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                       Battlefield 1942: Combat Tricks and Trivia Guide
                           
    			(AKA Kaptain Zyklon's Dirty Tricks!)
                            
    			             Version 1.62
                            
                                  First created on: 3/11/03
                                  Last update on: 29/9/04
                                  By Epitropou Victor
                                  vicet80@hotmail.com
    
    			     VEpitropou on GameFAQs (R)
    
                            Copyright Victor Epitropou 2003-2004
    
     This guide is best seen with a fixed-font editor/viewer,such as Notepad 
     	or by using any fixed-size font,such as Courier,10 CPI.
    
     This guide is mainly for the "Standard" BF1942 game but it also covers some
    aspects of the "Secret Weapons" expansion and maybe others.
    
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     Table of Contents
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     [0] Before you read this.
    [0.1] Quick Questions and Answers (go here if you REALLY are in a hurry)
    [0.2] Other FAQs
    
     [1]
    [1.1] Introduction
    [1.2] About the author
    [1.3] So,what's this guide about?
    [1.4] What makes it different/necessary?
    [1.5] Version history
    [1.6] Credits and acknowledgements
    
     [2] vs Ships
    [2.0] To be on not to be (a pirate?)
    [2.1] Boarding enemy ships.
    [2.2] Damaging enemy ships.
    [2.3] Other annoying things to do on board of enemy ships.
    [2.4] Other ship trivia and cheesy tricks.
    
     [3] General and Special Tactics
    [3.1] Defending 
    [3.2] Fighting and combat
    [3.3] Exploits and tricks
    [3.4] Bazooka Mania
    [3.5] Being an Engineer
    [3.6] Sniping tips: I wanna be a sniper!
    [3.7] Individual Infantry Weapons
    
     [4] Special map-related strategies.
    [4.1] The Battle Of Britain map.
    
     [5] Secret Weapons Of WWII: Where and How to use them?
    [5.1] Jetpacks
    [5.2] Sturmtiger
    [5.3] Sherman T-34
    [5.4] Wasserfall Missile
    [5.5] FlakPanzer
    [5.6] Natter
    
     [6] Special Vehicle Trivia
    
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    [0] Before you read this.
    ===============================================================================
     
     This guide is provided "as is" carrying no implicit or explicit warranties
    of any kind,about its contents.
    The author assumes no responsability for any kind of damage or loss caused
    directly or indirectly by the use of this guide,Point.
     Battlefield 1942,Road To Rome and Secret Weapons Of WWII is a registered
    trademark of Electronic Arts and Dice (Digital Illusions),and in any case,
    of their respective owners.
    Same goes for any trademarks and registered names mentioned here in this
    guide. Point.
     This guide is a freeware unofficial BF1942 product,and the author is not
    affiliated in any way with EA games or Dice. Point.
     The author reserves all rights and the copyright for this FAQ,and 
    appreciates being asked before using it in no-profit activities.
    Commercial use of this guide is prohibited/discouraged. Point
     This Guide and its updates are to be distributed ONLY by GameFAQs and
    a few other SELECTED FAQ pages,such as www.cheats.de,dhl.net,ignfaqs and
    a few others,ONLY after having asked me for permission. That's all,soldier!
       
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    [0.1] Quick questions and answers
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     These pop up more than once in a while...
    
     q: Where are the jetpacks???
     a: Read section [5.1] of this guide.
    
     q: Where are the subs?
     a: They're only in the "Guadalcanal" and "Battle Of Midway" maps in 
        multiplayer mode only.They are single spawn spots in the sea when not
        in use,dive with up arrow and resurface with down arrow (by default).
    
     q: How do I open my parachute?
     a: Keep hitting the "9" key (default) continuously UNTIL it opens,not just
        once.
    
     q: How do I open the landing crafts door?
     a: Simple,it opens with "up arrow" and closes with "down arrow"(by default).
     
     q: How can I do the wall-hack trick with the Allied Hangar in El-Alamein?
     a: Read the end of section [3.3] of this guide. 
    
     q: How do I deal with nasty n00bs,TKers,planecampers and the such?
     a: If you feel like bringing justice in this rotten (BF1942) world,
       then set up your own server,be an admin and kick and ban to your hearts
       content. As a "humble" player,use the console commands:
       "kick #NumberOfBastard" and "kt #NumberOfBastard",for example to kick
       the player number 5 type "kick 5" or "kt 5".
        You don't really kick him right away,you just start a vote poll,hoping
      that anybody else knows how to vote...There's a console commands FAQ for
      this job,look next section.
      Update: v1.6 of the game adds a whole new voting and kicking system,GUI
      based this time,and supposedly easier to use.
    
    q: ...what is the console???
    a: It's that DOS/command line looking thing that pops out each time you
       press the ~ (tilde) key (that is,the key with a ` and a ~ on it,on U.S.
       keyboards,and generally the one just above the TAB key).
       It's used to type special commands in. It closes by pressing the same key
       used for opening,in case you recalled it by mistake.
    
    q: I hate the console! Did you say something about a more friendly voting 
       system?
    a: Yes,from v1.6 and greater there is a graphical voting system.
       It IS easier to use but not everybody knows that it exists or how to
       use it!
       To use it,you must bring on the "Spawn interface" by pressing the
       "Enter" key, and then select the "Score" or "Boards" option (in the
       bottom right of the screen, along with "Resume" and "Quit") with your
       MOUSE.
        This will bring up a kind of scoreboard and on the lower part of the
       screen there will be some options like "kick voting","team kick voting",
       "map voting" etc. 
       Note: On some servers they will be unselectable, since kick or map voting
       can be disabled by the admin.
       BTW,the good old console is still functional in case you prefer the old
       fashioned way :-).
         
    q: I REALLY want to punish that bad TKish n00b,but I don't want to TK myself...
    a:  Ok,so if you're REALLY that desperate the only solution is to run bad
       n00bs over with any vehicle,exiting moments before impact,so he will die
       and you won't TK. Also,be sure to type "PTK" in the console each time
       so he will surely get a long delay at respawn.
    
    q: Why does my team always lose in the "Battle Of Britain" map?
    a: Read section [4.1] of this guide.
    
    q: Why my opponents get me easily all the time and I can't even hurt them from
       close range?
    a: Feeling like Rambo or Delta Force beating up foes and terrorists completely
       unscathed, only by the contrary? Unless you really suck, chances are you are
       playing on a server with too much ping (>100 or >200),which means that
       "local" players and people with "clean" connections will mostly have a clear
       advantage over you (they can see you and shoot you before you do).
       There's not much you can do besides changing server,hardware and connection.
       You can still play a good game by choosing a support role (engineer,ship
       captain, tank pilot,APC driver or sniper) and playing carefully, but don't
       expect to be good at close combat or at piloting planes.
    
    q: Why did I get kicked from the server for no apparent reason???
    a: Sometimes it is because there are un-ReAsOnAbLe admins that won't even
       let you spit without their written permission: they usually put up their
       own rules (don't cuss,don't switch teams,don't piss me off...) and punish
       any "rebels" who,voluntarily or not,break them.
        Sometimes it's just automatic because you TKed too much (even suicide
       counts as a TK,remember!),you have too much lag or just because you..cussed!
        That's right,on some servers there are AUTOMATIC language filters which
       DON'T block "bad words" like the word "filter" may suggest,but rather
       auto-kick the "dirty mouths" that wrote them in the chat!
        It's a stupid system and can even kick you for writing words containing
       "bad" ones, like mASSacre. People many times don't get why they get kicked
       and keep on re-joining and keep getting kicked...I've seem teams DECIMATED
       by those damn filters!
    
    q: ...Oh I see..and what can I do about that?
    a: Wash your mouth,if you want to use the chat,and you'd better avoid ambiguous
       expressions,slang words and words known to be "intercepted", like mASSacre.
        Or, you can confuse most filters by mispelling words,adding random periods,
       commas etc. or by using substitute symbols. Some (pretty self explanatory)
       examples include "Ghey", "@$$" , "f.k." etc. (tsk tsk what language :-)
       Or,if filters are nationalised, you could use foreign cuss words from German,
       Italian or whatever...
       
    q: How do I deal with ALL OTHER situations in the game?
    a: Read this guide carefully,especially section [3]!
    
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    [0.2] Other FAQs
    ===============================================================================
     
     If you need more map-related strategy oriented and more generic FAQs,try out
    Joe Momma's and Matthias99's BF1942 FAQs. If you need more info about 
    Road To Rome and Secret Weapons Of WWII then get Pierre "Masamune2" Maris's
    specialised FAQs. And,regarding the mysterious console commands of BF1942,there
    is a great FAQ by KenZoe.All of the above can be found at GameFAQs,by searching
    for "battlefield 1942".
    
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    [1.1] Introduction 
    ===============================================================================
    
     This is my first FAQ/Guide ever written for a "contemporary" and "recent"
    game since I wrote my first guides and FAQs for "retro" arcade and
    computer games.
     The objective of this guide is to illustrate to BF1942 players of all
    levels and skill some general combat techniques and notes,including what
    could be defined as "cheap tricks" or "dirty combat" inside BF1942,by some
    players.
     Please bear in mind,this is not a cheat guide,it's just a kind of strategy
    oriented guide giving a particular weight to non-orthodox combat techniques
    and tricks,which CANNOT be considered cheats but rather exploits and taking
    advantage of the game's physics and combat system's "weak points".
    Besides,every BF1942 player did AT LEAST ONE of the "tricks" mentioned here!
    
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    [1.2] About the author
    ===============================================================================
    
     As I said before,this is my first piece of guide ever written for a 
    "modern" game.Personally,I'm an arcade game's fan and abuse regularly of 
    emulators and such :-).
    I have written FAQs and guides mainly for TAITO games including The New 
    Zealand Story,Cadash and Liquid Kids. You can find all of them from GameFAQs.
     Recently,I discovered the great fun of Battlefield 1942,and being a DOOM 
    and Quake veteran it caught on me very quickly :-). When I discovered the
    Multiplayer side of the medal,I began playing frantically and started 
    discovering several funny/obscure points in this game,discoveries which
    I felt like sharing with gamers all over the world and especially fellow
    BF1942 players.
     I can only play online once or maybe twice a week,and when I'm on,I 
    usually (well,actually,all the time) play with the nickname "Kaptain Zyklon".
    Sometimes,you can see me online with my teammates "MAD MAX","mision","loxias"
    and "RAMBO".
     Despite the name,no racial offense is intended and no "strange" political
    preferences are implied,honest. I just find them cool and original to use,
    that's all.It's better to put these things straight right from the
    beginning,you never know.
     Besides,I've seen much worse,scurrile,racially/politically explicit
    and insulting nicknames around...I hope that they were used just for FUN,
    like mine.
     As for teams,well,I generally prefer playing as the axis but I DO care 
    about balanced teams,so don't worry when you see me logging: I will join
    the team which needs more men at the moment,or which proves to be weaker
    and lacking expert players.
     In case you wondered,I'd like to receive some feedback about this or
    the other guides or BF1942 or whatever...comments are welcome.
    Especially invitations for password games,hint hint :-)
    My e-mail is at the beginning of the guide. Try vicet80@hotmail.com however.
    
    
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    [1.3] So,what's this guide about?
    ===============================================================================
    
     Briefly,it's for telling you about some not-quite-orthodox and
    not-quite-clear gameplay/combat techniques to use during Single and/or 
    Multiplayer games of BF1942.. Of course there's more "standard" stuff 
    to be found here,but I wanted to make a guide which included BOTH,giving
    a relevant weight to "non-standard" stuff.
     These are things you can do to get more kills,cause losses of 
    vehicles/ships/time to the enemy team,create diversive actions,really 
    piss your opponents off,survive longer than you should, come out of 
    desperate situations etc. etc. and all this not by actually cheating but
    by rather by exploiting obscure bugs or mere features of the game,taken
    to the extreme!
     Not only that,but in the latest versions I also added tons of Secret Weapons
    info,including the much debated jetpacks :-) and also a special "historical"
    section at the end of the guide.
    
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    [1.4] So,what makes this guide different/necessary?
    ===============================================================================
    
     It's a "People have the right to know" kind of thing,actually.
    The point is that BF1942,while not being the state-of-the-art in facts
    of physics and interactivity,still allows a large degree of freedom to 
    the player,allowing trying almost anything involving moving,flying,shooting,
    bombing etc.,sometimes with very hilarious results and more than once
    resulting in interesting exploits or tricks,yet perfectly "legal" within
    the game, meaning they can't be labelled exactly "cheating" but rather
    "cheap" or  "cheesy" or simply "smart" tricks,most of the time.
     Some of these things I figured out by myself,some (very few) can be found
    on other FAQs,but in general they're neither mentioned nor used a lot,and
    it's rather unclear (at least to me) if they should be/are considered 
    "common knowledge" among BF1942 fans,or if they're some sort of taboo.
    If that's the case,then,like it or not,this guide is here to stay!
     To make an example,Joe Momma's FAQ,which is one of the best,categorically
    states that "ships can't be sabotaged" and so trying to do so has no sense,
    while I found for myself (and USED it in combat) that some enemy ships take
    good damage from bazooka rockets,and so "pirating" enemy ships HAS sense...
     I might get into an argument with Joe Momma or others for having stated
    that,but I made this example so everybody can understand what kinds of
    "tricks" and "exploits" I'm presenting here in this guide.
    
