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After enduring some 69 years of political and military influence and occupation under the Imperial Japanese auspices the People of Korea’s future was now on the 15 August 1945 or Juche 34, firmly in their hands, during the political upheavals of the following years the military of the now divided korea’s began the process of organising for an uncertain future.

In the years after the occupation and the formation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and under the direction of Kim Il-sung the KPAF or Korean Peoples Army Air Force was created based on the locally operated associations the Aviation Association of Korea was formed. The KPAF was formed as a individual unit on the 20th of august 1948.

On the 25th of June, the Korean year of Juche 49 or 1950 for the rest of you, the North Korean People's Air Force (KPAF) is reported to have consisted of some 130 aircraft and a few thousand pilots and ground crew. During the first phase of the war these aircraft were more than a match for the South Korean air units which initially consisted of AT-6’s and small liaison and observation aircraft. This period of grace would however not last long. During the Fatherland Liberation War which we now generally refer to as the Korean war, the air superiority of the KPAF was quickly eroded by the massive airpower deployed by the United States and United Nations air forces.

North Korean aircraft first did battle with US aircraft over the Suwon Airfield on the 27th of june 1950. When North Korean La-7 fighter aircraft raided Kimpo and Suwon Airfields, the USAF aircraft tasked with the area’s defence engaged the enemy in the first air battles of the war. Faced with the overwhelming air power of the USAF, the KPAF would lose six pilots and seven fighters, the US would claim this as the highest number of USAF aerial victories in one day for all of 1950.

The KPAF La-7 and IL-10 aircraft were easily outmatched and out numbered by the F-82 Twin Mustang and F-80C Shooting Star aircraft, which were flown by many US pilots with extensive experience during the Pacific war. This imbalance would soon be rectified by the appearance of Pilots from China and Russia, new aircraft were also soon on the way and these aircraft would come as an unwelcome shock to the UN pilots flying against them.

During the Korean Peninsular war of 1950-1953 the KPA would continue to operate air units in the defence of the DPRK, a tradition they uphold to this day. During this war the DPRK would claim the following.

“The KPA killed and captured 1,567,000 including 405,000 US soldiers, destroyed and captured over 12,200 aircrafts, over 560 vessels of different kinds, 3,250 tanks and armored vehicles, 13,000 trucks, 7,695 artillery and other numerous combat equipment. It is 2.3 fold the size of losses suffered by the US in the 4-year¬long Pacific War in the period of the Second World War.” - DPRK official statement.

One question yet remains, So who is History written by if not the Victors?

Aaron “anglomanii” Lentz
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10% discount for Shielded KV-1E Starter Pack until August 22 20:00 GMT

On August the 20th in 1941, the crew of a KV-1E Soviet heavy tank commanded by Senior Lieutenant Zinovy Kolobanov fired the first shot at a convoy of German armoured vehicles near Voiskovitsy. This skirmish became memorable as an example of military skill and courage.

At the end of the summer of 1941, German troops were advancing into Soviet territory, planning to encicrcle the city of Leningrad. Soviet tankers under the command of Senior Lieutenant Zinovy Kolobanov entrenched several "Klim Voroshilov" (KV-1E) heavy tanks at a road crossing near ​​Voiskovitsy. They had been ordered to stop any enemy tank columns at any cost. Double the number of armour-piercing shells had been loaded and the tankers were waiting for the signal for the battle to begin.

Enemy tanks appeared on the road to Voiskovitsy in the afternoon. Soviet tankers intentionally allowed the German advance-guard to pass so their position was not exposed. When the column reached a spot between two trees near the road, the silence was broken by Kolobanov’s command - "Fire!". Acting according to the guidelines of assaulting enemy columns,the first and last vehicles in the convoy were destroyed first, fire was then focused on the centre of the column, thus creating panic among the Germans. Kolobanov’s crew, almost deafened by the shots of 76-mm cannon and enemy shell hits, blinded by the smoke, kept loading the gun and firing, over and over again.

