First Flight of the La-5
On March 21st, 1942 the La-5, a Soviet fighter aircraft designed by Semyon Lavochkin, made its maiden flight. It was an evolution of LaGG-3 that replaced an inline engine with the stronger and more widely available Shvetsov ASh-82 radial engine; that allowed the USSR to quickly produce a huge number of new fighters. In the skies La-5 was a strong competitor to the German Bf 109, and its modifications were used until the end of the War.
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  • 21 March 2023
Lucky Piñata
Something interesting happens regularly in War Thunder. Right now as you are reading this text the participants of the big football competition are fighting for decals, decorations, titles and other valuable prizes.
St. Patrick’s Day
The feast of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is observed on March 17th. This holiday has long since stopped being a purely religious one and thanks to the Irish immigrants spread across the entire world.
Happy International Women’s Day!
It’s the first and the most important spring holiday! On this day we’d like to extend congratulations to all women of the world. We wish you to always be surrounded by your loved ones, for a smile to never leave your lips, and for all your wishes to come true. Celebrate this holiday with us in War Thunder!
Finnish Air Force Day
The Finnish Air Force was founded on the 6th of March, 1918, soon after the country declared its independence from the Russian Empire. Its first planes were simply left behind by Russian forces. But the Finns didn’t have their own pilots, so in the beginning they had to rely on unofficial help from Swedes, Danes, and Russians.
South African Armed Forces Day
In 2012 President Zuma chose February 21st as the day to honor the Armed Forces of South Africa; it is celebrated with drills and parades.
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  • 21 February 2023
First Flight of the Bo 105
On February 16th, 1967 the Bo 105 multi-purpose helicopter, created by Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm, took to the air for the first time. The Bo 105 pioneered a hingeless rotor system, received over 20 modifications and is still widely used in many countries across the globe.
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  • 16 February 2023
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to spend a romantic evening together in your favorite game, give out gifts and compliments, and, of course, get new decals in War Thunder.
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  • 14 February 2023
National Foundation Day in Japan
According to legend, Jimmu, the first Emperor of Japan ascended to the throne 2683 years ago on the first day of the first Lunar month — that was February 11th, 660 BC. After the Meiji Restoration, the Emperor decreed this day a national holiday; it was temporarily banned after WWII, but was brought back in the mid-1960s. On February 11th Japanese temples hold festivals, buildings are decorated with flags, and the royal family addresses the nation.
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  • 10 February 2023
Victory in Stalingrad Day
The Battle of Stalingrad began in the summer of 1942: both German and Soviet command considered the city to be of critical importance. In autumn the Red Army during Operation Uranus successfully encircled the Wehrmacht forces near Stalingrad. Axis powers failed in their attempt to break through, and on February 2nd, 1943 field marshal Paulus went against Hitler’s orders and surrendered. This victory became one of the most important events of WWII.
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Australia Day
On January 26th, 1788, the British First Fleet landed at Sydney Cove, proclaiming British sovereignty over New South Wales and the founding of Sydney. Nowadays January 26th is the main state holiday — Australia Day. Congratulations to all our Australian players!
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  • 26 January 2023
Happy Lunar New Year!
On January 22nd the East welcomes the arrival of the new year: the year of the rabbit! Congratulations to everyone who celebrates! Let us light up the lanterns, launch fireworks into the sky — and, of course, give out gifts!
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Swedish Armed Forces Day
The history of the Swedish Armed Forces goes back half a millennium, when Gustav Vasa led a rebellion against Denmark, secured Sweden’s independence and became its king. On January 14th, 1521, sixteen young men were chosen to be Gustav’s life guards. And even today, the Life Guards are one of the largest units in the Swedish Armed Forces.
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New Year with War Thunder!
Christmas frost outside - it is time to decorate the Christmas tree and happily wait for the New Year. These winter days are the time of Christmas miracles, fun and gifts. Miracles we will leave to Santa but the fun and gifts will be provided by us!
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80th anniversary of the “Normandie — Niemen” regiment
On November 25th, 1942, an agreement was signed between the USSR and France concerning forming a French aviation squadron on the eastern front. It was named “Normandie” after the French province whose coat of arms — a red shield with two golden lions — became the basis for the squadron’s insignia.
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Polish Independence Day
At the end of 18th century Poland was partitioned, its territories annexed by nearby empires. But at the end of WWI Russia bowed out of the war, while Austria-Hungary and Germany capitulated. It allowed Poland to regain its freedom in 1918 — and it celebrates its Independence Day on November 11th, the anniversary of the end of World War I.
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  • 11 November 2022
People's Liberation Army Air Force Day
Soon after the People's Liberation Army of China was formed, it created its own Air Force on November 11th, 1949. At first it consisted mostly of Soviet aircraft, but now it boasts a wide range of Chinese-made aircraft and is among the three largest air forces in the world.
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  • 11 November 2022
Italian National Unity and Armed Forces Day
On November 3rd, 1918, Austria-Hungary capitulated in World War I, its territorial concessions allowing Italy to complete its reunification that began way back in the middle of the XIX century. Thus November 4th, the day that the armistice went into effect, is celebrated as National Unity and Armed Forces Day. Italians were celebrating it before Mussolini’s rise to power, during his premiership and after where it’s the only holiday to have remained in effect for the past century.
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  • 4 November 2022
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