WWII History

A major battle being fought in the desert in Egypt during World War II? The first question many students of this war ask is why? When the majority of the European theater of the war was fought in a 500 mile radius, why was there a major confrontation in a seemingly desolate and unimportant land?

The key, of course, was control of the Suez Canal and the shipping importance attached to that canal. That was the main objective of Germany in what was known as the Western Desert Campaign fought between the Axis forces of Germany and Italy and the Allied forces comprised mainly of Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand. The famed Panzer Army Africa under the leadership of Rommel and the British Eighth Army commanded by General Auchinleck did battle from July 1st to July 27th, a942 at El Alamein, Egypt, 66 miles from Alexandria, Egypt and the Suez Canal.

By battle’s end it was pretty much a stalemate with 13,250 casualties for the Allies and 17,000 casualties for the Axis, but of greater significance was the fact that it halted the German advance and led the way to a complete defeat in the 2nd Battle of El Alamein months later.

This was a classic example of one combatant establishing a very defensible position, using geography to provide cover and defense and protect against a possibly crippling flank attack. The Axis army was left with no other option than to attack and then attack again an army that was dug in and beautifully protected. History has many such examples of the terrain being used to defend an army and ultimately weaken an attacking army and the Battle of El Alamein was a great example of this happening.

The importance of the Suez Canal need not be studied in depth but we will only mention that to control the Suez Canal would be to control all shipping to and from Africa and the Middle East and to also provide a perfect launch spot for attacks from the Mediterranean Sea. It was not, however, to be for the Axis Command and it ended up being a stinging setback in their overall battle strategy.

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In so many ways, the Battle of Britain was a game-changing battle which occurred early in World War II. Had the outcome been different how might the war have changed? We will never know the answer to that question but what we do know is the Battle of Britain stopped Germany’s momentum and gave new hope to millions of Europeans in the early stages of the war.

The Battle of Britain was an air campaign fought between July 10th and October 31st, 1940, between the German Luftwaffe and the United Kingdom. Germany’s objective was to gain superiority over the airspace of Britain and the British Royal Air Force, thus paving the way for what was hoped would be an airborne and amphibious invasion of Great Britain. The failure of Germany to do so was considered a major defeat and completely changed the objectives in years to come.

At the beginning of the battle Great Britain had 1,963 serviceable aircraft fighting against 2,550 aircraft for Germany. Germany originally targeted coastal shipping centers and ships, then shifted its attention to aircraft factories and airfields. When those failed Germany shifted to terror bombing tactics and attempted to bomb areas of political significance in hopes of shattering the will of the British.

Under the spirited leadership of Winston Churchill, Great Britain won a decisive victory in the battle. By the end of the hostilities Great Britain showed casualties and losses of 544 aircrew killed and 1,547 aircraft destroyed; Germany showed 2,698 aircrew killed, 967 captured, and 1,887 aircraft destroyed. But the bigger picture showed a major defeat for the German command which to that point seemed to be invincible. After the Battle of Britain German leadership had to completely alter their European plans and psychologically they no longer appeared to be an unbeatable foe.

It is through a complete understanding of battles like this that the students of World War II who make up the fine staff at HiTech Creations gain their inspiration in designing Aces High, the leader among combat simulators on the market today. Aces High is not only the latest in excellent computer technology but also the end result of avid history buffs who have designed this World War 2 flight slmulator to as closely as possible replicate that great war. The aircraft are beautiful depictions of the actual aircraft used in World War 2, as are the ground vehicles and ships.

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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.

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!

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.