Sunday, 26 March 2017

Table Air Combat Il-2 Shturmovik

A second new addition to Table Air Combat has arrived, this time the iconic tank buster the Il-2 Shturmovik. I read recently that they weren't as tough as they were reported to be, with a very high casualty rate amongst the Shturmovik regiments compared to other branches of the VVS. I'm not surprised given their extremely hazardous ground attack role. This set includes a range of scenarios that are typical of these types of low level, ground pounding efforts:

Air and Bread: Attack a bridge on the Berezina river to slow down the invading German army.  This is a standalone scenario using only the Il-2.

Circle of Death:  Il-2s form a defensive Lufbery circle against  Bf-109 fighters.

Anti-Transport: The Luftwaffe tries to supply by air, but has a shortage of transports.  He-111 bombers are loaded with supplies and used instead. The Il-2 aircraft are assigned to shoot down the lumbering aircraft.. The airfield is defended by Bf-109F fighters.

Zement bomber:  Fight the battle of Kursk by attacking German tanks.  Il-2 are escorted by Yak-7 fighters, but the Luftwaffe defends with Fw-190A fighters and counter-attacks Soviet tanks with Ju-88 bombers.

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