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Pages of History (June): The Military Engineer

In this month’s Pages of History, you’ll be at the center of events that took place in different theaters of war. Karelia and Lithuania, the Normandy landings and large-scale battles in the Pacific Ocean: take part in battles with the vehicles corresponding to these historic battles and receive prizes.

From June 1st until June 30th, you’ll be offered 8 tasks consecutively. Completing each will reward you with a trophy, and completing all of them will earn you a unique player icon.

By the beginning of World War II, Percy Hobart was a major general and an expert in armored vehicles. Because of his unusual ideas, Hobart was forced into retirement in 1940, but after the failure of the Allied amphibious assault at the Battle of Dieppe, innovative ideas were in great demand. In 1943 Hobart converted the Churchill and Sherman tanks of his 79th Armored Division into engineering marvels dubbed “Hobart’s Funnies”. Some of these included the flamethrower Crocodile tank, mine-resistant Crab, amphibious DD and the enemy fortification destroyer, the Churchill AVRE. The Allies were impressed by Hobart’s work and his “funny” vehicles provided invaluable assistance during the Normandy Landings.

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Percy Hobart

You can immediately purchase this profile icon for Golden Eagles until July 3rd, 11:30 GMT without completing tasks. To find it, go to your Nickname → Achievements → Pages of History.

Trophy reward for each task

Completing each individual task will give you a trophy with one of the following rewards:

  • 20-50% RP booster for 3-10 battles;
  • 20-50% SL booster for 3-10 battles;
  • 3-5 universal backups;
  • Premium account for 1 day;
  • A random camouflage for ground vehicles (out of the selection of camouflages currently obtainable in game for completing tasks, or purchasing with Golden Eagles).

Other terms

  • Tasks are available from 11:00 GMT until 11:30 GMT on the final day of each task.
  • Tasks can be completed in random battles except for “Assault” mode.

You can read a detailed description of which task is for which day and your overall progress by going to your Nickname → Achievements → Pages of History.

June 1st — June 4th

Battle of Midway

On June 4th 1942, the Battle of Midway began, one of the most important battles in the Pacific theater. It took place without the participation of artillery, as the planes that took off from aircraft carriers became the stars of the battle. At Midway, the Allies achieved their first major victory over Japan, and the Imperial Navy never recovered from the loss of aircraft carriers and experienced pilots.

June 5th — June 8th

D-Day (Operation Overlord)

On the morning of June 6th 1944, D-Day, hundreds of thousands of Allied soldiers and officers landed in Normandy, opening a western front against Nazi Germany. The Allies managed to organize this major operation in complete secrecy. The result of this operation was the rapid liberation of not only Normandy, but also the capital of France.

June 9th — June 12th

Karelian Offensive

On the Eastern Front at this time, the Red Army was conducing an offensive in the northern direction. As a result of the successful Vyborg-Petrozavodsk operation, Finnish troops were driven out of Karelia, which prompted Finland to sign the Moscow Armistice with the USSR and go over to the side of the Allies.

June 12th — June 15th

Battle of Villers-Bocage

Shortly after D-Day, British troops encountered Wehrmacht forces near Villers-Bocage in Normandy. The Germans took advantage of the surprise effect, inflicted significant losses on the British and forced them to retreat. This led to the fact that the Germans were able to gain a foothold in Caen, which the Allies were able to take only two months later.

June 15th — June 18th

Operation Battleaxe

On 15th-17th June 1941, British troops launched an offensive in eastern Cyrenaica in an attempt to lift the siege of Tobruk. For the first time during World War II, significant German forces were forced to defend themselves, but they succeeded. With equal forces on both sides, Great Britain lost three times as many aircraft and nine times as many tanks, and the operation was a complete failure.

June 19th — June 22nd

Battle of the Philippine Sea

On June 19th-20th 1944, the last major battle of aircraft carriers in the Pacific Ocean took place. The United States had both numerical and technical superiority on its side, while Japan was able to field only inexperienced pilots against the American aces. As a result, Japan lost both aircraft carriers and aircraft, and until the end of the war it was unable to make up for these losses.

June 23rd — June 26th

Battle of Raseiniai

On June 22nd 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union, and in the early days of the Blitzkrieg, the scattered forces of the Red Army tried unsuccessfully to hold back the Wehrmacht advance. One of these attempts was made near Raseiniai in Lithuania, where the USSR deployed 750 tanks, three times more than Germany had in this direction, and lost 700 of them in a couple of days. One KV-1 that penetrated the behind the Germans was able to block the Wehrmacht’s supply route throughout the entire battle, not surrendering even after it was hit.

June 27th — June 30th

Case Blue

At the end of June 1942, a Wehrmacht strategic offensive operation began, designed to consistently defeat Soviet forces in the southern direction and seize oil fields in the Caucasus. However, due to the fact that Hitler personally interfered with the command of the troops, they were not sufficiently organized, outnumbered and equipped to effectively advance. They eventually got bogged down at Stalingrad, where they suffered a crushing defeat.

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