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The Royal Norwegian Air Force (abbreviated to RNoAF, and in Norwegian, ‘Luftforsvaret’) is Norway’s active air force, formed after the unification of the Army Air Force and the Naval Air Service in 1944, both of which had been in existence since 1915. During the 1930s, when war seemed imminent, Norway felt they needed to modernize their army. They imported several Gloster Gladiators and Heinkel He 115s during the pre-war years, as well as a number of planes from the United States, prior to the German invasion of Norway.

Unfortunately, the offensive ended abruptly in German victory, with the Norwegian army defeated. However, the few Gladiators that Norway had claimed over 10 German planes shot down. While the RNoAF had several Curtiss P-36 Hawks at their disposal, none of them were combat-ready, and ended up captured by the Germans. Since the Norwegian government had gone into exile, the army, as well as the air force, was dismissed and sent to aid Allied units.

Although defeated, Norway was not yet down and out, and they did not give up. Norwegian and Canadian officials set up a ground and air force training camp for Norwegian soldiers and escaped refugees who wanted to help free their country in Toronto, nicknamed “Little Norway”. The soldiers that finished their training there were sent to support British armies, while the pilots were enlisted into the RAF forming two Norwegian Spitfire squadrons, the No. 331 and No. 332.

Little Norway was were some of the Norwegian aces were trained. Svein Heglund was one such ace. His primary profession was as an engineer and military officer. However, at the onset of war, he decided to support his country in a more practical way and volunteered for the RAF. With over 16 confirmed kills, he was Norway’s most accomplished ace, earning him the British Distinguished Service Order and Distinguished Flying Cross, as well as the War Cross with two Swords.

Other honorable mentions include Helner Gustav Einer Grundt Spang, Martin Yngvar Gran, Marius Eriksen Jr. and Werner Christie, each of them attaining 10-12 kills as well as earning a War Cross.

After the war, Norway’s air force was supplied almost entirely by the British, consisting of aircraft such as the Spitfire IX, Mosquito FB and the de Havilland Vampire. During the 1950s they switched to American-made planes such as the F-84 Thunderjet and the F-86 Sabre.

Today, Norway has a much more modernized air force, consisting mostly of heavily upgraded F-16 fighters, fitted for attack, bombing, and interception roles. as well as several P-3 Orion planes used for surveillance and intelligence, along with other non-combat aircraft. The RNoAF is one of the few countries on constant standby for NATO, and has participated in many NATO operations. Norwegian pilots are trained in USA under the Euro-NATO agreement, but grading is conducted in Norway.

In honor of the Norwegian pilots, we will introduce the Royal Norwegian Air Force roundel with one of the upcoming updates:

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As German armor roared across western Europe in the Blitzkrieg, they were riding in arguably the finest light tank then made. Relatively fast, good armor, good 37mm main gun with co-axial and hull 7.62mm machine gun, an effective 4 man compartment, and reliability the envy of generals. It did have a few design and crew ergonomics shortcomings but compared to other light tanks in 1940 it was an balanced and winning combination. In the Blitzkrieg the Panzer 38(t) accounted for 24% of the Wehrmachts 961 big gun tanks (the majority did not mount heavy cannons), and yet this finely engineered tank was not made in Germany, it was not even a German design!

The story of the 38(t) began in 1935 Czechoslovakia as a replacement for the joint Škoda and Českomoravská Kolben-Daněk (ČKD) “Lehký tank vzor 35”, translated “Light tank model 35” (aka “LT vz 35”, “LT-35”) for the Czechoslovak army. While overall good, the LT-35 had a number of design weaknesses, was complex, and not all that reliable. ČKD moved ahead with a new design that tacked the deficiencies and complexities of the LT-35, resulting in the LT-38. Powered by a Praga Typ TNHPS/II water-cooled, inline 6-cylinder gasoline engine of 125 PS (123.3 hp, 91.9 kW), it propelling it up to 42 km/h, 26.1 mph on-road and about 15 km/h off-road. A distinguishing feature was the 4 large road wheels unusual for the time. Other unique features was the centrally mounted hull MG accessible to both the gunner and driver, who also had a remote trigger. The turret MG had the same mount also so it too could be aimed independently of the cannon, or locked to be coaxial.

