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D-Day Anniversary - The Dieppe Raid and Hobart’s Funnies


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Community #1 Posted 06 June 2015 - 10:15 AM

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For this year’s D-Day historical article, we’re delving into the story behind the specialist tanks that were devised for the Normandy Landings.

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FansiDed #2 Posted 06 June 2015 - 10:23 AM

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I should get Sherman Crab to plant potatoes

Brakier #3 Posted 06 June 2015 - 10:24 AM

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Yes add the funnies ! : )

Bobbyboy360 #4 Posted 06 June 2015 - 10:25 AM

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The funnies would be a great thing to add in a similar way to the winter showdown and karl. Have a game mode where there are tasks which only certain "funnies" can do.

 

 



sword_of_Damocles #5 Posted 06 June 2015 - 10:48 AM

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Nice reading :)

TurkishBomber187 #6 Posted 06 June 2015 - 11:28 AM

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put a whole in all the back of the tanks, and the first 1 to shove their gun barrel in the whole wins bcz this game is getting ridiculously funny.

fattoler #7 Posted 06 June 2015 - 12:22 PM

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I'd certainly like the see the Churchill AVRE with the 'flying dustbin'. :justwait:

 

View PostBobbyboy360, on 06 June 2015 - 09:25 AM, said:

The funnies would be a great thing to add in a similar way to the winter showdown and karl. Have a game mode where there are tasks which only certain "funnies" can do.

 

 

 

Maybe some sort of Wacky Racing mode where your teammates have to lay down a bridge while others clear obstacles and mines. (It would require unforeseen co-operation to work mind you)


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MamoSwine #8 Posted 06 June 2015 - 12:31 PM

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I think you should as to simulate the battle of D-Day or the Dieppe Raid, you could make it so that your tank has the ''Funnies'' and have AI soldiers put down the ramps for the tank to get off the boat for the Allies, for the Axis they could camp on hills and fire at the Allies while tanks that are unsuspecting could get blown up by anti-tank mines to simulate the things that happened in the Dieppe Riad.

TiggerTed #9 Posted 06 June 2015 - 12:47 PM

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Totally add the funnies as you would be able to swim and do other AWESOME thhings

MadAndy52 #10 Posted 06 June 2015 - 01:22 PM

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The DD tank would be good. I may have suggested it before. It should be allowed to go into deep water but if hit sinks and you have the 10 seconds to get out of truble. As its a DD tank it should say drowned to.... whoever shot you last.

CountOfTuscany #11 Posted 06 June 2015 - 02:02 PM

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Interesting.

 

- I'd like a Sherman Crab, to wipe the crew out of arty and other vehicles with an open crew compartment.

- I'd like a Sherman DD, to swim on the Fjords map from one base to the other.

- Not mentioned in the topic, but I'd like a Churchill Crocodile, for any city map (that's gotta be OP :trollface:)

- And ofcourse I'd like a UK KV-2: the Churchill AVRE :child:



Wtcorp_ #12 Posted 06 June 2015 - 04:59 PM

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I think it'd be a cool idea to add some of these, like the Crocodile, into the game, purely as cosmetically different like the Fury. Probably not the AVRE, as funny as it'd be though

Datenshi #13 Posted 06 June 2015 - 05:37 PM

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soo reskins..?

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WOTomatoSauce #14 Posted 06 June 2015 - 07:24 PM

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I don't think the British used the Sherman DD. I think they went, umm, let's just put it on the landing craft. While the US got one to the beach, where it broke down.

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View PostDatenshi, on 06 June 2015 - 04:37 PM, said:

soo reskins..?

 

The Shermans might have better amour, but stock guns

tigerstreak #16 Posted 07 June 2015 - 02:18 PM

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View Postmh1ultramarine, on 07 June 2015 - 08:24 AM, said:

I don't think the British used the Sherman DD. I think they went, umm, let's just put it on the landing craft. While the US got one to the beach, where it broke down.

 

british developed all the funnies, they started off with valentine DD tanks

the sherman DD was prefered for its gun capable of firing HE... (the fireflies werent intended to be used in the first wave)

the usa only used sherman DD, they didnt want to use any of the other funnies +lost thousands of men as a result

"you can always tell an american, but you cant tell them lot" lol



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View PostMadAndy52, on 07 June 2015 - 02:22 AM, said:

The DD tank would be good. I may have suggested it before. It should be allowed to go into deep water but if hit sinks and you have the 10 seconds to get out of truble. As its a DD tank it should say drowned to.... whoever shot you last.

 

wot havent corrected phyiscs of water shots/damage

the higher velocity, the more drastic the shell decellerates in water ~tank shells will auto fail to pen +HE arty shells should make a pretty flume of water +0 dmg...



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View Postmh1ultramarine, on 06 June 2015 - 06:24 PM, said:

I don't think the British used the Sherman DD. I think they went, umm, let's just put it on the landing craft. While the US got one to the beach, where it broke down.

 

Yup as Tigerstreak rightly says, this sort of specialised armour was developed by the UK, and they invented some unique and pioneering designs. Look at any photo of the Churchill tanks on the beach at Dieppe and you will see they had an exhaust modified to allow deeper wading, and there were the first carpet laying tanks used too; the story started there.. 

http://upload.wikime...sche_Panzer.jpg

 

Mineclearing tanks were pioneered using Matildas then Valentines in the North African campaign. Both the USA and the UK used DD tanks on Overlord, but the USA both launched its DD tanks too far out and many were lost, and also declined to use the specialised beach assault armour that the 79th Armoured Division used. Omaha beach could have been a very different story otherwise.

 

An interesting historical item WG thanks!



HeatSeekerGTR #19 Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:50 PM

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The Sherman DD would be cute.

If you manage to swim on islands on certain maps you can be a great annoyance as you "plink" those high tier heavies :3

 

Some spots for this matter (just the general ideas) (WARNING! MANY PICTURES!):

 

Although it wouldn't be quite fair as you could hide on the islands on Assault game mode if you're defending. (But this isn't THAT much of a problem, since the enemy can cap anyways. I'm talking about those KILL ALL guys there.)

 

 

 

...if you actually manage to get to those spots alive.


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Gremlin182 #20 Posted 09 June 2015 - 07:42 PM

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Thank you General Hobart for designing many of these "funnies"

 

Have often wondered if those tanks had been used on all the beaches if lives would have been saved, would Bl**dy Omaha have got that name.

Sadly we will never know

 

btw can I have a petard mortar Churchill please






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