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Release Date: Aug 15, 2013
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[Historical] Dieppe Raid

August 19th, 2014

On the morning of the 19th August 1942, a joint force of allied combatants supported by the Free French, the RAF and the Royal Navy began operations for an attack on the German occupied French port of Dieppe. Originally to be codenamed as Operation Rutter, Operation Jubilee as it was later known resulted in disastrous attempt at opening a second front to take German military pressure off the Soviets after the lightning attacks following Operation Barbarossa in June of 1941.

After the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 prior to the Battle of Britain, Allied forces comprised of British and Canadian infantry as well as volunteers from America and the Free French resistance planned for developments of a much more effective raiding force. Working in conjunction with the RAF and Royal Navy, many new techniques were to be employed to try to prevent a repeat of previous experiences. The operation specifically at Dieppe was planned by Vice Admiral Lord Mountbatten and was originally to take place during June of 1942 under the codename of Operation Rutter.

Bad weather amongst other factors pushed the raid back, almost to the point where Field Marshal Montgomery wanted cancellation. Plans were however shifted to August as the raid was re-adjusted and re-named to Operation Jubilee. Under pressure from the Canadian Government that their troops see some action, the primary attacking force consisted largely of Canadians from the 2nd Infantry Division. 5,000 Canadians, 1,000 British as well as 50 United States Rangers would comprise of the Infantry elements with around 237 naval ships of all classes also partaking.

he RAF allotted 74 squadrons of aircraft for the Dieppe raid. However this force was ultimately reduced due to fears of French civilian casualties if large scale bombing was to be adopted. As such, a “hit and run” style was adopted to try to neutralize German positions with support of the Royal Navy and allow the land elements to capture the port and nearby town.

At 4:50 AM on the 19th of August the raid began after months of unsatisfactory attempts. The element of surprise was lost almost immediately when some of the landing craft engaged fire with several small German convoys around 3:48 AM, already foreshadowing the disasters to come. The main assault simply fell into chaos as soon as the tanks began to roll off the landing crafts. Shingle on the beach as well as concrete blocks grinded the tanks to a halt and bogged them down on the harsh surface, leaving them prey to German anti-tank defences. Infantry elements proved to be even less successful as machine gun fire crossed from all around in hidden positions. Disarray was made even worse by smoke screens laid by Royal Navy ships that blocked the objectives and landing positions, resulting in misjudged landings and utter mayhem for Allied forces.

Hurricane fighter-bombers and their Spitfire escorts from the RAF could do little to draw Luftwaffe opposition out on their own terms. Insufficient protective fire was provided to the landing forces and the failure to gain aerial superiority on the operation allowed Dornier Do 217’s of KG 2 to commence attacks on the Royal Navy ships, who were also failing to provide sufficient fire on German positions. All of this resulted in the land forces ultimately being largely ineffective and completely trapped in a situation that echoed Dunkirk two years prior to Dieppe.

At 11:00 AM the order to withdraw was given. By this time the Luftwaffe had made its presence more known and infantry forces and tanks were trapped under heavy fire almost at the positions they initially landed on. By 14:00 the evacuation was completed and all assets that could be retrieved pulled back. Many Churchill tanks as well as other military equipment stood exactly where it was left on the beaches, either rendered useless or simply abandoned in action.

The aftermath showed the disastrous effects of the raid with 3,367 of the 5,000 Canadian combatants critically wounded, taken prisoner or killed in action. 275 British Commandos lost their lives and the RAF lost 106 aircraft to AAA fire. The Luftwaffe also suffered losses, losing 48 aircraft. The Royal Navy sustained losses of 550 killed or wounded, losing one Destroyer and 33 Landing craft. German army casualties were around 591.

Lessons learned from this event would consequently affect Operation Neptune, the Allied D-Day landings that would take place 2 years later in Normandy that ultimately proved a success and turned the tide on the Western Front.

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Testing new game mode "The Sky is for Heroes"

August 19th, 2014

Testing new game mode "The Sky is for Heroes"
From August 19th 10:30 GMT (estimated testing time 24 hours) - special RB event “The Sky is for Heroes”

From August 19th 10:30 GMT (if RB testing goes fine) - special SB event “The Sky is for Heroes” as main mode for Ground Forces in SB


Dear players!

Today we started a test in the event mode - an event that introduces respawn system based on the points gained in battle. The event is called “The sky is for heroes”

Destroying enemy vehicles, dealing damage and capturing zones will give you Spawn Points which you may spend for further respawns in any vehicles set in your line-up before the battle.

Main Features of this mode:

Details:

  • After starting the session, each player in the team will receive an initial 400 Points which he spends to get the first vehicle to participate in the battle;
    Matchmaking is calculated according to the vehicle that has maximum BR in the line-up;
  • If the player fails to earn enough points for respawn before his vehicle is destroyed, he withdraws from the battle;
  • A team wins once it accomplishes the mission’s task or destroys all enemy vehicles - the same as for standard War Thunder missions.


The given numbers are calculated if the vehicle you wish to respawn in has highest BR in the battle. If there are vehicles with higher BR than the vehicle you want to respawn in, you will need to spend less points.

With BR difference of 1.0 and more in your line-up maximum step-down ratio is 0.75

E.g. if the BR of the battle is 3.7 it will cost you 300 points to respawn in T-34-57 and about 220 points to spawn in Т-34 1941(BR 2.7).

Dear players, you may have already tested this type of mode during the CBT of Ground Forces and due to popular demand it has been considerably reworked and will be available for further testing.

Please feel free to give us feedback and suggestions in this thread. This will definitely help to improve the given mode.

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Reviews

"War Thunder extremely easy to slip into"
Rock, Paper, Shotgun

"Most Historically Educational Way to Destroy Planes"
GameSpot

"With fun, exciting combat combined with plenty of customization and room for personal skill, this game is sure to be a fan favorite."
http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/623/view/reviews/loadReview/266/Gaijin-Strikes-Gold.html

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
571 of 765 people (75%) found this review helpful
292 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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1,477 of 2,084 people (71%) found this review helpful
21 products in account
1 review
1,280.5 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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171 of 245 people (70%) found this review helpful
46 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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190 of 278 people (68%) found this review helpful
258 products in account
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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73 of 107 people (68%) found this review helpful
79 products in account
7 reviews
168.1 hrs on record
This game is a mixed bag of epic fighter combat and poorly mismanaged company ethics.

[HISTORY/GAMEPLAY] -The game itelf can be quite fun and realistic depending on the different modes to choose from. In the beginning the game had organized matches the ranged from level 1 planes to level 20, but that was thrown out the window for a poorly implemented 1-5 tier system. The effects of fighter combat is still relatively good, you can take hits in your landing gear,chip a wing, lose a flap or propeller and "possibly" still land it to be repaired. Aside from that it is a total clusterf**k of unorganized and biased combat.The new leveling system was implemented to "so called" make leveling faster, but fans pooring in data proved the latter. Leveling has become a loong grind compared to the false imformation Gaijin provided. They pretty much want you to go Premium just so you can level at the old "normal" speed.

[ GRAPHICS ] The engine behind it is quite beautiful, almost any pc can run this game and the graphic settings can be tweaked so you can either have an intense and beautiful battle, or an optimized battle that still has decent graphics and details. So even your "lawnmower taped to a powersupply and running off gas computer" should be able to run it with ease given some tweaks.

[ ISSUES THAT PLAGUE, AND WILL TURN AWAY LONG TIME PLAYERS ] The real issue is the constant problems with unbalanced matches, unrealistic plane mechanics, and pro russian biased company.
-The 1-5 tier matching is complete garbage, You will often face planes that should not be in that tier/ or glitched using squad jumping( 4 players, 1 in a tier 2 setup, other players using tier 3).People use this method to use a higher ranked tier plane to literally slaughter underpowered tier planes in a lower tier match. The match making system is broken and has been unaddressed for months.
- The plane mechanics themselves though looking beautiful dont match up to the real statistics of how that plane performed during the war.Players have made spreadsheets upon spreadsheets of data comparing both real world war data against the game and find it very off. So many planes either underperform or overperform there real world possibilities.
- Finally, as an unwritten and talked about problem of WT, is how Gaijin: a russian game development company has been biased towards the russian nation in the game. As sad as it is, it has been proven by the fans of the game how badly biased the company has become. Almost ALL Russian planes throughout all tiers outperform in every aspect of combat. Russian planes can outturn, out climb, out run, and out gun every single nation aside from the japanese.Again when comparing real world plane statistics/data to the games counterpart it was far off in comparison. Not even the fire rate of the guns was even close to the real thing.

So this is why I give it a thumbs down. The game is fun for a week or two but becomes quite old after being slaughtered by higher tiered planes in a lower tier match and being out performed all the time by russian biased planes.
Posted: May 2nd, 2014
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