Interestingly, even before the 1st July 1938 order by Czechoslovakia for 150 of the new tank ČKD earlier sold scores to the nations of Iran and Peru, but political upheaval conspired to deny Czechoslovakia use of its own creation. On 29th September 1938 the “Munich Dictat” was signed and figuratively overnight Czechoslovakia lost about 40% of its territory. Six months later Nazi Germany occupied the rest of the Czech lands and now independent Slovakia was largely forced to ally with the Nazi’s to survive.

Evaluating their new prizes the Germans found the LT-38 and older LT-35 valuable addition their paltry panzer force and with a few modifications incorporated them; in all the Czechoslovak armor contributed 35% of the heavy cannon tanks used in the Blitzkrieg. The names were changed to Panzerkampfwagen 38(t) and 35(t) respectively, with the “t” derived from German writing of Czechoslovakia, “tschechisch”.

By 1941 the Pz38(t) was completely outclassed as a main battle tank, but its highly reliable and perfectly tuned drive was without equal in any military: “In one documented case a regiment was supplied with tanks driven straight from the factory in 2.5 days instead of the anticipated week, without any mechanical breakdowns”. Maintenance and repairs were also very easy, ideal for the conditions the crews faced. While the tank itself was becoming obsolete, the dependable chassi found new life as the “Marder III” and Jagdpanzer 38(t) “Hetzer” and at least a dozen other variants. Meanwhile the LT-38/Pz38(t) was finding more foreign customers including Sweden, Switzerland, Lithuania, and passed around to axis allies to east.

The greatest legacy of the LT-38/Pz38(t) was not its armor or gun, but a level of operational reliability that kept it on the road decades after the first one rolled out the factory; Peru finally retiring its last LT-38 in 1988.

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Depending where you come from, in the military, a small group of warriors is known by different terms, in the infantry it can be squads, platoons or fire teams. In armoured vehicles these are known as troops, platoons or sections. An air force will use a section, flight, wing or wingmen. In Navies from around the world formation, strike groups, flotillas, squadrons, task elements, it is not so easy to group ships, but wherever you come from in the world, little doubt can be shown that the effectivity of a small group of fighting units and the value they give to “an army” are undeniable. In War Thunder, these small groups are known as “squads”, they are as important to the game as they were in real life.

These smaller groups of men, were closely bonded, both in tactics and in comradeship, these groups usually consisted of a group of friends that were close knit in their experiences and friendship, they relied on each other, they looked after each other, knew each others’ strengths and weaknesses.

With this in mind, based on our ideas and your valuable feedback, we are committed to reward those that use teamwork. Initially we are looking at the obvious advantages of squads, how they can affect the outcome of the battle and how, by creating an atmosphere of teamwork, they can reap the rewards. These rewards are available with Update 1.41.29.

Teamwork

An award of 200 SL(Arcade), 600 SL(Realistic) and 800 SL(Simulator) for destroying enemy vehicles by any member of a squad. This will be given to all other members of the squad who were near the squadmate that destroyed an enemy unit. The distance between squad members shouldn't be greater than 3000 m for two aircraft, or an aircraft and a tank, and not greater than 100 m for squad members in ground vehicles (in all modes).

Supporting Fire

An award for an assist to a squadmate in destroying an enemy unit - works in a similar way to the already present in game assists.

The Best Team

It is given to the team that earned more squad streaks during the match than the other teams.

The War Thunder team
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Gaijin Entertainment Announces Their Cross Platform MMO War Thunder is Coming to the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet

Enabling SHIELD Tablet Users to Play Against PC, PlayStation 4, Mac and Linux Players, Gaijin Entertainment Continues Its Commitment to Supporting New Technologies, Bringing War Thunder To More Players Around the World – On the Go or at Home on the Couch

(MOSCOW, RUSSIAN FEDERATION) – July 22, 2014 – Award-winning developer and publisher Gaijin Entertainment announced today that they will support the NVIDIA SHIELD tablet – the ultimate tablet for gamers – with their mega-hit War Thunder.

