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War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armored vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world.
Release Date: Aug 15, 2013
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August Ace of the Month - Gen.Lt. Adolf 'Dolpho' Galland

August 1st, 2014

Born in March 1912 in Westerholt in north Germany as the second of four sons, Galland’s father was one of a long line in the near two century family business: bailiff to the Graf von Westerholt estate. Growing up with a keen interest in sport and scientific subjects, Galland was rather frustrated in school to find a much greater emphasis placed on Greek and Latin.

The Gelsenkirchen Flying Club was established in land which Galland’s father was responsible for; in 1927 Galland witnessed his first catapult launched glider and knew that aviation would be his vocation. His father bought him a motorcycle so that he could make the 20 mile journey to the gliding school to attend theoretical lessons before then moving on to flying. Throwing all of his energy into gliding, Galland incurred his father’s wrath when his school grades began to suffer. Furthermore, he crashed on take off on his first solo in a glider, fortunately causing only minor damage.

Galland’s fortunes were soon to turn around when, with persistence and a natural ability shining through, a stream of gliding qualifications and competitions were soon under his belt. This culminated in first prize at the West German Gliding Competition in 1933. 1933 also saw Galland’s first meeting with a figure who would be instrumental in his progress: Herman Goring. In his post war writings, Galland commented on being amazed at Goring’s ‘girth’ and ‘displacement’ on first meeting. Goring addressed a number of young glider pilots and told them that it was time to throw off the constraints of the Treaty of Versailles, which placed such severe restrictions on German aviation: Galland was going to Italy to fly powered aircraft. After returning to Germany in autumn 1933, Galland could not only fly a powered aircraft: he could shoot from one.

Consolidation as a Lufthansa airline pilot briefly continued before Galland commenced his formal military training with the army, commissioning as a Leutnant in October 1934. Now one of several young aviators who had trained to fly and now was able to combine this with basic military training from the army, Galland was one of the first junior officers in Goring’s embryonic new Luftwaffe. Immediately stating a preference to fly fighters, Galland was able to convince his seniors that he was not fit for instructional duties and helped form II Gruppe of II Geschwader at Juterborg-Damm in April 1935, equipped with the Heinkel He51.

However, tragedy struck in October when Galland crashed a Focke-Wulf Stieglitz when practicing aerobatics. Lucky to survive, he spent three months in hospital before being certified unfit for flying duties. However, a sympathetic Commanding Officer made this order ‘disappear’ so Galland could resume flying, although this too was soon discovered. A successful medical examination made his return to flying official and in summer 1937 Galland found himself flying as part of the German Volunteer Corps in Spain, the organization which would come to be known as the Condor Legion.

Galland was soon made Commanding Officer of 3 Staffel – nicknamed ‘Mickey Mouse Squadron’ after its emblem - the only fighter squadron still flying the He51 as the other two squadrons in the group had now been equipped with the new Bf109. Constrained by the older aircraft, Galland’s staffel was used in the ground attack role. He flew some 300 missions before handing over command to Werner Molders and returning to Germany in August 1938.

After a period of staff appointments, Galland was then employed as a test pilot before taking part in the opening rounds of the Second World War as a ground attack pilot during the Polish campaign. He was promoted to Hauptmann and awarded the Iron Cross, Second Class. Finally, after repeated attempts to transfer ever since he had flown a handful of flights in a Bf109 in Spain, Galland was posted to JG27 to fly fighters.

It was not until the invasion of the Low Countries in May 1940 that Galland saw his first real combat as a fighter pilot. On May 12th, some five miles west of Liege, Galland and his wingman bounced a formation of eight Hurricanes. Galland shot down two before claiming a third kill that afternoon. By the end of the month Galland had shot down seven aircraft and was awarded the Iron Cross First Class. JG27 continued to see action throughout the French campaign and over Dunkirk. On June 6th he was appointed commander of III/JG26, being promoted to Major shortly after.

Now stationed at Pas de Calais, JG26 would be involved heavily in the fighting against the RAF that would form the nucleus of the Battle of Britain. However, Galland’s unit lost four Bf109s in exchange for only two Spitfires in their first cross Channel action. Nonetheless, the tactically minded Galland was able to lead his pilots successfully against a capable and determined foe and on August 1st he was awarded the Knights Cross after his seventeenth kill.

A friendly rivalry grew between Galland and Molders as the two were seen not only as the Luftwaffe’s leading fighter aces, but also more importantly as the greatest leaders and tacticians. Both were regularly summoned to meet with Goring; Galland incurred his rage on at least two occasions. First, when asked what he needed to win the battle, he famously replied he wanted a unit of Spitfires. Second, when quizzed on his thoughts about being ordered to shoot enemy airmen in their parachutes, Galland sternly retorted that it would be murder and he would disobey that order.

