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“Overlord”. In the game and in reality

In patch 9.7 players expect the new card, hitting on which they will be in the coastal part of Normandy, near the beaches where the June 6, 1944 Allied troops landed. The map is not only interesting historical component, but also its design. This is a sample exhibition hall of the German fortifications around the “Atlantic Wall”.

Long day in June

Early in the morning June 6, 1944 to the shores of Normandy came amphibious fleet, which equal was not in the history of wars. Allies opened a second front, and troops from the continent broken four years ago, is now back to make up for past failures.


objects has been developed specifically for designers levels cards “Overlord”.

The landing took place at five sites – beaches. They were called “Utah”, “Omaha”, “Gold”, “Juno” and “Sword”. As conceived by the command, the first day of the landing troops were not only gain a foothold on the shore, but also suppress the defensive lines of the German “Atlantic Wall.”

One of the major problems for the defending side – the need to predict exactly where the enemy will be dealt a blow. The Germans knew perfectly well that the Allies would try to land, but the direction is determined not true: they believed that the landing will take place in the Pas-de-Calais, in the narrowest part of the English Channel. And when we started to do the reports of the landing in Normandy, the German High Command has long been sure that this is just distracting blow.

Вид на пляж «Омаха» с моря Tensions fighting on the shore was different. On the site “Utah” by noon it became clear that success has been achieved: the US military is not only anchored on the shore, but also advanced to 8 km inland. In the sections “Gold”, “Juno” and “Sword” resistance was stronger, but here the Allied forces were able to dislodge the Germans from the coastal strip and to gain a foothold.

bloodiest fighting took place on the beach “Omaha”. Landing from the very beginning was a problem: because of the roughness of the sea sank most of the tanks support. No bombing or artillery fire from the ships could not cause serious damage to the German defense, so the infantry came ashore, was under heavy small arms fire and artillery. A few hours it seemed that the troops would drop into the sea. Only in the evening managed to capture the last pass to the beach and to gain a foothold. On the first day of fighting on the “Omaha” was lost about 4,000 people.

Within a few days after the landing of the Allies extended and combined bridgeheads. Across the Channel were more and more ships were built runways for aircraft. By the French side arrived artificial harbor, through which you can more effectively take loads. Upcoming Battle of Normandy, and every soldier and officer of the allies knew how difficult it would be.

“Overlord” is the arithmetic mean

Card Games “Overlord” is not tied to specific areas, but most of all like a landscape of beaches “Utah” and “Omaha”. As in reality, there are beaches, coastal cliffs and small town some distance from the sea.

«Оверлорд»: мини-карта

Conditional duration on the map – a few days after landing. And landing with serious battles: here and there you can see the skeletons of the destroyed German and American technology. In reality, the German tanks were not involved in the fighting on the beach, because to enter them into battle required personal permission Hitler. Only in the afternoon he gave such permission, but it was too late.

Остовы немецких и американских танков на карте

On the left edge of the card passes beach with anti-tank and anti-landing facilities. In reality, they were located much thicker, but taking into account the specifics of the game level designers “thinned” them. However, you can imagine what it was like infantry and vehicles break through steel barriers and log bunkers under heavy fire.

On the coastal cliffs located concrete gun emplacements and a variety of bunkers. These fortifications were modeled based on actual firing points “Atlantic Wall”. Most of the objects was developed specifically for the card “Overlord” and is of interest not only as a shelter or potential obstacles to the tank, but also as a historical elements.

Concrete positions for heavy howitzers specifically decided to leave blank. Downstairs, the player can hide the body of his car and fight “from the tower.” Angular observation bunkers can be seen in the movie “Saving Private Ryan”, however, the role of combat – from the observation loopholes shot gun.

Artillery concrete terms sketched with real bunkers, armed with captured French ship’s cannons. We should also mention the grand bunker with a gun battleship from the right side of the card. This is a copy of the so-called “Battery Todt” armed 38-cm naval gun. The battery is near the town of Calais – far from the landing beaches “Overlord”. But our designers have decided that such a structure worthy of posting on the new game map. It should be noted that in games of military-historical themes this bunker had not previously appeared.

«Батарея Тодта» на карте «Оверлорд»

When creating objects such as bunkers and pillboxes, widely used method of constructing a special 3D-models for based photography. It also applied for a part of architectural objects: houses, farms and so on. D. The most interesting buildings on the map can be safely called a church, recreated in exact accordance with the real church in the French town of Bayeux.

Копия церкви в Байе

Although the card “Overlord” is not a virtual copy of the real terrain on the Normandy coast, it could be described as historic. Designers managed to capture the atmosphere of the distant days of June 1944 – days when the second front was opened.

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