As a result of this swift and dramatic battle, Kolobanov’s crew destroyed 22 enemy tanks, the whole unit eliminated 43 enemy armoured vehicles, as well as multiple artillery pieces and soft transport. Additional armour screens were equipped on the KV-1E's which was very important to the outcome of the battle - the vehicles managed to withstand over 150 hits! For unknown reasons, the idea of rewarding Kolobanov’s crew with the title "Hero of the Soviet Union" was rejected by staff at the Leningrad Front. Kolobanov received the Order of the Red Banner, the gun commander Usov was awarded the Order of Lenin, the senior driver Nikiforov - Order of the Red Banner, the gunner Kiselkov and assistant driver Rodnikov - Order of the Red Star.

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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"
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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RB event The Hardest Day will be available from 15:00 GMT 18th August to 15:00 GMT 19th August

By August 1940 the first phase of the Battle of Britain was drawing to a close as the Luftwaffe’s attempts to draw the RAF out with small scale attacks had failed to succeed. The second phase began on August 13th when Luftflotten 2,3 and 5 began a series of massive air attacks aimed at RAF air bases and the vital network of radar installations which provided them with the critical early warning of impeding attack. The Luftwaffe had at this time some 1100 fighters and 1300 bombers; opposing this the RAF had a mere 675 fighters.

Around midday on August 18th, Luftflotte 2 launched a huge series of attacks which would make up a significant proportion of the 850 or so sorties launched by the Luftwaffe on that day. RAF Biggin Hill and RAF Kenley were both targeted by a wave consisting of some 108 bomber and 150 fighters. The majority of the inbound raid was detected by Britain’s radar network. Nine squadrons were vectored out to meet the inbound raiders.

Meanwhile, in the vicinity of Biggin Hill, a huge dogfight was developing as No.615 Squadron’s Hurricanes were bounced by Bf109s of JG3; however, the ensuing combat allowed No.32 Squadron’s Hurricanes to smash into the main bomber force. The head on attack succeeded in breaking up the entire formation of Dorniers.

By this time Ju88s of KG76 had arrived at Kenley but found their target obscured by smoke from the damage caused by an earlier low level attack. They too were attacked by RAF fighters. Simultaneously, KG1’s Heinkel 111s were approaching Biggin Hill. Escorting Bf109s broke away to intercept approaching Spitfires of No.615 Squadron, succeeding in keeping the British fighters at bay to allow the bombers a clear run to the target. However, the only damage was to the station golf course. Airfields at Croydon and Manston were also attacked as secondary targets. A further wave of 109s was sent to protect the retreating German force, but this took heavy losses.

Luftflotte 3 were the next to enter the fray with over 100 Junkers 87 Stukas of StG77and StG3. The dive bombers launched to attack airfields at Thorney Island, Gosport and Ford, as well as targeting Poling radar station, escorted by 157 Bf109s of JG2, JG27 and JG53. After underestimating the size of the raid only 68 British fighters were scrambled to intercept. Some 300 aircraft swirled in a huge dogfight in the ensuing melee whilst the Stukas still continued to bomb their assigned targets under fire from enemy fighters and AA.

By early evening, Luftflotte 2 had reassembled and was ready for another strike. The final big push against Fighter Command came in the form of 58 Dornier 17s of KG2 and 51 Heinkel 111s of KG53, attacking RAF Hornchurch and RAF North Weald respectively. Escorting them were 140 German fighters. 13 Squadrons of Hurricanes and Spitfires were scrambled from 11 Group to intercept, with a further four sent to assist from 12 Group to the North. British fighters tore through the ranks of KG53’s Heinkels, scattering the raid and forcing many of the German bombers to jettison their payloads and flee.

Whilst the Luftwaffe continued to launch raids over Britain after dark, the brunt of the fighting on August 18th was now over. In terms of aircraft losses, the Luftwaffe lost some 35 fighters and 30 bombers whilst the RAF lost 31 aircraft, but critically only 10 pilots.

