In this month’s Pages of History you’ll find yourself at the centre of events that happened at numerous battlefronts. Battle for Britain, Falaise Pocket, Invasion of Kuwait and Operation Barbarossa — participate in battles using the vehicles that were used in these historic events and receive prizes!
From August 1st until August 31st you’ll be offered 8 tasks consecutively. Completing each will reward you with a trophy, completing all of them earns you a unique player icon.
During the Falaise operation, David Currie was a major in the Canadian army. He led the assault and held position at St. Lamber from where a significant part of German forces tried to flee the pocket. Despite the Wehrmacht forces being more numerous, Currie’s tactical decisions and leadership skills allowed the Canadians to destroy over 500 and capture over 2000 enemy soldiers. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, becoming the only member of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps to receive it.
You can immediately purchase the profile icon for Golden Eagles until September 3rd, 11:30 GMT without completing tasks. Click Nickname → Achievements → Pages of History (August).
Completion of each individual task will bring you a trophy with one of the following rewards:
- 20-50% RP booster for 3-10 battles;
- 20-50% SL booster for 3-10 battles;
- 3-5 universal backup vehicles;
- 1 day of premium account;
- A random camouflage for ground vehicles (out of the selection of camouflages currently obtainable in game for completing tasks, or purchasing with Golden Eagles).
- Tasks are available from 11:00 GMT until 11:30 GMT on the final day of each task.
- Tasks can be completed in random battles, except for “Assault” mode.
Battle of the Bridges
At the beginning of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, neither side was ready for a serious confrontation: The Kuwaiti army wasn’t even mobilised, and Iraqis expected no resistance and loaded their tanks with HE shells instead of SABOT. In the morning of August 2nd a small group of Kuwaiti forces met the enemy at the bridges across a highway near Al Jahra and began shelling with little to no response. In a few hours, elite Iraqi forces arrived, but even they drove past the enemy at first, allowing Kuwaitis to keep shelling and retreat when their ammo reserves were almost depleted.
After falling back from the Rzhev-Vyazma salient in 1943 the Wehrmacht forces entrenched in Western Russia, and on August 7th, the Red Army began the Smolensk offensive operation to free the occupied territories. Fierce battles that lasted for two weeks near Spas-Demensk ended with a USSR victory.
After the successful Narva operation in 1944 the USSR army kept advancing through Estonia. The next major city that it retook from the Wehrmacht was Tartu in the east of the country. The land route to it was blocked by lake Peipus, so the Soviets launched an amphibious assault over the lake that allowed them to strike the enemy from the rear.
In mid August of 1944 the Allies encircled a large group of German forces in a pocket under Falaise in Normandy. This was a direct result of Adolf Hitler personally commanding his army, insisting on counterattacks and forbidding them to retreat. As the pocket closed, over 10 000 German soldiers were killed, over 50 000 were captured, and the Battle for Normandy ended in a decisive Allied victory.
The Hardest day
In August of 1940 the Luftwaffe aimed to destroy RAF Fighter Command to establish air superiority over Britain. The attack on airfields on August 13th, the Adlertag, failed, but five days later another attempt was made. August 18th was later named The Hardest Day by the British, as one of the largest air battles ever took place on that day. The British pilots took down twice as many aircraft as the Luftwaffe, but lost many fighters on the ground due to bombings, making overall vehicle losses almost equal.
On August 22nd, 1942 the Red Army attempted to encircle the German forces under Kozelsk. The counteroffensive failed: the Soviets lost 500 tanks and four times as many soldiers as the defending Germans, having only pushed the front line back 6-8 km.
Liberation of Paris
After their triumph in Normandy the Allies moved to Paris. Already on August 19th the French Resistance began the fight for the city against German and Vichy forces. After the US and Free France forces entered Paris on the evening of August 24th, the battle was over in mere hours. Military Governor Dietrich von Choltitz refused to destroy the city as Hitler ordered and surrendered to the Allies.
During the invasion of the German forces into the USSR as a part of Operation Barbarossa, the Wehrmacht occupied a large salient near Yelnya in Western Russia that could be used as a foothold for an attack on Moscow. The Soviet command decided to eliminate the salient, and on August 30th, 1941 began a successful counteroffensive. Yelnya was retaken, but only for a month, as the Wehrmacht soon resumed its eastward push.