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After 9 months of silence, we are back with the first big status update on our modern. Historical background of particular reworked missions, little sneak peek on new content, and of course, we will shed some light on the planned content.

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After a long absence, we are back with an update. And it consists of two important things:


1.Firstly, we are moving on to the next phase of development dedicated to the British missions around Caen;


2.Secondly, we have already made some progress at this stage, a small part of which you can see in the images section. Also in this article we will share info on other content planned for this stage.


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Operation Perch

June 11- June 14, 1944


Now let's talk more about each of them:
The main theme of this update will be the reworking of the four levels of
the British campaign from the "Battle of Caen" episode for the events of
Operation Perch. Our goal is to rework these levels for the events that
took place with the 7th armored division within four days, from June 11 to
June 14, 1944 in the outskirts of Caen.


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Map of the breakthrough of the German lines as of 7 June 1944.

The Operation Perch (9-14 June 1944) itself was a British attempt to capture Caen with a pincers attack, launched after the city remained in German hands on D-Day. The main objective of Operation Perch is to encircle the city of Caen and then seize it. The battle included heavy fighting at Tilly-sur-Seulles and the famous tank battle at Villers-Bocage, and although the British failed to capture Caen, the operation did help pull the German armoured forces to the eastern end of the bridgehead.

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Tanks from the 7th Armored Division move inland from Gold Beach 7 June 1944.

Events that happened prior to ingame ones: West of the city Desert rats of the 7th Armored division as part of the British XXX Corps encountered elements of the Panzer Lehr and the 12th SS Panzer Division ("Hitler
Youth"). They were soon embroiled in fierce fighting in the region of Tilly sur Seulles, twelve miles west of the center of Caen. The British forces captured the village on 10 June but were driven out by a German
counterattack.

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12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" Panzergrenadiers on the outskirts of Caen, June 1944.


"Prisoners of War"

June 11th, 1944


Fighting around Tilly sur Seulles continued. On the same day, the British captured the village, but were subjected to a fierce attack by the Panzerlehr. The British forced them to leave and leave Tilly sur Seulles.

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British troops taking cover behind a hedge somewhere near Tilly-sur-Seulles.


"The Crossroads"

June 12th, 1944


Lt-General Bucknall, commander of XXX Corps at the time, ordered the 7th Armoured Divisions (the Desert Rats) to advance around the western flank of the German line at Tilly sur Seulles, then capture the high ground atVillers-Bocage, to avoid a withdrawal Panzerlehr from Tilly sur Seulles. The 7th Armored Division arrived at Livry around 20:00 and stopped for the night in an area defended by German Panzergrenadiers.

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Lieutenant-General Gerald Bucknall on the bridge of the destroyer HMS BEAGLE, 6 June 1944.


"The Tiger"

June 13th, 1944


The 7th Armored Division reached Villers-Bocage. Then the "Desert Rats" were attacked by the group of heavy tanks under command of SS-Hauptsturmführer Wittmann. British losses in the armored vehicles destroyed by the germans were heavy. Inspired by this victory, the tanks of 101st Heavy SS Panzer Battalion continue their counterattack, which falls into several ambushes spread by the British in the ruins of Villers-Bocage, and the Tiger tanks are destroyed. But the Desert Rats are forced to retreat, constantly pursued by enemy artillery, to Hill 174 near Amayé-sur-Seulles, west of Villers-Bocage.

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SS-Hauptsturmführer Michael Wittmann posing on turret of his heavy Tiger tank.


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British vehicles convoy knocked out by Michael Wittmann, Villers-Bocage, 13 June 1944.



"The Brigade Box"

June 14th, 1944


General Montgomery put an end to the encirclement at Caen and stopped the advance of the 1st Corps northeast of the city. This decision marks the abandonment of the Operation Perch strategy. By morning, the 7th Armored Division had formed into the so-called Brigade Box, a formation often used in the desert, where each division could provide support to the others involved. The British position was being assessed on the German side and they realized that the 7th Armored Division was in danger. The headquarters
of the Panzerlehr division decided that they could stop the advance of the British forces, and also attack the Brigade Box. During the day, the British took up defensive positions throughout the Amayé-sur-Seulles area and fiercely repelled German counterattacks. The Germans suffered greatly: up to 20 tanks and hundreds of killed or wounded Panzergrenadiers lay in or around the Brigade Box.

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Panzer Lehr Division Panzergrenadiers in armored half-track on the outskirts of Caen,1944.


Now let's touch on the content that is planned for this stage of development of the modification in more detail:


Four new German units:


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Panzer-Lehr-Division;


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12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend";


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101st SS Heavy Panzer Battalion;


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2nd Panzer Division

all four of which include new models of soldiers and equipment, new skins for soldiers
and vehicles.


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Rifle Brigade of 7th Armoured Division ("Desert Rats")

New models and skins for soldiers, vehicles and equipment for the 7th
Armored Division (the Desert Rats).


Changed descriptions (dates, locations, and diary entries on loading
screens) to better match historical realities.


As always, stay tuned! We gonna post more stuff from this phase of
development in image section soon.



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mates999ful
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Nice to see an update keep up the good work guys!

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djibe89
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Impressive !

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ProfessorDSD
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Very nice! Cannot wait to see it!

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JaxOrSmthng
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Looks good, can't wait to downlaod it soner or later.

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download link?

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General.Fahrman
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its not done yet

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When does it come out? I cannot wait!

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