However, the Luftwaffe’s objective was to destroy the RAF on the ground as well as in the air and in that respect they had achieved other notable successes throughout the day. The propaganda machines of both nations claimed approximately double the successes they had actually achieved in terms of aircraft destroyed, whilst also only admitting to about half the losses suffered. However, both sides had experienced their greatest losses in a single day for the entire campaign in what would become known as ‘The Hardest Day’.
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[Video] Destructible Environment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JRygHBW99I

We here at War Thunder are sure that having a City Map should offer the opportunity to destroy buildings that stand between you and the bad guy. With this in mind we are pleased to show you our initial prototype of the planned destruction model. This will provide more tactical options for our players.
Remember, this is in very early development and at this time we have no close ETA for introduction. As soon as we know more we will update you.
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The strategic significance of the island of Malta could not be overstated: with war raging across North Africa, Malta gave the allies a vital base of operations for both air and maritime forces to strike at the supply convoys which kept axis forces in theatre alive. A series of convoys had kept a constant drip feed of personnel and supplies to the battered and besieged combatants of the valiant island as the defenders braved the might of both the Luftwaffe and the Italian Regia Aeronautica.

Most convoys to date had consisted of perhaps half a dozen merchant vessels. In August 1942, Operation Pedestal saw fourteen merchant ships escorted by four aircraft carriers, two battleships and nearly 40 smaller warships. Although it was the 42 RAF Spitfires aboard HMS Victorious which were so vital to Malta’s continuing defense, it would be the aircraft of the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm which would be needed to get them there in the first place. The task force’s defense fell to 43 Sea Hurricanes, 16 Fulmars, 9 Martlets (Royal Navy designation for lend-lease Wildcats) and finally 28 Fairey Albacores for anti-shipping and anti-submarine patrols.

Secrecy was compromised when the convoy’s location was broadcast to axis forces by a French airliner. The convoy met with disaster in the opening stages when, on the night of 10-11th of August, the carrier HMS Eagle was sunk by the submarine U-73 whilst passing Gibraltar. Then came the air attacks. Wave after wave of German and Italian aircraft, sometimes as many as 100 at a time, massed in the blue skies overhead the convoy. Every time they were met by the Sea Hurricanes, Fulmars and Martlets of the Fleet Air Arm and massive dogfights ensued.

Maintenance crews worked around the clock below the decks of the carriers, constantly battling to keep their damaged fighter aircraft serviceable and back on deck whilst exhausted pilots quickly snatched what food and rest they could before launching off the decks again. Under near constant attack from submarines, MTBs and German and Italian bombers, the convoy was battered as it slowly inched its way towards Malta. At around 7.30pm on August 12th, HMS Indomitable was severely damaged by three hits from Luftwaffe Ju87s, and the convoy had effectively lost another carrier.

However, complete decimation of the mission critical merchant ships was prevented by the aggression and determination of the fighter cover. Of note, Lt Cdr ‘Bill’ Bruen, CO of 800 Naval Air Squadron, shot down three aircraft on the 12th whilst leading his Sea Hurricanes in a constant stream of engagements. Even more remarkable was the performance of 880 Naval Air Squadron’s Senior Pilot, Battle of Britain veteran Lt ‘Dickie’ Cork. After his CO, ‘Butch’ Judd, was killed in combat, Cork took command of the squadron and shot down five German and Italian aircraft in a single day, which earned him a Distinguished Service Order.

When the convoy was finally within range of Malta aerial defense was handed over to the RAF fighters based on the island. The fighters of the Fleet Air Arm had achieved the unthinkable – not a single merchant vessel had been lost. However, without the massive aerial armada of the Royal Navy’s aircraft carriers and in a poor position to do anything about the threat of U-boats or MTBs, the exhausted island based fighters could only do so much: nine merchant ships were lost in the final stages of the operation. Even with these hugely significant losses, a great amount of vital manpower and equipment had punched through to Malta and Operation Pedestal was deemed a victory, albeit a hugely costly one.
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From 15:00 GMT August 15th to 15:00 GMT August 16th

20% discount for purchasing Me.163B

The Messerschmitt Me 163 ‘Komet’ (English: Comet) was originally designed by Dr Alexander Lippsich, and was the result of a long line of experiments of tailless airplanes and gliders. Under the employment of Messerchmitt in 1939, he created the first working prototype, utilising a rocket engine in place of regular piston engines. However, it was not until 1941 that the Me 163 as we know it now emerged.

