OK, now I'm really annoyed! Imagine my surprise! After getting myself annihilated several dozen times trying to beat the Sottevast scenario, I finally beat back the Huns and destroy the V2 launch site. I astound even myself because I must have tried 15 or 20 times to beat that scenario before actually succeeding. But just before actually doing the deed, I managed to kill what appeared to be a rather scared an pathetic Kommandant. After it's all over, I find that I've been award a medal. What medal you ask?? An Army Commendation medal with "V" device, a Bronze Star with "V" device, maybe even another Soldiers medal, all of which seem might be appropropriate. No, I get an Air Medal! Of all the idiotic, inappropriate, out of place awards in this games this one takes the cake. I can't wait to see whats next. In a letter from the Secretary of War to the Director, Bureau of Budget, dated 9 March 1942, the Secretary submitted a proposed executive order establishing the Air Medal for award to any person who, while serving in any capacity of the Army of the United States, distinguishes himself by meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight. He went on to say in his request, that "The Distinguished Flying Cross is available only for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight…It is desired not to cheapen the Distinguished Flying Cross by awarding it for achievement not bordering on the heroic. It is, however, important to reward personnel for meritorious service." The Air Medal was authorized by President Roosevelt by Executive Order 9158, dated 11 May 1942, and established the award for "any person who, while serving in any capacity in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard of the United States subsequent to September 8, 1939, distinguishes, or has distinguished, himself by meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight." Authorization was announced in War Department Bulletin No. 25, dated 25 May 1942. Executive Order 9242-A, dated 11 September 1942 amended the previous Executive Order to read "in any capacity in or with the Army". Somebody at Relic should have done their homework, don't you think??
I agree it is the wrong medal to award...but look at it in this light, the game designers are not as well versed in military commendations as you are. They made to me what seems to be an understandable mistake, Airborne....planes....flight....air medal. It seems to be a semi logical conclusion to come to at first glance. Although you or I would not make that mistake, the designers with little military experience simply overlooked this medal's reason for being received. I would have preferred another medal or decoration but hey....us military types are not the designers....I guess we gotta cut them some slack and laugh it off. Overall...no big deal.... I also disagree with the Congressional Medal of Honor for the last mission....giving the nations highest award for killing 300-500 germans (depending on difficulty) to me is a little off considering it is not one man doing it with seven bullet wounds and a knife in his hand. Especially if you get a different medal for killing 250-450 (again difficulty level) germans on the Carenteen defense level.
I understand your point of view but I disagree with the premise that we have to cut them some slack. They, but their own admission, have taken it upon themselves to put forth unto the world the most detailed, accurate, and realistic RTS game ever. They've gone to great lengths to provide accuracy about geography, troop strengths, battles, all sorts of stuff, that even I, as a war buff, aren't familiar with. And something that's as easy as the criteria for awards and decorations slips through their fingertips. Unforgivable! They just got sloppy because of scheduling constraints. I worked for Microsoft for 15 years. I know how these things work. As a product gets closer to release, more and more resources get concentrated on fixing bugs and fewer and fewer on doing research and finishing up detail stuff like this. I pointed out stuff like this to them in their beta and none of it got fixed in the final version.
Well lets just put it this way.....they awarded the medal to the pilots who dropped the soldiers in.... that works for me. Who agrees? Say I
How do I get the medal for mission 15? Do you have to promote ALL ranger units you have? I had 6 squads of rangers and 2 got promoted but I didn't get the medal. After the first 2 sqauds they give you died the medal option didn't go away so I'm stumped on it.
Promote the two squads you get to level 3. That is how i did it.
I agree with Malistair on this. you should cut relic some slack anyway, and its no big deal. its one small detail in one of the best rts games out there.
Detailed yes. Accurate, no. We have no way of knowing exactly what took place at every battle. We know the plans, but not everything goes according to plan. Since world war II veterans are now sadly dying off, we will never really know exactly what happened at each battle. We will never know every detail, nor will we know exactly what went down. We are bound to find flaws, or omissions, or skewed details here and there as we play.