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Shakaali

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Talvisota  - Winter War 1939 - 1940
A Dynamic Campaign for DCG and BAT


Winter War started exactly 82 years ago today



Download Mediafire: https://www.mediafire.com/file/4s3bxtulkmh83ir/Winter_War.rar/file
Download M4T: https://www.mission4today.com/index.php?name=Downloads3&file=details&id=3000

105 days of frozen hell

The Winter War was a war between the Soviet Union (USSR) and Finland. It began with a Soviet invasion of Finland on 30 November.

Before the war, Soviet leadership expected total victory within a few weeks, as they had 450,000 soldiers, 2,500 tanks, 2,050 artillery pieces and 3,880 aircraft against Finlands 327,000 soldiers, 32 tanks, 425 artillery pieces and 114 aircraft.

But it was not over in a few weeks. Finland managed to stop the Soviet attack. After the exceptionally cold winter of 1939–40 with the Karelian Isthmus experiencing a record low temperature of −43 °C (−45 °F) the war finally ended 105 days later, on 13 March 1940. Finland ceded a portion of Karelia, the entire Karelian Isthmus and land north of Lake Ladoga, but Finland was not occupied. 


Aerial warfare

When the war started Finland had 114 airworthy aircraft, but only 51 of them (36 Fokker DXXI fighters and 15 Bristol Blenheim I bombers) were relatively modern. USSR Air Force and USSR Navy  had 3,880 aircraft, the most common types were Tupolev SB-2 bombers and Polikarpov I-16 fighters, but Polikarpov I-15bis fighters and Ilyushin DB-3 bombers were also quite common, Polikarpov I-153 fighters were less common. Also, a few Tupolev TB-3 heavy bombers and transports and various light recon and liaison aircraft were seen in action.

During the war Finland received assistance and voluntary pilots from several countries, most notably from Sweden: voluntary Flygflottilj 19 fought in northern Finland flying Swedish Gloster J8A fighters and Hawker Hart light bombers using Finnish markings.

Finland also received aircraft from all over the world. 30 Gloster Gladiators, 26 Fiat G.50's, 30 Morane-Saulnier MS.406's and 12 Bristol Blenheim IV:s arrived in time to take part. Some older types arrived, too: 2 Koolhoven FK.52's went to a recon squadron, 1 Douglas DC-2 to a bomber squadron and 9 Gloster Gauntlets to use as advanced trainers.

44 Brewster 239's and 12 Hawker Hurricane I's were ordered and on the way, but they did not arrive in time.

USSR kept using same types throughout the war, but even more squadrons were moved to the area.



You can fly this campaign as:

Finnish Fighter Pilot:

Fokker DXXI or Bristol Bulldog

Finnish Bomber Pilot:

Fokker CX or Bristol Blenheim I

Finnish Recon Pilot:

Fokker CX, Junkers W34 or Junkers F13

USSR VVS VMF (Navy) Fighter Pilot:

Polikarpov I-16 tip 10, Polikarpov I-16 tip 5 or Polikarpov I-15bis

USSR VVS VMF (Navy) Bomber Pilot:

Tupolev SB-2 or Ilyushin DB-3b

USSR VVS VMF (Navy) Recon Pilot:

Polikarpov R5 or Beriev MBR-2

USSR VVS RKKA (Air Force) Fighter Pilot:

Polikarpov I-16 tip 10, Polikarpov I-16 tip 5, Polikarpov I-15bis or Polikarpov I-153

USSR VVS RKKA (Air Force) Ground Attack Pilot:

Polikarpov I-15bis

USSR VVS RKKA (Air Force) Bomber Pilot:

Tupolev SB-2, Ilyushin DB-3M or Tupolev TB-3

USSR VVS RKKA (Air Force) Recon Pilot:

Polikarpov SSS, Polikarpov R5, Polikarpov RZ or Polikarpov U2

USSR VVS RKKA (Air Force) Transport Pilot:

Tupolev TB-3

For campaign to work as planned, please select corresponding aircraft and squadron (1st squadron on the list should use 1st aircraft on the list, 2nd squadron on the list should use 2nd aircraft on the list, and so on).

Because of that there are some duplicate aircraft (eg. if you choose to fly as Finnish bomber pilot, Blenheim I is there twice (LeLv 44 and LeLv 46 both used them)).  All Finnish squadrons are historically correct. IRL all Finnish Fokker CX's were Pegasus models, but as Pegasus model is used as a dive bomber I used  Hispano model  as recon plane. Also, all Finnish Gladiators were Mark II's, but as it is used as a fighter I used Mark I as a recon plane. USSR fighter, ground attack  and bomber squadrons are historically correct, but  most USSR recon, liaison and transport squadrons are not available and therefore they are not historically correct.  Most USSR fighter regiments used a mix of I-16's (mostly tip 5's, but also a few tip 10's, later also tips 17 and 18) and I-15bises, sometimes also I-153's. I tried to pick the most common aircraft for each regiment. Airfields are as close to historical as possible - most airfields are not available.

See Winter War OOB.xls (included in the package) for further info.