The Me 163 was the fastest plane in existence up until 1947, when the record was to be broken by the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak, a research plane. This puts into the perspective the relative speed of the Me 163. However, this did not come without any drawbacks. The rocket engine itself was very volatile, and was susceptible to spontaneous combustions if not handled properly. Moreover, the shape of the plane itself meant that it could not take off by conventional means, but had to use a wooden skid to escort it off the runway.

Although the state-of-the-art rocket propulsion engine had its drawbacks, it was necessary to use it to achieve the highest possible speeds at the time, in order to carry out bomber interceptions quickly and efficiently. However, this immense speed proved to be more of a drawback than an advantage, as it entailed a very steep learning curve for new pilots. In addition, the benefits of the engine - the added speed - ceased to be of use once the aircraft came in contact with enemy bombers, while all its drawbacks, such as its low cockpit visibility, stayed.

The first combat that the Me 163 saw was on the 29th July, 1944 in Brandis, near Leipzig. The target was a group of USAAF B-17 ‘Flying Fortress’ bombers, on a mission to bomb the Leuna oil refinery near Marseburg. The German planes engaged the targets from the back, at a slight angle, approaching them from a speed of about 950 kp/h. The Allied bombers, having never seen something reaching such speeds, broke formation and called off the attack. However, even with this element of surprise, the Me 163’s did not manage to actually score a single kill, as their extremely high velocity meant that aiming was difficult, and they overshot the bombers completely.

After that incident, the Me 163 pilots devised a new tactic. It consisted of climbing at a steep angle, expending their entire fuel tank in the process, and the attacking whilst diving, using gravity and drag to their advantage. However, even with this change in strategy, the Me 163 fell short of the new P-51’s and P-38’s, whose pilots quickly learned to leave the Komets alone while they did their climb, and attack when they finished their dive - at a much lower speed than usual.

Although the Me 163 proved to be the pinnacle of German engineering at the time, it was not a practical development. The Komet scored only 9 kills, while losing 14 of its own. The Me 163 now serves in several museums worldwide, as a tribute to the failed project.
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Gaijin Entertainment presents a new War Thunder CGI trailer - "Battle is on"! This feature conforms to our tradition of empowering music and wonderful story line.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pzgPXOw2plI

Battle is on!
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Pilots and tankers!
“Summertime Madness!” is approaching its “golden finale”! The final phase of the global event will end with "Golden Battles".
Participate in the “Golden Battles” from 15th of August to 17th of August and earn up to one thousand Golden Eagles!

Event Conditions:

Friday
16:00 - 19:00 GMT
for 3rd victory - 100 GE

Saturday
02:00 - 05:00 GMT
for 3rd victory - 100 GE

Sunday
02:00 - 05:00 GMT
for 3rd victory - 100 GE
for 5th victory - 100 GE
for 7th victory - 100 GE

16:00 - 19:00 GMT
for 3rd victory - 100 GE
for 5th victory - 100 GE
for 7th victory - 100 GE

Bonus:100 additional GE for completing tasks above


Until the end of the event “The will to win” achievements will still be active . They will continue to give you the opportunity to earn vehicles of 3 and 4 rank, x4 bonus to research points for first win of the day for every nation, and from 16:00 (GMT) 15th of August up to 09:00 (GMT) 18th of August you will also get new discounts on premium accounts and crew training:

  • 15% discount on the accelerated crew training
  • 10% discount on the Ace crew qualifications
  • 20% discount on the premium account for 7 and 15 days
  • 10% discount on the premium account for 30 days.


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