Historical Campaign

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What is the Historical Campaign?

"As the name suggests, the Historical Campaign is a group of missions based off historical events. In particular, the campaign is based off the Pacific Theater. It begins from the Attack on Pearl Harbor and ends with the Guadalcanal Campaign. To access these missions, you must purchase the Japanese and/or the US Pacific Campaign pack. While not available on the store currently, they can be bought in certain packs, including the Steam Pack on Steam.

Historical Campaign missions are engagements based on historical WWII Pacific Theater battles. Each mission has predetermined success requirements. Usually, the Japanese and US campaigns are sold together so the side you play on isn't restricted. This way you will always play on the side of the victor. The entire campaign is taken almost directly from Birds of Steel, the video game which directly preceded War Thunder.

Playing the Campaign

To play either Campaign, you must begin with the first mission. The following Missions are available:

Japan

Attack on Pearl Harbor

  • First Wave - Attack Wheeler Airfield in your D3A1
  • Second Wave - Bomb the Pearl Harbor Naval Base in your B5N2

Battle of the Coral Sea

  • Shōkaku Defense - Defend the IJN Shōkaku from US bombers in your A6M2
  • Attack on Lexington - Protect the Bombers attacking the USS Lexington in your A6M2

Battle of Midway

  • Midway Atoll - Attack the US base on Midway Atoll in your A6M2
  • First Carrier Fleet - Defend your naval fleet from US bombers in your A6M2
  • Counterattack - Attack the US fleet in your B5N2

Guadalcanal Campaign

  • Battle of the Eastern Solomons - Attack the US carrier fleet in your A6M2
  • Battle of the South Pacific - Attack the US naval fleet in your D3A1

The War Was Not Over

USA

Attack on Pearl Harbor

  • Return to Oahu - Do a routine fly-ahead/scout mission before the USS Enterprise enters Pearl Harbor in your SBD-3

Battle of Wake Island

  • American Counterattack - Attack Japanese ships near Wake Island in your F4F-3
  • Japanese Raid - Defend the island from Japanese bombers in your F4F-3
  • Two Against Thirty-Nine - Defend the island from Japanese Bombers in your F4F-3

Battle of the Coral Sea

  • Invasion of Tulagi - Seek out parts of the Japanese fleet in your F4F-3
  • To Scratch One Flat-Top - Attack a Japanese carrier in your TBF-1c

Battle of Midway

  • American Strike - Attack multiple Japanese carriers in your SBD-3
  • Fate of Hiryū - Make the final attack to sink the IJN Hiryū in your SBD-3

Guadalcanal Campaign

  • Tulagi Landing - Attack enemies over Tulagi in your F4F-4
  • Battle for Henderson Field - Defend Henderson Field in your F4F-4
  • Battle of the Santa Cruz - Defend the USS Hornet from Japanese bombers in your F4F-4

The War Was Not Over

In the beginning, only First Wave (Japan) and Return to Oahu (US) are available. Each mission is unlocked by completing the one before it.