In September he was awarded the Oak Leaves to the Knights Cross by Hitler himself; despite the Luftwaffe’s defeat at the hands of the RAF Galland ended 1940 as the highest scoring fighter ace of the war to date. Promoted to Oberstleutnant, he continued to lead JG26 against the RAF with the new Bf109F, although he complained that early models did not pack enough firepower. In June 1941 Galland himself was shot down by a Spitfire of No.611 Squadron, but he managed to escape via parachute. Whilst recovering in hospital he was informed that he would be awarded the Swords to his Knights Cross for 70 victories. This score rose to 96 by November, when he was removed from front line duties and promoted to the post of General der Jagdflieger.

Although now constrained by a staff appointment, Galland continued to fly combat sorties unofficially. He was awarded Diamonds to his Knights Cross in January 1942, and next month successfully coordinated the massive aerial armada which covered the warships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen as they dashed through the English Channel to return to Germany.

As the tide of war turned for Germany, Galland was heavily involved in the planning of the defence of the Reich from Allied bombers. He personally flew in several scrambles and claimed a number of unconfirmed kills, but his difference in opinions with Goring caused a great animosity between the two. As the Luftwaffe’s strength continued to dwindle, front line COs loyally sided with Galland and spoke out against Goring’s incompetence. Goring blamed Galland for the uprising against him, and dismissed him from post.

Galland’s combat career ended on the Me262, where he began in early 1945 as CO of JV44. By the end of hostilities, Galland had claimed a further seven kills with the pioneering jet fighter, bringing his total to 104 claims. He was interrogated and imprisoned by the Western Allies following Germany’s defeat, but moved to Argentina to help set up the Argentinian Air Force. Galland returned to Germany in 1955 and continued to fly up until the age of 75. Post war he formed close friendships with many of his ex opponents in the RAF and USAAF, and was instrumental in bridging gaps between the nations’ aviation communities. One of the greatest leaders in the history of German aviation, Adolf Galland passed away in 1996 at the age of 83.

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[Historical] The Swiss Air Force

July 31st, 2014

Sparked by the start of World War I three days earlier, the Swiss Air Force was established on the 31st of July 1914. The emergency unit consisted of a handful of pilots flying civilian aircraft and armed with rifles in case of combat. Despite the primitive condition of their air force, the Swiss were prepared to defend their neutrality by force.

In October 1916, the Swiss began a practice that would become commonplace for them in WW2. A German Fokker fighter landed in Swiss territory under poor conditions, and the Swiss captured the aircraft as their own. The Fokker D.II became the first proper Swiss military aircraft. On that foundation the Swiss purchased more fighters from France as well as manufacturing some indigenous designs.

After the war, the air force remained underfunded and under-equipped until 1929, when a bill to fund a permanent air force was passed. The Swiss Air Force was formed as a separate military service in October 1936.

In a final modernization effort in the late 1930s, the Swiss ordered Messerschmitt Bf 109 D and E as well as Morane-Saulnier D‐3800 fighters from Germany and France. In addition to the imports, the Swiss also flew their indigenous EKW C-36, which was eventually found obsolete for WW2 combat service.

Although Switzerland remained neutral through World War II, it had to deal with numerous violations of its airspace by both sides. Initially it was German aircraft, especially during the invasion of France in 1940. The Swiss fighters shot down Do 17s, He 111s, and Bf 110s violating their airspace, which caused tensions between them and the Nazi German government, and the Swiss decided to stop firing on aircraft of foreign nations.

In April 1944, a Bf 110 G-4 night fighter with an advanced FuG 220 radar strayed into Swiss territory. Germany wanted the advanced device destroyed so that it wouldn’t fall into Allied hands and agreed to supply Switzerland with 12 new Bf 109 G-6s in exchange. The Bf 110 was demolished by Swiss engineers according to the arrangement.

Later in the war, the Allied bomber offensive occasionally took US or British bombers over Switzerland. Some Swiss cities were bombed by mistake, and American aircraft fired on Swiss interceptors flying German-built Bf 109s. Eventually the Swiss decided to shoot back if forced to, and several British and American aircraft were shot down by Swiss forces. To make them easier to identify for the Allies, the Swiss added red and white stripes to the wings of their aircraft.

