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Italian National Unity & Armed Forces Day: The P40 and a Decal to celebrate!
On November 4th 1918, Austria-Hungary capitulated in the First World War, allowing Italy to gain a number of territories and finally complete its unification which began in the mid-19th century. This date has been celebrated as the Day of National Unity and the Armed Forces of the country for more than a century, remaining a holiday under different regimes. On this day, Italian leaders lay wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, barracks are opened to the public and army departments hold concerts in major cities.
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  • 3 November 2023
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War Thunder’s 11th Birthday: Let’s Celebrate Together!
Let's light the candles on the cake: November 1st marks 11 years since War Thunder entered open beta testing.
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Republic of Turkey 100th Anniversary: A Decal and the T129 ATAK is back!
In 1919, a war broke out between the Turkish military led by Mustafa Kemal and the countries that laid claim to the territory of the former Ottoman Empire. In the summer of 1923, it came to an end, and on October 29th of the same year, Mustafa Kemal proclaimed the formation of the Turkish Republic.
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  • 27 October 2023
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J35A Draken returns for the anniversary of its maiden flight!
The J35A Draken was the first supersonic jet aircraft to enter service in Western Europe. Taking to the skies on October 25th 1955, the J35 was in service between 1960 to 2005, however it did not participate in any real combat.
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  • 25 October 2023
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UH-1C XM-30 returns for the anniversary of its maiden flight!
On October 22nd 1956, the Bell UH-1 Iroquois (commonly known as the “Huey”) multi-role helicopter took to the skies for the first time. This helicopter was put into service in 1959, and is still in active use today! Over 70 countries use or have used this famous helicopter, where it is ranked amongst the top 3 in terms of number built.
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  • 20 October 2023
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Trafalgar Day: A Decal and HMCS Haida to celebrate!
On October 21st 1805, the British fleet commanded by Admiral Nelson caused a crushing defeat to the combined naval forces of France and Spain at the Battle of Trafalgar. This victory not only prevented Napoleon’s invasion of England, but also made Great Britain the ultimate ruler of the seas. For this reason, October 21st is the main holiday for the Royal Navy in the UK!
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  • 20 October 2023
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Vautour IIN returns for the anniversary of its maiden flight!
After WWII ended, France sought to rebuild its air force. In need of an aircraft that could serve in many roles: a multi-purpose bomber, fighter and interceptor, SNCASO took one of their prototypes to fit these requirements. This is where the Vautour was born, taking to the skies on October 16th, 1952!
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  • 16 October 2023
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US Navy Birthday: A Decal and the USS Cowell to celebrate!
On October 13th 1775, the Continental Fleet was created by the 13 colonies that separated from Great Britain. When it was first created, this fleet consisted of only a few ships that went on to battle with British ships. Today, the US Navy is the world’s largest navy in terms of ships and naval aircraft.
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  • 13 October 2023
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German Unity Day: Vehicles for GE and a Decal to celebrate!
For many decades following the end of World War II, Germany was divided into two countries. It was only until 1989 when the process of German unification of the German Democratic Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany began, with the official consolidation starting today, on October 3rd, 1990. This date is celebrated yearly as German Unity Day!
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Shop discounts, Type 69-IIa back for GE + a decal for the National Day of the PRC!
On October 1st, 1949 the establishment of the People's Republic of China was formally proclaimed on Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Ever since then, this day is commemorated as one of the most important national holidays: it is the start of the Golden Week, during which people travel a lot and visit remote relatives.
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  • 29 September 2023
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The Yak-38 Is Back for Its Maiden Flight Anniversary and Is Here to Stay
On September 22nd, 1970 the Soviet VTOL light strike aircraft Yak-38 performed its maiden flight — it was the first operational carrier-based VTOL fixed-wing aircraft in the Soviet Navy. It was designed especially for Project 1143 heavy aviation cruisers and served almost exclusively on them.
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  • 22 September 2023
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The Mi-24D Returns to Celebrate the Anniversary of Its First Flight!
September 19th, 1969 marked the maiden flight of the first Soviet specialized attack helicopter, Mi-24. The legendary Hind became the most famous Soviet and later Russian attack helicopter — as well as most produced, its numbers being second only to the American Apache.
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  • 20 September 2023
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A Decal and Two Fighters to celebrate the U.S. Air Force’s Birthday
The history of American aviation goes back to the beginning of the 20th century, but the U.S. Air Force became an independent branch of the Armed Forces only after World War II — on September 18th, 1947. Air Force Day was established the same year — but it was celebrated only for a couple years, because in 1949, Armed Forces Day was established that united the celebrations of all branches of the U.S. military.
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  • 18 September 2023
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RAF Spitfires and a Decal available for Battle of Britain Day
On September 15th 1940, a decisive battle of the Battle of Britain took place over the skies of London, with the defenders being victorious. After this defeat, Germany reconsidered its plans for an invasion and instead began nightly bombings of the defiant island nation of Britain.
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  • 15 September 2023
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The YP-38 is back for the Anniversary of its first Flight!
The YP-38, a prototype of the American heavy two engine fighter Lockheed P-38 Lightning, took to the skies for the first time on September 17th, 1940. The P-38 was the only aircraft that was mass produced in the US throughout the entire World War II. It was actively used as a fighter on the Pacific Theatre, and also did a lot of reconnaissance over Europe.
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  • 15 September 2023
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The KV-2 (ZiS-6) and a Decoration for Tanker’s Day!
Armored and mechanized forces played a pivotal role in the USSR's victory in World War II. In their honor in 1946 a professional holiday of tankers and tank constructors was established. It is celebrated every second Sunday of September, commemorating the breakthrough of the Soviet armored forces during the East Carpathian Strategic Offensive that took place on September 11th, 1944.
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  • 8 September 2023
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Victory in WWII Anniversary Decal
On August 15th, 1945, Japan announced its surrender, marking the end of hostilities on the Pacific Theater. However, the official end of World War II came on September 2nd, when Japan signed the act of capitulation. This date is celebrated in the US as the Victory over Japan Day.
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  • 1 September 2023
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80th Anniversary of the Victory in the Battle of Kursk
August 23rd, 1943 marked the end of the Battle of Kursk — the largest tank battle in history, with around 3000 tanks from the German side and over 5000 tanks from the Soviet side. It was the first time a German offensive on the Eastern Front failed with no significant gains. The decisive victory of the Red Army led to it gaining a strategic initiative and defined the way the rest of the war was fought.