'[11PzG USMA2010']The Eyes are coming in .7, last I heard. And with them tons of new maps with the opportunity for even more. I can't wait to be flying above Malta chasing down Italian bombers in my Gladiaor and Hurricane Mk.1!
Have no fear, ladies and gents, just give it time. In another year or so .7 will be released. Personally, I think .7 should be all about Italy, the East, the south Pacific, and Africa. Ok, ok, everything but Western Europe.
Will they be making new maps or taking some maps from RTR? OR BOTH!?
I posted this somewhere else as well Monte Cassino. it would be a push map up the mountain and could be done with loads of different troops from Brits Americans New Zealanders Poles French? (didnt attack the monastrey but were present in the mountains) it provides so many opportunites river crossing, Push style map so i think someone should make one i tried and well i suck
All of the fighting in Italy was German v Brit/American/Canadian/Free French, pretty much. I know the Poles and Bazillians were there at times, but I was doing the major lot.
So many men died on the Italian front. Just because Hollywood has yet to make a major film with big stars about it doesn't mean it never happened.
"Brits Americans New Zealanders Poles French? (didnt attack the monastrey but were present in the mountains)"
I think you will find the Brits did assault the Monastrey, cant give you details just yet, how about you Anlushac have you anything on this?
Here some general info
The strategic position of Monte Cassino has made it the repeated scene of battles and sieges from antiquity.
In World War II, the Battle of Monte Cassino (also known as Battle for Rome) was, in fact, a costly series of battles fought by the Allies with the intention of breaking through the Gustav Line, seizing Rome and linking up with Allied forces contained within the Anzio pocket.
The first battle started on January 4, 1944 and the monastery atop the hill was destroyed by Allied bombing on February 15. Allied aircraft heavily bombed the ruins of the monastery and staged an assault on March 15.
During three failed attempts to take the heavily-guarded monastery of Monte Cassino (January 17-25, February 15-February 18, March 15-March 25), the forces of the USA, the UK, India, Canada, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand lost approximately 54,000 men yet did not manage to seize the city or the castle overlooking the Rapido River valley.
The II Polish Corps hoisted the Polish banner over the ruins of the Monte Cassino monastery.The so-called Fourth Battle of Monte Cassino was fought by the 2nd Polish Corps under General Wladyslaw Anders (May 11-May 19). The first assault (May 11-May 12) brought heavy losses but also allowed the British 8th Army under General Sir Oliver Leese to break through German lines in the Liri river valley below the monastery.
The second assault (May 17-May 19), carried out at immense cost by the Polish troops with the aid of a force under French fatigues of Moroccan hill tribesmen used for mountain warfare, pushed the German 1st Parachute Division out of its positions on the hills surrounding the monastery and almost surrounded them. In the early morning of May 18 a reconnaissance group of Polish 12th Podolian Uhlans Regiment occupied the ruins of the monastery after it was evacuated by the Germans.
The capture of Monte Cassino allowed the British and American divisions to begin the advance on Rome, which fell on June 4, 1944 just two days before the Normandy invasion.
In the course of the battles the historic monastery of Monte Cassino, where Benedict first established the rule that ordered monasticism in the west, was entirely pulverized. Fortunately its irreplaceable library had been removed for safekeeping to Rome at the start of the war. The site has since been rebuilt, but the historic buildings are utterly gone.
And some more
The Eighth Army was one of the best-known formations in World War II, fighting in the campaigns in North Africa and Italy. It was "British" in name, and was always commanded by a British general, but most of its component units were from British Commonwealth countries, including Australia, India, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Rhodesia. There were also significant contributions from Free French and Polish units.
The Eighth Army was formed in September, 1941, in North Africa, and put under the command of Lt-Gen Sir Alan Cunningham. It first went into action as an Army on November 17, 1941, when it crossed the frontier of Cyrenaica to meet the thrust of Erwin Rommel's Afrika Korps. Following the outbreak of the Pacific War, in December 1941, most of the Australian I Corps was recalled for home defence duties, although the 9th Division remained until mid-1943.
After losing ground the Eighth Army gained the initiative after the Second Battle of El Alamein under its new commander General Bernard Montgomery, and participated in the ejection of the Axis forces from North Africa.
The Eighth Army then participlated in the Italian Campaign. Elements landed in the 'toe' of Italy in Operation Baytown, and continued fighting its way up Italy on the eastern flank of the Allied forces.
At the end of 1943 General Montgomery was transferred to Britain to begin preparations for the Normandy invasion. Command of the Eighth Army was given to Lieutenant General Oliver Leese.
During the stalemate on the Winter Line, in early 1944, the Eighth Army was removed from the shore of the Adriatic Sea to concentrate all forces, except the British V Corps, on the western side of the Apennines in order to punch through to Rome. Forces from 8th Army were those that finally captured the ancient monastery in the Battle of Monte Cassino.
After the capture of Rome, Eighth Army returned to the Adriatic coast. The end of the summer campaign found Allied forces butting up against the Gothic Line. The Gothic line was forced, but ultimately the Allied forces could not break into the Po valley before the onset of winter forced an end to serious offensive operations. During October, Leese was reassigned to South East Asia Command, and Lieutenant General Sir Richard McCreery replaced him.
In the spring of 1945, Eighth Army resumed its offensive. It cut off and destroyed large parts of the opposing Army Group C during April and then made a rapid advance through northeast Italy and into Austria. Problems occurred where British and Yugoslav forces met. Tito's forces were intent on securing control of the area of Venezia Giulia. They arrived before British forces, and were very active in trying to prevent the establishment of military government in the manner that had applied to most of the rest of Italy. They even went as far as to restrict supplies through to the British zone of occupation in Austria and tried to take over part of that country as well. On May 2, 1945 troops of Yugoslav Fourth Army together with Slovene 9th Corpus NOV liberated Trieste and the same day the Eighth Army together with 2nd New Zealand Division entered the town.
In its early days, Eighth Army had seen many tribulations. However, since the Second Battle of El Alamein, the worst that could be said of its operations was that they degenerated into temporary stalemates. Its advance from El Alamein to Tunisia was one of the greatest military logistical feats of all time, and it had distinguished itself fighting under difficult conditions during the campaign in Italy. It ended its days by being redesignated British Forces in Austria; controlling the British forces occupying part of that country.
Good poem! :D And yeah, cant wait until 0.7! But I fear it may take some time, afterall, we just got a new patch! :D