IL-2: It’s the little things…

Sometimes its good to stop and appreciate the little things. True in life and true in flight simulators as well. Here are a couple of cool things that you may not have noticed before in IL-2: Battle of Stalingrad and IL-2: Battle of Moscow.

Barrage balloons around Moscow

A forum user recently pointed out that there were a number of small points of light in the sky above Moscow. Though the UFO joke was tossed around quite a bit at first, on closer inspection we learned that the numerous barrage balloons, used to make bombing attacks (particularly by dive bombers) more hazardous, were actually modeled floating over Moscow despite the fact that you can’t actually fly over the city in IL-2: Battle of Moscow.

In-case you are having difficult spotting it…

A barrage balloon out in front of Red Square.

Though of a different type, here is a photo from 1943 of several balloons being prepared in a Moscow suburb. These balloons and their high tension cables did have an impact on air operations along with rings of flak defenses, observers, and search lights used during night raids.

Attribution: RIA Novosti archive, image #403 / Knorring / CC-BY-SA 3.0

Ground crew walking around the airfield

You may have spotted a few of them. At various times you will see ground crew waking around the airfield. Although they don’t do very much and you can’t really interact with them, they do add that extra ambiance.

Paratroopers are carrying MP40 sub-machine guns

The paratroopers dropping from the Ju52/3m are a recent addition to the series and its nice to know that the elite paratrooper team isn’t dropping without some of their historical armaments. In particular, the infamous MP40 (Maschinenpistole 40) sub-machine gun is carried by all of the soldiers dropping out of the Ju52 during paradrop missions.

Though the troops don’t do much except land on the ground (and trigger mission objectives) this is once again a nice little detail.

Have you spotted something small but interesting? Let me know in the comments section.


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