Avalon Hill (1988)
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5 8" x 22" mounted mapboards (25-29); 704 5/8" counters & 560 1/2" counters; 8 scenarios; pad of terrain overlays & a large escarpment overlay; Chapter F (& Chapter H and N pages); desert charts
West of Alamein introduced ASLers both to the British/Commonwealth armies and to the deserts of North Africa. The mapboards, overlays, charts, Chapter F, and many of the scenarios are all related to desert warfare in ASL. British counters are also used to represent Free French and other nationalities armed by the British (such as Italians fighting on the Allied side after 1943). ASL desert rules turned out to be complex in a number of respects and not all that popular; however, the module was crucial because it contained the British Order of Battle. When it went out of print, it became a highly sought after item by new ASL players seeking to be able to play British scenarios; some copies sold for astronomical prices on E-bay.
MMP realized the need to make the British OB available again, but decided to split it from the desert rules. They released For King and Country, with the British OB, and at a future date will release a new version of West of Alamein or similar module with the desert rules, maps, and overlays.