This message is to any of those map-making geniuses out there. Although you did not fail to make maps of some of the major areas of conflict in Europe including: Berlin, Stalingrad, Kursk (although it was not snowing in the city during the 1943 summer offensive), and the Black Forest, you failed to include one of the cities which was the center of the most heated, but almost forgotten areas of German defense during the war: Budapest. Budapest in late 1944-45 was a slaughter fest for both its German defenders and Soviet attackers. Creating a map of the city might be difficult and may require need of an encyclopedia or online reference to aid in creating realistic building structures that are reminiscent of the ones which stood there during World War II. Budapest is a cultural city with many structures predating the 17th century. During the late 17 to 1800's it was a center of thought and Western refinement.
During World War II, large German divisions were holed up in the city for over four months, a Second Stalingrad, and when they tried to push out, the Russians beat them back in overwhelming numbers. The Waffen SS tried to launch a counter offensive to relieve the city in February 1945 and to also defend their oil fields in Hungary, but failed to push through the iron hard defenses of the Soviets. Would really appreciate a map dedicated to the thousands of German and Soviets who lost thier lives fighting in Budapest.
Come to think of it, did anyone make a map for Seelow Heights? This was one of the most bloody battles during WOrld War II too.
mmmmmm sound good let me see what info you have to start, I would like to give it a try.
You are right; that theater of operations is ignored by popular mediums, though it helped to shape modern Europe no less than the Western Front. My friend and room mate (a fellow player of COD) is a politcal scientist specialized in the Balkans (partly educated in Budapest) and we would be very interested to play such a map. Would you please let me know if ever one is made? Thanks!
i've been to budapest twice, and if you go to the right places, you can see some damage from the fighting still there since '44. It really is sad that such areas of battle are ignored/forgotten, because some of those battles were the most dramatic and bloody chapters of the entire war. And for anybody making this map: make sure to include a river area that separates Buda and Pest (the city is actually two different cities combined into one) and the west bank of the city is quite hilly and steep. good luck
and a Zeelow heights map would be excellent, also