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[Air Forces] Austria, the Pioneers of Aerial Bombing 27 August 2014

The first nation to recognize the potential of military air power was Austria. In the First and Second World War, Austria produced many pilot aces, including the well-known Luftwaffe aces Walter Nowotny and Maximillian Stotz.

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[Historical] Flying by Bushido: The Birthday of Saburo Sakai 26 August 2014

Saburo Sakai was born August 26th 1916 in the farming village of Nishiyoka in the Saga prefecture on Kyushu island, Japan. With 64 downed Allied aircraft, Sakai was a capable fighter ace that never lost a wingman in over 200 missions.

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Ace Profile – Major Marina Mikhailovna Raskova 25 August 2014

Whilst the first qualified female pilots were flying prior to the First World War, the 1920s and 1930s saw women acknowledged as professional aviators in their own right, likeAmy Johnson and Amelia Earhart. However, less well known in the west but far more pioneering for women within the field of military aviation was Marina Raskova.

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[Historical] Battle of Britain: Act III, Critical times 23 August 2014

The weather worked for Great Britain by hampering the Luftwaffe from effective raids, but on the 24th their natural ally dissipated.  While the RAF kept pace with demands earlier, the greatly increased demands were more than they could handle...

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[VIDEO] Developers Answers: Part 2 22 August 2014

Pilots and Tankers, the War Thunder team continues to answer your questions in the "Developers Answers" series of videos.

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[Historical] Unsung Heroes – The Maintainers 22 August 2014

All aircraft need regular maintenance; the practices in place in the modern day military aviation environment have many striking similarities to the procedures already implemented by the time of the Second World War. Even if undamaged by the enemy, aircraft parts are ‘life-exed’: depending on the aircraft and the individual parts, certain components will be replaced after flying a certain number of hours. In addition to this, aircraft have a scheduled maintenance package.

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[Ace Profile] Wing Commander 'Bob' Stanford Tuck 21 August 2014

In May 1940 Tuck was transferred to No.92 Squadron at RAF Croydon, under the command of Squadron Leader Roger Bushell, who would later become famous as one of the masterminds behind ‘The Great Escape.’ On May 23rd, whilst flying a patrol over Dunkirk, the squadron were jumped by a staffel of Bf109s. In the ensuing dogfight Tuck shot down his first enemy aircraft. That afternoon No.92 Sqn again took to the skies, this time with Tuck shooting down two Bf110s.

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[Historical] The North Korean Air Force 20 August 2014

After enduring some 69 years of political and military influence and occupation under the Imperial Japanese auspices the People of Korea’s future was now on the 15 August 1945 or Juche 34, firmly in their hands, during the political upheavals of the following years the military of the now divided korea’s began the process of organising for an uncertain future.

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Zinovy Kolobanov’s feat of arms 20 August 2014

On August the 20th in 1941, the crew of a KV-1E Soviet heavy tank  commanded by Senior Lieutenant Zinovy Kolobanov fired the first shot at a convoy of German armoured vehicles near Voiskovitsy. This skirmish became memorable as an example of military skill and courage.

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[Historical] Dieppe Raid 19 August 2014

On the morning of the 19th August 1942, a joint force of allied combatants supported by the Free French, the RAF and the Royal Navy began operations for an attack on the German occupied French port of Dieppe. Originally to be codenamed as Operation Rutter, Operation Jubilee as it was later known resulted in disastrous attempt at opening a second front to take German military pressure off the Soviets after the lightning attacks following Operation Barbarossa in June of 1941.

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