trade deficit with El Salvador and the volatile immigration issue. Preceding the border tensions about 300 000 El Salvadorans had illegally migrated into the less densely populated Honduras. These impoverished individuals came to one eight of the tital population and their entrance in the labour market created considerable resentment. Hence a new Honduran regime instituted a land reform program designed not to alienate the landed cattle barons. This program took the form of the violent explulsion of at least 75 000 immigrants in may and june. During the same period riots accompanied the Honduran and Salvadoran soccer teams in the World Cup playoff series. Beginning in mid june members of the Salvadoran oligarchy began to openly discuss an invasion of Honduras. On 27 june El Salvador broke diplomatic relations with Honduras. On sunday the 29th they defeated them at the Aztec stadium in Mexico City and citizens from the two nations engaged in a melee. Starting on july 2nd more Salvadoran troops were called up to the border as another 25 000 people crossed the border back to El Salvador and telling stories of Honduran brutality. Sensationalistic media coverage contributed to the nationalistic ardour, the patriotic fervor and pressure for war mounted in both countries. On juli 12 El Salvador rejected the call by the Central American Mediation Commicion for mutual withdrawal from the border. Two nights later El Salvador invaded Honduras. (Central America, Scenario Booklet, p 3).

This short 4 round scenario simulating the El Salvadoran invasion of Honduras is loosely based on the scenario from Victory Games boardgame Central America.

  • Players: 1-2.
  • AI Capable: Yes. Honduras is scripted to simulated bombing El Salvador ports.
  • Engine: ATG.
  • Events & Variants: Bombing of ports.
  • Production & Research: Normal production Honduras has one city that produces 2K. El Salvador has 3 ports that together produce 3K. Research is disabled.
  • Scale: Each round represent one day of fighting. The scenario lasts 4 rounds.  Units are company or battalions with Task force HQs. Map size is 76*54 but only part of the map is used.
  • Availability: Free download here.
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