“The days of being pious to one platform are dead. We are platform agnostic because we believe that our community demands that they have access to War Thunder on as many platforms as possible. Gamers have many tastes and it is a bad business model to restrict your game to a single platform when your community has ever evolving tastes and preferences and are always on the lookout for the next great gaming adventure,” said Gaijin Entertainment’s Creative Director Kirill Yudintsev. “War Thunder on the SHIELD tablet will be that next great adventure. It provides our growing community of almost eight million players another amazing option to battle with or against friends and foes in cross platform play across the widest variety of home platforms, mobile devices and VR headsets – more than any other game in the industry.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VohrddwVQqg

The SHIELD tablet is the first Android-based device that can run War Thunder natively in parity with PC and video game consoles.The SHIELD tablet includes the world’s most advanced mobile processor, the 192-core NVIDIA Tegra K1. It’s the only device capable of running today’s AAA video games such as War Thunder without hiccup or stutter.

The SHIELD tablet will allow War Thunder fans to take the WWII blastacular experience with them on the go, using a specially created control scheme for the touch screen. When in need of a TV screen experience, players can connect via HDMI and enjoy War Thunder using the high performance, precise SHIELD wireless controller with ultra-low latency Wi-Fi direct.

“Gaijin Entertainment has done an amazing job with War Thunder, creating a cross-platform experience with unbelievable graphics on SHIELD tablet,” said Keita Iida, Senior Director, Global Content Management at NVIDIA. “Tegra K1 really brings the game to life and we’re excited to deliver a game GeForce gamers can play at home – and continue playing anywhere, anytime they want.”

No launch date has been announced for War Thunder on the SHIELD tablet, but Gaijin Entertainment can confirm that War Thunder will remain a free-to-play, cross-platform, massively multiplayer military masterpiece, that allows players to fight their way across air and ground with access to over 400 historically accurate planes and armored vehicles. Fans can expect hundreds more added as Gaijin Entertainment commits to ongoing development via regular updates.
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To take Port Moresby, the capital of New Guinea, Japanese commanders decided to first land on the opposite side of the island. The landings in the villages of Buna and Gona in eastern New Guinea took place on the 21st and 22nd of July 1942.

The landing party, supported by the 25th Japanese Air Flotilla, successfully made it ashore in the evening of the 21st of July. In the morning of the 22nd, the landing force was attacked by around one hundred allied fighters and bombers, damaging ships as well as the material being unloaded on the beachhead. However, the landing was successful, and the village of Buna was in Japanese hands and would stay that way for the following months.

The lead company which had landed in Gona quickly advanced towards the village of Kokoda. The village was situated high in the Owen Stanley mountains, halfway between Buna and Port Moresby. Kokoda was also home to the only airstrip between the capital and Buna.

The Japanese scouts had advanced towards Kokoda with relative ease, but unaware that they were being watched. Sergeant Katue of the Papuan Infantry Battalion, a unit formed from local men, had been keeping a very close eye on the Japanese forces. He had dressed in a traditional native skirt, applied mud to his hair and body, and chewed betel nut to blend in with the villagers and not raise any suspicions.

Sergeant Katue gathered valuable information for the PIB platoon consisting of 3 Australian officers and 35 Papuan men, which decided to arrange an ambush for the Japanese forces. The ambush would take place on a winding track one kilometer from the village of Awala.

On the 23rd of July, the first engagement of the New Guinea campaign took place. Most of the PIB platoon was waiting on a small knoll overlooking the track that the Japanese were using. Other members of the unit had stripped off their uniforms, and were hiding in the jungle next to the ambush location.

When the Japanese scouts arrived riding bicycles, they were silently speared by the Papuans. The bodies and bicycles of the scouts were swiftly thrown into an adjacent creek to hide their fate.

When the main force arrived, the trap was sprung, and the PIB opened up on the Japanese with everything they had. Several of the Japanese infantrymen fell to the first fusillade, but the elite Japanese troops quickly reacted to the ambush, and drove the PIB platoon off with grenades and light mortars. After emptying their rifles, the PIB unit broke contact and fell back into the jungle.

