January 12, 1945. The Soviet Union launches a massive assault toward Germany, along a battle front stretching for hundreds of miles. Their forces include 2.2 million men, 33,500 guns, 7,000 tanks and assault guns, and 5,000 aircraft. The goal is to obliterate German defenses in Poland and smash forward to Berlin. The Red Storm is raging.
In response, Germany pulls nearly all of its air-defense forces from elsewhere to focus here at this battle and deploys elite Panzer divisions. The line of defense is drawn east of the Oder river. Krupp Steel is gathered in strength.
There will be air-to-air combat as the Luftwaffe and the VVS vie for control of the air. There are strategic targets to bomb, in order to obliterate the enemy’s infrastructure and supply lines. There are deadly tank battles to be fought. There are ground bases to fight over. It will be a gritty, desperate fight in the cold, the mud, and the cloud-streaked skies -- time to do or die.
Germany will have the Bf 109K-4, FW 190D-9, Bf 109G-14, Bf 109G-6, FW 190A-8, FW 190F-8, Bf 110G-2, Ju 88A-4, Tiger I, Panzer IV H, Ostwind, Wirblewind, SdKfz 251, and ground guns. The Soviet Union will have the La-7, Yak-9U, La-5FN, P-39Q, A-20G, Il-2, B-25C, T-34/85, Sherman, Ostwind, Wirblewind, M3, and ground guns.
Show-Up Time for this scenario is 3 pm Eastern Time (3 pm New York, USA time) in the Special Events II arena. Note that the USA ends Daylight Saving Time on November 1, and other countries end it on various other dates. To make sure you don't show up an hour late, please use this time converter with the correct date of the frame. Frame dates are as follows.
The arena is locked to admittance at Show-Up Time, so please show up no later than Show-Up Time. (Takeoffs start 30 minutes after Show-Up Time, the time in between being used for briefings and to get organized.) If you get disconnected and need back into the locked arena, please type into any text radio buffer: ".p roscoroo let me in". Then keep trying to get in (even if the game shows Special Events II as being locked -- try entering still, as the status does not always update quickly). Once you are in, type ".p roscoroo i'm in".
Frames will run for 3 hours after takeoff, then a disengagement will be called, and planes will have 30 minutes to land.
The German counter-offensive in the Ardennes in December 1944 diverted them from the gathering storm in the east. In spite of attempts by some of the higher command, Hitler refused to believe that the Russians were capable of launching another massive offensive. German intelligence predicted a large offensive in the middle of January 1945. The offensive was expected to be a drive by the Russians to break German will and ability to carry on the war. The attack was to take the straightest route to Berlin. This was through Warsaw and the 1st Byelorussian Front under Marshal Zukov, and the1st Ukrainian Front under Marshal Koniev were to lead the assault. Their two fronts alone comprised 2.2 million men, 33,500 guns, 7,000 tanks and assault guns, and 5,000 aircraft.
Their mission was the destruction of Army Group A under Field Marshal Harpe.and the conquest of Poland. Harpe’s Army Group comprised 400,000 men, 1136 tanks and assault guns with 270 aircraft. Their aircraft stretched from the Vistula north of Warsaw to the Carpathian Mountains. To the north of Army Group A was Army Group Center command by Field Marshal Reinhardt with 380,000 men, 700 tanks and assault guns and 515 aircraft.
The attack began on January 12. The odds were distinctly against the Germans and the initial attacks punched holes in their lines all over the front. The Russians broke through along 300 miles of front to a depth of 60 to 100 miles, shattering Army Group A. The first phase ended on January 17, 1945 with the fall of Warsaw.
The weather initially was bad with low clouds, fog and poor visibility grounding aircraft on both sides. When this changed the massive number of VVS aircraft launched horrific attacks on the retreating German armies. Faced with the effects of this and the continuing offensive the German high command had no choice but to commit virtually all of the Home Defence Jagdgeschewader which had been operating against the American 8th Air Force to the battle in the east. Several Geschwader of the Luftwaffe day fighter force were transferred to the Eastern Front. These included JG 1, JG 3, JG 4, JG 6, JG 11 and JG 77. This was to more than double the available aircraft from 800 to 1,800. These reinforcements included 1,500 Bf 109s and Fw-190s many of which were the newer models that had seen little use on the eastern front. These reinforcements are to set the stage for some of the largest air battles of the Eastern Front.