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    [1.5] Version History
    ===============================================================================
    
    version 1.62
     Date 29/9/2004
     Added a new section [3.6] for Sniping, including actual (read: REAL) sniper
    tips from a military manual, submitted by Greni (thanks!).
    And,as always,there are tons of minor additions and corrections here and there.
    
    version 1.6
     Date 28/4/2004
     Quite a long time,too many events such as the v1.6 patch and Battlefield
    Vietnam coming out and new responsabilities for me.That's what has kept me 
    from updating. Not many additions,apart from the definitive solution on how
    to do the "wall-hacking" trick consistently,and some sparse comments on v1.6.
    Unluckily for me and all my BF1942 friends met during these last months (who
    has played with me should remember it),I can't get online access to play BF1942
    anymore.I used playing at a cyber-cafe in my hometown (the only places with fast
    computers AND broadband connections) but the advent of v1.6 really paralized
    them all...
    
    version 1.51
     Date 27/1/2004
     Tiny update,corrected the "Kettenkrad" section at the end,which was completely
    mispelled and added a new jetpack location,so the total of known jetpacks is
    now 8. Minor typo and spelling corrections here and there,too.
    
    version 1.5
     Date: 20/1/2004
    Minor update,adding extra jetpack info (two new locations) and shortening some
    sections,with the ever-present error corrections.I also added a "quick
    questions and answers" section [0.1],for those ever-present small questions.
    
    version 1.45
     Date: 14/1/2004
    Intermediate update,correcting many mistakes left in in v1.4 (my apologies to
    all readers).I also added some info about the new INDIVIDUAL weapons found in
    the SW expansion pack,like rifles etc.
    
    version 1.4
     Date: 9/1/2004
     VERY MAJOR update,containing extensive SW info,Jetpacks usage and location
    and much more! Secret Weapons of WWII is now fully part of this guide!
    I hope you enjoy it...the guide has more than doubled since its first
    releases!
     
    version 1.31
     Date: 1/1/2004
     Hey,nothing better to do right now...so some little corrections here and
    there are surely welcome. BTW,I'd like to note that,even if it wasn't on my
    initial intentions,the other 'major' BF1942 FAQs are getting a bit outdated...
    c'mon guys,keep up!! I try to include elements from Road To Rome,Secret 
    Weapons and v1.5 of the game,where needed. Unreleased
    
    version 1.3
     Date: 24/12/2003
     Major XMAS update,added a full Battle Of Britain combat guide after taking
    part in a disastrous battle,where my team (allied) had no clue :-(
    I hope that this way things will even up a bit. BTW,Merry XMAS,and may
    battles be seen only in games such as BF1942...
    
    version 1.2
    Date: 28/11/2003
     Minor update,mainly layout,grammar and spelling corrections.
    Also added some sparse Secret Weapons trivia and corrected some technical
    info here and there.
    
    Version 1.1
    Date: 20/11/2003
     Intermediate update,mainly converted the whole layout to a nice
    quasi-80 column text format,after seeing that there were several
    visualization problems. It looks fine with Notepad,Wordpad,DOS edit
    and several browsers such as IE or Mozilla. I suspect that the upload
    process introduces some corruption of the format...but I'm not sure.
    We'll see!
     Other than that,I updated the [2] "vs Ships" sections with new info,
    and added some more trivia all around the guide. Happy Sinking!!!
    
    Version: 1.0
    Date: 17/11/2003
     Already a major update!
     Corrected a stupid character mistake: commas didn't show correctly in
    some text-editors,due to non-ASCII coding (that's what happens if someone
    mixes text editors and word processors!).It looked annoying so I fixed it.
     I noticed it only after looking at the file with Notepad. I deleted
    some redundant questions in section [3],pasted multiple times by mistake.
     I also made some minor-major typo corrections and added two new tricks
    regarding the "Battle of Britain" map in section [3.3],and one in
    section [2.3] (Annoying things to do on ships).
    A whole new section,[3.5] Being an engineer has been added! Have fun!
     Also optimized to guide to look its best in fixed-font text viewers.
    This is surely the way the first release was meant to be...
    
    Version: 0.7
    Date: 16/11/2003
     This is going to be (hopefully) the first release,planned for 
    GameFAQs only,like the other FAQs.
    Made a significant layout change,no new info added.
    
    
    Version: 0.6
    Date: 15/11/2003
     It's almost ready for a first release. Added a passable layout and
    chapter/sections separation. Not much info to add as of now...I'll
    wait and see what people think.Please contact me at vicet80@hotmail.com
    and tell me what you think,or challenge/invite me to your server for
    a game or two of BF1942! I'll appreciate both.
    
    Version: 0.5
    Date 13/11/2003
     A pre-release version,the result of many edits,layout corrections,
    additions,and continous revisions.It could be released as a quasi-complete
    guide but I can surely do better...
    
    Version: 0.0 
    Date: 3/11/2003 
     Just the idea of writing this guide,and a first attempt at doing so.
    I started with the "vs ships" section,which was the "hottest" one
    in my mind!
    
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    [1.6] Credits and acknowledgements
    ===============================================================================
    
     Some credit goes to myself,for writing this stuff (almost) from scratch.
    Special credits go to Joe Momma and Matthias99,authors of the two major
    BF1942 Faqs.Even if they aren't directly involved in writing this FAQ,I
    learned many things about the game from THEIR FAQs,and some of the info
    found in here comes from their faqs.Special greetings go to Pierre
    "Masamune2" Maris,who wrote a Road To Rome and a Secret Weapons FAQ,and
    I included some of his info here. Also I greet KenZoe for writing the
    precious console commands FAQ for BF1942. Practically all the GameFAQs
    BF1942 authors!
     Then greetings go of course to all BF1942 players all over the world,
    especially those with who I had a chance to play together in some server...
    Needless to say,credits go also to DICE for making the game and EA for 
    publishing it.
    
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    [2] vs Ships
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     All the things you wanted to know about ships and you've never been told!
    
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    [2.0] The Infamous Question: To be or not to be (a pirate?)
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     I of course mean being a SHIP pirate in BF1942,which in this game's slang
    denotes all people boarding enemy ships hoping to deal them damage.
    This is a rather obscure argument,as stated before. I never heard of
    anyone illustrating if and how this can be done yet,while the most
    important FAQs (Joe Momma's and Matthias99's) claim that it's either
    impossible (or useless) or that you can just try and board an enemy ship
    (without saying what goes next), respectively.
     
     Now,my thesis is that: you CAN board enemy ships (several ways to do it)
    and you CAN damage them while you're ON them,down to the point of SINKING
    them,usually more easily than with "conventional" means like using other
    ships' cannons,coastal defence,artillery,etc. I like to think that I'm the
    first to have used such tactics in combat (even in a game with Joe Momma!).
    Probably I am not,after one year the game was out...but I'm surely the first
    to write down in a Guide about the "Where and How" of these tactics,and
    dismiss some commonplace and close-minded ideas about the game!
    
    
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    [2.1] Boarding enemy ships.
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     In one word,what this whole fuss is about :-).
    You may have read in other FAQs that it can't be done. Point.
    I state: It CAN be done if you're doing it correctly!
     OK,so what do you have to do? Two things:
    a) Get on the enemy ship (use a landing craft or airplane or swim to it),
       possibly unnoticed.
    b) Deal damage with SPECIFIC weaponry (bazookas only,so far!).
    
     Step a) should be straightforward: You can use your own team's landing
    craft to approach enemy ships (they're usually unguarded against "pirates")
    or steal the enemy's landing craft and make it to their ship (like in Omaha
    Beach or operation Overlord,D-Day,although it's very hard to find an unstuck
    boat and remain ignored by the enemy while you try stealing it! 
     Then you must try to approach the enemy ships STEALTHILY!
    That is,if somebody on the deck actually SEES you approaching or trying
    to board his ship,that is NOT a stealthy approach,and if your opponents
    are any good then you can guess you had it.
     Please note that,as I found out the hard way,if your opponents are MOVING
    the ship around continuously,you may have a very hard time trying boarding it.
    
     An easier (if avaiable) way is that of just piloting a plane and
    parachuting ON the enemy ship  (or nearby and then swimming to it,but
    I don't suggest doing this unless you have to,like when you "missed" the
    ship or your plane got shot down).
    Of course,you must know how to fly a plane...
    You're not as much stealthy as when using a boat,especially after opening
    your parachute...
    You must not crash BEFORE you reach destination...
    More likely,some of your teammates might not appreciate your taking a
    perfectly operating plane just to abandon it or crash on some enemy ship
    or in the middle of the sea...Apart from these drawbacks,a plane is the 
    best and fastest way to board an enemy ship.
    
     OK,so let's say that one way or the other you manage to get ON the enemy
    ship.What can you do now?
    
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    [2.2] Sabotaging enemy ships.
    ==========================================================================
     
     Ok,this is where I get flamed for encouraging ship piracy in BF1942 :-)
    Joe Momma (him,again!) mentioned some (failed) pirates which tried to blow
    up his ship "with a bunch of TNT". Well,he is right! Am I on acid? 
    Did I say "he is right" while I'm writing this whole stuff just to prove 
    exactly the opposite?  Well not,read on!
    
     In fact,he's surely right in one point: You can't damage ships with TNT,
    as they seem to be IMMUNE to it,no matter if "friend" of "foe". 
     This of course can be exploited by engineers guarding ships,which can set
    TNT traps against pirates,without damaging their own ships! That's the
    problem with most wannabe pirates: they start off as engineers,and then
     discover that their TNT is useless on ships! 
    
     In fact,ships in BF1942 are either totally or partially immune to the 
    so-called "splash damage",which is,the damage done "only" by explosions,
    such as the ones from artillery,bombs,AA fire,grenades and,yes,TNT.
     But,I hear somebody yelling,bombs DO damage ships! Yes,but you must hit
    them with the bomb itself.Dropping a bomb "near" the ship will have 
    absolutely no effect,and the same goes for cannon and artillery fire!
    Grenades and TNT on the other hand do almost exclusively "splash damage"
    and thus do practically nothing to ships. Landing craft are an exception,
    as they're vulnerable to almost anything! They can even take damage from 
    their own machine gun!
    
     What most people don't know,it that BAZOOKA rockets actually DO 
    damage ships,although not all and not to the same degree.
     Not only that,but you can shoot ships while ON them,including YOUR 
    OWN TEAM's ships,so be careful with that! 
     Later in this guide you will find out that bazookas are a much more
    versatile weapon than most people think,able to kill anything from 
    infantry to ships,and even some  special buildings like defguns and
     radar towers!
    
     So,the correct approach,if you want to be a "pirate" is to start off
    as an Anti-armor and when you get on board of the targeted enemy ship
    start shooting it! But where are you supposed to "attack" a ship,and 
    how many shots can a ship withstand? It depends on the ship type;
    
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    [2.2.a] Sabotaging enemy ships: Aircraft Carriers
    ==========================================================================
    
    Aircraft carriers are,surprisingly,the most vulnerable,going down in
    about a dozen (!) hits: Their "hot spots" for hitting them with your
    bazooka are:
    
    a) The whole landing/takeoff deck! Yes,just shoot at the "floor"!
      It does moderate damage to the carrier,so expect it to "withstand"
      at least 15-20 hits.
    
    b) If you prefer a more stealthy approach,you can still damage the enemy
     carrier while remaining (relatively) unseen: You can attack any of the
     4 AA (AntiAircraft) Guns of the ship.They're usually negleted by the crew,
     and so they just sit there for your consumption.
     Hitting them directly with a perfectly perpendicular bazooka shot deals
     more than 8% damage TO THE SHIP,almost like directly dropping a bomb
     (maybe that's the whole point of this exploit: the game expects attacking
     pilots to bomb the AA guns,and so they were made to "count" as a great
     damage to the ship).
      Sometimes a carrier goes down with less than 8 hits (!),especially if it has
     already received a bomb or two,and is shot very efficiently on the AA guns.
     This usually happens if you manage to hit an AA gun while on the plane deck.
     It seems that this is the optimal angle for doing so!
    
     The problem is that 6 rockets are (usually) not enough to destroy it in one 
    go, so you will have to get on the top deck for getting more ammo,thus 
    exposing yourself.
     In this sense,the Japanese carrier is "easier" to sink,since it's easier
    to get your ammo refilled without been seen,by going from the front-right
    AA gun to the control tower and then hiding into the big entrance...near 
    the ammo crate.On the U.S. carriers you will have to expose yourself
    somehow more than that.
     You can workaround this problem by bringing a partner or two with you,
    for guarding each other's back and to "distribute the work load" :-) 
    Needless to say,the engineer's TNT and ordinary grenades do NOTHING to
    the CARRIER's AA guns. 
    ALL other places on the carrier (lower decks,front/rear armor etc.) are 
    invulnerable to bazooka and to most other projectyles for that matter,
    so don't bother.
    Attack only the plane deck and the AA guns,and WITH A BAZOOKA ONLY,please!
    