In Papua New Guinea, the 23rd of July is a day of remembrance for all those who fell in the battle which took place on that day near the village of Awala.


The War Thunder Team
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Dear players


on July 22nd from 07:00 to 10:00 (GMT) there will be minor update installed on the the game servers. Servers will not be available at that time. Premium accounts will be freezed until the end of update deployment.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

The War Thunder Team
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The International tank tournament gains momentum, dynamic battles and unusual tactical moves are being displayed on special maps daily to those that see them. We are now happy to announce the prize pool of the tournament and wish our participants glorious victory to achieve the best tank team rank in War Thunder!

Each of the 8 tankers who manage to achieve a prize place will get:

I place

Apple iPad Air 16Gb Wi-Fi + Cellular

+ 10.000 GE


II place

Razer Orbweaver Elite Mechanical Keypad

+ 7.500 GE


III place

Gaming Keyboard Qcyber Rubus

+ 5.000 GE


The best of luck for the participants of the tournament!
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From July 18th 16:00 GMT to July 21st 06:00 GMT
Up to 30% discount for the following vehicles:

IS-1
IS-2
IS-2 mod.1944
IS-3
IS-4М

Pz.Kpfw VI Tiger Ausf.H1
Pz.Kpfw VI Tiger II Ausf. B (P)
Pz.Kpfw VI Tiger II Ausf. B (H)
Pz.Kpfw VI Tiger II Ausf. B mit KwK46

Earn up to 150.000 Silver lions for performing these special tasks:

While driving IS tanks, destroy 50 “Tiger” tanks.
While driving “Tiger” tanks, destroy 50 IS tanks.


The Panzerkampfwagen VI “Tiger I” was, undoubtedly, the most advanced tank of those created in the first half of World War II. After Germany commenced it's advance through the Soviet Union, the Germans realized that despite the advantages of the Pz.Kpfw. III and Pz.Kpfw. IV vehicles such as visibility, ergonomics and quality of manufacturing, they had nothing that could compete with the heavily armoured KV tanks. The Germans needed a heavy tank that could reliably destroy any Soviet competitors and was capable of pushing its way through any defensive formations. Two leading manufacturers presented their projects for tender: “Henschel & Sohn AG” and “Porsche AG”. Ferdinand Porsche was so sure that his prototype would be chosen after the tests, that he ordered production to start on the chassisbefore the tests had even started. But German generals and Hitler himself gave preference to the “Henschel” design, noticing how positively its Schachtellaufwerk suspension influenced the accuracy in motion and the vehicle’s cross-country performance. However, the Porsche turret was used for the new tank, and the unused chassis were adopted to create the heavy “Ferdinand” tank destroyer.

By the middle of the 1942 it became obvious that even the “Tiger’s” abilities were not enough for the prolonged war on the Eastern front. The very same design bureaus presented their heavy tank projects codenamed VK 4502(P) and VK 4502(H) for a new tender, Erwin Anders’ creation came out victorious again. The Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf. B “Tiger II” or “King Tiger” was produced in two main modifications: with a streamlined “Porsche” turret and with Anders’s turret, notable for its 180mm thick armour plate. Its main weapon was the 8,8 cm Pak 43 (StuK 43) gun. Until the end of the war the Allies never managed to create a mass produced fighting vehicle capable of withstanding its AP shell hit.

The USSR engineers were going neck and neck with the Germans, but did not try to create expensive state of the art war machines, focusing on simple and easy to reproduce designs instead. In the early 1943 the high command set a task to create a new vehicle based on the existing KV-1 and KV-13. The work was in full swing when the Soviet military experts managed to examine some of the “Tigers” captured during the Kursk battle and reported that none of the existing tank guns could reliably penetrate its frontal armour. It turned out that the new tank needed a more powerful gun, so the designers had to rework the turret, change the vehicle’s internal composition, add an additional wheel. The IS-1 received a new 85mm D-5T gun and the IS-2 that reached mass production one year later was equipped with a massive 122mm D-25T gun. Both tanks played a major role in the battles of the last two year of the war, particularly shining in the city assault operations.

