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    Update 10 Maps!

    We have already shown off a bit of Kursk, one of our new maps coming along with the Soviet’s in Update 10. Now we take a quick look at Stalingrad.


    The Battle of Stalingrad was a nearly 6-month long engagement on the Eastern Front. German high command had pushed toward the River Volga in a bid to capture the strategic city, but found their progress slowed significantly once inside. One of the bloodiest battles of the war, Stalingrad alone accounted for more than a million combined casualties on both sides.


    As combat progressed from the suburbs into the industrial sectors, with constant Luftwaffe bombing turning many buildings to rubble. Unfortunately for the Germans, these bombed out ruins were a perfect hiding place for ambushers and required savage room-to-room fighting to clear out. Soviet strategy was to fight the Germans as close in as possible, so as to limit their ability to use artillery or air support.


    Some larger buildings which managed to survive the constant shelling would be built up as fortresses by the men who occupied them. One such building, known affectionately as Pavlov's House, became famous for outlasting a two-month siege while protecting the Russian-held Volga behind.


    Ultimately, the success of the Soviet operations in the winter of 1942 would cut the German supply lines and leave their army surrounded in Stalingrad. The Germans continued to hold their portion of the city and attempted to break out toward friendly lines for another few months, but would eventually collapse and surrender from lack of supply in 1943.


    Stalingrad is a very unique map amongst the existing Hell Let Loose rotation. While urban, the nature of the way the city was built allowed for long, wide roads and larger, spread-out buildings. The result is a mixture of key vertical locations (atop apartment buildings or smaller brick office blocks), open fields of fire across roads and destroyed city blocks, and dense room to room fighting in the factories and workshops. Vehicles are extremely potent due to long sight lines, while infantry have the ability to manoeuvre amongst the rubble.

    Back to Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont

    We have already talked about the SMDM overhaul in Dev Brief #131, but we thought it was worth mentioning again as we know the community loves this map.

    Additionally one of our community members, Sam_15_SVK
    , has made some comparisons to the old vs new SMDM. We thought it was fantastic and worth sharing.

    You can check them out HERE!

  • Iwanknarren:

    The Soviet Arsenal



    The Mosin rifle was the main arm of the Soviet Union in the Second World War. A bolt action rifle feeding from a 5 round single stack magazine, it fired the powerful 7.62 by 54 millimeter rimmed cartridge.

    The rifle was designed by a commission of Russian arsenal designers, with principal work being contributed by Sergei Mosin. The design for the magazine came from a competing rifle submitted by Leon Nagant, and featured an interruptor to allow the reliable feeding of rimmed ammunition.

    The Mosin would prove to be durable enough for combat on the eastern front of both World Wars, though the operating surfaces of the bolt were vulnerable to mud. While not exactly cheap to manufacture, the Soviet Union could field tens of millions numbers of the rifle due to their build-up of tooling machinery.


    The original mass-produced variant of the Mosin which served primarily in the First World War, the M91 was the longest of all the Mosins. Its rear sight was rushed into production following a change to spitzer ammunition in the early 1900s, and was somewhat vulnerable to damage.


    The Mosin rifle was updated in form factor in the years preceding the Second World War. The handier 1891 dragoon model was chosen as the basis of the 91/30, being a couple inches shorter than the original infantry model. The rear sight was also improved, and other than a few minor changes the rest of the rifle remained the same.



    An even shorter version of the Mosin, the M38 Carbine was used by engineers, artillery crews, and other troops whose primary duties did not involve frontline combat. Lighter in weight but firing the same ammunition as its full-size brethren, the M38's recoil was correspondingly higher.

    M91/30 Sniper

    The scoped variant of the M91/30, the sniper variant, had a scope mount on the side of the receiver which accepted either PEM or PU scopes. The bolt handle was bent 90 degrees to clear the scope. They were generally made with tighter tolerances, and were capable of higher precision compared to a standard 91/30. Discerning snipers could attempt to obtain ranging PZ ammunition, which would explode on impact with the target.



    The SVT-40 was a Soviet semi-automatic rifle used extensively in World War 2. A short-stroke piston design, the SVT was one of the earliest self-loading rifles fielded in a significant quantity by a major army. It fed from a 10 round magazine and could be loaded with standard stripper clips.

    Although reasonably rugged, it was necessarily more complex than traditional bolt-action rifles. Troops in the field complained that it was difficult to maintain and susceptible to mud.

    The large mass of moving parts in the forend of the rifle and the poorly bedded barrel caused it to bounce when fired, negatively affecting accuracy. PU scopes were mounted to SVTs, though the bedding issue would stop production of these marksman's SVTs by mid-war.

    The SVT was intended to be mass issued in large numbers. However the high casualties and equipment losses early in the war forced the rapid refitting of the Red Army, something the simpler Mosin was more suited to. The SVT would serve in a gradually diminishing capacity until production stopped in early 1945. The additional firepower provided was not seen to be worth the additional complexity at the time.


    Onwards to the free weekend!

    That wraps up this week's Dev Brief!

    It's going to be a busy weekend on the battlefields of Hell Let Loose and we hope you all have an awesome one!

    Once again welcome to all our new players and also thank you to our existing community for being so welcoming - you rock!

    We'll see you on the frontline.

  • "Die Ostfront ist da"

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  • Und es ist echt geil!!! Für Einsteiger eignet sich dieses Vid gut

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  • Für mich ein Grund HLL mal wieder zu probieren wenn die Karte released ist! Hoffe ich bekomme Unterstützung durch meine Frundsberger Kameraden? 8) :pzdf:

    Hey everyone,

    Welcome to this week's developer briefing where we discuss our plans moving forward as well as a detailed look at a brand new map coming in Update 12!

    With the release of Patch 17 behind us and the team hard at work developing new and exciting content for future updates, we think now is a great opportunity to take a step back and look at developer briefing timelines and how we release information moving forward. We have heard many suggestions from the community as to what they would prefer to see with these briefings and after a lot of internal discussion on the topic have elected to try a few ideas over the short term.

    The first decision we have made will involve shifting the focus of developer briefings to contain more details on game related developments. To implement this type of information flow we have to be more timely with what and how we present it in the briefings, so initially as we look to roll this out we have made the decision to move the weekly developer briefings to a less frequent interval. In doing so grants us the flexibility to structure these briefings around new content when we’re ready to do so and allows us the time to give them the showcase they really deserve.


    New Map - Remagen!


    In light of the above and us moving forward to more content oriented briefings we thought it only fitting to highlight a new map coming to the Hell Let Loose theaters in the future.

    The battle of ‘Remagen’ was part of the Allied invasion of Germany that took place during the 7th-25th March 1945. The Remagen map focuses on the iconic arena where the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge was central to the Allied advance of armor and troops across the Rhine river.

    Ludendorff bridge was one of the last standing bridges over the Rhine and fierce fighting took place between both Axis and Allied forces in order to capture or destroy this vital supply route. Axis forces threw everything they had to try and destroy the Ludendorff bridge, artillery, railway guns, air strikes, mortars, mines and even a covert team of frogmen/saboteurs all to no avail.

    The Lodendorff bridge stood (although some portions were damaged) well enough to allow 5 divisions of allied troops to spearhead across the river Rhine and into Germany's industrial heartland. The battle of Remagen and the following capture of the bridgehead across the Rhine river was credited with shortening the duration of WW2.

    In Update 12 Hell Let Loose, players will be battling during the period shortly before the US successfully captures the bridge, prior to its capture and prominent collapse 10 days later.














    Meyer :tiger1: