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  1. Tough question as there are so many great books. Though the finest read I had - at leat in German - was "In Stahlgewittern" by Ernst Jünger - English title "Storm of Steel" Being German I read more books in my own language so here are others I can recommend for anyone interested in the German perspective: Mein Fliegerleben (My life of flying) - Ernst Udet - memoirs of WWI ace Ernst Udet - doesn't end with WWI and continues a little in the Weimar republic. Grenadiere! (Grenadiers!) - commander of the 12th SS-Panzerdivision Kurt Meyer. Read with political alert as he ignores German atrocities and writes about every allied/soviet misbehaviour he witnessed - but very thrilling war stories! Mein Kriegstagebuch (My War diary) - Stuka ace Hans-Ulrich Rudel. Political flawed but thrilling stories, Die große Jagd (I flew for the Fuhrer) - defence of the reich fighter ace Heinz Knoke - very honest book. Die ersten und die letzten (the first and the last) - Adolf Galland, General of the fighterst - very interesting book to understand the air war in the west and a good complimentary read to masters of the air. and finally the only english 1st person narrative of the war I read (and propably a book most of here have read as well ^^): First light by Geoffry Wellum. I'd like to participate in your generous giveaway. #17 for FC 1 (priority) or Mc 202 (secondary)
  2. With the planes announced and the map aimed for I guess an appropriate timeframe would start in February 1944 and end in August of the same year... But with the planes we have from the other modules and collector planes a much bigger timeframe could be realized. On the fighter front I think we could start in 1941 - Spit V and Hurry II vs 109 E7 and F seem fair enough. But for that we'd lack a British medium bomber to lean into France. While the RAF used Bostons in 1941 I guess it was a diffrent version from what we have in game. Since I'm no expert on American bombers and especially their use in the RAF - with all the planes we'll have at the end of BoN - when could a channel carreer start?
  3. Exactly - I chose fifty because I would absolutely be willing to pay 50$. I would also be willing to pay 80$ - but not 100$.
  4. Are you sure, that they closed their harnesses? My experience is that soldiers ignore those regulations, that could get them killed in combat.
  5. Exactly they could move their eyeballs! Crazy - but it was really possible even back in the day! ;)
  6. While I would love to fly the BoB planes in GB's engine I think it is utterly unsuited to depict this battle due to the aready mentioned very limited amount of planes. The only sim I know that put enough a/c in the virtual air to do the battle justice is battle of britain 2 wings of victory. And of all the planes we have right now I'm only aware of one that participated in the BoB in later stages and small numbers: The BF109E7 - all other planes would have to be created newly. I would prefer a Battle of France - the smaller engagements of that battle could be depicted quite well in the GB engine and the planeset of a BoF im combination with the map from BoN would allow to recreate some BoB dogfights 😄
  7. At least for German pilots this is not true - I read in museum that of more than 18 000 men trained as Jagdflieger not even 10% survived the war - and of those many would have been wounded in a way that they couldn't fly anymore. So a Johannes Steinhoff is as rare an animal as Otto Carius, who survived a big part of the war as a tank commander in the east. I think a carreer system is way more suited to airial combat than to ground combat because you can start at an airfield, do stuff and return to the same airfield for several days without breaking immersion. In ground combat you take or lose ground and have to start your next mission roughly were you ended your last. That would require an actual dynamic campaign rather than a carreer as we have now.
  8. I recently started two carreers as German Kampfflieger He111 BoM and Ju87 BoS. In both carreers I'm usually send out at night... From what I read I came under impression that night bombing/night fighting wasn't a big thing for Luftwaffe forces on the eastern front with all units proficient at these tasks locked in combat with the RAF in the west... Maybe a few unsuccessful semi strategic raids gainst cities but certainly not the tactical mission we get in carreer. And while the he111 was certainly capapble of nightbombing and did so throughout the war - highly dangerous high precision dive bombing doesn't make any sense at night and would only make sense after the Germans lost all hope of ever achieving local air superiority anywhere again - but certainly not summer/autumn 1942. Here are my questions: Are my information/assumptions wrong? Was I just unlucky with the mission creation logic and daylight operations are actually the norm? Or are night missions actually way to present in current carreer structure for German KGs? And finally can I do something to influence the frequency of night missions?
  9. Since Il2 '46 seems still to be uptdated, does anyone know wether there are plans to include VR support for this game at some point?
  10. yes - bodenplatte can be bought as standalone on the website if you want it on steam you'd need BoS on steam - but without steam it's standalone Mitthrawnuruodo beat me to it
  11. Not true - games are now allowed to depict swastikas in Germany and in fact that never was clearly forbidden., as video games can of course be seen as an art form. Swastikas and so on just have to be put in the right context and not be used to glorify the third reich. But game developers usually choose the the easiest way and don't risk that a moody judge decides they did it wrong. Since many participants of this discussion speak German:
  12. Ok so in box a Late g6 would have to have the mw50 as optional mod - with which installed it would gameplay wise be identical to the g14... if that was a core plane for a new module I'd feel cheated... if a collector plane - well sure :)
  13. A G14 IS a G6 late - that was exactly the whole idea behind the model and that is exactly what is written in this threat as well... There is not one G6 late model but there are a myriad of different details in g6's later in the war - and combining all improvements in one model resulted in the G14... And as Kurfürst mentioned g6's that had to be overhauled would be upgraded to g14 standard - and frontline fighters had to be overhauled all the time. They were even rebrandished as g14... btw the intent of standardising even in the form of the g14 failed due to dispersed production as already stated in this threat... And I already agreed that AS variants differ enough to justify an addition - but a g6as is not the same as a vague g6 "late"
  14. And how would you tell the difference whether you are in a g6 late or a g14? I think the devs ressources should be spent better... the last two late 109 versions that could be added with a little benefit would be a g10 and g6as - but neither would be necessary. Demanding a late g6 would be like demanding f1 and e4 for bom. Yes they existed but they would not add anything to the game we don't have already...
  15. Doesn't mean it wasn't claimed that way - and Combat pilots in WWII didn't have all the knowledge of enemy air frames that we have and especially obviously no idea which type exactly will be used in what area by the enemy. And you only get a glimpse of the enemy your shooting at while you concentrate on not getting killed... In 1941 many Jagdflieger claimed I-16 as "Curtis" because it looked similar to P75 Hawks of the French... Many Hurricanes were clamed as spitfires Gallands 109 would almost have been claimed as spitfire La-5s were often simply claimed as LaGGs
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