The day The Allies invaded France, and told Hitler that his days were numbered. Omaha Beach is the target for many movies and video games etc. because the casualty rate was higher than the other 5 beaches combined.
Omaha Beach: 2400 dead/wounded
Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah, and Pointe du Hoc: 1675 dead/wounded
The landings of D-Day took months of careful planning. The invasion began with the Paratroopers of Americas 101st, and 82nd, along with the British glider soldiers, they secured many towns and villages before daybreak, and also caused alot of chaos for the German ranks before the initial landings. Free French (La' Resistance) sabotaged railway systems used by Germans for supply lines, and sheltered American and British soldiers who were lost, or hiding from German soldiers.
American: Omaha, Utah, and Pointe Du Hoc
British: Sword,and Gold
Axis: Erwin Rommel (Germany)
Allies: General Dwight D. Eisenhower (U.S.), Bernard Montgomery (British, Canadians)
Allies: 4075 Dead/Wounded/Missing
Axis: Unknown (most likely in the high thousands)
Area taken: All 6 beaches plus surounding towns and villages. I.E. Vierville Sur Mer
Date set for invasion: Originally set for June 5th, but because of the random weather of the English channel the landing force could not land until weather was clearer. Date was then set to June 6th, 1944.
Misc. Fact: Within a span of a few weeks (from August 25 to September 17 1944) The Allies liberated Paris, liberated 7 villages, the Allies crossed the Siegfried Line into Germany, and Operation Market Garden began (largest airborne invasion in history)in Holland (the third installment in the Brothers In Arms saga will be based on the Airborne drops into Holland, beginning with the jump, to the bitter defeat of the Allied Paratroopers.). This failed operation lights the fuse that will later explode into the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes.
D-Day is a topic often misunderstood because of Hollywoods traditional way of showing the grand Allies fighting the savage Nazis, but we should all remember that not all Germans were Nazis(Rommel for example rejected Nazism, and plotted to assassinate Hitler).
If you want to get a clearer view on D-Day I suggest watching Saving Private Ryan, or picking up a book, or documentary.
The first Star Wars game where your main character is not one of the all powerful Jedi Knights. Your main strategy in this game is stay hidden for as long as you can, then when the time is right jump out and take down anything that moves with 300 shots of sky blue plasma. Then when you run out of ammo throw grenades, then take out your pistol and bash in a battle droids durasteel skull. Not to mention this game features Clones with a sense of humor.
Sev: "Ah... more bugs, more kills."
Scorch: "That was for Delta 23! Or, or…was that 32?"
Fixer: "Six-Two, could you cut the chatter until you've got something useful to say?"
Boss: "You lizards need to learn I'm a lot scarier than you are."
quotes from Republic Commando
The greatest game to ever hit the video game console since the release of the original MOH. The game brings to virtual life the story of the 101st airborne division and the 82nd airborne (i.e. Doyle in Earned In Blood was part of the 82nd). The game(s) center themselves around the paratroopers that jumped behind enemy lines on the night/early morning hours of june 5th/6th 1944. The lead characters in this game are:
1. Sgt. Matt Baker (101st)
2. Cpl./Sgt. Joe Hartsock (Sgt. at the very end of the first and nearly halfway through the second game)(101st)
3. Cpl. Sam Corrion (101st)
4. Cpl Seamus Doyle (82nd)
5. Platoon Sgt. Greg Hassay (101st)
6. Pfc. Michael Garnett (101st)
7. Pfc. Jack Courtland (101st)
8. Pfc. Stephen Obrieski (101st.)
9. Pfc. Larry Allen (101st)
10. Pfc John Rivas (101st)
11. Sgt. George Risner (tank commander)
12. Pfc. Benjamin Leggett (101st, radio op.)
13. Pfc. Mike Desola
14. Pfc. David Muzza (is the first person in the game to die. Is only mentioned in the first game and is shown in the beginning conversation between S.L.A Marshall and Sgt. Hartsock in E.I.B)
15. Lt. Col. Robert Cole
Puts to death the traditional "Super Soldier" in this game not getting shot is definitley part of the challenge. Gamers who play this game know that going in guns blazing will just get you killed. Tactics are needed if you want to defeat this enemy.
The game revolves around small squad tactics. There are two basic branches of the squad.
1. Fire team
2. Assault team
the fire team is usually armed with the heavier stuff (i.e. B.A.R, M1 Garand), and it's the fire teams job to supress the enemy.
the Assault team is usually armed with SMG's and Carbines (i.e. Thompson, Grease gun, M1A1 carbine)
but of course the Germans will also use small squad tactics against you. The German squad structure revolves around the MG42 HMG. If you have the Normal or hard difficulty on when you make a move the German soldiers will move to keep you in their sights.
the four "F's":
1. Find them: it is important that you find the enemy before the enemy finds you.
2. Fix them: Order your fire team to supress the enemy.
3. Flank them: Order you assault team to flank the enemy. (this is where situational a.i. comes in handy)
4.Finish them: Your assault team gets a flank on the enemy and kills him/them.
Before a Airborne unit went into battle they had the advantage of studying maps, sandtables, and photographs of the battlefeild before they went in, and they would rehearse the battle, but the creators at Gearbox realized that you wouldn't memorize all that stuff, so they gave us Situational A.I., this feature allows you to pause gameplay and lets you search for the proper flank to take out an enemy. This also allows you to see how many enemies you're facing without risking yourself to enemy fire.
Road to Hill 30
Earned in Blood
Hell's Highway (Xbox 360 title coming out soon)
and other PSP, and mobile phone games
summary: All in all B.I.A is just another WWII game, but it is definitley original in the sense that no other WWII game has dealt specifically with the paratroopers, it is also the first WWII game to show the German "STUG" tank.
Special thanks to the wonderful people at Gearbox who brought us a uncut vision on the paratroopers role in the Normandy invasion.
Buy brothers in arms, it is a very good game for those interested in the topic.
Troy Baker voices Sgt. Matt Baker
(for you dumbasses out there, that is called irony)