    
    *** WARNING ***, this tactic can make for a REALLY cheesy and corny
     victory at the "Coral Sea" Map! Your opponents will probably hate you
     and call you a cheap bastard (if they figured out what happened)
     but,hey,you probably WANT to be one if you're reading this :-)
    
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    [2.2.b] Sabotaging enemy ships: Destroyers
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    For Destroyers and Battleships things get a bit more complicated:
     As far as I could find,only the U.S. Fletcher class destroyers are
    vulnerable to bazooka fire,and only if shot directly on the gun/cannon
    turrets (each Destroyer  has 4 of them,2 in the back and 2 in the front).
     If hit there,they take about 15 hits before the alarm siren starts sounding,
    and 20 in total to go down.
      Most other parts of a Destroyer seem to take no damage from bazooka
    fire (including the "floor" itself,unlike the carrier),so the only
    "sure hits" are the gun/cannon turrets. What seems strange,is that
    only the U.S. (Fletcher class) Destroyers are vulnerable to this
    exploit,maybe for map-related reasons.
    
     As the axis,if you manage to sink the Destroyer at Omaha beach with this
    tactic,then probably your opponents will be rather surprised and then
    pissed off for having let you go all the way to their ship! Your team
    will probably admire  you,especially if the allies haven't captured the
    beach: Istant Victory for the axis!
     This may be a deliberate weakness for helping (?) the axis in Omaha beach,
    but else it's clearly in favour of the Japanese,whose Destroyers are not
    vulnerable to it while the U.S. ones are,on all Pacific maps,and also in
    some Road To Rome map (operation Husky?).
     
    
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    [2.2.c] Sabotaging enemy ships: Battleships and the rest.
    ==========================================================================
    
     Both U.S. and Japanese Battleships are vulnerable if hit directly on
    the wooden "pavement" of their deck. This means that you simply shoot
    the floor where you walk on! Yes,it's that simple!!!
     This fact of course introduces a whole new series of exploits in all
    Pacific maps,and especially in the "Iwo Jima" map,where the U.S.
    have an aircraft carrier and a Battleship. Now,BOTH are vulnerable
    to "pirate" bazookamen,so be careful if you're the allies!
    
     Please take note that no other part of these ships is vulnerable
    to bazooka fire,so forget ALL cannon towers and all other "structures"
    on the deck of these ships.Attack only the deck's floor,and ONLY with
    a bazooka,please!!!
     
     Regarding the Battleships' endurance,it's hard to estimate,but it looks
    something like 25 to 30 hits "on the floor". Again,trying to get 
    quasi-vertical shots or having thrown a bomb or two help a lot.
    There's an ammo source on both sides' Battleships,and what plays to the
    "pirate"'s advantage is that the Battleships are HUGE and have plenty of 
    places to hide or to run away from your enemies.
     A good tactic is that of parachuting over the big central tower of the
    ship,which is unreachable on foot,and deal your first 5-6 shots
    "undercover".Then you must PARACHUTE (yes,parachute!) down to the deck to
    get more ammo and continue your 'job' from there.
     A good place,on the U.S. Battleship is to hide in the door near the ammo
    crate,and shoot the floor in front of you. When you need more ammo,just walk
    out and get some. You will also be protected against enemy bombs.
    Yes,when on Single Player the computer bots will bomb their own ship trying
    to kill YOU,actually doing most of the damage! In general,when playing
    against the computer,just hiding on its ships is enough to get them damaged
    by the computer itself,no kidding! I doubt this works in multi-player games,
    however! :-)
     As an interesting side node,all cannon turrets of all sizes,on the
    Battleships,seem literally ENVELOPED in a THICK steel shell,unlike the
    US Destroyer's ones which seem "naked" in  comparison. What a coincidence,
    that's EXACTLY the difference between US and Japanese Destroyers...
    
     Submarines on the other hand are much more vulnerable,much like a 
    heavy tank. Their weakest spot is the commander's turret,unsurprisingly,
    which is also the last part to dive and the first to re-surface...
    Got the point?
    
    
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    [2.2.d] To sum up
    ==========================================================================
    
     As you can read from this Guide (and try for yourself) ships in
    BF1942 CAN be damaged by a single soldier,only if he's an Anti-armor
    using his trusty bazooka/panzerschreck/panzerfaust.
     Each ship has its weak spots where it can receive damage,except for the 
    Japanese Destroyer (...yet!).
     They're roughly the whole deck and AA guns on aircraft carriers,the whole
    deck except cannons and structures on Battleships,and the cannon turrets
    only on U.S. Fletcher class Destroyers. Submarines are all vulnerable,
    and particularly weak if hit on their turret.
     Aircraft carriers are the most vulnerable,Destroyers and Battleships
    not that much but in the end they all go down. It's worth giving a try
    to these tactics,especially if only the opponent team has ships (for example,
    the allies in Iwo Jima or the axis on Wake Island.
     It can also be used as en effective retaliation method and surprise attack,
    and can become arguable if used in Coral Sea,where losing your carrier means
    losing the game.
    
     As a side note,I want to state that maps and gameplay usually have 
    differences between single and multiplayer,so there might well be
    differences having to do with damaging ships. What I've written so
    far about Carriers,Battleships and Destroyers seems valid,however,
    for both single or multiplayer. If you find any interesting differences
    and facts,please report.Thank you.
    
     Finally,on Matthias99 BF1942 FAQ there's an obscure mention to an
    exploit having to do with ships and a note saying thet this exploit
    has been "fixed" in v1.31 of the game. It's not very clear what the
    real meaning of that statement is,but I found ship "sabotage" to work
    with all versions up to v1.5 (which I'm currently using) with no problems,
    in both Single Player and Multi Player mode so that's the way it's meant
    to be,probably.
    
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    [2.3] Other annoying things to do on board of enemy ships.
    ==========================================================================
     
     Annoying for the enemy,of course :-)
    So,you boarded the enemy ship with no trouble,but only to find that
    you're an  engineer/scout/assault/medic! So what can you do now??? 
     Well,if the ship you boarded is a Destroyer or Battleship then you better
    leave: there's not much you can do,at most you can spawncamp some hapless
    poor bastard who spawned in the wrong place at the wrong time,but you can't
    expect to last too long doing that.As a medic or an assault you may bring
    more than a couple of  grunts down with you,but as an engineer or scout
    you've had it...leave now,your team will surely have a better use for you!
     
     But if you boarded an enemy carrier,then,eh-eh-eh, there ARE some little
    nasty things you can do,in order of descending importance.
    
    A) The best thing,again, is to be an Anti-tank.You can damage the ship or
     shoot enemy planes down as they are trying to take off.
     It works wonders,and youcan take down at least a couple before getting
     caught.
    
    B) The next best thing is being an Engineer. Probably you can't damage
     the ship itself,but you CAN set TNT packs  and place MINES under planes!
     Yep,they blow up when they start moving,and you can place the mines a bit
     everywhere on the deck, preferably on the course the planes use for
     takeoff and (rarely) landing.
     Sounds crazy,but you can actually get a lot of kills this way and cause 
     non-indifferent delay and/or damage to the enemy,by cutting his
     "airplane supply", and helping your team a lot,especially in the
     "Coral Sea" map.
    
    C) Then you can be a Medic so you can try to damage (sometimes destroy)
     some  departing plane with your SMG and grenades,but you will be much
     more useful if teamed-up with an Anti-tank and/or Engineer,backing them
     up and healing them as they're doing their "job". Also useful for wiping
     away planecampers and pissed-off enemies.
    
    D) As an Assault you can still shoot at planes and kill planecampers and
     enemies trying to kick you out of their ship,but you can do that also 
     as a Medic,and it's better to have the medikit than the stronger assault
     rifle,since there are no medical closets on ship.
    
    E) As a Scout,ehm,I can only imagine you throwing grenades at planes and
     sniping planecampers from the control tower...only marginally useful,any
     other class is much better in this case. 
      At best,you could also call for artillery by just "wielding" your
     binoculars and clicking the LEFT mousebutton,no need for zooming in.
      This way,your team's artillery will have a more than clear view of
     the target,if they're smart enough to exploit it...and if you don't
     get killed,of course.
    
    F) A neat trick I saw the other day was landing your plane ON the enemy 
     carrier,so that you stop in the "back" of the landing deck,at the very 
     edge,right behind of where the enemy planes spawn,so that you can aim
     at them with your tailgun.
     Of course,you could also land in front of them,getting in their way.
     The guy who did this told me that he shoots at enemies with the tailgun
     as soon as they spawn and continously destroys planes.
      Sounds nice...if you're good enough to actually LAND your plane on the
     enemy carrier,without crashing. Probably he just slowed all the way down
     and "dropped" the plane in the right place,as I saw a VERY weird manouver
     in the map,like,the plane doing a 180 degrees turn with almost zero
     speed! Anyway,he was a good pilot,no doubt!
      Of course,there is an easier way of doing this: get on the enemy
     carrier (you should know how by now!),steal their bomber but don't fly
     it: Just move it a bit forward so that you can get a clear shot at most
     of the deck behind you,and use the tailgun.   
     If done correctly,it should be VERY annoying!
    
     G) This one is MEAN...be an Engineer,hide on any enemy ship which spawns
     landing craft (all except the submarine,I think),approach the landing
     craft when none sees you,and toss some TNT in them,then hide and wait 
     for one or more enemies to enter the boat. Let them sail and then...BOOM!
     Got the point? ;-) Only blowing up a full APC can give you such
     satisfaction...and kills! ;-]
        
    
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    [2.4] Other ship trivia and cheap tricks.
    ===============================================================================
    
     You can damage (and sink) an enemy ship by many other non-standard ways:
    
    A) Bump a ship with another ship.Both will take damage,but weaker ships
       will of course suffer the most.So feel free to bump destroyers and
       (maybe) aircraft carriers with your battleship. Of course,it's better
       to repair it after each bump!
    
    B) Desperate case of aircraft carrier defense: This I learned in a "real"
       situation: I was playing online the Battle Of Midway map as the axis,but
       my team honestly sucked,and we got our carrier attacked by an enemy
       Destroyer or Battleship (probably a Destroyer)!
        Now,I was an engineer OK but the punishment was too heavy,the
       situation was desperate,so as a last-ditch resort I manned an AA gun and 
       started shooting frantically at the enemy ship..which was luckily 
       close enough to get shot at,and whose captain obviously wasn't very good
       at using the cannons...doing less damage than he could.
        To my surprise,the damage indicator on my crosshair started flashing,
       indicating that the enemy ship was actually taking damage.
       Now and them one of our last planes tried to drop a bomb on it but it
       was too little,too late anyway.
       Once in a while I tried to repair my ship a bit,then restarted shooting 
       non-stop at the enemy ship...in the end my carrier started sinking,but to
       my joy,the enemy ship started sinking too (first it had started smoking).
       It took almost 5 minutes to battle it out this way,and if somebody had
       manned another AA gun or shot some bazooka rocket we could have saved 
       our ship,but anyway our team lost a bit later,so it didn't change much
       of our luck but it was surely a fun and unusual battle!
    
    C) Many times,when you're trying to "sabotage" an enemy ship and have
      already done some damage,an enemy plane already in the air spots you,
      and proceeds to attacking you by BOMBING and SHOOTING his OWN SHIP! 
       This way,the enemy more than once delivered the final blow to his own 
      carrier...not a great thing for the pilot,since it also adds TeamKilling
      to  his already huge problems!!!
      To be fair however,I'll say that this is a mistake committed mostly by 
      A.I. Bots,but there ARE some human opponents who think of their ships
      as concrete,indestructible bunkers :-)
    
     D) Ehm...despite all this ship piracy etc. it doesn't seem possible to
      "capture" enemy ships,at least not in recent (v1.5 and v1.6) versions
      of the game. C'mon,what did you expect? Stealing the spawnpoints from the
      enemy? Beaching his subs,maybe??? It would be delightfully cheesy,but
      I doubt it can be done...maybe with the notable exception of the
      submarine and the landing craft.
    
     E) Another one involving landing craft: If you're an Engineer on a
      landing beach and you can predict with a certain precision WHERE on
      that beach an enemy landing craft will...land,then you can place some
      MINES or TNT packs just below the surface of the water (REALLY close
      to the beach!) and watch them blow up as they land,or set a booby trap
      for them! ;-)
       I tried this,and while you can really put mines and TNT underwater,
      mines don't seem to activate when landing craft "drive" over them :-(
      On the other hand,TNT still works,so you can still set "underwater
      traps".Look at section [3.5],Being an Engineer.
       
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    [3] General and Special Tactics
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     There are some more miscellanea tricks having to do with general
    gameplay or with particular maps or situations of the game. Some may have
    been already described extensively or in an implicit manner before in this
    guide.
    
