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The valley of no return
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From 06:00 GMT on 17th of May 2014 to 06:00 GMT on 19th May 2014

Operation (Ruhr) available in the Simulator Battles mode

Realistic battles event - "Guardian Angel"

Complete the following special missions and earn up to 150.000 Silver Lions

While flying any aircraft of the USA, GB or USSR  While flying any aircraft of Germany or Japan


150 ground targets in Arcade Battles or

50 ground targets in Realistic Battles or

15 ground targets in Simulator Battles

and earn 75 000 Silver Lions


80 enemy aircraft in Arcade Battles or

20 enemy aircraft in Realistic Battles or

10 enemy aircraft in Simulator Battles

and earn 75 000 Silver Lions

Mohne Dam Breached in operation Chastise


The Battle of the Ruhr was begun on the 5th of March 1943 and lasted for 5 months, it was a  campaign of strategic bombing during the Second World War against the German Industrial  Ruhr Area, which had coke plants, steelworks, and synthetic oil plants. The campaign bombed twenty-six major Combined Bomber Offensive targets such as the Krupp armament works at Essen, the Nordstern synthetic-oil plant  in Gelsenkirchen, and the Rheinmetall-Borsig plant in Düsseldorf. In this grand campaign, the famous Dambusters raid (Operation Chastise) was carried out on the 17th of May 1943.

British bomber aircraft involved in the Ruhr offensive was made up in the main of the twin-engined Vickers Wellington medium bomber and the four-engined Avro Lancaster, the Short Stirling and the Handley Page Halifax.

British raids were staged by night - the losses in daylight raids being too heavy to bear. RAF Bomber Command were using the Pathfinder squadrons and the bomber stream tactic together. The pathfinder group was made up mostly with Mosquito’s from 109 squadron.

"Oboe", an electronic navigation aid using transponder radio technology meant the Pathfinders could mark the targets with flares despite the industrial generated haze and cloud cover that obscured the area by night. Guidance markers put the main force over the target area, where they would then drop their bomb loads on the target markers. The bomber stream concentrated the force of bombers into a small tight time slot, so effective that it overwhelmed fighter defences in the air and fire fighting attempts on the ground.

The USAAF had two 4-engined heavy bombers available: the B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-24 Liberator. The  raids carried out by the American units were by daylight, the closely massed wings of bombers providing good cover for each other with defensive fire against fighters.

Between the Americans and the British, the systematic daylight and night time bombing gave the enemy little time to recover. The USAAF forces in the UK were still increasing during 1943 and the majority of the bombing was done by the RAF.

AA cover was so fierce that the British nicknamed the Ruhr as “The valley of no return!”

The Campaign seriously disrupted German war production and led to great shortages of steel and armaments which helped bring the end of the war closer.

The War Thunder Team


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