Meanwhile the Russian offensive continues and the red wave is approaching the Oder River, the eastern border of Germany. The Germans are desperate to stabilize the front and stop the onrushing armies which have advanced hundreds of miles in two weeks. The only thing which stands between the Red Storm and the homes of German forces was Krupp Steel.
The Russian offensive rolls on westward approaching the Oder River. The Germans are on the defensive and attempting to reconstruct their lines. This is a offensive/defensive battle involving ground attack supported by tactical aviation which is striking deep behind German lines at infrastructure and bases. The Germans are known for their brutal counterattacks and there will be opportunities for the German defender to counterattack on the ground at points of the Russian offensive as the battle ebbs and flows. Two or more ground battles will occur at any one time. These both may be defensive for one side or a combination of defense and offense.
Tactical air attacks will occur on airfields, ground battles, factories and cities along the front.
Axis Objectives: Stop the enemy's western advance to the borders of Germany. Destroy enemy strategic infrastructure and air bases to disrupt their offensive. Protect your infrastructure and air bases.
Allied Objectives: Advance westward capturing territory. Destroy enemy strategic infrastructure and air bases to disrupt their defense. Protect your infrastructure and air bases.
Victory is judged in two parts: tactical and strategic victory. It is possible for a side to win a tactical victory but lose strategically or vice versa.
Losses = deaths + bailed + captured + crashed + ditched + disco'd. Also, your plane is lost if you do not get "landed successfully" back at your takeoff base, and your vehicle is lost if you do not get "landed successfully" back at any Active Base.
Valid objects to destroy are:
Final tactical victory points = (total allied tactical points) - (total axis tactical points).
|Final Tactical Result||Final Tactical Victory Points|
|Major Soviet Tactical Victory||300 or more|
|Substantial Soviet Tactical Victory||200 to 299|
|Minor Soviet Tactical Victory||100 to 199|
|Tactical Stalemate||-99 to +99|
|Minor German Tactical Victory||-100 to -199|
|Substantial German Tactical Victory||-200 to -299|
|Major German Tactical Victory||-300 or lower|
Final strategic victory points = (total allied strategic points) - (total axis strategic points) + 150.
|Final Strategic Result||Final Strategic Victory Points|
|Major Soviet Strategic Victory||300 or more|
|Substantial Soviet Strategic Victory||200 to 299|
|Minor Soviet Strategic Victory||100 to 199|
|Strategic Stalemate||-99 to +99|
|Minor German Strategic Victory||-100 to -199|
|Substantial German Strategic Victory||-200 to -299|
|Major German Strategic Victory||-300 or lower|
The Russians can register up to 134 players. The Germans can register up to 127 players. However, groups can be filled up to their maximums as listed below, which means that some groups can be under strength or even not used, while others can be full, depending on the CO's discretion.
|VVS Regiment||Aircraft||Max. Players|
|566 ShAP||Il-2 *||12|
|90 GShAP||Il-2 *||12|
|13 GvBAP||B-25C *||8|
|251 GvAP||B-25C *||8|
|First Byelorussian Front Unit||Vechicle||Max. Players|
|18th Guards Tank Brigade||Sherman VC Firefly, M3, Wirblewind, Ostwind||8|
|55th Guards Tank Brigade||T-34/76, T-34/85, M3, Wirblewind, Ostwind||6|
|119th Rifle Tank Regiment||T-34/76, T-34/85, M3, Wirblewind, Ostwind||6|
* B-25C must be glass-nosed model.
* Il-2 may not use 37 mm cannon.