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    [3.1] Defending
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     In this section I present some frequent defense-intensive situations,
    in a problem-cause-solution fashion.Here we go:
    
    
    Problem:  "Aaaagh! Those damn planes don't give me a moment of peace,
    	always bombing the cr@p out of me and my tank,and no AA
    	guns are avaiable! What can I do?"
    Cause:   You're in front of the Sky Ace Of The Day...these are people
    	very good at flying planes and able to bomb and shoot with ease,
    	anything they spot.Usually they're experts in flight sims and
     	have a specialized joystick for manouvering so well,which means
    	that keyboard pilots are no match for them.
    	They can be a serious problem at places such as Guadalcanal or
    	Market Garden's church,where there are no AA guns outside 
    	the main bases.
    Solution:  Organize YOUR TEAM  for countering them! 
    	It has to be a collective effort for it to have any chance of
    	success,unless of course you're none less than Sky Ace Punisher
    	in person who can do it all by yourself.
             If you have any decent pilots and planes,then send a couple of 
    	fighters on their tails,just to keep them busy,if not shooting 
    	them down. 
     	 If none on your team is that good,then bring some tanks or APCs
    	and use their machine guns against the planes,by leading your
    	shots according to plane position and speed. You may still get
    	bombed or shot,but at least you will have done something to stop
    	them, and if you place the tank/APC in a strategical way,you won't
    	have to die after each attack,just repair you vehicle and heal
      	yourself for the next attack (an APC & Engineer combo works
    	great in this and other cases).
    	 If neither are avaiable ,as a last resort have some people
    	spawn as assaults and send them in places where planes can be
    	easily spotted and shot,such as  the hills with the bunkers in
    	Guadalcanal or various scout towers. It's a bit poor but better
    	than nothing.
    	 However,shooting a plane down is only a temporary solution,since
    	our "Ace" will either survive and parachute,thus giving you more
    	trouble,or he will re-spawn at his airport and grab another plane,
    	so you might want to consider a more effective way of keeping
    	your skies (enemy) airplane-free...
     	 The best way is probably thay of infiltrating the enemy team's
    	airport and sabotaging their planes continuously.
    	 You can either steal a tank and shoot them,use any AA guns near
    	their airport,or hide and use a bazooka,or (my favourite) place
    	mines under the unused airplanes,hide and watch them explode
    	as soon as our "Ace" sets off for another heroical mission...
    	 Better yet,as some reader of this guide pointed out,would be
    	to STEAL (without destroying) the enemy's planes: this means that
    	your team gains an extra plane and the enemy team will LACK a plane,
    	since it won't respawn unless its destroyed.You could also just park
    	it in your base by minding it not exploding (keep "using" it by
    	entering and exiting). Great on Battle Of Britain (see section 4.1).
    	The only real drawback with that idea is that probably you will have
    	to compete with the enemy planecampers to grab a plane.These "people"
    	often don't mind killing THEIR OWN TEAM,let alone you...
    	 This way you will probably get some kills and give your team
    	time to breathe,not to mention potentially starting a massive
    	spawncamping and retortion campaign! :-)
    	This of course can be done on enemy carriers too,apart from 
    	sinking them,which is a more definitive solution...
    		
    Problem: "I need to fortify/defend a place frequently attacked by
    	 enemy troops but lacking any stationary guns and vehicles."
    Cause:	 You said it. Such places are Guadalcanal,Market Garden's
    	Church,southern part of the island on the "Battle Of Midway"
    	map etc.
    Solution: You need a minimum of team cooperation.
    	Against enemy infantry,try bringing in an APC and a "crew"
    	composed of at least one Engineer and an Anti-tank or/and
    	a medic or assault.
    	 This way,somebody sweeps the area with the APC's machine
    	gun,the APC provides ammo and health as needed,the Engineer
    	repairs it as needed and the Assault and Anti-tank back the whole
    	thing up,against infantry and Tanks,respectively.
    	Depending on the situation,get more Assaults or  more 
    	Anti-tanks as needed. You can also run enemy grunts over
    	with the thing.
     	 If things start getting real bad,just hop into the thing and beat it,
    	Sounds too simple and corny,maybe but there are not many ways
    	you can  "fortify" an otherwise "sterile" area, which is either 
    	lacking vehicles and/or support structures,or which is too hard to
    	keep on your side all of the time.
     	 An APC can replace a whole control point if manned with
    	an adequate crew knowing what they're doing,not to mention
    	backing it up with a tank,and can also be effectively used for 
    	patrol and anti-aircraft purposes. Yet most people tend to 
    	ignore the whole APC strategies,and regard APCs as useless,
    	bulky trucks! No sir,they can turn into deadly mobile
    	control points if used correctly!
    	
    Problem: "Damn! Enemy troops and tanks are invading my base
    	and all I have to use against them is a bloody AA gun!
    	Do I stand any chances?"
    Cause:	 You or your teamates let them break in,so you're (all)
    	called for desperate,last ditch,back-against-the-wall etc.
    	defence.
    Solution: The "bloody" AA gun you have,unless it can't be aimed
    	low enough,is anything but "bloody",so go grab it.
    	In fact,it can damage tanks,ships,planes and kill infantry,
    	although you will need direct hits to kill enemy soldiers
    	(the "smoke" doesn't hurt them). Vehicles are particularly
    	vulnerable,and if they're not too close to the AA gun,even
    	close hits will make the flak shells explode,creating the
    	typical smoke clouds,which do splash damage to anything
    	armored and mechanical! 
    	 The AA guns are built in such a way that you can aim almost
    	straight regardless of distance,so as you will see it's easier
    	to hit something with an AA gun than with more conventional means.
    	 And BTW,the smoke clouds can break quite a havoc among your
    	opponents,making them panic,hiding things from view etc. when they
    	form close to the ground.
    	 With just a little practice you can too become "The AA Man",
    	awe and fear of your fiends,in land,sea and sky!
    	Also,look at the new section [5.3] about the Flakpanzer,which
    	adds mobility to the AA's gun versatility.
    
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    [3.2] Fighting and combat.
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     This section presents common combat problems faced mainly by newbies but
    by veterans as well.
     	
    Problem: "I can't survive any infantry one-on-one,even enemy Anti-armors
    	get me all the time".
    Cause:  You're not very good at foot combat (just for now,I hope).
    	You probably aren't familiar with your gun's ballistics and you
    	have no clue of WHERE to hit your opponent. You may also
    	have no guts,meaning that you don't react promptly and readily
    	when you see your enemy. You could also be the wrong class
    	for the situations you find yourself in (no sense being a Scout or
    	Engineer in Berlin or Stalingrad and the such,you simply won't
    	stand a chance).
    Solution:  Practice fighting as a lone soldier,in single player.
            Be an assault,or better,a medic. As an assault,keep in mind that
    	your rifle has great range and power,especially the allied one,
    	so use them from far away. As a medic,then keep in mind that you 
    	don't have half as much range and power as the assault,so you will
    	have to become more precise at aiming: 
    	 aiming too low will only make you "hit" the opponent's feet,which
    	does almost nothing in BF1942. Torso shots are already better,but
    	it may take way more than 2 hits,usually more than 5.
    	 Head shots may resolve in 1 or 2 hits,depends.
    	You can (must) heal yourself afterwards.
    	As an engineer or scout at mid distances,you can risk it all in ONE,
    	ACCURATE head shot with your rifle. If you get it right,then you
    	saved your butt. If not,then prepare to die or try to beat it.
    	 In closer combat forget the rifle: it's almost useless,especially
    	as a Scout.
    	 Switch to the pistol,which is however so weak and imprecise that
    	in close combat's panic you will almost certainly miss or get 
    	inefficient body shots,no good against an allied assault rifle!
     	Unless you can go straight for the head in any situation,it's
    	almost better to switch to the knife and approach you opponent
    	enough. If your opponent hasn't killed you yet after approaching
    	that much...he deserves getting knived,so give it to him! ;-)
    	 Both will have a hard time aiming,but in this case the knife will
    	work better than most firearms,even if you don't "aim" it
    	somewhere precisely. Or you can try and use grenades at a close
    	to medium distance.
      	 Many people will still focus on killing you,rather than running
    	away,but at least they will die from the grenade's explosion.
    	Oops what did you say? The engineers don't have grenades?
    	Yes,that's true and I HATE it...nothing to do about this.
    	Too bad,drop some TNT then and blow everybody up,so at least
    	you will take the harassing bastard with you ;-)
      	 As an Anti-tank,if you have a rocket already loaded and 
    	the launcher on your shoulder,then it's worth giving it a try.
    	 If you get him,it's an istant kill,no wounding and the such. 
    	If not,well,it's the same as for a Scout or Engineer.
     	You will be surprised however at finding how many Anti-tanks are
    	good at killing infantry with bazookas!	Personally,I got a lot
    	of kills at close to mid distance on MOVING targets with a bazooka,
    	against single enemy soldiers of any class.
    	 As a last piece of advice,try to be a little flexible,while you
    	still can.For example,try to pick up a kit from a dead soldier 
    	(default key: g). If you barely survived a one-on-one as a Scout
    	against a Medic or Assault,don't risk your butt twice:
    	grab his kit,heal yourself if possible and kick butt with your new
    	assault rifle or SMG! 
    
    Problem: "A grenade or tank shell sent me flying up into the air. 
    	I didn't die immediately,but I did so when I landed! 
    	Can I avoid that?"
    Cause :	  It has to do with the way shells work in this game,see next
    	question. Usually however,it works to the infantry's advantage,
    	in the case of tank shells.
    Solution: Hmm,well,if you're sent flying this way then you're already
    	dead 90% of the time. The best thing you can do is to hit your
    	'open parachute' command button repeatedly and hopefuly it 
    	will open,saving your butt and maybe your team's fate!
     	Look also at the next question:
    
    Problem:  "I keep shooting at those #$%@ soldiers with my tank's gun,but 
    	all it does is just tossing them in all directions and they mostly
    	stay alive and blow me up afterwards!"
    Cause:	  Hmm...this is an annoying bug/feature of the game,which has
     	never been corrected,as most of the time shooting at soldiers
    	with tanks does them a minimal splash damage and unless it's 
    	a right-on hit,they're generally only tossed around like rag dolls.
    	Those who are thrown horizzontally receive a minimal amount
    	of damage,those who are sent up flying die after falling,if they 
    	reached a certain height,unless they're smart and lucky enough 
    	to open their parachute (it doesn't always work at low heights).
    	 The only acceptable explanation for this behavior is that ALL
    	tanks in this game have ARMOR PIERCING ammo ONLY,which have no
    	explosive in them,just plain "metal". As a side note,this isn't
    	realistic,as tanks do have "fragmentation" and "antipersonel"
    	shells for use against infantry as well as armor piercing ones,
    	usually with a supply ratio of 3 to 1 or 2 to 1,in WW2 at least,
    	with the crew choosing the most "adequate" for every situation.
    	 On the opposite,all artillery vehicles in this game,including
    	ships and defguns,use EXPLOSIVE  shells which do much more splash
    	damage to infantry. Anyway,like it or not,this is how things work
    	here in BF1942...
    	 Infantry inside BUNKERS,if they're sent up flying by a tank 
    	shell,find themselves ALIVE on the bunker's roof,if they had 
    	full health! Beware of this,as they might retaliate when you 
    	least expect it!
    Solution:   There's nothing you can do about that really. 
    	It seems that infantry is supposed to react this way when hit
    	by a tank shell. Very missed hits,roughly those >0.5 "meters"
    	(that's less than 2 "feet") will at most toss soldiers aside
    	with minimal damage.Closer ones but not really right-on will
    	toss the poor soldiers up,at a variable height,and most
    	(not all) will die from the fall.Right-on hits are an instant
    	kill but are very rare,and guess what,no flying around!
     	 That's how it works,gentlemen,take it or leave it.
    	If you don't want to see "flying" or "strafing" soldiers then
    	just prefer using the coaxial machine gun against infantry,or
    	become better at aiming the main gun. 
    	 Better yet,if your tank is moving,try to run enemy infantry
    	over and beat it,this usually works better than targetting
    	them one by one and really "devastates" groups on enemy infantry.
    	 Also,have at least some infantry or another tank to follow your 
    	tank and back each other up.
    	
    Problem:  "I seem to lose all tank vs tank duels! I keep shooting and 
    	shooting and the grunt from the other tank wipes me out in a hit or
    	two,apparently unharmed...even if its a Tiger vs Sherman situation!"
    Causes:  Well,there are a lot of things that may go wrong in such a
    	confrontation: First of all,your shells may hit with a very
    	unfavourable angle,and thus deal ridicolous damage to even a
    	Sherman's side armour,and by not changing your aim or position
    	things won't get any better. There are also cases of buggy collision
    	detection happening at close distances,which means that you hit
    	the ground instead of the enemy tank,passing "through" it unharmed.
    	 Second,even a Tiger can be destroyed in 2 or 3 shots if the
    	opponent's shells land "in the back" or manage to hit your tank
    	on the lower floor,by going upwards,not to mention how vulnerable
    	any tank exposing its rear is. 
    	Computer bots are particularly good at doing this,so when you see 
    	them shooting at your front armor,they're in reality aiming a bit 
    	behind your turret,which is perfectly equivalent to shooting you in 
    	the rear...goodnight!
    	 Third,even a frontal armor hit,in some places and with a perfectly
    	aimed shot can take more than 30% of the life of a Tiger,so don't
    	feel invulnerable at all.
    	 Fourth,are you facing a Sherman driving a Chi-Ha or something
    	equivalent? Look at the next section and see why this can be a
    	source of troubles and frustration.
    Solution: You must become a better tank pilot and gunner,nothing to do.
    	Things to do when facing other tanks are:
    	a) Always trying to "face" the opponent with the front of your tank,
    	   never exposing your back.
    	b) Keep moving for not letting him adjust his aim well on you.
    	c) Become an expert at long-distance fighting.
    	d) In close combat,try to run around your opponent while at the
    	   same time aim for his sides or his rear,where he is more
    	   vulnerable.
    	   You'll be surprised at how many people are caught off-guard 
    	   if their opponent starts running circles around them!
    	e) Become an expert in driving and manouvering your tank.
    	f) As a Japanese,try to steal the allied tanks,they're 100% better.
    	   The Japanese Chi-Ha tank is as frail as a rice-paper origami...
    	g) This a tactic working mainly against A.I. Bots: be an engineer,
    	   and when your tank is damaged enough get out of it,hide behind
    	   it and start repairing it. Suprisingly,A.I. Bots will stop 
    	   using the main gun of their tank (that's because they can
    	   "see" you're not driving the tank any more,and they look at the
    	   empty tank as they would with a boulder) will start using the
    	   machine gun instead,fooled into believing they're facing "only"
             enemy  infantry,apparently ignoring that blowing up the tank
    	   will kill you if you're too close to it,which you will.
    	   Your tank will protect you,so when you're done repairing it,
    	   jump in and go on with the duel. This balances a bit the deadly
    	   precision of A.I. Bots.
    	    Human players are rather unlikely to fall for it,so don't do
    	   it too often,if at all.  
    
