Battle of Britain (Kanalkampf & Adlerangriff) (Offline Mission)

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Battle of Britain (Kanalkampf & Adlerangriff) is an offline mission package created by soda72.

Scenario[edit]

Kanalkampf ("the Channel battles")[edit]

10 July–11 August: Kanalkampf ("the Channel battles").

The Kanalkampf comprised a series of running fights over convoys in the English Channel and occasional attacks on the convoys by Stuka dive-bombers. It was launched partly because Kesselring and Sperrle were not sure about what else to do, and partly because it gave German aircrews some training and a chance to probe the British defences. In general, these battles off the coast tended to favour the Germans, whose bomber escorts massively outnumbered the convoy patrols. The need for constant patrols over the convoys put a severe strain on RAF pilots and machines, wasting fuel, engine hours and exhausting the pilots, but eventually the number of ship sinkings became so great the British Admiralty cancelled all further convoys through the Channel. However, these early combat encounters provided both sides with experience. They also gave the first indications some of the aircraft, such as the Defiant and Bf 110, were not up to the intense dog-fighting that would characterise the battle.

Adlerangriff ("Eagle Attack")[edit]

12 August–23 August: Adlerangriff ("Eagle Attack"), the early assault against the coastal airfields.

The main attack upon the RAF's defences was code-named Adlerangriff ("Eagle Attack").

Weather, which proved an important feature of the campaign, delayed Adlertag ("Eagle Day") until 13 August 1940. On 12 August, the first attempt was made to blind the Dowding system when aircraft from the specialist fighter-bomber unit, Erprobungsgruppe 210, attacked four radar stations. Three were briefly taken off the air but were back working within six hours. The raids appeared to show British radars were difficult to knock out for any length of time. The failure to mount follow-up attacks allowed the RAF to get the stations back on the air, and Luftwaffe neglected strikes on the supporting infrastructure, such as phone lines or power stations, which could have rendered the radars useless, even if the towers themselves (which were very difficult to destroy) remained intact.

Adlertag opened with a series of attacks, led by Epro 210, on coastal airfields used as forward landing grounds for the RAF fighters, as well as 'satellite airfields'(including Manston and Hawkinge). As the week drew on, the airfield attacks moved further inland, and repeated raids were made on the radar chain. 15 August was "The Greatest Day" when the Luftwaffe mounted the largest number of sorties of the campaign. Luftflotte 5 attacked the north of England. Believing Fighter Command strength to be concentrated in the south, raiding forces from Denmark and Norway ran into unexpectedly strong resistance. Inadequately escorted by Bf 110s, bombers were shot down in large numbers. As a result of the casualties, Luftflotte 5 did not appear in strength again in the campaign.

Missions[edit]

The package contains twelve missions:

Kanalkampf Part 1[edit]

  • Kanalkampf, ("the Channel battles"). Part 1 (Axis)
  • No. 11 Group RAF, Channel CAP Part 1 (Allied)

Kanalkampf Part 2[edit]

  • Kanalkampf, ("the Channel battles"). Part 2 (Axis)
  • No. 11 Group RAF, Channel CAP Part 2 (Allied)

Kanalkampf Part 3[edit]

  • Kanalkampf, ("the Channel battles"). Part 3 (Axis)
  • No. 11 Group RAF, Channel CAP Part 3 (Allied)

Adlerangriff Part 1[edit]

  • Adlerangriff ("Eagle Attack"), Part 1 (Axis)
  • No. 11 Group RAF, Coastal CAP Part 1 (Allied)

Adlerangriff Part 2[edit]

  • Adlerangriff ("Eagle Attack"), Part 2 (Axis)
  • No. 11 Group RAF, Coastal CAP Part 2 (Allied)

Adlerangriff Part 3[edit]

  • Adlerangriff ("Eagle Attack"), Part 3 (Axis)
  • No. 11 Group RAF, Coastal CAP Part 3 (Allied)

Map[edit]

These missions require the Battle of Britain bob04 map (1.6 Mb).

Aircraft[edit]

Kanalkampf Part 1[edit]

Axis[edit]

  • Ju 87 x10 of 3./StG 2 and 2./StG 2
  • 109E-4 x6 of 2./JG 27
  • 110C x3 of 3./ZG 2

Allies[edit]

  • Hurri I x8 of No. 501 Squadron and No. 79 Squadron

Kanalkampf Part 2[edit]

Axis[edit]

Allies[edit]

Kanalkampf Part 3[edit]

Axis[edit]

  • 109E-4 x14 of 2./JG 51 and 3./JG 51 and 2./JG 3
  • 110C x3 of 1./ZG 26

Allies[edit]

Adlerangriff Part 1[edit]

Axis[edit]

Allies[edit]

Adlerangriff Part 2[edit]

Axis[edit]

  • Ju 88 x8 of 1./KG 77 and 2./KG 77
  • 109E-4 x8 of 2./JG 54 and 3./JG 54
  • 110C x2 of 1./ZG 26
  • Ju 87 x2 of 3./StG 1

Allies[edit]

Adlerangriff Part 3[edit]

Axis[edit]

  • Ju 88 x10 of 1./KG 77 and 2./KG 77 and 3./KG 77
  • 109E-4 x8 of 2./JG 54 and 3./JG 54
  • 110C x2 of 1./ZG 26

Allies[edit]

Download link[edit]

Installation instructions[edit]

  • Once bob1.zip is extracted, you will find two folders named missres and offmiss.
  • Simply copy all the files in each folder into the equivalent folder in your Aces High installation. Copy all the files from missres into your C:/Program Files/HTC/Aces High II/missres folder, and copy all the files from offmiss into your C:/Program Files/HTC/Aces High II/offmiss folder.
  • As with any offline mission, run Aces High, choose the terrain first (bob04), then go to Offline Practice and select Practice Missions. You will then see the missions available, with various options.

See also[edit]