The Siegfried Line and the Western Air Defense Zone

•November 24, 2014 • 1 Comment

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A camouflaged pillbox in the Ardennes forest during the Battle of the Bulge.

A camouflaged pillbox in the Ardennes forest during the Battle of the Bulge.

By January 1945, World War II was nearing its end, but some of the toughest fighting had not yet finished. The Battle of the Bulge raged on the Western Front, the Wehrmacht retreated from the Soviet Red Army on the Eastern Front, and the U.S. continued to bomb Tokyo in the Pacific Theater.

Meanwhile, Lt. Mike Powell has been dispatched to a heavily forested area near Fort Schmerzen along the Siegfried Line. Although Medal of Honor lore calls the fort the largest on the line, it’s entirely fictional. The fort, located near the Moselle River and close to the French city of Metz, was sabotaged in the original Medal of Honor game by Lt. Jimmy Patterson in November 1944, but it was rebuilt by its commander, Col. Hermann Müller, by Jan. 18, 1945.

In the words of Col. Stanley Hargrove, Powell and a special team of Rangers have been sent to “permanently wipe it off the map.”

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My Apologies…

•November 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there will be no post today. Hopefully, there will be one tomorrow.

I had a friend visiting at the end of last week, and when she went home, she took my laptop charger with her, thinking it was hers. Normally, I research and play the next mission over the weekend, but the game is installed on the laptop that’s now out of battery…

The power cord is coming back to me through the mail, so it should arrive sometime today or tomorrow, but I’m not sure.

What I can tell you is that the next post will have something to do with the Siegfried Line.

Sorry about the lack of a post, but I hope you come back Tuesday or Wednesday to see the new one!

The Tiger I: A Fearsome Opponent

•November 10, 2014 • 1 Comment

Tiger I Photo Album

A Tiger I heavy tank. Photo from the German Federal Archive.

A Tiger I heavy tank. Photo from the German Federal Archive.

When Germany invaded Russia in June 1941, German tanks encountered, albeit in small numbers, T-34 and KV-1 tanks, which proved tough to beat.

The T-34 was immune to head-on fire from every German gun except the 88mm FlaK, but its side armor could be penetrated by German guns at close range. The KV-1, however, was immune to nearly all German guns from all angles, with the exception of the FlaK 88.

The Germans needed a solution, and they needed it fast, before the Soviets produced more medium and heavy tanks.

The Panzer VI, later designated the Tiger I, was that solution.

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HTG Updates: Nov. 7, 2014

•November 7, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Good afternoon fellow gamers and history-lovers!

Each time I play a new mission, I get new photos and new information about things I’ve written about already, so I’ve got to make sure old posts are up to date. Because I can’t expect everyone to read every post every day (though if you do that, I certainly won’t complain!), I post a list of changes and updates every Friday.

If you haven’t read this week’s main post about Allied Assault’s bridge defense mission and how it relates to the August/September 1944 siege of Brest, France, read it here: The Road to Brest: City Under Siege.

You can also check out the mission’s photo album on the HTG Facebook page.

Here’s a list of posts with new information:

If you’re interested in a specific vehicle or weapon, I’ve added new photos to those albums as well:

Finally, I’m hoping to launch some sort of “Weapons & Equipment Wednesday” series soon (perhaps next Wednesday if I get the logistics figured out), where I’ll feature a weapon or vehicle that I’ve already discussed, but was featured prominently in whatever mission I’ve just played.

As always, if you like what I’m doing, please follow the blog, share it with your friends, like the Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. I try to share interesting stories on social media each day, so you’ll be getting extra-cool stuff if you join me there!

Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you back here Monday when I post about the Tiger I heavy tank!

The Road to Brest: City Under Siege

•November 3, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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The bridge near Brest that Lt. Mike Powell must protect from destruction.

The bridge near Brest that Lt. Mike Powell must protect from destruction.

Lt. Mike Powell has braved a sniper-infested town, stolen a King Tiger tank and blasted his way across Brittany towards the western-most tip of France. Now he’s on foot once more, fulfilling Col. Stanley Hargrove’s prediction that this “daring plan” to capture a key bridge near the port city of Brest will “ultimately rest on the actions of one man.”

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Blog Updates: Oct. 31, 2014

•October 31, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Happy Halloween to anyone celebrating it!