    Question: "Why is everybody jumping all the time,on this server?"
    Answer:  Because it's a good way to avoid headshots and,in general,to make
    	yourself a tougher target. It seems to work,and it's a common
    	feature among BF1942,Quake,Medal of Honor and most Front Person
    	Shooters,for that matter. Nothing do to ABOUT it,just DO it!
    
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    [3.3] Exploits and tricks.
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     In this section are presented some of the most frequent exploits or
    tricks which you can stumble across (or better,become their victim).
    After reading this you will be able to detect,counter and,why not,use
    most of them. 
    
    Problem: "Help! My ship takes damage regularly and out of nowhere!
    	No enemy ship nor planes spotted ! What is going on?"
    Cause:   If you can exclude a submarine attack (according to the map 
    	you're playing on or by sailing a Destroyer) then you
    	probably are under a "pirate"'s attack!
    	Do not underestimate this,somebody IS sinking your ship with a 
    	bazooka! If you think that this can't be done then please read
    	section [2] of this guide and reconsider!
    Solution: Walk all over your ship and try to find a bazooka guy shooting 
    	either at your ships AA guns,cannon turrets or at your carrier's 
     	deck and control tower and feed him to da sharks,cap'n!
    
    Problem: "I think that my team's tanks and vehicles SUCK compared to 
             the enemy's. Is there REALLY a difference or is it just me?
             Are they pulling my leg,perhaps? Aren't things supposed to 
             be even and balanced?"
    Solution: Nope,you're not wrong,there are SIGNIFICATIVE differences.
    	 Take Tanks for example: The game roughly classifies them 
    	as Light (or Medium,unclearly) and Heavy,along with other
    	possibilities found in the expansion packs.
    	 As I got to know more and more and more about tanks and WW2
    	vehicles,I've thought to add a tiny section at the end of the
    	FAQ,roughly describing the vehicles (mainly tanks) with some
    	interesting trivia about each one.
    	 For example,the Allied Shermans,Soviet T-34/76,Axis PzkwIV and
    	Japanese Chi-ha are all classified as light/medium tanks,which
    	they mostly were, yet they had (and have) significant differences,
    	with the Sherman being a balanced design with no real drawback,
    	the PzkwIV being just a bit tougher and just a bit slower,
    	the T-34 probably being the most advanced tank design of its
    	time (historically matched only by the PzkwV "Panther" model)
    	and the Chi-ha being the worst,with armor as thin as paper and 
    	a cheesy gun,being close in reality to a another vehicle type
    	found in the "Road To Rome" expansion pack,called "armored car",
    	which is in reality a light Italian tank,Carro Armato 11/39.
             That's why you should grab a Sherman as the Japanese when you
            can!
             Same thing goes for the heavy tanks,with the axis Tiger
            being the tougher(62t!) and more powerful,the allied (US) M10
    	Wolverine being simply a powerful 75mm gun on a Sherman chassis,
    	without much armor (around 30t),classified as a "Tank Buster".
    	and the Soviet T-34/85 being powerful and fast,based on the 
    	reliable T-34 design.
             Even the Priest and Wespe (self-propelled artillery,Howitzers)
            have differences,with the Priest being surely tougher than the 
            Wespe. BTW,the Priest uses the Sherman chassis,too!
      	 In the expansion packs,there is a clearer difference between
    	axis and allied armies,as each have some unique weapons.
            Some of these weapons are the axis Sturmgeschutz,which is "frontal
    	assault self-propelled gun",or the SturmTiger,which is a Tiger
    	armed with a super powerful mortar or the FlakPanzer,a tank with
    	an AA flak gun.
    	 There are a lot of other differences,such as the Jeeps,the
    	planes,the Battleships,even the basic weaponry of the infantry
    	classes! OK,now,you can't get mad at your opponents because they
    	start off with better equipment and vehicles than yours,or prefer
    	stealing your vehicles.That's what the game's about!
    	 It's useful to know these things and being fully aware of them 
    	when in combat,and,why not,using them to your advantage.
    
    Problem: "I can't conquest a particular flag! It only remains grey
             but I can't turn it to my team's side,and I can't see any
             enemies around! What is going on?"
    Cause:	 Your enemies found an exploit,such as hiding inside a
    	building (done very often in the Pacific maps) or by
    	parachuting on top of a building,in an otherwise
          unreachable place,and keeping the flag grey from there.
    	This happens a lot in Operation Market Garden,where the
    	allies have planes and the axis not,and use them for
    	parachuting on top of the buildings near the bridge,keeping
    	at least one flag grey. It's annoying,I agree,but it can be done.
    Solution: Find and kill the bastards doing that.As the axis,you can try
    	to shell them out of buildings,hunt them down one by one,
    	or steal a plane and follow their steps,doing the same thing
    	they did to you. In Operation Market Garden you can also
    	try to use scouts,artillery and AA guns to keep the rooftops
    	clear of...roofcampers.
     	 On some servers where friendly fire is disabled,you can use TNT
    	packs to jump on top of building or reach other "interesting"
    	places.
    	
    Problem: "There's a constant rain of grenades coming from nowhere,
    	decimating our team!"
    Cause: Your enemy probably found a "hot-spot" inside some
    	building,well hidden and with an ammo crate,and uses it
    	to his team's full advantage. It happens a lot in maps such
    	as Stalingrad and Berlin,which have a lot of buildings
    	with multiple stories AND ammo crates. It's a great
    	way of being a cheap bastard and frustrating the entire
    	enemy team!
    Solution: This time,it's not a matter of planes and the such:
    	you should either know it yourself and get to these spots
    	before your enemy does,or organize a "blitz" with some
    	people brave (or crazy) enough to find and kill the 
    	bastard(s) who are butching your camarades. 
    	You can either use a "direct" approach (assault) or use
    	snipers to locate those bloodthirsty urchins and wipe them out.
    	In this case "an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure".	
    
    Question: "I wonder if vehicles/ships/planes can self-destruct or
    	 self-damage!"
    Answer: 	Well,most of them can,in a way or another!
    	If you enter any vehicle (except ships) and use it for a while,
    	then abandon it,it will blowup after a few minutes (3 or 4 in general
    	but it can be set by the admin to be any amount of time).
    	That's probably done for discouraging using them as private
    	transportation! Watch out,this can happen with landing craft,too!
    	 Landing craft,again,can self-damage with their machine gun,and
    	of course you can kill anybody INSIDE the landing craft with it,
    	so be careful! 
    	 Entering any plane and releasing a bomb while on the ground is 
    	instant suicide! Doing this on an aircraft carrier also
    	damages the ship...don't do it! At least,aircraft carriers
    	are immune to their own AA fire (luckily,because they're
    	by far the frailest ships and can be sunk even by a parachuting
    	Anti-armor!).
    	Another stupid way to die is to release a bomb with any plane
    	and then dive suddently: instant self-bombing in mid air!
    	 Other vehicles which can self-damage are (so far) the
    	Japanese Dive-Bomber (The tail-gunner can shoot and damage the 
    	tail of the plane,so be careful!) and the APCs can damage 
    	themselves with their machine gun,if aimed backwards and fully
    	lowered! Please avoid doing these things,since they're a corny
    	way to die and make your team lose!
             Now,the v1.5 patch fixed the Radar tower S.D. but the newly
    	introduced patrol boats can damage themselves if they shoot their
    	flag with the machine gun.AaaagH!!! Also,Destroyers and Battleships
    	can self-damage with their rear guns if aimed as close as possible,
    	although this doesn't always happen.
    
    
    Question: "I wonder if in the "Battle of Britain" map,the objectives
    	 can be destroyed in a way other than bombing them."
    Answer:  You shouldn't be surprised any more at this point:  
    	Yes,they can be destroyed,and one of the alternative ways
    	of damaging them is to use,you guessed it,a bazooka!
      	So,it's on the axis advantage to spawn ALL MEN as Anti-Armors.
    	As stated before,bazookas deal damage to the Radar Towers
    	and the Harwich weapon factory. They don't deal MUCH damage,
    	however,it's only good as a retortion method,e.g. if your plane
    	was shot down,you can still inflict them damage. Who knows,you
    	might be a better saboteur than you were a pilot!
    	 The problem is that the map designers probably wanted to
    	prevent (but not forbid) this by placing no ammo crates near
    	the radar towers,so you will have to search for more ammo in a
    	bunker nearby...luckily there are jeeps!
    	A possible solution is to steal the British APC near the southern
    	bridge and use it for ammo refilling as needed. You can also
    	carry a whole team of "saboteurs" with it,from tower to tower!
      	 I'm not 100% sure,but I think that the engineer's TNT DOES damage
    	the radar towers(not the factory),only that they have much more
    	life than,say,defguns,so it may take more than 20 bazooka shots
    	or TNT packs to blow up. It's a helpful contribution to  reaching
    	your team's objectives,however,especially if you suck at bombing
    	and/or flying.
    	 Other ways include bumping towers and factory with a vehicle 
            (...lame) or plane (OUCH!) and using an AA gun against them! 
    	 There are some AA guns on the British coastline which can be
    	aimed against the radar turrets,and all AA guns defending the
    	factory can also be aimed against it,dealing bits of damage,but
    	damage nevertheless.
    	Update: It seems that in either v1.45 or v1.5  of the game,AA gun
    	and bazooka damage to the factory has been removed.It works in v1.4
    	however,which introduced the Battle Of Britain map.
    
    Question: "Aye Kaptain...so how can we poor British soldiers defend
    	  against such cheap bast.... ehm smart opponents?"
    Answer: Read the new section [4.1] about Battle Of Britain,which goes
    	  through a complete defense/counterattack strategy for that 
    	  particular map.	
    
    Problem: "Hey Kaptain! Have you ever though that after reading your "piracy"
    	guide,nobody will play the Coral Sea map 'normally' any more !?
    	Don't you think that you should do something about it?"
    Cause:	 This is an imaginary complaint I thought up,as some of the
    	most hard-core players might think that sinking the carriers
    	with a bazooka when this is supposed to be a dogfight and
    	bombing map reserved to good pilots only simply spoils the whole
    	game and fun. I can understand that...yet:
      	a) The game allows it.
    	b) It can be countered. If you know of the trick and do nothing
      	 to counter it (it doesn't take too much,you know) then you
    	 deserve having your carrier sunk.
    	c) I didn't exactly "invent" this trick,I just wrote the Guide,
    	 ignoring if it was already common knowledge,or a common secret,
    	 or a taboo. In any case,'scripta manent'!
    	d) Anyway,the game has been out for more than a year and it has
    	 thousands if not millions of players,so sooner or later somebody
    	 would have discovered and disclosed this 'secret' (I bet that a lot 
    	 of people knew this before I even began playing BF1942),so it has no
    	 sense picking on me,poor Kaptain Zyklon.
    Solution: Yes,I will bother hinting to a possible solution,if you really
    	believe there's a problem.
    	 If your carrier is particularly vulnerable to such attacks,then
    	probably it's also vulnerable to planes bombing it and defguns
    	shooting it from the island,even from the AA guns in the bay!
    	What I mean is,you're probably doing a very poor job defending it.
    	I've seen lots of teams where everybody was flying a plane
    	(not meaning that everybody was bombing the enemy carrier or 
    	shooting down enemy planes) and nobody guarded,defended or
    	repaired their carrier.
    	 Such a team will lose pretty quickly anyway,with or without
    	'pirates'. Sorry for being cynical,but that's the way it is.
    	 An unrepaired carrier goes down in about 10-12 bomb drops,and
    	about 20 hits from a defgun.
    	 The same team who let me get on their ship undisturbed and
    	sink it with a bazooka,would probably let me bombard their ship
    	from the defgun nearby,without ever repairing or hinting to a
    	minimum of resistance,so it's ridiculous to be so scandalised
    	about this exploit.
    	 A 'pirate' sinking your ship just speeds up what would have
    	probably been your fate from the beginning...if you kept no people
    	defending and repairing.
     	 And yet,defending is that simple: Have at least 2 or 3 people 
    	defending the carrier,and all of these people should be Engineers.
    	One guards the deck,the others man the AA guns,everybody repairs
    	as  needed and keeps his eyes open for "pirates".
    	 The rest of your team,should spawn as Anti-Armors so that you can
    	at least try to sink the enemy carrier with your bazooka,if your
    	pretty plane is shot down.
     