* Only one Il-2 regiment per frame is given permission to attack ground vehicles.
|Luftwaffe Gruppen||Aircraft||Max. Players|
|I./SG 1||FW 190F-8 *||12|
|IV.(Pz)/SG 9||Bf 110G-2||8|
|III./SG 77||FW 190F-8 *||12|
|IV./JG 4||Bf 109G-14||12|
|II./JG 6||FW 190D-9, FW 190A-8||12|
|II./JG 11||Bf 109K-4, Bf 109G-14||12|
|III./JG 11||FW 190D-9, FW 190A-8||12|
|I./JG 52||Bf 109G-6||12|
|I./JG 53||Bf 109G-6||12|
|III./JG 77||Bf 109K-4||12|
|III./EKG 1||Ju 88A-4||8|
|Wehrmacht Unit||Vehicle||Max. Players|
|III. Battalion, 9. Kompanie||Tiger I, SdKfz 251, Wirblewind, Ostwind||6|
|I. Batallion, 2. Kompanie||Panzer IV H, SdKfz 251, Wirblewind, Ostwind||7|
|II. Batallion, 7. Kompanie||Panzer IV H, SdKfz 251, Wirblewind, Ostwind||7|
* Only one FW 190F-8 gruppen per frame is given permission to attack ground vehicles.
Before the start of each frame, each side's CO must assign his air groups' takeoff bases from among the available Active Air Bases. A maximum of three groups may be assigned to any given base. Those assignments stay in effect for the duration of the frame. Each air group may launch and exit (end sortie) only at its takeoff base. Air groups may rearm at any base at all.
Ground groups may use any Active Ground Base at any time.
The battle is broken up in to three phases, each representing a different advance of the Soviet battle line. Phase One is Frame 1. Phase Two is frame 2. Phase Three is frames 3 and 4.
The terrain and workings of Aces High are such that we cannot always change ownership of cities and factories (i.e., AAA factories, ammo factories, refineries or fuel factories, radar factories, and troop factories or troop-training facilities). However, when you have a city or factory as a strategic target and when that same strategic target is shown on the clipboard map as being owned by your own country, you can still bomb it normally. At any such cities or factories with incorrect country ownership, ack will be disabled. At cities and factories with correct country ownership, ack is enabled.
In any case where there is a conflict between what is listed in the text descriptions for a phase vs. what the map shows, the text descriptions are correct and take precedence over the map below.
Opening of the offensive with two ground battles. The Soviets are attempting to take A42 and V36 (the Soviet Objective Bases).
Soviet Active Air Bases: A10, A12, A16, A20, A49, A46 and A53.
Soviet Active Ground Bases: A20, V19 and V47
Soviet Strategic Targets:
German Active Ground Bases: A42, V36, V56 and V30
German Strategic Targets:
One defensive and one offensive ground battle for both sides. The Soviets are attempting to take A7 (the Soviet Objective Base). The Germans are able to counter attack at A42 (the German Objective Base).
Soviet Active Air Bases: A12, A13, A16, A20, A46, A53 and A54.
Soviet Active Ground Bases: V19, A42, V43, V38 and V47
Soviet Strategic Targets:
German Active Air Bases: A76, A63, A68, A31, A51, A40, and A64
German Active Ground Bases: A7, v57, V30, and V56
German Strategic Targets:
Battle on the eastern bank of the Oder River. The Soviets are attempting to take A34, V23 and A68 (the Soviet Objective Bases). The Germans are defending but can counter attack at A31 (the German Objective Base).
Soviet Active Air Bases: A25, A28, A14, A42, A22, A37, A40 and A7.
Soviet Active Ground Bases: V30, A58, V56, A31 and A27.
Soviet Strategic Targets:
German Active Air Bases: A71, A75, A63, A9, A64, A51 and A17
German Active Ground Bases: V61, A34, A33, A68, A59, V67, A63 and V23.
German Strategic Targets:
A pilot gets two lives in his aircraft. A pilot uses up a life if he dies, bails, ditches, does not get a "landed successfully" message, or if he exits (end sortie) at anything other than his takeoff base. Planes can refuel at any base at all.
A driver gets four lives in his vehicle. A driver uses up a life if he dies, bails, ditches, does not get a "landed successfully" message, or if he exits (end sortie) at anything other than an Active Base. The exception to this is that deaths from air attack do not subtract from your available lives as a driver. A death from an air attack will still cause the 5-minute spawn delay, and then you'll have to make your way back to the battle -- so there is still a distadvantage to dying from air attack. If you are concerned about being able to tell if you get killed by a bomb vs. being hit by a tank round, remember that, for a bomb hit, there will be the whistle of the dropping bomb followed by the hit and death; whereas getting killed by a tank-round sounds like this: click here for a short gun-camera film.
