WWII History

What would our combat simulator, Aces High, look like if it were not for our volunteer team that does all the behind-the-scenes work for us at HiTech Creations?

Check out http://www.ahevents.org/cm-team.html and on that page is listed the volunteers who handle all of the special events that we hold monthly; we’re talking the scenarios, the squad ops, the snapshots, SEC, racing leagues and much more, and it is all done by volunteers who are dedicated to making Aces High the most exciting World War 2 flight simulator on the market. And you know what? They succeeded!

Continuing our Aces High history lesson, today we will take a look at the Battle of Leyte and its significance. The owners and staff at HiTech Creations feel a knowledge of World War 2 and its important battles will help players have a better appreciation for the game that they play.

The Battle of Leyte was fought between October 20th and December 31st, 1944, at Leyte Island, Philippines. The attackers were comprised of the United States, the Philippine Commonwealth, and Australia under the central command of General Douglas MacArthur, and they had forces numbering in excess of 200,000. The defenders of the island were the Empire of Japan and the Second Philippine Republic with forces numbering 55,000 under the command of General Yamashita.

This was the first battle of the Philippines Campaign of 1944-45 to recapture the entire Philippine Archipelago and end almost three years of Japanese control. Interestingly it was also the first battle in which Japan used kamikaze pilots.

The Philippines, of course, were an important source of supplies for Japan, namely rubber, and they were also strategically located so that whoever controlled them controlled the main shipping routes to Borneo and Sumatra. If the United States could re-establish control of the Philippines it could effectively cripple Japan and isolate that nation.

By the end of fighting Japan had lost nearly 49,000 of their troops compared to just 3,500 casualties for the United States. Japan also lost 26 major warships in a crippling defeat that basically sealed their fate for the remainder of the Pacific campaign, dooming them to the inevitable end of the war. Nearly 250,000 Japanese troops remained in Luzon but the remainder of the war Japan had to fight a defensive battle in Luzon and that outcome was never in doubt. The final assaults on mainland Japan and its home islands were only possible because of this important battle and victory by the Allied forces, and it was important on a personal level for General MacArthur, who had vowed two years previous that he would return and free the Philippine people and his own captured American troops.

Combat simulators like Aces High are only as good as their attention to detail, and studying and understanding the history of World War 2 is a huge step in making Aces High the number one World War 2 flight simulator on the market. Give it a try and find out why thousands of gamers turn to Aces High when they want to play a flight simulation game.

Not to beat a dead horse, because this horse ain’t dead, but we think it bears repeating the main difference between Aces High and our competitors, namely Total Sims and Battle Ground Europe.

We have said from the very beginning that the main focus at HiTech Creations is to create one game and one game only, and to make that game the best combat simulator on the market. That game is Aces High and it continues to lead the pack because all of our talents, all of our concentration, all of our revenue, goes into making Aces High the best flight simulation game.

Unlike our competitors!

We at HiTech Creations are willing to bet that the majority of gamers who play Aces High, our online combat simulator, are students of history. It only stands to reason that players who devote many hours to playing a game, who are constantly aware of changes and new versions of our flight simulator, would know a great deal about the actual aircraft, ships, and land vehicles used during World War II. It also stands to reason that a majority of our players know a great deal about the battles of World War II so that they can be better versed when playing our World War 2 flight simulator.

Well, let’s talk about another of those battles, one that was relatively unimportant with regards to total casualties but one that had pretty large significance regarding the history of warfare.

The Battle of Crete was fought between May 20th and June 1st, 1941. On the morning of May 20th Germany launched Operation Mercury, an airborne invasion of the Greek island of Crete. Defending the island were troops from England, Greece, New Zealand, Australia, and also civilians from Crete.

Germany suffered heavy casualties the first day of fighting, but eventually gained control of Maleme airfield in western Crete and was able to fly in reinforcements and eventually overwhelm the defenders of the island.

So what made this battle so noteworthy? First, it was the first time a country had attempted such a massive parachute drop of military personnel. It was also one of the first mainly airborne invasions in military history. It was also the first time German invaders encountered strong, organized civilian resistance.

The Germans suffered huge losses among the paratroopers, prompting Adolf Hitler to forbid such large scale airborne operations during the rest of the war, but the Allied commanders were so impressed by it that they began to organize their own airborne divisions which played a huge part as the war continued.

By battle’s end there were over 23,000 casualties and 370 aircraft destroyed, fairly insignificant considering the huge losses that would follow, but rather important considering military lessons learned.

The makers and players of Aces High love military history like that, and through our flight simulation game history comes alive for us each and every time we play our game. If you have never played Aces High then what are you waiting for? Download the free trial and then sign up for the action.

As we continue to look at some of the major battles of World War Two, keep in mind that only a student of warfare and World War Two in general could be responsible for making a combat simulator like Aces High.

Today’s battle that we will look at is the Battle of Iwo Jima, fought between the United States and Japan between February 19 and March 26, 1945. Otherwise known as Operation Detachment, this was a major conflict that involved the United States capturing the island of Iwo Jima and retaining control of the three airfields on that island. This battle has gone done in history as having some of the fiercest fighting in the entire Pacific Campaign.

It was noteworthy for several reasons, one of which is that it was the only battle where American casualties outnumbered Japanese casualties, 33,000 to 21,000, but the loss of life was crippling for the Japanese. Over 21,000 Japanese were killed in this battle and only 6,812 Americans lost their lives.

The outcome of the battle was never really in doubt as the American forces and weaponry far outnumbered the Japanese and the Japanese had no means of escape. This was simply a battle of attrition where the only thing in question was how long it would take to eliminate the Japanese forces and take control of the island.

The battle was also immortalized by the famous Joe Rosenthal photograph of the Americans raising the American flag on top of Mount Suribachi.

WW 2 games need to simulate as closely as possible the actual events, arenas, weaponry, and vehicles and that is where Aces High holds the upper hand in flight simulation games over its competition. Technical knowledge is held by any computer technician; the playing field is pretty level when talking about the computer programmers involved in the creation of a World War 2 flight simulator. What sets Aces High apart from the competition is that it was created by history buffs employed by HiTech Creations and it is constantly being updated with new versions that keep it the most realistic combat simulator on the market.

A special shout out to the team of volunteers who spend countless hours working behind the scenes so that Aces High continues to lead the way. This is truly an ongoing process but attention to detail is our thing at HiTech Creations, where our only goal from the start was to make one game and one game only and make that game the best World War 2 flight simulator on the market.   Our game plan seems to be working.