WWII History

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.

The special events calendar is loaded for the month of August. Our loyal and dedicated team of volunteers keeps things hoppin’ around HiTech Creations.

On August 19th there is a FSO Frame 3; on the 21st we will stage the HMS-Enduro and the SEC Contingency; and on the 24th there is Snapshot Cologne.

If you are new to Aces High we urge you to sign up for one of the many special events held each month. You will find tutorials available to you to help you learn as well as chat rooms where you can ask your real questions in real time. All of this and more awaits you on Aces High, the combat simulator designed by the best for the best.

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.

If you are looking for a thrill and want to experience the best flight simulation game on the market, give Aces High a try; you won’t be disappointed.

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.

Aces High, the combat simulator that so beautifully replicates World War 2, was created by HiTech Creations and has proven over the years to be the leader among World War 2 flight simulators. Anyone interested in experiencing the feel of World War II through a flight simulation game need look no further than Aces High. War games don’t get any better than this one.

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!