    Question: "What's that El-Alamein "hide under the allied hangar and grenade
               the allies" stuff?"
    Answer:	  Here goes,at last,the EXACT technique for doing this rather cheap
    	trick,thanks to the contributions of many people who I thank (and
    	mostly wish to remain anonymous).
    	 The trick basically consists in "penetrating" certain walls of certain
    	buidings,like the mentioned El-Alamein Allied Hangar.
    	The trick requires a wall and a vehicle to perform.Any vehicle
    	will do,in general,but some will work better than others.
    	A tank is the best choice,then it goes jeep,APC etc.
    	The important thing is to "park" this vehicle as parallel as possible
    	to the wall you want to "penetrate",leaving some space. There must be
    	really little space,less than a soldier's width,and the ground under
    	the vehicle must be as flat as possible (bumpy or inclined terrain can
    	create problems).
    	 After you parked the vehicle,exit it and then JUMP ON it like if it
    	was any obstacle.Then walk towards the wall and try to "fall" in the
    	gap left between the vehicle and wall. If you fall down to the ground,
    	then you need to bring the vehicle closer to the wall.
    	 If you are instead blocked and cannot fall,then don't give up and
    	keep walking,eventually lay prone and crawl. If you got the "gap" right,
    	then you must be penetrating the wall. Once "inside" the wall,you will
    	be able to see and even shoot outside of it withour being seen or being
    	hit yourself.
    	 Sometimes however you suddenly die during the "penetration" phase and
    	that happens more easily if the vehicle is somewhat inclined.You will
    	also die if you JUMP when "inside" the wall.
    	 The trick works with ALL hangars (their back part) and most "one sided"
    	buildings,that is,those buildings you're not supposed to enter into
    	(like those decorative houses in Battle Of Britain). It's easier to do in
    	El-Alamein because the allied hangar has got lots of free,flat space
    	behind it,which is somehow unusual compared to most other maps.
    	
     
    Question: "Regarding the new "Invasion Of The Philippines Map",how do get
               troops and vehicles across the reefs?"
    Answer:   In fact,troops can cross water to move from island to island
    	by passing from the lighter-coloured water on the map.These are
    	shallow-water passages apparently designed so troops can walk
    	(without swimming) over them while still able to use their weapons
    	(but unable to jump). Unluckily,getting vehicles across those
    	shallow waters is much more tougher,although it CAN be done.
    	 Jeeps explode almost immediately when they touch water,APC's and
    	tanks last a bit longer (some seconds) so you can cross the
    	shortest water paths with a tank or APC provided you fully repair
    	them as soon as you can,like when you touch a small sand isle.
    	 You could also have one or two engineers repair them continuously
    	as they do the crossing,with the engineers crossing on foot close
    	to them.
    
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    [3.4] Bazooka Mania
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     Yep,this is a chapter dedicated to this much debated weapon of BF1942,
    the bazooka,AKA Panzerschreck or Panzerfaust.
     For those of you that don't know German,"Panzerschreck" translates
    literally as "Tank's Terror", and "Panzerfaust" as "(anti)Tank Punch".
    OK,it sounds corny,but that's the way it is!
     Speaking of German,a friend of mine (German) said that the German soldier
    actually says "Next time..." when he dies. Ouch,aren't they avenging! :-)
    
     Anyway,my point in this case is that the bazooka is a great all-purpose
    weapon,probably the most versatile in the entire game,despite its many
    limitations and weaknesses. Yet,it's probably the most powerful weapon
    that a poor foot soldier can carry,and can be used in many unsuspected ways.
    Now,any decent BF1942 player will tell you that the  bazooka given to the 
    Anti-armor class is just for,well,fighting against armored vehicles,that
    it's useless against infantry,and that it MAY be used occasionally against
    other targets,such as planes,jeeps,landing craft etc.
    Some people just love it (especially after having blown an enemy tank with
    a single shot in the rear) and some people just hate it (especially after
    being gunned down by some enemy assault in a 1 on 1).
    
     This weapon surely has several drawbacks,such as one of the slowest fire
    rates (even a plane's bomb is faster at reloading!) ,slow travel speed (the
    enemy can actually SEE the rocket coming and even dodge it!),poor accuracy 
    and balistics and no splash damage (need to get "clean" hits),not to mention
    that you can only carry 5 rockets plus one in the "barrel",and that you're
    95% toast if faced with enemy infantry.Also,just the act of firing gives a
    lot of visual clue,giving away your position almost immediately.
     
     But a bazooka has also several advantages,like:
    a) It's the only infantry weapon able to damage ships (see chapter [2]).
       Carriers are particularly vulnerable, while Battleships and
       Destroyers not as much,but they do take damage nevertheless.
    b) It can blow up most "light" vehicles,including planes,in one hit. 
       It's great for stopping  planes from taking-off!
    c) It can damage ALL kinds of armored structures in the game,such as
       Defguns,AA guns, Radar Towers and even the Harwich Weapon Factory
       (in v1.45 and below) in the "Battle Of Britain" bonus map!
       Of course,this allows for playing in a REALLY cheap manner.
       Imagine every pilot being an Anti-Armor and landing on an enemy carrier
       or near the Radar towers: ...goodnight!
    d) It has got a much greater range than most people think: In fact,after
       some distance a fired rocket just seems to "disappear" into nothing,
       and thus many people think that it"extinguishes" or something...Nope!
       It's still "alive and kicking" until it hits a target or the ground,
       and it has no timed explosion,like grenades do.
       Remember this so you can aim at things "beyond the horizon",which
       BTW is a bit too limited in this game...you can't "see" past 300m!
    e) Even against infantry,it still stands a chance if the user has a rocket
       "ready for use" and has a decent aim: a right-on bazooka shot will kill 
       ANY enemy soldier,and in some situations it's the only thing you can
       do to save your butt. 
        Then,the AI bots seem to use A LOT of bazookas on infantry,not really 
       caring about wasting  rockets,and seem to get you 90% of the time. 
       Keep in mind that (this is a fact!) an Anti-armor is much better at
       close combat than an Engineer or a Scout! The bazooka turns out deadlier
       than the bolt-action rifle at short range,not to mention the sniper
       rifle...I've survived more one-on-ones as an Antiarmor than as an
       engineer  (which is my favourite class,BTW).
    
    f) In general,it can turn to be a rather precise weapon if you know how
       to use it,and in many situations you actually have greater chances
       of hitting something in the mid-distance with a bazooka than with a
       pistol or a SMG,not to mention the RESULTS of scoring a direct hit.
    
     What I'm suggesting,in a nutshell,is that teams should use more 
    bazookamen in some situations where this would seem out of place in a
    first glance:
    Coral Sea,Battle Of Britain,Omaha beach,Battle Of Midway,etc. 
    Of course these people must also know how to fly planes,board ships,have
     read this Guide :-) and must also be bazooka marksmen! 
    Remeber however,I'm NOT saying that everyone should be an Anti-armor,but
    just that this particular class can be used in SOME particular situations
    to give a distinct advantage to his team.Maybe too cheap sometimes,
    I agree,but it'll always be an advantage.
    
    
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    [3.5] Being an Engineer
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     Ah...the Engineer...I just LOVE this guy: He can repair anything from
    jeeps to ships,making him the Number One choice for being a ship captain
    or mighty tank commander.
     He can set landmines for all unsuspecting drivers,blowing up Tigers with
    a single Landmine,even Landing Craft aren't safe from this guy!
    Many people,especially newbies,don't like this class very much,because
    he is, admittedly,one of the weakest soldiers in close combat,even lacking
    the standard grenades all other classes have (only at long range he's to
    be feared,due to his rifle) and he's almost useless in some maps
    (Berlin,Stalingrad and the such).
     To tell the whole truth,the rifle thing has changed a bit in v1.5 of the
    game,where both Japanese and U.S. engineers get semi-automatic rifles which
    shoot faster and hold more ammo per clip,but get less extra clips than before
    (just 2) and aren't as much as accurate as the bolt-action model,neither do
    they zoom in that much.
    BTW,you can't reload the M1 Garand of the U.S. engineers before using ALL
    of the clip! Realistic...really!
     
     Veteran players on the other hand,as they realize how to play more
    efficiently and discover more tricks and exploit of this game,slowly
    start preferring him, as missions and objectives become more complicated,
    and as vehicles and weaponry start becoming more vital and...hard to keep
    in one piece for too long!
     
     I won't tell you how to use your rifle or pistol or knife,but I will
    show you,as usual,some interesting things and tricks regarding the
    Engineer's unique equipment,which is the almighty wrench,the landmines
    and the infamous ExpPack (TNT).
    
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    [3.5.a] The wrench
    ==========================================================================
    
     The wrench,as I stated,can repair anything that can be damaged,except
    soldiers.That includes all types of land vehicles,ships,planes and also
    every kind of stationary weaponry or structure,nominally the AA guns,the
    fixed machine guns (yes,they can be damaged too!) ,the Defgun towers,
    the Radar Towers,the Harwich weapon factory,and also some special
    structures found in the official expansion packs,namely "The Road To Rome"
    and the much debated "Secret Weapons of WWII". The latter is jam-packed
    with special buildings and objectives,and so the engineer becomes a more
    important figure.Some examples include the "Wasserfall" V3 rocket,some
    buildings or objects in "objective mode" etc.
    
     It can also be used for DEMINING,which is,removing either yours or 
    the enemy's mines from the ground.To do that,switch to the wrench,approach
    the mine ON FOOT (it doesn't explode with soldiers) , press and hold down
    the CROUCH button (default: LEFT CTRL) ,point to the mine and use the wrench.
    It will be removed,and if you carried less than a total of 8 mines
    and TNT packs,it will be added to your arsenal. You can remove TNT packs
    in the same way, This way you can clear the path for your team,and 
    "recycle" useful mines and TNT packs,minimizing waste :-)
    
     Cases of "extreme" repairing,also called "bringing back from the dead"
    vehicles and ships are possible. A vehicle which caught fire usually 
    explodes very soon and you barely have time to abandon it and survive the
    explosion. If you are an engineer you can risk it all on an "extreme" repair
    attempt.Usually,using a "juiceful" of wrench in time on a flaming vehicle
    stops the fire and even gives the vehicle a line or half-line of life.
     There are even reported cases of repairing sinking ships (by crews of 3 or 4
    engineers) and actually "unsiking" them,as they resurfaced after the
    "repairs". Note that in these cases,wrench "juice" will be consumed without
    giving life to the flaming/sinking vehicle,until the fire is put off or the
    sinking stops.
    
    
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    [3.5.b] The TNT packs and their thousand uses
    ==========================================================================
    
     TNT packs are a very versatile weapon. However,they are used mainly for
    setting booby traps,as they're not very useful in combat.I will just
    illustrate some possible uses:
     
    a) They can be used as remotely activated mines: You can lay down several
     of them near a passage used often by the enemy,or near a flag with a
     SMALL capture radius,possibly hiding them in so that they can't be
     immediately spotted.
     Then you hide too (no need to be near,you can also be on the other part 
     of the map!) and when you notice some "strange movements" you hit the
     button and...BOOM!
      For example,when you see the flag becoming grey,you know that somebody
     is close enough,and unless he's super smart AND an engineer,he will die
     a VERY sudden and unexpected death! You can enforce that by using a
     Scout & Engineer combo: The Engineer places the TNT,and the Scout gives
     the alarm!
      WARNING! Doing this is *forbidden* on some servers and might even get
     you kicked or even banned! 
     Personally, I don't quite see the point of this: it's not like spawncamping
     or basecamping but it's a defensive strategy (mostly).
      Most people or admins won't care,however, but some servers have "stranger"
     rules than others and so it's not possible to make safe predictions. Beware...
     
    b) You can trap vehicles with them. For example,toss some packs INSIDE a
     jeep, drive it somewhere and then leave it. When somebody enters the
     jeep then...BOOM!
      In other words,use the jeep (or another vehicle) as a BAIT.
     You can do the same thing to landing craft,especially if you're on an
     enemy ship.Look also at section [2.3]!
     Also,you can place TNT packs under ANY vehicle and blow it up anytime,
     possibly when an enemy approaches and tries to use it.
    
    c)  The finest tricks are done with those vehicle which have "cavities"
     in them,that is,they can actually CARRY the TNT on them without dropping
     it. Such vehicles are the jeeps,the landing craft,and even some PLANES
     which have an "open" cockpit when landed,for example,the rear gunner
     position on dive bombers.This way,you can blow them up AFTER the enemy
     has taken them. The "water buffalo" vehicle found in SW is like a huge
     garbage bin,if you get the idea!
      Imagine,blowing a plane IN THE AIR with a pack of TNT,or sinking a
     landing craft full of people just before it reaches the beach or in
     the middle of the sea and out of nowhere! They must be VERY HUMILIATING
     ways to die...
    
    d) TNT packs,unluckily,don't damage ships but they do damage defguns,
     Radar Towers and Wasserfall rockets. Use this to your advantage. 
      You can also exploit this if you're guarding a ship,for example,by
     placing a pack near each climbing net or near every AA gun on the
     carrier,so to dissuade wannabe "pirates".
    
    e) In combat,if you manage to sneak behind an enemy tank or vehicle and
      they don't see you,then place some TNT over it,get away and blow it up.
       Two TNT packs will blow up a fully repaired light tank,3 or more
      required for the heavy ones.
      
    f) Joe Momma's FAQ,states that in some servers where friendly fire is
      disabled,which means that you don't suffer damage from your teammates
      or your own bombs/TNT,you can use the TNT packs to make very high jumps
      (!) and reach otherwise unreachable places,and other things along these
      lines.
      Sounds fun,although I never tried it! Read Joe Momma's BF1942 FAQ if you
      want to learn more about these tricks!
    
    g) In BF1942,the whole "sea" in the pacific maps,all water courses,all
      lakes and the such are at most only a few meters deep (no more than 3 or 4),
      while most of the sea's bottom is made of "white void".
       You can check this yourself in some servers where the "free camera"
      is activated (In single player,type "freecam 1" in the console,in v1.4
      and above to enable it,and "freecam 0" to disable it) when you have not
      spawned. Now,I found TNT packs to work very well underwater (at least 
      they explode,and hurt infantry),so one possible use is to "trap" landing
      beaches with lots of TNT packs. This should be a very original "surprise"
      for your opponents!
       The fact that the "sea" isn't very deep means that any possible targets
      will never be too far away from the TNT!
       You could also thrown them in the mid of the sea and make them explode
      when a soldier swims by or a landing craft passes by...OK,it probably
      is useless or has a 1 in a Million chance of happening...but it can be done!
    
    h) Ehm...the previous point raises a question: Are ships vulnerable
      from "underwater" TNT? (UNTESTED,please report if you know more).
      This could be the only way of actually hitting THE BOTTOM of a ship!
    
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    [3.5.b] The Landmines
    ==========================================================================
    
     Ah,the infamous landmines,the "menace from below"...Ok,just to get into
    cheesyness,note that REAL mines aren't laid in such a visible manner as
    in this game (they are more dropped than laid...) but nevertheless,for
    the way the game and visuals are made,people still fall for them,in
    other words,they usually don't/can't see them,especially from vehicles,
    which is what makes them so deadly. 
    
      Landmines have an unique trait: They're an INSTANT kill no matter which
    vehicle sets them off: A Tiger as well as a jeep,fully repaired,will both
    go to pieces if they step on one,and there can be no survivors.
     Also,the explosion from the vehicles also has effect on any INFANTRY near
    the vehicle,so they can turn out to be much more deadlier than you first
    thought!
    
     To counter them,you should have an engineer follow each vehicle
    (what? NO ENGINEERS on your team? Get this RIGHT,NOW!!!)
    BTW,when you get a red "skull and crossbones" warning icon on the right
    of HUD,then it means that there is "friendly" TNT or Landmines nearby,that
    is,TNT and Landmines set by some of your teammates,or by yourself.
     This feature has been introduced in v1.3,I recall,and it appears from a
    decent distance,so you have time to avoid your own mines or move away from
    a hidden TNT pack. Needless to say,your opponents don't get such a warning
    about YOUR mines,and neither do you for THEIR mines.
     
    Now,landmines don't offer themselves to many other uses other than blowing
    up vehicles,unlike TNT,but you can still do a couple of cheesy tricks with
    them:
    
    a) Except from blocking roads,bridges etc. with them,you can also trap
     vehicles,such as tanks,jeeps,APCs,etc.,by placing a mine in front
     (and one behind,if you want) of the vehicle,and so any grunt hopping into
     the vehicle will blow up as soon as he moves. You can do it EVEN worse,by
     proning and placing the mine exactly UNDER the vehicle,as centered as
     possible. This way,just BOARDING the trapped vehicle will result in its
     destruction.
    
    b) You can also place them under or in front of PLANES,in airfield or
      aircraft carriers.It's rather unlikely that a pilot checks the airfield
     for mines, and if you know exactly where the plane will pass for takeoff,
     you can place them so far away from the plane that they won't be visible
     until the very last moment, when the plane has already speeded up...BOOM!
      It's also even more unlikely that the enemy will bother checking the
     whole airfield before taking off,so you can make a couple of easy
     (and humiliating) kills.
    
    c) You can actually lay mines in shallow water of throw them in the sea
      from a ship,like you can with TNT...only that they don't seem very
      useful...not even landing craft explodes from contact with them...
      pity. At least you can make TNT explode when you want,unlike mines.
    
    d) A new,possible use (tested): place a mine somewhere on the ramp of the
      "Natter" rocket,found in the SW expansion pack,possibly in a not too
      obvious position. Needless to say...it will blow up before even taking
      off.BTW,the Natter is the weakest vehicle in the game: 3 rifle shots
      will make it burn and explode!
    
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    [3.6] Sniping tips : I wanna be a sniper!
    ==========================================================================
    
    "Every soldier IS a sniper" - Adolf Hitler
    
    Although "he" probably said it for propaganda and historical reasons (the
    German army had a long tradition with snipers and elite shooters),at least
    in BF1942 there are a lot of Scouts/Snipers indeed, not to mention
    the many wannabees...
    
     It has surely been the dream of many BF1942 player to be able to safely
    hide away from all possible threats,while remaining a threat himself.
     Some do it because they are good at it (or they think so) and other do it
    (or die trying) because things seemed too tough for them down in the
    battlefield, and they hope that they can,too,rack up some kill by sneakily
    sniping upon people,safely away from tanks,grenades and the such.
     Of course, just spawning as a Scout and shooting somebody or something
    with your rifle doesn't make you a "Sniper", and surely it's not a guarantee
    that you will remain "unnoticed" and "stealthy",let alone being "elite".
     On the opposite,inexperienced snipers tend to get killed a lot due to a
    whole series of mistakes,usually at the hand of other, better snipers.
     Next follow some general rules to use when sniping, Most of them are
    very obvious and reasonable, yet immensely precious.
    They have been submitted to me by a fan of this guide,Greni,who has
    actually received real sniper training in the army! I have corrected and
    adapted his sniping tips for this guide.
    
    Ballistics:
    
     BF1942 surely isn't a physics-perfect weapon/combat simulator, yet it's 
    not a total exagerration a la Doom,Quake 3,Halo or Counter Strike style:
    this means that some minimal ballistic elements are built-in, such as
    gravitation and finite bullet speed (but no wind AFAIK) which do have their
    impact on moving targets and big distances.
               
    
    Choosing a sniping position:
    
    - Think about where you wouldnít expect a sniper,this could be a good position.
    - Use dark backgrounds for your position.
    - Use natural cover (for example bushes, trees), but never use a cover if
      there arenít any others nearly, as the enemy will spot you very soon
      (example:an oil rig tower is a very, very, bad position,as are Scout towers).
    - Always lie in your position, you are harder to find and itís easier to aim
      your target.
    - Use a position with a good overview.
    - Use a position where you can shoot on players who return in the game after
      death. (They stand for 1-2 seconds which must be enough time to aim and kill).
      Warning: This can be considered abusive spawncamping and get you kicked out
      of some servers,especially if you do it on a non-captureable base.
    - In Urban areas: Go into a dark house and choose a window you would like to
      shoot out from and keep a few steps distance from the window (you should
      still be able to fire out of it). From the outside you are very hard to spot.
    - Never stay close to stationary weapons and vehicles like tanks, MG42,etc.
      These kinds of weapons attract fire.
    - VITAL: Once discovered, change position as soon as possible (some even
      suggest changing position after EACH shot,see why below).
    
    Problem: Unluckily in BF1942 the players' names can be seen from quite a
    distance,equivalent to almost 200 meters if not more,even through walls.
     This of course makes telling away snipers a lot easier. It's surely not
    realistic but it allows to balance things out (this is no Stealth game).
     The names' viewing distance CAN be adjusted AFAIK but only the admin can do
    it and very few know how, unluckily!
    
    Worse problem: With the "Death cam" on, the camera view of a dead player will
    immediately pinpoint his killer,thus revealing the sniper's (or whatever)
    position. This justifies changing position after each shot, unless you know
    it has been disabled (some servers do it).
    
    Movements:
    
    - If you are close to enemy, move slowly. 
    - If you use a craft (Jeep, plane) to reach your position destroy it
      immediately, because theenemy can see the empty craft on the map.
    - If you jump out of a transport plane or helicopter, try to land on a building
      on which it is impossible to get from the ground.
    
    
    Shooting:
    
    - If you shoot on standing targets, always aim on the head. (1 shot, 1 kill!).
      For moving targets is a body shot more realistic. If target moves, you have
      to lead your shots, which is quite difficult. (Especially with LAG!!!).
    
    Important in house fights: When it is possible, take a friend with you, which
    has a full automatic weapon. He will protect you when enemy storms the house.
    
    Weapons:
    
    Bf 1942:
    
    Besides the sniper gun,the american assault gun (Bar1918) is suitable for
    medium distance sniping,if used in a lying position.
    Take a look at the next section [3.7] for more info on infantry weapons.
    
    Desert Combat:
    
    Whenever you find it, use the Barrett M82A1 .50 BMG Rifle. You donít have
    to hit the head for a one shot kill. Also for moving targets you donít have
    to reproach because of the incredible speed the bullet gets. 
     The optic is better than the normal sniper gun optic.
    It can also damage vehicles. This weapon in combination with a good position
    makes you almost unbeatable. 
    
     
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    [3.7] Individual Infantry Weapons
    ==========================================================================
    
     Some of the new features introduced by the SW pack and to a lesser extent,
    v1.5 of the Basic BF1942,are simply new infantry weapons and some new
    vehicles replacing older ones,mostly.
    
    --------------------------
    Fallschirmjager Gewehr 42:
    --------------------------
     Avaiable to axis assaults in some SW maps,where it replaces the famous
    Sturmgewehr 44.The FG 42 was also an innovative weapon,being a cross
    between a lightweight assault rifle and a fully-powered machine gun,like
    the allied Bar1918 or the Japanese Type99. Anyway,it makes up for the
    Stg44's lack of power compared to the Bar1918,and it's also a bit more
    accurate than both.
    
    --------------
    Gewehr 43 ZF4:
    --------------
     You will love this weapon.It's a semi-automatic sniper rifle weapon
    avaiable to axis scouts on some maps (like Kbely airfield).
    It's as powerful and accurate as a normal scout rifle,but it can shoot
    faster because it's semi-automatic,and it doesn't zoom out after each shot.
    It also allows you to correct aiming errors by getting double and even
    triple shots on a target before he even realized what happened.
     The only drawback it has is that it only holds 5 rounds and you only
    get 2 extra ammo clips,which somehow spoils the fun of semi-auto 
    sniping :-)
    
    -----------------
    M1 Garand/Type 5:
    -----------------
     They are both semiautomatic rifles,avaiable to U.S. and Japanese 
    engineers in pacific maps,with the v1.5 patch installed.
    The Japanese model holds 8 rounds and comes with 3 extra clips, while
    the U.S. model  holds 10 rounds and comes with 2 extra clips.
    They seem to be as powerful as the standard bolt-action engineer's rifle,
    but they aren't as much as accurate,and they don't "zoom in" half as much.
    Also,forget the always-accurate crosshairs from the standard rifles.
    They also have too much recoil,which makes continous shooting difficult.
    You can greatly reduce the recoil by crouching or proning,which makes
    them more acceptable.
     At close range,they are somehow better than the single-action rifle
    but there's recoil to take into account. Also,the U.S. engineers have
    one extra handicap: they must shoot ALL of a clip to be able to reload!
     In fact,it was very difficult to manually remove a round from the chamber
    of the real M1 Garand,due to the awkward top-loading system,and this was
    replicated in the game,including the characteristical "ping" and ejection
    of the empty ammo clip.
    
    ----------
    Mauser K98
    ----------
     This is the name the game gives to a very common infantry rifle's
    optional: a simple grenade launcher,which is ignited with a blank
    cartridge,and is "plugged" in front of the rifle's muzzle.
     It shoots grenades which go roughly as far as hand grenades and explode
    after about 3 seconds,doing almost the same damage,only that they
    bounce off walls and slide on the ground much more than hand grenades.
     Avaiable to axis engineers on some maps (Hellendoorn,Essen...) as a
    grenade substitute. Having used them in combat,they generally stand up to
    their role as a hand-grenade substitute for the engineer class. They're
    great for guarding narrow passages and if shot from behind alleys ,from
    inside buildings etc.and you get 6 at a time...not bad!
    
    -------
    Shotgun
    -------
     Duh...well,it's a 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun,which holds 5
    cartridges at a time,much like those used for hunting,only it can be 
    reloaded with a clip and you get 4 extra clips.
     It shoots "buckshots",that is,spreading pellets.
    From close range,a single shot is an instant kill 90% of the time,but
    accuracy and effectiveness decreases a lot over distance,much like a
    pistol. A good close-quarters combat weapon,and interesting against planes
    and vehicles,or groups of infantry. It's avaiable to allied engineers
    only,on some maps (Hellendoorn,Essen...).
    
    ---------------
    Throwing knives
    ---------------
     These are avaiable to every soldier in the SW expansion packs on some of
    its maps (those where soldiers wear "Elite" unforms,like Essen,Eagle's
    Nest,Hellendoorn etc.) You get 5 of them plus the normal knife.
    They are actually fun to use, although they do not always kill in one shot
    as claimed in some SW ads and reviews,but rather do pistol-like damage.
     They are good at close range for saving on ammo or to make for an
    impressive kill,as the obituaries will mention that you killed a guy
    with the e.g. "German Elite Knife",which surely raises your ego and causes
    awe among friends and foes :-)
     I have even managed to hit and kill a MOVING guy with 1 knife,and so can you
    with some training.
    
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    [4] Special map-related strategies.
    ==========================================================================
    
     I felt that people could use some advice about some particular maps of
    BF1942,where most players and teams seem to have serious difficulties at
    comprehending "what's going on" and even more at winning or just being
    decent. These include "The Battle Of Britain","Coral Sea" and "Operation
    Aberdeen",each with its catches and glitches.
    For now,I only include an extensive "Battle Of Britain" guide."Coral Sea"
    is covered in the "vs Ships" section.
    
