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  1. Most games don’t get anywhere near the years of support and expansions that Rise of Flight did. But it’s an old game and the studio has more lucrative projects to work on. The same thing happens to every game.
  2. I think that his point was that people who have lived through war in real life don’t necessarily want to be reminded of their experiences in entertainment. I suspect that more than a few of them would consider making a game, something meant to be played for fun, into a realistic depiction of warfare, as being pretty ghoulish.
  3. Kamikazes weren’t a type of plane, just a suicide tactic they used. Did you mean the Ohka (AKA Baka Bomb)?
  4. I wrote that myself. I’ve been studying the clean Wehrmacht myth for a few months now.
  5. I bet that the old warriors who did that before Europeans reintroduced horses to America rolled their eyes at the young guys using horses.
  6. Which group of Native Americans in particular was this? After all, there were a lot of different Native American nations (which still survive as distinct groups).
  7. I agree that the Soviet Union’s war effort isn’t covered as much as it should be, but the struggle between the Axis and the USSR was just another front in WWII. It doesn’t make sense to say that the western front and the eastern front were seperate wars, when the western allies and the Soviets cooperated very closely, with western forces seeing combat on the eastern front, operations in the west being planned in order to relieve pressure on the Soviet military, the west supplying the Soviets with equipment, Stalin meeting with western leaders to coordinate their strategy, and both conflicts being ended at the same time by the same treaty.
  8. Yes, because when the game is finished, it will be AAA quality. It’s like pre-ordering a game - you pay full price, and get the game at a later date, except with this, you get to play the game before it’s finished. If you don’t like the sound of that, then you shouldn’t have bought the game, because it has always been advertised as being early access.
  9. You do realise that TC is currently in early access, right? It’s not finished yet. The developers have said so multiple times.
  10. That or he gets blown out of the sky by the other guy’s wingman. The thing about “playing with your food”, wether it be this or shooting parachutes, is that it just puts you in a bad situation for no reason. Well, to be fair, he did kill 378 Germans and captured 300 more, so it’s not as though he wasn’t contributing.
  11. In the years since WWII, the idea has sprung up that the Wehrmacht was an apolitical organisation, one that conducted itself in the same manner as the militaries of the western allies, while the Nazi party was the only organisation in Germany that was pursuing the goals of Nazi ideology. The myth is most prevalent in the West, due to the fact that the majority of ideologically-fuelled German warcrimes were committed on the eastern front. More importantly, the West had to rebuild the German military in order to contend with the Red Army in the Cold War. To do that, they needed recruits, which would be difficult if the military was seen as part of a shameful past. As a result, the Himmerod Memorandum began a rehabilitation of the Wehrmacht as a whole in both Germany and the western nations. In reality, though, the Wehrmacht had committed many warcrimes in service to Nazi ideology. Field Marshall Walther Reichenau, commander of the 6th Army and a committed Nazi (as you can see in my previous post), ordered his troops to take part in the Bila Tserkva massacre. After aiding the SS in killing all the adult Jews in the town, the children were left abandoned for several days. Oberst Helmut Groscurth wrote: "The rooms were filled with about 90 children. There was an indescribable amount of filth; Rags, diapers, refuse lay everywhere. Countless flies cover the children, some of whom were naked. Almost all of the children were crying or whimpering. The stench was unbearable. In the above mentioned case, measures were taken against women and children which were no different from atrocities committed by the enemy." After Groscurth and some chaplains attempted to save the children (the only recorded case of such an effort ever happening - and note that they did nothing to try and save the adults), the order to execute them was issued anyway. An SS observer said: “I went to the woods alone. The Wehrmacht had already dug a grave. The children were brought along in a tractor. I had nothing to do with this technical procedure. The Ukrainians were standing around trembling. The children were taken down from the tractor. They were lined up along the top of the grave and shot so that they fell into it. The Ukrainians did not aim at any particular part of the body. They fell into the grave. The wailing was indescribable. I shall never forget the scene throughout my life. I find it very hard to bear. I particulary [sic] remember a small fair-haired girl who took me by the hand. She too was shot later ... The grave was near some woods. It was not near the rifle-range. The execution must have taken place in the afternoon at about 3:30 or 4:00. It took place the day after the discussions at the Feldkommandanten ... Many children were hit four or five times before they died.” Many in the Wehrmacht were fully committed to the Nazi war of extermination. One soldier wrote: “The pitiful hordes on the other side are nothing but felons who are driven by alcohol and the threat of pistols at their heads ... They are nothing but a bunch of assholes! ... Having encountered these Bolshevik hordes and having seen how they live has made a lasting impression on me. Everyone, even the last doubter, knows today that the battle against these sub-humans, who've been whipped into a frenzy by the Jews, was not only necessary but came in the nick of time. Our Führer has saved Europe from certain chaos.” Of course, this isn’t to say that every individual in the Wehrmacht was a Nazi. For example, Hauptmann Wilm Hosenfeld actively saved Jews in Poland. Hans Scholl, Willi Graf, and other young German soldiers and students were executed for forming the anti-Nazi White Rose movement. But the Wehrmacht itself was not an apolitical organisation, and it had many war criminals within its ranks.
  12. IIRC Francis Pegahmagabow (best sniper of WWI) would sneak into German trenches at night to do just that.
  13. Yep, that’s what led to the “clean Wehrmacht myth” - the idea that there were no Nazis in the Wehrmacht, and that nobody in the Wehrmacht ever committed a warcrime that was worse than the norm. Of course, this is false. Hans-Ulrich Rudel was a fervent Nazi until his death, and a friend of Josef Mengele. Field Marshall Walther von Reichenau said "The soldier in the eastern territories is not merely a fighter according to the rules of the art of war but also a bearer of ruthless national ideology and the avenger of bestialities which have been inflicted upon German and racially related nations. Therefore the soldier must have full understanding for the necessity of a severe but just revenge on subhuman Jewry. The Army has to aim at another purpose, i.e., the annihilation of revolts in hinterland which, as experience proves, have always been caused by Jews...".
  14. Good question. The Allied plane I fly the most is the Yak-1, but I think I have more fun in the IL-2 and Pe-2 when I fly those.
  15. Unfortunately, even after the fall of the USSR, withholding vital information about nuclear disasters was still considered a good idea by some people as recently as 2011. The Japanese government was more concerned with saving face than looking after people who they knew were being exposed to high amounts of radiation during the 3.11 triple disaster: https://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/09/world/asia/09japan.html?_r=1
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