According to Swiss records, 6,501 aircraft were involved with airspace violations over Switzerland during WW2. 198 foreign aircraft landed in Swiss territory with 56 crashing there. The Swiss interned the aircraft, and ended up with an interesting collection of planes at their disposal, some of which they decided to once again use for themselves. In addition to large numbers of B-24s and B-17s, the Swiss interned P-47s, P-51s as well as Bf 109s, and a single Me 262 jet fighter. While most Allied aircraft were returned after the war, the Swiss kept flying their Bf 109s until they were eventually replaced with surplus P-51s and first generation jets.

2014, the Centennial year for the Swiss Air Force, will be commemorated with an air show over Payerne Air Base and a specially minted coin.

In War Thunder, we will honor the airmen of the Swiss Air Force by introducing the its roundel with one of the coming updates

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"War Thunder extremely easy to slip into"
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"Most Historically Educational Way to Destroy Planes"
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"With fun, exciting combat combined with plenty of customization and room for personal skill, this game is sure to be a fan favorite."
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About the Game

War Thunder is a next generation MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armored vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world.

War Thunder offers a highly detailed and personalized aviation experience, giving players access to hundreds models of planes with detailed cockpits, dozens of upgradeable weapons, and flying skills that can be honed and improved with each mission. Thanks to the game’s painstaking attention to detail, you’ll truly feel like a World War II fighter pilot as you plunge into battle.

The genuine World War II experience isn’t limited to the skies. The massive historical battles featured in War Thunder cannot be fought by aviation alone, so the game will also expose players to combat on land and at sea. Currently the game is in open beta stage and full functionality is yet to come.

Features Include


  • Varied PvP-experiences set in full-scale combat missions
  • Multiple settings options allow advanced virtual pilots and beginners to enjoy playing the game together
  • Rich PvE content: dynamic campaigns, solo missions, mission editor, and much more for single-player and cooperative gameplay
  • Impressive diversity includes detailed models of planes and their cockpits, as well as tanks and ships
  • Astonishing graphics, authentic sound effects, and beautiful music

PC System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: 2,2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 7XXX series or higher; AMD Radeon 1XXX series or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7,
    • Processor: dual-core 2,4 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 460 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space

Mac System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.9 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia/Intel HD 4000
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 10.9.2 Mavericks
    • Processor: Intel Core i7
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: AMD/Nvidia
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 8 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
1,338 of 1,901 people (70%) found this review helpful
20 products in account
1 review
1,277.6 hrs on record
Hello my name is KingTyrone (look me up :)) and I have been playing this game for 1.5 years (was ranked #1 in kills all-time in RB) while this game was a hidden gem the changes recently cannot overshadow how much the developers have ruined the game and it is not helped by awful community managers who don't get paid and are usually 15 year old children who barely speak english and deal permanent bans left and right for minor offenses.

DO NOT PAY THEM ANY MONEY premiums are far more expensive then they were before (4-5x times more)
GRIND GOT HARDER (without premium you will need 2-3 years to get all airplanes)
NO COMPETETIVE GAMEPLAY (all your time will be spent in the grind)
SIMULATOR BATTLES ARE BROKEN (And usually locked into russia vs germany for months at a time)
HIT BOXES (completely broken at times otherwise known as SPARKS)
BROKEN PROMISES (events,world war mode)



Only play this game if you are bored as it is certanly better than it's competition but the question remains:"At what price?Litterally"
Posted: March 15th, 2014
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292 of 397 people (74%) found this review helpful
283 products in account
2 reviews
114.8 hrs on record
Banned me for my screen name. Not a happy person, especially after they claimed my birthyear (1988) was a hidden "heil hitler"... WTH? My "offensive" screen name was D88isaac. Evidently, my Jewish name Isaac right after the "heil hitler" didn't spare me. 88 was a year, 88mm cannons are used in the game... Are they going to ban those too? The people who moderate this game need to explain things. I was simply told I "displayed pro-Nazi symols" and without warning banned. I would not trust spending another dime with this company. They might label you something terrible, then ban you for absolutely no reason. What a let-down, as the game itself is a lot of fun.

If you play the game, I would not recommend spending any more than you are willing to lose. As I, someone with an Israeli name directly in my nickname was banned for a nickname "espousing Nazi identification". I'm politically aligned at the opposite spectrum of National Socialism and absolutely believe 88 can represent things outside of crazy Nazi hidden symbols (ironically found also as premium unlocks for the planes you freaking fly).

Also, Gaijin charges people (200 Gold Lions) to buy Nazi symbols those are not hidden symbols, but outright Nazi symbology. Yet they claim I knowingly, sported a "hidden symbol" in my nickname. Haha, this is beyond laughable and will be brought up with Steam Customer service as I will be expecting a full refund on my purchases so far unless my crazy ban is removed promptly.