It’s a bit late, but I’ve been having some Halloween fun myself, so I haven’t really had a chance to post this until now. I don’t have nearly enough candy (a bit too old for trick-or-treating, probably), but I did go somewhere that had free mini pecan pies, which was pretty great.

Anyway, if you haven’t read my newest post about the King Tiger tank, check it out here: The Tiger II: King Tiger.

As with every mission, I’ve updated some posts with new information from the game, and they’re listed below:

  • I added some information about tank crews to the Panzer IV post to reflect their appearance in the most recent mission and to note how the tanks’ crews escape after they’re destroyed by the King Tiger. I’m also going to make this post sticky until Monday because I added a few paragraphs to the end.
  • I updated the FlaK 88 post to include their appearance in the most recent mission.

I also added the following photos to my Facebook photo albums:

Finally, if you enjoy what I’m doing and you haven’t liked the blog on Facebook or Twitter yet, please do so. I try to post and tweet history and gaming related things each day, so there’s plenty to keep you entertained.

That’s all for now, so have a fun weekend and I’ll see you back on Monday for a post about the attack on Brest!

The Tiger II: King Tiger

•October 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Tiger II (King Tiger) Photo Album

A Tiger II (King Tiger) in Budapest during WWII. Photo from the German Federal Archive.

A Tiger II (King Tiger) in Budapest during WWII. Photo from the German Federal Archive.

When the Tiger II rolled into action during the summer of 1944, its heavy armor and exceptional firepower made it all but invincible to Allied guns, although it was not without flaws.

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The M1903 Springfield: The First Standardized U.S. Sniper Rifle

•October 20, 2014 • Leave a Comment

M1903 Springfield Photo Album

During World War II, many U.S. snipers used the M1903 Springfield bolt-action rifle, so it’s no surprise that their portrayals in modern media (like Pvt. Daniel Jackson in the scene above) are armed with the weapon, which was the first sniper rifle standardized by the U.S. government.

But was it really that good? And was it really a purebred U.S. weapon?

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Blog Updates: Oct. 17, 2014

•October 17, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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Hello!

If you didn’t see it earlier in the week, check out my newest post, featuring information taken from a 1967 interview with the best two World War II German snipers and a sniper instructor: The Road to Brest: Sniper’s Last Stand.

Also, let me know what you think about my new news update banner! I figured it’d help make these things look a little more interesting. I’ll try to change it whenever I get a new screenshot that looks good under the text.

Here’s what’s new on the blog this week!

  • Added a bunch of new information to the Kar98k rifle entry, mostly with details taken from the interview used in the Sniper’s Last Stand post. (I’ve also made it sticky for a few days due to the amount of stuff I added).
  • Removed the photo of Matthäus Hetzenauer from the Sniper’s Last Stand post because there appears to be some confusion on the Internet about which photos are of him, and which are actually other people.
  • Updated the Browning Automatic Rifle entry following its appearance in the hands of the tank crew during the most recent mission, noting that, given its large size, it probably wasn’t a weapon the crew would’ve equipped themselves with while inside the tank.
  • Updated the M1 Garand entry to note that Powell is usually armed with a sniper rifle, not the Garand, and to include a better photo.
  • Updated the Panzer IV entry to include its most recent appearance in Allied Assault.

New photos of specific weapons and vehicles from the most recent mission:

That’s it for this week, so I’ll sign off by saying that if you like what I’m doing, please share with any friends who have similar interests, and use the links on the right to subscribe to the blog and/or join me on Facebook and Twitter for some extra stuff!

I’ll see you back Monday when I post about the Springfield sniper rifle, which was heavily used to combat the German snipers present in the last mission.

The Road to Brest: Sniper’s Last Stand

•October 13, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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The town of Landerneau as seen in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault.

The town of Landerneau, France, as seen in Medal of Honor: Allied Assault.

In August 1944, Allied troops were in the midst of a concerted push into France, determined to force the Germans back across the Rhine. This would not be easy.

About a month earlier, Adolf Hitler had ordered his soldiers in France to wear the enemy down and force them back, using “every method of guerrilla warfare.”

Following his intelligence-gathering mission at the German command post, our fictional hero Lt. Mike Powell faces one of the most dangerous weapons employed in this type of warfare: snipers.

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