Deaths as gunners do not count as using up a player's life.
Deaths in M3's and SdKfz 251's do not count as using up a tanker's life.
If you get disconnected, ask the CM if you can relaunch. If you get permission, you can relaunch, and the disconnect does not use up one of your lives.
Personnel assigned to aircraft may not drive vehicles. Likewise personnel assigned to vehicles may not fly aircraft.
Resupply of bases is not allowed.
Resupply of damaged vehicles is allowed.
20 troops are required to capture a base. Capture of bases other than those targeted for the ground battle do not count and is prohibited. Bases must be captured by ground assault. Use of Paratroopers is not allowed.
Promptly at the end of the frame, the CM's will instruct all players to disengage from combat. All combat will cease. A 30 minutes grace is given for aircraft to get back to their takeoff bases. After 30 the CM's will implement a strong downwind at frame end that will force all aircraft in the air to crash. Once all of these aircraft are down, the logs will be closed for scoring purposes. After disengagement, GV's should head back to an Active Base and exit. If they can't make it back to an Active Base, they should just stay in their vehicles and not exit until after end log.
Puffy ack and auto ack will be reduced in lethality. See settings.
Do not fly outside the boundaries of the map unless you are chasing an enemy who has flown outside the boundaries of the map.
Other than as as follows, aircraft may not specifically attack tanks and troop carriers (M3's, SdKfz). Each frame, only one gruppen of FW 190F-8's (12 planes max) and one regiment of Il-2's (12 planes max) are given permission to specifically attack tanks and troop carriers. This is because we don't have large numbers of GV players yet in scenarios (unlike the real battle, that had much larger numbers of GV's than planes). However, all aircraft can attack buildings, Wirblewinds, Ostwinds, ground guns, and ground objects, and if a GV is near such a target, it might get destroyed by the collateral damage -- GV'ers be aware that these other things are valid targets for all aircraft.
Group Leaders, please name your groups according to the names in the "Order of Battle" section. Please do not name them "Bob's killers", "Blue Squadron", "Interceptors", etc. If they are given their correct names, it is much easier for CM's to check things in the logs and during the frames.
If you have poor frame rates on this terrain, try turning off local water reflections. (Go into "Options->Graphic detail", click "Advanced" button, uncheck "local water reflections".)
Your Group Leader will tell you which are the Active Bases for the frame -- please write that information down.
When you have no more lives, please volunteer to be a gunner.
CO's can eject a player from the arena if the player is not following orders, breaking rules, being insubordinate, or being a nuissance. To do so, send a PM to the CM giving the players AH handle and that you want him ejected -- i.e., ".p roscoroo eject mrproblem".
Players who are CM's but not running the scenario should not use any of their CM abilities (such as god's-eye mode or looking at logs).
Wind: 0 mph at 0-6k altitude, 5 to 15 mph from one direction on up.
Weather: Generally as follows. Overcast, gray skies. Cirrostratus up high (25,000 ft or more). Altostratus around 15,000 ft. Scattered cumulus below that. However, might vary frame to frame.
Radar and Sector Counters: Radar contact will result in a display of "DarBar" sector counters within the indicated range of friendly radar towers and at alitudes above 1500 ft. above-ground level. Above 28,000 feet "DotDar" will be enabled within the radar radius for both sides. Radar towers will be set to a hardness such that they indestructible (as in the real battle, people didn't know where they were, and there were mobile and camoflaged installations).
WARNING: The function of sector counters is somewhat buggy currently. There are cases where aircraft above 1500 ft AGL do not show up as sector counters when they should and cases where aircraft below 1500 ft AGL continue to appear as sector counters yet should not. In agregate, when there are lots of planes in the sky, it mostly works. But be warned -- there is some "fog of war" with this functionality.
Object down time: All objects will respawn at the start of the next frame.
