Welcome to the Flanders in Flames 2018: Winter Campaign!
2018 is a special year.
Firstly, it marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Secondly, with the announcement of Flying Circus - Volume I by Jason Williams and the IL-2 Sturmovik Team, 2018 could possibility the last year of Rise of Flight as we know it. Thus, the coordinators behind FIF think it would be really great if we could do a "Best of FIF", and get everyone in the remembering spirit.
For our Winter Campaign, we'd like to revisit the the Eastern Front map, specifically the Ternopol area. We previously flew over this area in FIF XXIIa and XXIIb, which took place from 12 September 2015 to 4 November 2015. Just like then, we'll be flying early war aircraft - 1916 Imperial Germany versus 1916 Imperial Russia.
The following is the description we posted for FIF XXII, repurposed for the FIF 2018 "Winter Campaign".
Looking forward to flying with you all!
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On 4 June 1916, over 40 Russian infantry divisions, accompanied by 15 Russian cavalry divisions, smashed through the Austro-Hungarian lines within southwestern Russia. Called the Brusilov Offensive, it was to be the Russian Empire's greatest act during the First World War, as well as one of the most lethal offensives in world history. By the time the Russian army had made its way to the Carpathian Mountains on 20 September 1916, over 1,600,000 soldiers had died.
The FIF 2018 "Winter Campaign" concentrates on the Ternopol-Chernovtsy-Stanislav region of the Eastern Front, during this pitched campaign.
Dmitry Shcherbachev, commanding the Russian 7th Army Corps, is attempting to push towards the city of Lviv, lost to the Central Powers the previous year. An advocate of out-date French breakthrough tactics, his forces are taking heavy casualties. Against him is General Karl von Pflanzer-Baltin, commander of the Austro-Hungarian VII Army. They are being driven back quickly, despite repeated attempts to reverse the situation.
In the air, the German Luftstreitkräfte is desperately trying to aid the decaying Austro-Hungarian position. Just south of Ternopol, they are involved in pitched air battles against the Imperial Russian Air Service. The Germans, in an attempt to identify Russian troop movements, have resorted to dropping off and picking up "field agents" (i.e. spies). The Russians, determined to speed up their growing offensive, have increased their reconnaissance of the Austro-Hungarian front-lines.
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Introducing the Russian Cousin!
Sgt. Boris - Imperial Russian Air Service
Sgt. Otto - Deutsche Luftstreitkräfte
While Sgt. Waldo (RFC) and Sgt. Otto are infamous as lousy rear gunners (that usually shoot their own plane before they can hit an enemy), Sgt. Boris of the IRAS isn't much better! Boris and Otto will both act as lousy observers too, telling you what they saw after you land.
If Boris or Otto see anything suspicious, and if they can remember where it was, they will run up to you after you land to give you the details.
Occasionally after finishing an artillery spotting mission, Boris or Otto may tap you on your shoulder to point out something.
While not the best observers, they are all we have.
When Boris or Otto localize a target, they will give the sector letter and then a number pad specifier. The number pad is the same as a computer number pad with '1' in the bottom left, '5' in the center and '9' in the top right.
Most secondary targets will be at a village or named target to help with localization.
"You spotted an armored column at Faversham, Sector S. 8."
Looking at the map, you find Sector S:
You then overlay the number pad onto Sector S, and find Faversham in S. 8: