Flight Simulators

Today let’s take a look at one of the fiercest but little-known battles that took place during World War II. The Battle of Ortona was fought between the 1st Canadian Infantry Division and 1st Canadian Armoured Brigade vs. the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Regiment, and German 1st parachute Division in the town of Ortona, Italy.

Fought between December 20-28, 1943, the battle was later called “The Little Stalingrad” because of its fierce close-quarter combat fought in a very small town of 10,000 inhabitants. The Allies wanted Ortona because of its deep-water port needed for docking Allied ships and shortening the Allied supply lines. The Germans of course all too well understood the importance of this small port town and were ordered by Adolph Hitler to defend the town and “fight for every last house and tree”. Having reached the town first the Germans had built formidable defenses, barricades, mines and traps. The main killing zone was around the Piazza Municipale where most of the heaviest fighting took place.

Finally, after eight days of intense fighting, the Canadians forced the Germans, who were badly outnumbered and without reinforcements, to retreat. The Canadians lost 1,375 men while German losses were never recorded. 1,300 civilians also lost their lives during this battle. This Canadian victory paid huge dividends later in the war as the Allies had one more deep-water port from which to supply future offensives while the Germans continued to lose that which they could not afford to lose. The tone and tenure of the war in Europe had, indeed, switched noticeably in the favor of the Allies.

The average student of history knows very little about so many of these battles fought during World War 2; a battle like Ortona barely registers in the history books, but to the men who fought there it was incredibly real and of the utmost importance. This writer is only aware of this battle because of stories passed down to me by my father, a veteran of World War II.

The makers of Aces High are students of World War II and that, perhaps, is the main reason why such care was taken in the production of this world-leading combat flight simulator. There are many other World War 2 Flight Simulators on the market but only one game is known for its realism and attention to detail and that game is Aces High. To the brave soldiers of World War 2, we at HiTech Creations salute you.

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