OK, so where to begin? With a plan, of course!
Missions seem to fall into one of three categories:
1) Historical – where the mission maker attempts to follow as closely as possible real events. It’s usually possible where a real soldier has diaries of their wartime actions. Of course there are limits on the accuracy, including availability of tank types, a game map (polygon) that matches the location, and the variations made by the player and the Artificial Intelligence (AI).
2) Semi – Historical – where the maker uses real events to create a believable
mission. This allows the maker to have the best of both worlds, working within the confines of the game, but being consistent with historical events. This way you don’t have Operation Barbarossa commencing with Tiger IIs!
3) Fictional – where the maker is free to do what they please. The best use of this type of mission is to entertain the player, with history not a determining factor. Here is where imagination should run wild, encouraging the player to use their wits and problem solving to work outside the usual tank versus tank scenario. Lockie’s ‘Hurry Up Kubelwagen’ is an example of this.
In my case, I’ve decided on a semi-historical German campaign. Like many others, I’ve always like the Panzer VI (Mk I Tiger). One of the best Tiger commanders was Otto Carius, who wrote a book on his experiences called ‘Tigers In The Mud’. In 1943, Carius joined a Tiger unit, the schwere Panzer-Abteilung 502.
This unit fought at the Leningrad front and then in the retreat to Narva, Estonia. But determined defence halted the Russian advance, leading to extensive battles at the Narva and Ivangorod bridgeheads. Researching these encounters is where the internet is your friend.
Unfortunately, city streets and buildings are not yet available in SFK42. However, at several points the Russians tried to by-pass Narva, including attempts to cross the Narva River at the villages of Siivertsi and Riigiküla, north of Narva. These attempts were beaten back by units of the 11th SS Volunteer Panzergrenadier Division Nordland
, supported by Otto Carius’ Tiger platoon.
(HAPBA=Narva in Russian)
It should be possible for me to make a series of missions based on the actions at Siiversti, using the mod SPM 1.5 Beta, and the stock maps.
How hard can it be?