Requirements:

B.A.T. v4.2 Flashpoint with TGA installed
DCG 3.50 beta  (https://forum.jg1.org/forum/68-dcg-announcements/)

Installation:

Decompress the Winter War.rar into your DCG home directory.
Make a backup of the DGEN directory in you IL-2 game directory 
Copy Dgen & Paintschemes folders from your Winter War folder and paste them in your IL-2 game directory. Overwrite if prompted.
Start DCG, select Optional Third Party Data Folder.
Navigate to the Winter War folder and select allcampaigns.dcg
Select "Replace Career Generator (DGen)" in the DCG main screen.
Select Off Line Career (Full Auto-Generation Mode) in the DCG main screen.
Launch Il-2 TGA module and select one of the above-mentioned careers.


Recommended DCG Settings:

Transfers are set off by a timetable command and I recommend that it is kept off to avoid overcrowding of certain airfields.

Recommended action radius > 700 km.
Air Starts: On
Delayed Start Times: On
Historical Production Dates: Off

Credits and thanks:

SAS team for BAT
Paul Lowengrin for DCG
Tailspin and Lonestar for DCG tutorials that got me started creating DCG campaigns a long time ago
All skin artist involved (sorry, I don't know who you are).



Note: Current TGA from B.A.T. v4.2 Flashpoint is missing a couple of static aircraft used in this campaign (Fokker DXXI and MS.406). They should be added to the next version (https://www.sas1946.com/main/index.php/topic,67685.0.html)

However, they are only missing from stationary.ini file located in  #TGA3\STD\com\maddox\il2\objects so it is pretty easy to add them. Open the aforementioned file in text editor (such as notepad),  locate line

[StationaryPlanes]

and below that line add:

Code: [Select]
MS406             vehicles.planes.Plane$MS406             2 // 2
DXXI_SARJA3_EARLY vehicles.planes.Plane$DXXI_SARJA3_EARLY        2

The campaign works without them, only a few static aircraft in two airfields will be missing.
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Re: Talvisota - Winter War 1939 - 1940: A Dynamic Campaign for DCG and BAT
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2021, 03:34:39 AM »

 Thank you for this campaign
Glory to the Finnish heroes. Thanks to the clever tactics, sacrifice in defense of the homeland and perseverance of the Finns, victory over such a power was possible.
You did not mention the losses suffered in this war:
 Finland:                                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                             USSR:                 
29,980 killed                                                                                                                           
                                                                         126,875 killed and missing
 39 886 wounded                                                                                                                           
                                                                         188 671 wounded               
1000 taken prisoner                                                                                                         
                                                                             5600 captured
35 planes shot down                                                                                     
                                                                over 2268 tanks and armored vehicles
                                                                                                  armored                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                               934 planes shot down






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Re: Talvisota - Winter War 1939 - 1940: A Dynamic Campaign for DCG and BAT
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2021, 04:19:06 AM »

Many thanks for this campaign!  ]thumbsup[

The release was clever timed.
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Re: Talvisota - Winter War 1939 - 1940: A Dynamic Campaign for DCG and BAT
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2021, 10:51:33 AM »

Thanks a million for this. I love this period.
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Re: Talvisota - Winter War 1939 - 1940: A Dynamic Campaign for DCG and BAT
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2021, 12:05:24 PM »

Thanks, guys  :D

The release date was pre-planned, the campaign was ready almost three weeks ago. Good thing I didn't rush, as after playing thirteen missions I found a bug (a typo in timetable) and could correct it before release  ;)

Among all the heros of the Winter War I respect most the quiet, invisible, largely unknown but yet very important people: the mechanics keeping the aircraft running. Most airfields (both Finnish and Russian) had very little facilities, very often no aircraft shelters at all - there were a lot of airfields that were nothing but a temporary strip and a couple of tents on a frozen lake. The mechanics performed their duties in the night under open skies in temperatures closing (or even exceeding) - 40°C, lacking spare parts and even tools. Yet the pilots had their old, clapped-out birds ready for their missions next day. Every time.


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Re: Talvisota - Winter War 1939 - 1940: A Dynamic Campaign for DCG and BAT
« Reply #5 on: December 02, 2021, 04:02:06 PM »

Many thanks for this. I really enjoy your dynamic campaigns.
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Re: Talvisota - Winter War 1939 - 1940: A Dynamic Campaign for DCG and BAT
« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2021, 07:52:12 AM »

Thanks, guys  :D

The release date was pre-planned, the campaign was ready almost three weeks ago. Good thing I didn't rush, as after playing thirteen missions I found a bug (a typo in timetable) and could correct it before release  ;)

Among all the heros of the Winter War I respect most the quiet, invisible, largely unknown but yet very important people: the mechanics keeping the aircraft running. Most airfields (both Finnish and Russian) had very little facilities, very often no aircraft shelters at all - there were a lot of airfields that were nothing but a temporary strip and a couple of tents on a frozen lake. The mechanics performed their duties in the night under open skies in temperatures closing (or even exceeding) - 40°C, lacking spare parts and even tools. Yet the pilots had their old, clapped-out birds ready for their missions next day. Every time.
I agree with you
A Polish writer wrote about aircraft mechanics: "They are the gray roots of lush flowers."
Without those gray roots, the lush flowers would not grow.
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