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DHumphrey

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Operation Strangle Campaign
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:56:42 PM »

Hello All,

Here is my next contribution to our community.  :)



Operation Strangle was a series of air interdiction operations during the Italian Campaign of World War II by the United States Fifteenth and Twelfth Air Forces to interdict German supply routes in Italy north of Rome from 19 March 1944 to 11 May 1944.

Its aim was to prevent essential supplies from reaching German forces in central Italy and compel a German withdrawal. The strategic goal of the air assault was to eliminate or greatly reduce the need for a ground assault on the region.

The Allies failed in the overly ambitious objective of the campaign, namely the forced withdrawal of German forces from the Gustav Line, but the air interdiction seriously complicated the German conduct of defensive operations and played a major role in the success of the subsequent Allied ground assault Operation Diadem.

Alto Airfield - Home of the 57th Fighter Group on Corsica



Two principal interdiction lines were maintained across the narrow boot of Italy. This meant that no through trains were able to run from the Po Valley to the front line, and that south of Florence nearly all supplies had to be moved by truck.

Over the course of eight weeks, the Allies flew 21,000 sorties (388 per day) and dropped 22,500 tons of bombs. The operation employed medium bombers and fighter bombers over a 150-square-mile (390 km2) area from Rome to Pisa and from Pescara to Rimini.

Alto Airfield Maintenance



Target example - Ammo Dump



Target example - Rail Yard Communications Center



The CountZero Expanded Italy Map is a required install for this campaign.

The Expanded Italy Map can be found here (cut and paste into your web browser):

http://www.derrierloisirs.fr/il2/bdd2012/

The map is located under "Cartes" on the left of the page. Once you open  the "Cartes" page look halfway down the list, my apologies, the page is in French, however the map is very visible as:

Italy Exp V1.0_HSFX7 par CountZero

Download the map and follow the readme instructions, they are in English. I wish to thank CountZero for this wonderful map as this campaign would not have been possible without it.

This is a 18-mission campaign, as seen from the Allied point of view.

I tried to keep the campaign as historical as possible with correct dates and times that I've been to accurately research.  Due to limitations of the flight simulation some minor deviations were required, however, these deviations do not detract from the historical value depicted in this campaign.

I hope you enjoy.

:)

The campaign has been submitted to M4T for approval, it should be available for download very shortly.

For those interested here is a film that was the inspiration for this project.

Film - THUNDERBOLT
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Re: Operation Strangle Campaign
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2018, 12:23:54 PM »

Hello All,

M4T has now approved the campaign and has authorized it to be downloaded.

You can find it here:

http://www.mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads3&file=details&id=2633

Enjoy the Operation Strangle Campaign.  :)
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Re: Operation Strangle Campaign
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2018, 12:29:43 PM »

Thanks DH, really feels like Christmas time with presents like this  :)

 ]cheers[
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Re: Operation Strangle Campaign
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2018, 12:52:12 PM »

Thanks Mike … enjoy the campaign :)
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Re: Operation Strangle Campaign
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2018, 12:11:51 AM »

Looking good - thanks!  :D
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Re: Operation Strangle Campaign
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2018, 05:05:24 PM »

Thanks for this campaign. One note though, there was no briefing  so I used the Bulk Rename Utility to remove the _ru. from the properties and got the briefing back. Shall I upload the english briefings here, or should I just rekommend anyone in trouble to use the utility?
It´found here: https://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk
A very useful program in many ways!
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Re: Operation Strangle Campaign
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2018, 06:03:27 PM »

Thanks for this campaign. One note though, there was no briefing  so I used the Bulk Rename Utility to remove the _ru. from the properties and got the briefing back. Shall I upload the english briefings here, or should I just rekommend anyone in trouble to use the utility?
It´found here: https://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk
A very useful program in many ways!
Hello Flying H,

I'm glad you've been able to adapt your sim version to the campaign. I built the campaign using HSFX, thus the _ru extensions on the properties files. If someone wants to fly this campaign using some other version other than HSFX such as VPMod or a B.A.T. version, the _ru extension will need to be removed to allow the briefing to be visible in that sim version.

As far as using the utility that you are recommending, I would say "yes" let folks use the utility for conversion if needed.

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Re: Operation Strangle Campaign
« Reply #7 on: March 16, 2019, 10:22:43 AM »


Hi I am looking for the map:

"The Expanded Italy Map can be found here (cut and paste into your web browser):

http://www.derrierloisirs.fr/il2/bdd2012/"

but it seems the link does not work anymore ... any way to find it ?

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Re: Operation Strangle Campaign
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2019, 01:26:58 PM »

Hello Blackshark,

Send me a PM with your email, I have the map and can send it to you.  :)
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Re: Operation Strangle Campaign
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2019, 03:01:48 PM »

...
but it seems the link does not work anymore ... any way to find it ?

Yes, broken link...
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Re: Operation Strangle Campaign
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2019, 08:52:18 PM »

I have uploaded the map to M4T … just waiting on their approval.  I'll post a link once approved.
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