WWII History

The final Snapshot of the month occurs tomorrow at 10 p.m. with High Noon, SEA II.

Snapshots are just one of many special events offered on Aces High and coordinated by a team of volunteers who do everything in their power to get gamers some extra action. Snapshots are favored by many because they offer a bit more realism, with team commanders issuing mission orders and flight assignments.

If you have never participated in one of the special events on Aces High then what in the world are you waiting for? This is a combat simulator at its finest and all you have to do is sign on, strap on your helmet, and get ready for the ride of your life.

For those of you who are new to the world of combat simulators, we say WELCOME! You are about to enter a stage of combat unlike anything you have ever experienced.

Flight sims are not like playing Nintendo in front of the television. Once you are online and ready to play a flight simulation game like Aces High then you are truly plugged into a world-wide arena and your competition is practically unlimited. You will be playing against gamers from Brazil, Tokyo, New South Wales, London and hundreds of other cities and you will have the ability to play at any time of the day or night. This really is a World War 2 flight simulator that has participants from around the world.

Sign up today and experience the thrill of Aces High!

Pretty cool stuff happening Sunday, August 21st. On that day there will be an Endurance Air Racing event, making it a Heavy Metal Sunday. We just love that name! This adds elements of refueling, unlimited re-ups, and numerous amounts of laps and these events never fail to please the competitors.

This marks the beginning of Season 4 at Aces High for this event and each new year brings improvements to this special event for our combat simulator.

Check out the Special Events page at http://www.ahevents.org/events-calendar.html for more information.

We don’t know how many flight sim games are out on the market but we know it’s quite a few. What we do know is how Aces High has remained at the top of the combat simulator market and that reason can be summed up in one word: dedication.

Besides the loyal employees at HiTech Creations we are also aided constantly by volunteers who help us with Aces High and who are mainly responsible for the Special Events that happen throughout the month.

We are proud to announce the Top Pilot Rankings for Tour 138. The Top Overall/Fighter was Wmaker and the runner-up was cuervo. Congratulations to both of you and the hundreds of other gamers who participated.

HiTech Creations likes to bring a little of the history of World War II to our loyal customers. We figure if you are going to play the best World War 2 flight simulator on the market you may as well be told a little something about the major battles. With that in mind today we bring you a thumbnail sketch of the Battle of Okinawa.

Fought for 82 days between April 1st and June 21st, 1945, the Battle of Okinawa was the largest amphibious assault in the Pacific Theater of World War II and resulted in the highest number of casualties of any battle in the Pacific Theater.

Also known by its codename Operation Iceberg, this battle was the successful attempt by the United States and the United Kingdom to capture this large island and use it as a base for air operations when the final attack on mainland Japan took place. Needless to say, the Japanese understood all too well the importance of holding onto Okinawa and in fact, shortly after losing this battle (three weeks) the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were dropped effectively ending the war against Japan.

In the end it was a very costly battle for both sides as well as civilians living on Okinawa. Japan suffered over 100,000 casualties while the United States tallied 50,000; tens of thousands of civilians were killed or wounded during the eighty-two days of fighting. Estimates of civilian losses have ranged between 40,000-150,000.

The battle has also been called the “Typhoon of Steel” because of the sheer numbers of combatants and the intensity of fighting. Whatever you choose to call it, this battle saw ferocious combat as four divisions of the U.S. 10th Army and two divisions of the Marines (the 1st and 6th) saw almost continual fighting for the entire 82 days of battle.

We at HiTech tip our hats to the brave soldiers who gave their all so that we can enjoy the trappings of freedom here in America. We hope that Aces High is a lasting tribute, a flight simulator game that beautifully captures the memories of that war. It was with a sense of awe and respect that we designed this combat flight simulator and that respect is always in our thoughts as we continue to revise this war game. Stay tuned till next week when we will review another of the great World War 2 battles.