From: BC, Canada
A whole new map, covering the region around the German town (And airbase) of Faßberg.
The pre-war history of Fassberg air base includes a number of interesting details and well-known names. From the spring of 1933, not only airfields and planes were built for the German Air Force, numerous training centres were also created, and in the first years, because of the Versailles Treaty, they were called by names that veiled their real purpose.
An airfield was established in 1934. However, since Germany was not allowed to possess an air force (Luftwaffe) under the rules of the Treaty of Versailles, the airfield was supposed to serve a future air force.
Between 1934 and 1945 various Luftwaffe units were based on the air base, flying aircraft as diverse as Junkers Ju 52, Junkers Ju 88, Heinkel He 111, and towards the final stages of World War II Messerschmitt Me 163 and Messerschmitt Me 262.
In April 1945 the airfield was overrun by the British Army and subsequently used by the Royal Air Force. It was renamed first Airfield B 152 and later RAF Fassberg. During the Berlin Blockade RAF Fassberg played an important role as a hub for supplying the city.
Following the foundation of the Bundeswehr in 1955 and consequently the establishing of a German air force, Faßberg Air Base was returned to Germany on 1 January 1957. It was home of the Technical School of the Luftwaffe and for some time the Luftwaffe's Officer Training School. For fifteen years a helicopter pilot training school was also located at Faßberg Air base.
The local area has extensively been used in field exercises as well, by the British as well as the 9th Panzer (Lehr) Brigade, which operates locally here.
Faßberg Air Base is home to the army's Transport Helicopter Regiment 10 (Transporthubschrauberregiment 10) which was established in 1971. The regiment was first based at Celle Air Base but was moved to Faßberg in 1981. Transport Helicopter Regiment 10 is equipped with helicopters of the type Bell UH-1D. Other units stationed at the air base are the airforce's training school, a technical-logistical training centre for rotary wing aircraft run by both the air force and the army, part of the Franco-German training facilities for the Eurocopter Tiger, a medical services centre, a family support unit and part of the administration of Bergen-Hohne Training Area.
As we can see, this region is strategically important. So why just write it off with a few chemical strikes, when it's directly in the path of the 5. Armee (NVA)?
My full intention with this map (and 3 others planned) is to create a 4-part East German campaign. The terrain at first might seem friendly to Warsaw Pact units, but will grow harsher. The East Germans are well trained, but their equipment is lacking. If you play them like the Soviet steamroller you're used to, well, let's just say you're gonna have a bad time.
My first serious map attempt, I created this map in Paint.Net while using ArcGis and Google Maps as reference. Production time of this map was about 4 weeks (2 of which I spent actually working on it). Before I begin the three other maps, this one obviously needs a lot of polish and there's a few things I'm sure to have missed.
Criticism is more than welcome, heck, tear it apart if you have to. Don't go soft on me.
I'd like to thank the devs for creating this awesome game in the first place, as well as keeping it fresh with content and updates. Special thanks go out to Tebeinteresno and W1ll14m, Teb for inspiring me in the first place as well as providing me with the knowledge of ArcGis (Which helped me figure out elevations), and W1ll14m for providing the lovely map graphics that helped to make this map look a bit prettier.
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