What should I do while waiting for Iron Front to Download?....
I get ready!
My hardware is online locked and loaded!
But what about my personal knowledge?... Should I trust what I have learned from BF3?...Arma?...WOT?...Stalker?...Harpoon?...Silent Hunter?...VBS2?...Red Orchestra?...Counter Strike?...Medal of Honor?... Call of Duty?...Dancing with the Stars?...etc....May be a little tiny bit of it, or should I trust that I don't know everything, and that my experience of WWII combat is extremely limited, I would say the least!
I offer a list of books for those who trust themselves that some extra knowledge's or refreshing some perspectives known already, would help, hence make a difference while under virtual stress of virtual WWII combat.First a computer game
: "Unity of command"
from Matrix games. It is a good practice to understand maneuver, thrust and encirclement to create pockets. This is a maneuver warfare exercise. It needs new campaigns but still a good introduction to illustrate what worked in the German Army up to 1942. This game was awarded the Usenet's War-game of the Year Awards - Bronze. It is an hexed-turned-base. Operational
The Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c1hjpHkJ9QYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=c1hjpHkJ9QY#t=38s
And the demo: http://unityofcommand.net/demo/Then books and a lot of them
:Battle Ground The Greatest Tank Duel in History
: it covers T-34 Vs Panther (sorry no Tiger) Ukraine 43, Tiger vs. Sherman Firefly Normandy 44, M26 Pershing vs. T 34-85 Korea 50, Centurion vs. T-55 Golan Heights 73, M1 Abrams vs. T-72 Desert Storms 91. The details, Tactics, side stories and history are worth the reading, yet not a fundamental read. Editor Steven J. Zaloga. Osprey Publishing ISBN# 978-1-84908-551-9Spec OPS. Case Studies in Special Warfare
: Theories and Practice. By William H. McRaven. Tactical. Theory of special operations, Eben Emael, Italian Manned Torpedo attack at Alexandria, British raid on Saint-Nazaire, Rescue of Benito Mussolini, etc....up to the Israeli Raid on Entebbe. All ops are studied, deconstructed, reconstructed, in brief you could recreate the ops up to the call signs and radio traffics. Again, a must for the no non-sense mission writers or wanna be no non-sense mission writers. William H. McRaven is a 4 star admiral who currently serves as ninth Commander of US Special Operations Command and is credited for organizing and executing operation Neptune Spear. published bt Ballantine books. ISBN# 0-89141-600-5Soviet Armor Tactics in World War II
by Charles C Sharp. Red Army Armor Tactics from individual Vehicle to Company from Combat regulations of 1944. It reads like field manual and will be of better use in the hands of advance players. Published by George Nafziger. ISBN# 1-58545-043-xGerman Panzer Tactics in WWII
. by Charles C Sharp. Combat Tactics of German Armored Units from section to regiment. It reads like a field manual of the times and will be of better use in the hands of advance players. Published by George Nafziger. No ISBN#German Tank Platoon in WWII
: Tactical. Its Training and employment in Battle. Compiled by the US Army from original German works. More accessible than the two formers, it is still for advanced players. Drawings, maps to illustrate tactics. Interesting read to those who are willing to go closer to the tactics of the times. Published by George Nafziger. ISBN# 978-1-58545-144-4German Squad Tactics in WWII
, by Matthew Gajkowski. More in depth understanding of the squad tactics of that era. it reads like a field manual with drawing for illustrations. For the more advanced players for in depth knowledge of the squad up to the hand signals delivered from the back of a Mittlerer Shutzenpanzerwagen in an armor column respecting radio silence. Published by George Nafziger. ISBN# 1-58454-029-4American Tank Company Tactics
(in WWII). FM 17-32 illustrated.For advanced players. Published by George Nafziger. ISBN# 1-58545-066-9U.S. Armored Infantry Battalion Tactics in WWII
. FM 17-42 Armored Infantry Battalion illustrated. For advance players. Published by George Nafziger. United States Government Printing Office Washington 1944. No ISBN #And Finally, as some missions in Iron Front will be only Air Combat, an excellent guide illustrated in colors, especially created for the virtual aces:Air Combat Manoeuvres. The technique and History of air fighting for flight simulation
from J. Steve Thomson with Peter C Smith. Consultant : Major Lawrence J. Spinetta, USAF. Illustrated by Tim Brown. Tactical. That is a book that have been created exclusively for the virtual flyers. It is very interesting and a must for everyone wanting to increase or refresh virtual air combat knowledge. It covers WWI, WWII, to the modern Age, PC rigs, and a brief History of Flight Sims from the earlier ages to the cutting edge. www.ianallanpublishing.com.
I have read all those books and know that they are available on Amazon for the most part.
If you have problems locating them, let me know.
Good Reading and see you on the LZ!