Update: They simply say I chose my nickname and the "symbolism it supports"... WHAT? Wait, now they are pointing to their ToS acting as if their contract is above slander and fraud laws, while accusing me of horrible intentions, with an innocent screen name!

How juvenile, politicized and incendiary is it to assume someone's intentions, then blindly defend that position!? The grammar from the company correspondence is absolutely terrible. Here are some of my favorite excerpts from one of the supervisors:
"Did we choose you a nick which was against our rules mate which did u sign to agree?"
"Does it is enough for you? Basically u will not get any compensation cause it was you who violate our rules. So u dont have any rights to have it."
Posted: April 4th, 2014
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91 of 137 people (66%) found this review helpful
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1 review
164.2 hrs on record
EDIT: Updated for patch 1.39

Patch 1.39 has changed several things. For one, all aircraft are 25% less reserch points. It still takes a long time to unloack all aircraft, but at least they're making some effort to balance the progression curve.

1.39 has also massively dropped the price of aircraft (and slightly dropped the price of repairs), in some cases aircraft are 1/3 of the lion price they were. Again, a step in the right direction. Original review content is below, most of the bullet points are the same.

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As much as I want to, I can't reccomend this game. Gajin seems to have turned it into a money farm. Progression was always a problem in the game. pre patch 1.37 money was a problem. If you wanted to buy all the aircraft of a rank you had to either grind hard or buy premium currency. It was a constant complaint on the forums. Did Gajin listen? nope!

Post patch 1.37 the problem is even worse. Money is still an issue, only now you have to research aircraft individually. Other members have done the math on this showing that it slows progression and devalues premium currency by 4-5x. The progression curve is broken. So broken that it's kind of pointless to switch between countries. if you want a jet before your 60th birthday, you grind the hell out of one country until your brain melts.

This saddens me. The game itself is wonderfully fun. The way the devs have handled it makes me want to puke. If you do play, play for free. Don't give them your money like I did.
Posted: April 8th, 2014
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19 reviews
40.0 hrs on record
Plane Ramming Simulator 2014
Posted: July 25th, 2014
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57 of 89 people (64%) found this review helpful
44 products in account
2 reviews
223.3 hrs on record
This is the game that had it all. It had great graphics, fun gameplay, a brilliant free-to-play system with only modest rewards for those willing to pay, and an easy recipe for success.

Unfortunately, the Russian-based Gaijin apparently decided they no longer needed any of that in their game, and have been working tirelessly to remove any inkling of fun the game might have once had.

Since the 1.37 Patch was released, the player population of the game has stagnated to the point where the only players you'll encounter are either the Die-Hard Russian fanatics or the "too stupid to quit playing" crowd. Up until today, I was in that latter category. No more. I've had it.

The planes are ridiculous in every game mode - almost none of them bearing any sort of truthful resemblence to their real-life counterparts. The weapons are comical at best - with machine guns that literally do no damage and bombs that make you pull your hair out and wonder why the citizens of Dresden were so upset. The maps are extremely tired and repeat themselves so often that you begin to quit matches before they even load, because you know exactly what Pacific Hidden Base is going to be. The game types sound wonderful on paper, but in practice are so amazingly bad that once the honeymoon phase wears off and you begin to earnestly focus on the gameplay, you realize that these guys (the programmers) have absolutely no clue what's fun and what isn't.

They're falling the way of Blizzard - where every patch removes another desperately needed piece of the "fun" equation. Yet unlike Blizzard, who calmly acknowledge that they're ruining their games with words like "casual" and "approachability," these dumb Ruskies instead completely ignore their playerbase. Totally. Even mentioning a gripe with the game on their official forums will warrant you a ban - almost immediately. Have a problem with a player in game? Report them! But beware - if you report one player multiple times (for example, you notice them cheating, so you report it, then they use a racist term towards you, so you report them again) you'll be the one banned. Notice a group of players cheating? Don't even bother - the moment you start reporting multiple people in one round, you're getting banned.

Do you see where I'm going with this?

Couple that with the unending stream of new cheats and hacks that are coming out almost daily, and it's plain to see why the popularity of this game has rapidly decreased. Do yourself a favor and wait for something better to come along.
Posted: March 24th, 2014
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1,400 of 1,867 people (75%) found this review helpful
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7.7 hrs on record
You're not interested in flying games? Well this one is gonna change your mind.
Posted: October 13th, 2013
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