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#1 Shurek

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 05:40 PM

In order to get some forum participation going, we've decided to launch a small contest today whereby we are asking you to identify the location of the Google map snippet and the significance of its location in WWII history. No prizes unfortunately, except for our admiration and deep respect for your erudition.

We'll start with an easy one today. As soon as this is solved, we will post up a new image.


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Our appreciation to Cpl. Guillemette and mooxe at the Close Combat Series forums for the idea and their support.

#2 Cpl.Guillemette

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:41 PM

We'll start with an easy one today. As soon as this is solved, we will post up a new image.


Too Easy!!! Merville Battery! I didn't even look up in google!

Here is my entry, thanks for the namedrop! and thanks for the Honor of posting it! I love this game hopefully other DHfans will do!
No hint!

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#3 Shurek

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 10:14 PM

Too Easy!!! Merville Battery! I didn't even look up in google!



That is correct! Here is some history on the battery and the assault which captured and took it out of action on D-Day. It was later re-captured and put back into service by the Germans briefly.

http://www.1940.co.uk/history/article/merville/merville.htm


Let's see if the community can solve your entry. Hardcore DH fans will no doubt have the best chance to answer this one.

#4 Jörg Biermann

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:15 AM

Too Easy!!! Merville Battery! I didn't even look up in google!

Here is my entry, thanks for the namedrop! and thanks for the Honor of posting it! I love this game hopefully other DHfans will do!
No hint!


That is Putot En Bessin.

Time for an incredibly easy one.

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Maps: Poteau Ambush(Razorneck) Southern Oosterbeek(RIP)

...Get something wrong with the Germans in this game, and you will hear from Ernst Hoffman and Bierman...


#5 Cpl.Guillemette

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:19 AM

That is Putot En Bessin.

Time for an incredibly easy one.


Carpiquet Airport:

Only 150 teenagers from the Hitler Youth occupied Carpiquet, and the Canadians outnumbered the Germans by a ratio of 18 to one. But, to their advantage the Germans were positioned on higher ground and could move through a series of interconnected underground blockhouses. They also had a highly sophisticated radio intelligence squad which foresaw the movements of the Canadian forces.




http://www.canadaatw...=showpage&id=20

a bit harder! No hints!

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Edited by Cpl.Guillemette, 16 March 2012 - 03:21 AM.

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#6 Cpl.Guillemette

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:24 AM

BTW you can try and I say yes or no! (or shurek does)

Look at every little detail, they gives you hints! To pinpoint the area! Roads, fields, colors, trees, light, etc!
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#7 Jörg Biermann

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:29 AM

Carpiquet Airport:

Only 150 teenagers from the Hitler Youth occupied Carpiquet, and the Canadians outnumbered the Germans by a ratio of 18 to one. But, to their advantage the Germans were positioned on higher ground and could move through a series of interconnected underground blockhouses. They also had a highly sophisticated radio intelligence squad which foresaw the movements of the Canadian forces.




http://www.canadaatw...=showpage&id=20

a bit harder! No hints!



That one took a lot of thinking. I basically looked at every town I knew near Caen and finally got it right.

It's the town of Buron near Authie.

I'm going to post this one then go to bed.
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Edited by Jörg Biermann, 16 March 2012 - 03:54 AM.

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Maps: Poteau Ambush(Razorneck) Southern Oosterbeek(RIP)

...Get something wrong with the Germans in this game, and you will hear from Ernst Hoffman and Bierman...


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Posted 16 March 2012 - 03:45 AM

I think it's a railway up there on top of town going in forest

Bocage?

Edited by Cpl.Guillemette, 16 March 2012 - 03:54 AM.

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#9 Jörg Biermann

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 10:15 AM

I think it's a railway up there on top of town going in forest

Bocage?


2 Days later you still don't have it?

No it's not bocage.
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Maps: Poteau Ambush(Razorneck) Southern Oosterbeek(RIP)

...Get something wrong with the Germans in this game, and you will hear from Ernst Hoffman and Bierman...


#10 Cpl.Guillemette

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 11:58 AM

Yeah, I tought it was Holland 1st then changed my mind, but looking at it it's def. holland. No Weath fields, orange roofs, pretty flat.
Also it's a railway going E-W on top.

well someone else found it and told me! and he's too shy to post! I won't cheat!
You Beerman! You crop some important part right next to it that would have made it easy!
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Tip: Operation Market Garden.
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#11 Homuth

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:59 PM

It's Oosterbeek of course, I also noticed it was Dutch by the rooftops.
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 03:53 PM

That is correct!

Situated on the north bank of the Rhine, Oosterbeek is home to the most famous location connected with the 1944 Operation Market-Garden Arnhem battle after the Bridge itself, the Hartstein Hotel. The hotel with its instantly recognisable whitewashed exterior dates from the mid-18th century and was originally a country manor, then a nursing home and finally a hotel. Major-General Roy Urquart (played by a memorably grouchy Sean Connery in the film) set up his command post here and it became the centre of the British defensive perimeter following the failed attempt to reach the bridge. It was also here that the British forces surrendered on 25th September. The Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery contains the graves of most of those killed during the "Operation Market Garden" September 1944 landings, and many of those killed in later fighting in the area. There are now 1,679 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 246 of the burials are unidentified and two casualties are commemorated by special memorials. There are also 73 Polish burials and eight Dutch graves.



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#13 FuriousBystander

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:25 PM

When are you guys going to post an easy one? Like Omaha beach or sumthing ^^


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#14 Shurek

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:12 PM

Carpiquet was a damned easy one. Why don't you take a guess? It doesn't cost anything :fishing:

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 10:42 PM

Looks like germany to me!
Anyone?
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#16 Shurek

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 01:11 AM

Nope, not Germany. I'll post a hint if it's still unanswered by late tomorrow.

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 04:46 PM

Okay since no one has guessed except for Pierre, here is the hint for today:

This area was fought over four different times during a two year period leading to tens of thousands of military, as well as civilian casualities.

Edited by Shurek, 20 March 2012 - 05:01 PM.


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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:11 AM

Well I knew that if it were in Germany it would have to been in the former DDR, because that ring of huge buildings is typical of a government project. Only France might build something like that in the West. Anyway I checked all the major cities in eastern Germany yesterday with no luck.

Your tip of fighting over it 4 times left only the former USSR; some large city that got hit in '41 and fought over in '42 and '43. A bit of Google-Mapping and *bingo* Kharkov.

Here's one that shouldn't be too difficult, if at all

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#19 Shurek

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 12:23 AM

Bingo, Kharkov is correct. There were Four Battles of Kharkov: Sept. 1941, May 1942, Feb.-Mar. 1943, and then finally August of 1943.


I'm going to take a stab at yours and say that's the Poteau Ambush area. Definitely looks like Belgium.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 02:08 AM

Ahah, one I can get finally. Stoumont, la gleize belgium.
surprised you didn't get the shurek, those must be some of the most played maps in DH

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