Before we go to the screenshots we would like to welcome a few new developers. We have added as many as 3 new mappers to our team in the past few weeks; Fuchswiesel, who made today's map, Sorken and Spaetzle. Welcome to the development team guys!
After the German lines in Normandy were broken, during Operation Cobra, Hitler felt that the situation could be turned around, by attacking the flank of the allied advance and cutting the advance off. Most German generals however, saw the looming threat of encirclement and only a month later they were proved right. The offensive at Mortain had failed and the allies were now on all sides of the German army. As the situation became clear, the German army had to make increasingly desperate attempts to break out of the pocket. This map focuses on the small town of St. Lambert-sur-Dives, in the middle of the 'Falaise Gap' (the hole in the pocket through which the Germans could escape). The map was made, as mentioned earlier, by Fuchswiesel.
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"August 18th, 1944. For the past month the Allies have exploited the American breakthrough at St. Lo and have nearly encircled the whole of the German seventh army. Until yesterday, a small gap remained, centered around the town of St. Lambert-sur-Dives, but with elements of the Canadian 4th Armoured Division having secured this small town, the Falaise Pocket is now a fact. The German high command however, isn't willing to write off the 50,000 men inside the pocket just yet. As the 1st Polish Division is holding off attempts to re-open the gap from the east, the Canadians must hold out against the increasingly desperate attacks from the west..."
As usual, you can find the minimap in our maps section. That's all for now, but be sure to come back later for another update. Until then, feel free to visit our IRC channel and our public forums to discuss this update and other news.