Country order: 3, 1, 2. This makes (as usual for scenarios) allies the Bishops, axis the Knights, and rooks as walkon country.
|Variable||Value||Explanation of Variable|
|BomberWarningRange||10560||A base starts flashing when an enemy bomber gets within this number of feet.|
|ColorFog[Day]||169/169/172||Color of fog for winter overcast.|
|ColorSky[Day]||211/211/214||Color of sky for winter overcast.|
|CommunicationFlags||3||Kill messages and channel 1 disabled.|
|CountryFlags[Bishops]||2||Start with country can be joined, but flight disabled.|
|DeathMaxCount||1||After this many deaths, you have to wait DeathTimeMin before spawning the next time.|
|DeathTimeMin||5||How long in minutes you have to wait before spawning after DeathMaxCount deaths.|
|DownTimeMult||1.0000||A multiplier for down time of objects. For example, if Bunk Ammo has a Down Time of 2.0 and if DownTimeMult = 10.0, the actual down time for Bunk Ammo is 10 minutes.|
|Evening||23.0000||The end of the arena "day". At this time, the arena day will reset and the time will become whatever is set for the Morning setting. This does not affect the position of the sun in the sky (which rises at 06:00 and sets at 18:00).|
|ExitWhileMoving||460||Chute, gunner, boat, field gun, amphib.|
|FighterWarningRange||10560||A base starts flashing when an enemy fighter gets within this number of feet.|
|FlightModeFlags||1152||Formations enabled, Autocalibrate bomb sight|
|FogVisibilityMiles||15.0000||Visibility in miles. May vary from 11-15.|
|FuelBurnRateMult||1.0000||The multiple applied to fuel burn rate. 2.0 means fuel is used at 2x real-life rate.|
|GroundAutoLethality[Armored]||0.3000||See "GroundAutoLethality" section.|
|GroundAutoLethality[Hard]||0.3000||See "GroundAutoLethality" section.|
|GroundAutoLethality[Soft]||0.3000||See "GroundAutoLethality" section.|
|KillShooter||0||If this is 1, you take the damage if you shoot a countryman. If this is 0, he takes the damage.|
|Morning||2.0000||The beginning of the arena "day". See the Evening setting for more details. This does not affect the position of the sun in the sky (which rises at 06:00 and sets at 18:00).|
|PerkPointsDisabled||1||1 if awarding of perk points for kills is disabled. 0 if it is enabled.|
|PlayerResupplyTime||0||Minutes of downtime subtracted from down objects when supplies are dropped at a base.|
|ProtectObjects||0||You can bomb your own ground objects (to account for incorrect strat ownership).|
|RadarAlt||28000||If a plane is under this altitude, it won't show on dot radar (unless full friendly or full enemy is selected).|
|RadarMode[Bishops]||394||Tower Friendly, Tower Enemy, Counters Above Radar, Range Based Counters.|
|RadarUpdateRate||240||Radar updates every 4 minutes.|
|RandomRotate||0||Whether or not a Country Reset rotates countries randomly.|
|ResetAirFieldCnt||1||If a country has less than this many airfields, the war is won, and the arena does a reset.|
|ResetTotalFieldCnt||1||If a country has less than this many total fields, the war is won, and the arena does a reset.|
|SectorCounterAlt||1500||If a plane is under this altitude, it's won't show in the sector counters.|
|SectorCounterRange||132000||If RadarMode is set to have Range Based Counters, this is the range in feet from the radar station that a plane has to be in order to show in the sector counters.|
|StratFlags||1||Disable Strat Supply.|
|TowerBasedRadarRange||132000||Range from radar station for plane to appear on radar (dot radar).|
|VehicleWarningRange||10560||A base starts flashing when an enemy vehicle gets within this number of feet.|
|ViewModeFlags||2||External view for bombers only.|
|Bunk Radar||set *hardness* to very high value|
|Gun Bat Soft||30|
All other settings are the default settings listed here: http://ahevents.org/images/stories/scenarios_images/defaultSettingDocument/defaultArenaSettings.html
Admittance into the Special Events Arena will be turned off right after start time elapses. This is because the sides in the scenario need a little time to get their players assigned, briefed, and settled before takeoff. We have found -- based on many previous scenarios -- that if admittance to the arena is not closed, players drift in late, and curious players who haven't heard of scenarios before continue to pop in to see what is going on. While we very much want players in scenarios, it is a large organizational problem to deal with players trickling in right up to takeoff or to deal with new players asking lots of questions about scenarios while trying to get things ready for takeoff. To accommodate players who show up on time but get disconnected in the initial stages of the scenario, admittance will be turned back on 30 minutes after the start time.
This section is for describing some (not all) of the aspects to this scenario that are particularly different compared to flying in the Main Arena.
In scenarios, there are times when using techniques to increase aircraft range might be important. Setting the engine's RPM and manifold settings to the "max cruise" settings in the E6B will result in more range than full military power and is a good choice for a pilot who has no idea what might work better. However, there are times when settings different from the max-cruise settings will result in even greater range, such as lowering the RPM farther than max-cruise settings. Also, the E6B information does not suggest altitudes for cruising. If you have a longer distance to travel, it may be best to climb at military power to high altitude, then lower the RPM below the max-cruise settings. For shorter distances or for aircraft that do not perform well at high altitude, 10-20k might work better. Figuring out a plan for fuel management is, for some scenarios, a useful part of preparation.
This scenario implements wind and clouds. Level bombing in wind is a bit different than bombing without wind, in terms of accuracy and techniques that are best to hit targets. You might want to suggest to your bomber pilots that they practice bombing in wind prior to the scenario if they are not familiar with the impact of wind.
The clouds will be thicker in places than is typical in the Main Arena.
Logs and scores will be posted after the test frame and after frame 4, but not during the scenario.
MOTD. The following can be copy and pasted to use as the MOTD, with appropriate number for frame number.
Welcome to the scenario Red Storm - Krupp Steel!
Show up at or before 3 pm Eastern Time to play.
If you are not registered, you are welcome to play,
but please change to country Rook,
go to a1 tower, and type on channel 200,
"Walkon requesting assignment."
If you need back in and the arena is locked, please
enter ".p roscoroo let me in" into a radio text buffer
such as from the Main Arena. Try getting into the
arena thereafter even if the games says the arena
is locked -- the screen doesn't update quickly.
Once in, type ".p roscoroo i'm in".
Allies = Bishops
Axis = Knights
walkons = Rook
CM checklist. Prior to Start Time:
|Event||Real Time||Tower Clock||Event tasks|
S (Show-Up Time)
|3 pm Eastern, Noon PT||10:00 am||
|S+25 = T-5 (Takeoff Countdown)||12:25 PT||
|12:30 pm PT||10:30 am||
|T+3 hours||3:30 pm PT||1:30 pm||
|T+3.5 hours (Frame End)||4:00 pm PT||2:00 pm||
|T+3.6 hours (End Log)||4:07 pm PT||
Suggest the following changed settings for practice. Also, enable all scenario planes at all fields, both sides, so that peopel can do combat against each other from same field.
|Variable||Default Value||Explanation of Variable|
|CommunicationFlags||0||Kill messages and channel 1 enabled (so that people can get feedback on kills).|
|CountryFlags[Bishops]||3||Country can be joined, flight enabled.|
|DeathMaxCount||0||no DeathMaxCount (no limited lives)|
|DownTimeMult||0.1||Set down times to default, and use this as multiplier so that things rebuild after a few minutes.|
|ProtectObjects||0||So that a side can destroy its own objects for practice.|
Scenario design: Fencer
Terrain: asw / DUX
Game-day CM: Roscoroo
Scenario CM's: Brooke (Team Lead), Roscoroo, Newman, and Fencer
Rules writeup: Fencer
Allied CO: Have (BBS: Have)
Axis CO: RedTail7 (BBS: Swareiam)
-- Main release of rules writeup.
-- Planes can now refuel at any base (instead of just at Active Bases).
-- Made radar towers indestructible (as in real battle, pilots didn't know where it was, and there were camoflaged and mobile units).
-- Clarified that "Each side must seriously pursue all of its objectives" boils down to meaning just that each side has to attack at least one (although preferably more than one) strategic bombing target.
-- Will use "Disable Strat Supply" in StratFlags, to turn off supply to cities and factories, so that dead buildings stay down the whole frame. Trains and convoys will still run, but they do not deliver any supplies.
-- Corrected tower times listed in the "Timing Table" section.
-- Corrected that CM to contact if arena is locked is Roscoroo (not Brooke).
-- Added warning about sector counters sometimes not working entirely for all aircraft; i.e., that there can be some "fog of war" to the workings of sector counters.