Salute gentlemen! This week's Sunday Vintage Mission will see us in the skies over the Aisne region of France in May of 1918. This map puts the
Central forces on the offense while Entente is tasked with defending territory. Once announced in game, subtitle objectives remain active for
the duration of the mission or until they are completed.
Historical Background: The Third Battle of Aisne, from 27 May-6 June 1918, comprised the final large-scale German attempt to win the war before
the arrival of the U.S. Army in France, and followed the Lys Offensive in Flanders. The focus of the offensive was the Chemin des Dames Ridge,
held by the Germans upon their retreat from the Marne in September 1914 until their ejection, at huge cost to the French, during the Nivelle
Offensive, also known as the Second Battle of the Aisne, in April 1917.
Third Battle of the Aisne - Securing the Flanks
Date: May 27, 1918
Entente: Protect ground forces, Intercept enemy aircraft, reconnaissance
Central: Reconnaissance, attack enemy ground forces, bomb tactical targets. Orders will be issued in the game using subtitles. Please follow
these (note: you can't see subtitles in the hangar). Certain planes are only available when they are needed (bombers).
Contact patrol: Fly to the specific area at low altitude (1000m) in the aircraft named "Contact Recon". When over target follow subtitles.
Photo recon: Fly to the specified target at altitude (between 1250-4000 m) in the aircraft named "Recon". When directly over the target, use
camera icon to take 10 pictures.
Combat patrol: Patrol over the specified area, as marked on the map. Patrol altitude is between 1500m (intercepting low targets) and 4000m (high
Close escort: Other two-seaters can provide close escort by flying in formation with the recon plane and defend with their rear guns.
Ground attack: Low-level attacks against enemy positions, guns, vehicles and tanks.
Bomb target: Bomb the specified target from altitude because of heavy AAA near the targets.
Weather report: Light cumulus clouds at 700m, good visibility. Wind 5 m/s, from the west, 270.