After the end of the WW2 the IS series continued its evolution. Two models reached production: the IS-3 and the IS-4. The first one was notable for its unusual yet rational armouring; three 110mm armour plates joined in a star formation with optimal angles and a flattened turret made it almost impossible to penetrate the tank from the front. The IS-4 had a more conventional design; it used more thick armour, but this change reduced its power-to-weight ratio and harmed the tank’s reliability.

The War Thunder team
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The Beaufighter was the child of the Beaufort design, which was a direct design continuation from the Blenheim bomber. With Air Ministry support, the Type 156 Beaufighter prototype first flew in July 1939, just eight months after the initial design specifications had been agreed.

The initial design began towards the end of 1938 at Bristol’s factory at Filton. The idea was to produce a high-performance, long-range fighter to cover a perceived gap in the RAF’s fighter umbrella over Britain and its territories. Like many of the twin engined fighter concepts of the day the Beaufighter was intended to fill the role of a long range, long endurance heavy fighter and bomber interceptor.

Though first presented to the Air Ministry in 1938 and despite the loss of Frank Barnwell, the designer of the Bristol Blenheim, in an aircraft accident in August 1938, the Bristol company offered to build an interim aircraft and were awarded a design specification to provide four prototype long-range heavy fighters. By designing a new nose and forward fuselage to the Bristol Beaufort main wing of light-alloy stressed-skin and new center section fuselage and tail unit, design time and workload was greatly reduced. The design also called for more powerful engines with the Bristol Hercules selected and an armament of four 20mm cannons.

The first prototype Type 156 flew on 17 July 1939 and was followed by the three remaining prototypes, these aircraft being tested around May 1940. Some small changes in design were made, such as moving the oil coolers from the tops of the engine cowlings to the inboard end of the outer wing leading edge and the two-speed supercharged Bristol Hercules radials which were mounted well ahead of the wing leading edges to avoid vibration. After extensive testing the aircraft was deemed a success, this was a fortunate event as orders for initial aircraft had already been made.

The first production version was the 1F which was built at the Filton factory and a new factory at Weston-Super-Mare. The Mk1F variant was equipped with the first series of Airborne Interception Radar sets and the first aircraft entered RAF service on 12th August 1940, with first operational flights taking place on the night of the 4th September.

The first confirmed aircraft kill by a Beaufighter using radar was a Ju88 shot down by No.604 Squadron on 19 November 1940.

The Beaufighter would go on to be one of a handful of aircraft that would see service throughout the war; from its initial service as a night fighter it would go on to provide services to Coastal Command as a fighter bomber, a torpedo bomber and submarine hunter.

Different variants would see service in the Mediterranean and North Africa harassing transports at sea and in the arid expanses of the Sahara, and carrying out the last operational sortie of the European war, a strike against German shipping in the Skagerrak.

In the Pacific the Beaufighter would be vital in strangling the supply lines of the Imperial Japanese forces from India to Guadalcanal, striking shipping, aircraft, personnel and stores. The legacy of this aircraft is a fitting reminder to the service of the men that flew it, Big, Bold and Burly, the Ten Gun Terror.
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From 13:00 GMT July 17th to 13:00 GMT July 18th

50% discount on the purchase of the IL-2 “Black sea fleet” camouflage

On July 14th 1916, during the First World War, four Grigorovich M-5 hydroplanes based on the “Orlitsa” seaplane carrier of the Russian Baltic Fleet, engaged four German aircraft and achieved victory. That day is considered as the birth day of the Russian Navy Air Force.

During the Soviet era the navy aviation not only patrolled the sea borders of the USSR, but also contributed greatly to numerous polar expeditions. In the years of the Second World War, the pilots of the Soviet Navy Air Force were the first to bomb the capital of Germany; they carried out more than 30000 sorties. Despite great losses, the Soviet navy pilots managed to destroy over 400 enemy ships - approximately two thirds of the German vessels lost to Soviet fire.

The modern Russian Navy Air Force consists of carrier and land-based branches, distributed among the Baltic, Northern, Pacific and Black sea fleets. The navy pilots continue to guard both the land and sea borders of Russian Federation.

The War Thunder team
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