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National Flags,

I've created flagpoles for each side in D-day, they will appear on several new maps but also be buildable as base decorations.

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Posted February 8, 2016 by

Tank Grotte 1000t,
I've spent the past few months working on new terrain for D-day, I decided to take a brake tho and make this little know pre-war tank design with a famous legacy.


Tank Grotte 1000t

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In the late 1920s the Soviet Union found themselves falling behind the rest of the world in tank development. While several projects where in development it would be sometime before they where ready, to help speed things up it was decided to invite experienced foreign engineers. One of the most prominent engineers was Edward Grotte from Germany who worked in the Soviet Union from 1930 to 1931. During this time he designed several different tanks, the most famous of which was the T-22 medium tank. His largest design though was for a 1000 ton land battleship, equipped with duel 304mm naval cannons in a main turret along with secondary turrets armed with 152mm and 76mm guns. Frontal armour was 300mm thick and the sides 250mm, which protected a crew of 40 and multiple naval diesel engines which would produced 24,000hp and propel the colossal vehicle to (an optimistic) 60 km/h.

After his work in the Soviet Union Grotte returned to Germany and became a director at Krupp, in 1942 he once again returned to the idea of a 1000 ton tank with the P-1000 "Ratte".
Posted February 6, 2016 by

Misc Japanese units,

Today we reach a milestone in the road to D-day's next release, these three vehicles are the last of the Imperial Japanese ground units! While the largest part of the Japanese side is now complete there is still much left to do tho.



Type 95 Kurogane
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The Type 95 Kurogane was a Japanese four wheel drive car designed in 1935 specificity for military use, up to that point the Japanese army had employed civilian vehicles for all its transport and utility roles. It was fitted with three seats, the space for the usual four seat in the rear was instead occupied by radio equipment allowing the Type 95 to perform scouting missions. Approximately 4,800 were built during the war and they served on all fronts, most were destroyed but a few have survived in Japanese an Russian museums.


Type 97 Shi-Ki
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The Type 97 Shi-Ki was a modification of the Type 97 Chi-Ha converting it into a command tank. The main gun was removed from the turret and a large radio was put in its place, sometimes a dummy barrel was fitted to the turret to disguise it as a standard tank. The hull mounted machine gun was also replaced with a 37mm cannon giving it some limited offensive power against enemy armour.

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In D-day this tank provides a buff in speed and firepower to friendly units around it.


Type 91
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The Type 91 was a further development of Japan's first indigenous tank design the Experimental Tank No.1. After several years of testing the project was cancelled and work moved on to the Type 95 tank.

Posted December 9, 2015 by

Armoured Trains,

It's now been a month since I started clearing the backlog of D-day units and in that time I've managed to post roughly a quarter of them, so at this rate I should be done by February! Spending the next three months doing nothing but posting units is a daunting thought tho. So I'm going to to cutback and focus on the remaining Japanese units, I'll post some other sides units sporadically as my mood changes but most will have to wait until after the release of v3.8. Now with the bad news over with lets move on to some fun stuff :D

Trains have been a part of D-day since the beginning of the mod, train tracks being the first new terrain ever made for D-day. Over the years the graphics have been improved several times but they have always been used as simple map decorations. With the latest evolution of D-day's trains though you can now build and control your own armoured train units!   


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Click of the unit names to visit their D-day wiki page for more information & pictures.


Train Yard
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The Train yard is a Tech building that is only available on specific maps, once captured it gives the player the ability to build armoured trains.



Tatra T18
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The Tatra T18 was a Czech armoured draisine built in 1925 for the Polish army. Based on the T14 cargo draisine, it was fitted with an armoured body and a turret equipped with two 7.92mm machine guns. The Polish were unhappy with the design owing to it's weak engine and slow acceleration, changing the engine would however require a complete redesign of the chassis. Nevertheless a further nine unarmoured chassis where ordered in April 1927 with the intention of building the armoured bodies in Poland, but it is unknown if this was accomplished. During the annexation of Czechoslovakia and Poland the Germans captured several T18s, they were then incorporated into the Wehrmacht and used until they were worn out.



Heavy Infantry Armored Car S.Sp
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The Schwerer Schienenpanzer (Heavy Rail Tank) class of armoured train cars were built by Steyer in 1944 for the Deutsche Reichsbahnin. Although designed to operate in a train with up to 20 other S.Sp cars, they were also capable of operating independently. They were mainly deployed to the Balkans to patrol for partisans attempting to sabotage the rail network. This is the Infantry variant of the S.Sp design, equipped with a long range radio and heavy machine guns.



Heavy Artillery Armored Car S.Sp
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This artillery variant of the Schwerer Schienenpanzer (Heavy Rail Tank) was fitted with the turret from the Panzer III Ausf.N and equipped with a 75mm KwK 37 L/24. It was designed to provide high explosive fire support for a S.Sp train but it could also operate independently.



Heavy Anti-Aircraft Armored Car S.Sp
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By 1945 the Allied air forces had gained air superiority over Europe, with the loss of air cover it became extremely difficult for Germany to move any troops and supplies without gaining the attention of the Allied air force who where attacking every truck and train they could find. In an attempt to combat this threat a project was started to fit the Schwerer Schienenpanzer with a 20mm Flakvierling 38 Anti-Aircraft gun. No photographs of this variant have been found and it is unknown if any were completed before the end of the war.

Posted December 5, 2015 by

Japanese Self Propelled Guns,

We once more delve into the seemingly never ending Japanese unit list with some of their late war self propelled guns.


Click of the unit names to visit their D-day wiki page for more information & pictures.


120mm Naval Short
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In the closing stages of the war the Japanese navy modified fourteen Type 97 Chi-Ha "Shinhoto" tanks, fitting them with a short barrelled 120mm naval gun. The massive weapon required multiple recoil cylinders and could only just fit inside the Chi-Ha's small turret. Because of this an extension was built onto the back of the turret to hold the ammunition. There also wasn't any space inside the tank for the crew to loading the gun, so instead the loader had to stand on top of the tank and push the ammunition threw the back of the turret. All of the tanks were issued to the Japanese Special Naval Landing Forces who deployed them to several bases around Japan to defend against the expected American invasion.


120mm Naval Long
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When American occupation forces entered Tateyama gunnery school in Yokosuka they discovered a Type 97 Chi-Ha tank that had been modified by removing the turret and fitted it with a 120mm Type 10 naval cannon. Only a single vehicle was found and it is unclear if it was a makeshift weapon built by the gunnery school or if it was a prototype there for testing. Due to the weapons extreme weight and powerful recoil it is dubious that the Chi-Ha's light riveted hull could survive the stress of firing the weapon for long. However it would have been be a great threat to any Allied armour.


Type 5 Ho-Chi
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The Type 5 Ho-Chi was a project to mount a Type 96 150mm artillery cannon onto the hull of the Type 97 Chi-Ha. It is believed that the Osaka arsenal built and tested the weapon and mount but wasn't able to fit it onto a prototype tank before the war ended.

Posted November 24, 2015 by