    
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    [4.1] The Battle Of Britain map
    ==========================================================================
    
     This is a map where a lot of people fail to understand what to do,despite
    the very short and IMHO,very clear briefing of the map's objectives which
    pops up before the game starts,in every map -and which nobody reads,of course-.
    Failure to do often results in disastrous,total defeats,especially for the
    poor allies.Keep on reading and find out yourself!
     To begin with,the map is IMHO very unbalanced in favour of the axis team,
    which 'only' has to destroy five enemy structures (it's EASIER than it
    sounds,actually!!!),has a hundred of effective ways of doing it
    (bombs,bazookas,TNT packs,even grenades!!! Hey,how'bout a Wespe and a
    Defgun,too?) and what's best,the axis has -almost- nothing to lose
    (like vital structures or spawnpoints).
     The worse thing that can happen to the axis team is to get their airport
    bombed or spawncamped by the allied team,which isn't much of a threat
    unless the allies are REALLY good at that,or there's not much time left.
    So,the simplicity of the mission and the relative "safety" of the whole team
    plays greatly in favour of the axis,at least with long games (either lots of
    time or lots of tickets).
     The british team on the other hand has,alas,a much more complex mission:
    there are 5 objectives to defend,which are the 4 radar towers on the coast
    and the big weapon factory in the middle of the main base.Lose them to the
    enemy and you lost the map,point. Hold AT LEAST ONE until the enemies 
    tickets run out and you win,point.
     You just can't imagine how many people just don't get the point of this
    map! I've even seen people NOT KNOWING what or where the radar towers
    were,let alone using and/or repairing them...no wonder their team lost
    in less than 10 minutes! But...don't worry ! The Kaptain is here to help
    you out...
     
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    [4.1.a] The Battle Of Britain map: axis strategy
    ==========================================================================
    
     Ugh...this is too cheesy to describe even for me: just grab a plane,no
    matter if a bomber or fighter and...bomb and dogfight,as you would expect.
    Since most of your opponents will have no clue of how to defend,you can
    quickly wipe out at least a radar tower in the first 3 minutes,encountering
    little resistance. Later,you might have to face defending spitfires,yet
    the BF109 as well as the JU-88 can both be very deadly at dogfighting.
     Even if you're shot down but survive and parachute,you can still deal damage
    by:	a) being and antiarmor and shooting the objectives with the bazooka
    	b) being an Engineer and placing TNT packs near the objectives 
    	c) use your grenades against towers
    	d) kill enemy soldiers,especially those manning AA guns
    	e) 'sabotage' the enemy airfield by placing mines,using their AA guns
    	  against them etc.
    	f) Steal their planes and vehicles,creating even more havoc.
    
     You can even defeat the radar towers' foresight by flying lower than them
    (normal visual contact still works,though),cancelling out what little aid
    the poor allies have.
    
     The worst thing that can happen to your team is,as I said,having your
    airfield bombed,spawncamped by enemy bazookamen and engineers,and your
    planes stolen or sabotaged (mostly the JU-88s). All these things mainly
    make you lose time and tickets,which are the only thing critical to the
    axis.
     It can be a serious threat if it's done to you at the beginning of the
    battle,or when most of your team is grounded for some reason.
    
     In fact,your team is costantly losing tickets since the beginning at a
    costant rate (you can't stop that),and unless you have lots of losses,100
    tickets 'last' for about 15 minutes at a normal rate. Increasing them to 
    200 or 300 means 30 or 45 minutes,which IMHO is really overkill,since the
    objectives don't regenerate! Some servers put a time limit of 25 or 30
    minutes,which usually means victory for the allies,if they manage to survive
    that long. Deaths do deplet your tickets,though,but to a very minor extent.
    
     So,unless your teammates have no clue about the objectives,your team counts
    less than 6-7 persons,and your time/tickets start up very low (such as 100
    tickets and 10 minutes),this map is almost a "piece of cake"!
    In other words,if you want to be a (big or cheap,your choice) bastard,pick 
    the axis! :-)
    
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    [4.1.a] The Battle Of Britain map: allies strategy - defending
    ==========================================================================
     
     First of all,EVERYONE on the British team BE AN ENGINEER!!!
    Later you will see why. This is true especially if your team has less than
    ten (10) players. I've estimated that you need roughly a 2:1 friendly:enemy
    forces ratio to stand a chance of surviving in the long term,unless games
    are timed to be very short,or your opponents are not very smart (it has
    happened...and I was GLAD...).
    
    Let's make it clear once again: this is an objective map and you have
    to DEFEND your objectives,which are static structures (buildings) which
    cannot move,cannot fight for themselves,are very exposed to hostile fire,
    and once you lost them you don't get them back.
     You have FIVE (5) of these structures. 
    FOUR (4) of them are RADAR TOWERS,and ONE (1) of them is a weapon factory.
    
    The Radar Towers: 
    -----------------
     Don't expect anything fancy,they're just a defgun-like bunker with a radar
    and an AA gun on top of them. They work as SPAWN POINTS and as WEAPONS,and,
    guess what,they can be damaged and,luckily for you,repaired.
    When you still have them,you can see them on the map like any spawn point.
    They're distributed along the coastline,and SHOULD be your first line of
    defense against the enemy.
     
    How to use them:
    -----------------
     Enter them like you would with a defgun or vehicle,and you will have a
    view from the top of their roofs,controlling an AA gun and having a 
    rotating RADAR TRACE on your mini-map and big map,too. This trace works
    like the destroyers' sonar,by revealing you the enemies plane position
    when they're in range (about one map square).
     Again,don't expect anything too fancy: you only see a white spot BLINKING
    and MOVING for a while on your minimap,when it's "scanned" by the trace.
     This is usually enough to reveal you the enemy's position and direction
    with a 1 to 3 second advantage ,which allows you to at least aim in the 
    right direction with the correct leading.
    
    Why they're so important:
    -------------------------
     Yep,even if they're your first line of defense,they're also one of the
    enemy's objectives! This means that they will be under constant attack 
    with all means possible: "standard" bombing attacks and sometimes "subtle"
    grenade,bazooka or TNT attacks from the ground,usually by 
    shot-down eager-for-revenge axis pilots! 
    Very desperate/fanatic axis pilots will even crash their planes on them,
    with devastating results! 
    Hell,at least they can't capture them or use them against you...
     So,why are they so important? Because when destroyed THEY DON'T RESPAWN,
    you have less defense means,and if you lose ALL of them (plus the factory)
    you LOSE THE BATTLE!!!
    
    How to keep them standing:
    --------------------------
     It's a fact,these things are very vulnerable to plane bombs (up to 30%
    damage from a single bomb,reported in the field!!!),much less to TNT etc.
    and can even self-damage (!) if you hit your own radar's antenna.Finally,
    they can damage one another if carelessly aimed!
    To be fair,I must say that in v1.5 of the damage done by a single bomb
    seems reduced to roughly 15% (half of what it used to be),they do hit each
    other and don't self-damage any more,but again,defense is problematic.
     The only way of making them last longer is to repair them. 
    This is why you have to be an engineer. Unluckily,a single engineer can
    repair at most 20% of a damaged tower in one go,and is somehow slow at
    doing that,so having TWO people at each tower (one shooting,one repairing,
    switching places when necessary) is already much better.
     The one staying "out" can take cover from enemy bombs by hiding in the
    nearby bunker or as "inside" as possible in the radar tower itself.
    He should also be guarding against enemy "saboteurs". The bunker can also
    provide healing (all bunkers near the radar towers have a medical closet),
    so having a medic nearby is purely optional. Engineers and more Engineers,
    again. 
     Now,if you team has LOTS of people (more than 15) or you lost one or two
    towers,have 3 (three) or more engineers per tower and -maybe- a medic or an
    APC for healing,ammo source and extra defense.
    
    If that's not enough:
    --------------------------
    
     Unluckily,even with such care,if enemies "gang up" on a single tower and
    manage to drop 3 or 4 consecutive bombs,then that tower is history,and
    there's nothing you can do (it's impossible to shoot down 3 or 4 planes
    at once,or repairing it as quickly as it's damaged). 
    A different strategy may be required then...look section [4.1.c]
    
    
    The Harwich Weapon Factory:
    ---------------------------
     It looks like the "standard" factory building found in other maps of this
    game,only this time it can be bombed and damaged,and if you lose it,along
    with the other structures on this map,then you lost.
     Now,the factory itself can't be "manned" and doesn't have any weapon 
    mounted directly ON it,but it's surrounded by 3 or 4 AA guns,spawns several
    jeeps and APCs,and has an airfield nearby,where 2 Spitfires at a time spawn
    ,and also has an extra AA gun,jeep and APC for your convenience. 
     Trivia: the factory is,in reality,a "box" containing a pile of rubble,the
    one you see when it is destroyed.Not only that,but at least on Single Player,
    the factory is "manned",having a poor lone soldier inside,under(!) the pile 
    of rubble. You see that soldier's name each time you look at the factory.
    I don't know how you can "enter" the factory like that,or what you can do
    in that position...who knows?
    	
    Defending it:
    -------------
     Defending is straightforward: man the AA guns and shoot'em down.Again,
    all defenders be engineers and repair BOTH the factory and AA guns.
    Keep in mind that though the factory has more life than the towers,it's
    VERY hard to repair,taking about 5% damage with each bomb.
     So don't have JUST ONE engineer...everybody should be one ,so they can
    contribute as needed.
     If an gun AA gets heavily damaged,it's better to repair it quickly or
    else you will lose some time until a new one respawns,being left with 
    one or more AA gun less!
     Remember that the enemy can still parachute in your base and do some
    generic sabotage such as killing defenders,damaging the factory etc. so
    have some people (one or two) guarding the area,preferably using the APC,
    which has a powerful machine gun and provides healing and exra AA defense.
     Oh and don't shoot your factory with the AA guns! It does little damage,
    but damage nevertheless! Now,it seems that bazooka and AA damage to
    the factory has been removed with v1.5...
     
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    [4.1.b] The Battle Of Britain map: allies strategy - organisation
    ==========================================================================
    
     Of course,all this defending and manning AA guns and towers is useless
    unless done correctly and IN TIME,with EVERYBODY knowing their role.
    Sorry if this sounds too complicated and hard,but so it is.
    A very efficient team organization is required to even stand a chance
    against the attacking axis,and not losing your structures right from the
    start. So here goes:
    
    a) Man all radar towers right from the start. Spawn there quickly,as 
     they're the first objectives to be attacked,especially the WESTMOST radar
     tower, which faces directly the allied airfield.It's the first to be
     attacked and,alas,usually the first to fall.
    
    b) Be An Engineer ,B.A.E. I will never get tired of saying this.
     Assaults and Scouts have no place on this map,especially on the allied
     team.  Medics? Hmm...barely...Engineers make good repairmen when defending
     and good saboteurs, when on the enemy's airfield.
     A medic can hide and survive longer,though when "spawncamping".
    
    c) Use APCs. Make regular routes from tower to tower,patrolling the coast.
     Use their machine gun against parachuters and saboteurs. Bring ammo and
     healing to your teammates "working" at the towers. Move out quickly if
     somebody sends an "infantry spotted" alarm from the factory or from the
     towers. Have a whole team of engineers driving around with them.
     You get A LOT of APCs in this map,so use them.
    
    d) If you're a guarding engineer and your help is needed somewhere else,
     grab a jeep (plenty of them) and drive there quickly. Run saboteurs over
     with them. ;-)
    
    e) The level is literallly cram-packed with AA and fixed machine guns,so
     use them on the enemy planes and saboteurs. Each (good) shot brings you
     closer to victory!
    
    f) Use your planes,if you can,to intercept enemy planes,especially the
     big JU-88 bombers. You get 2 airfields which spawn 2 Spitfires each
     ,replaced as soon as they're destroyed,or even faster.
      They're also the only means of reaching the axis' airfield.
     If you can't use them,then at least make it so that they don't fall in
     the hands of the enemy and used against you,like they didn't get lots
     of planes on their own...
     A man using the AA at each airfield is enough for this job (and is an AA
     gun more in the battle!).
    
    g) Remember,an efficient defence is only half or maybe a quarter of victory.
     For reasons that will be clear in a while,this defensive tactic basically
     helps you BUY TIME for counter-attacking the enemy base,since it's very 
     hard to keep this pace for a full 30 minute game,and you can't stop 10 (not
     even 3 or 4 !) planes ganging up on a single tower!
    
    h) If you want(have) to counter-strike have only a PART of your team doing
      it.If you have a too small team (<8 persons) then forget it,stay in and
      defend,or send at most a person or two.
       Anyway,always leave a reasonable number of defenders. Let's say 75% or
      more defending and 25% or less attacking. If you have the numbers to do
      it, a "task force" of 3 or 4 soldiers at the enemy's airfield really
      means business!
    
    
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    [4.1.c] The Battle Of Britain map: allies strategy - attacking
    ==========================================================================
    
     Ok,so all staying in defending isn't always the best thing to do,as you
    may have figured out. This is especially true if the game turns out
    lasting too long due to the teams starting with too many tickets (>150)
    or too much time (>30 or even infinite) and too many players (>10 on 
    both teams),since all of these things greatly favour the axis,which 
    have all the time and means to gang up on objectives and give the allies
    no peace,with almost continous attacking waves.
     The problem is that the axis team can keep an almost constant attack wave,
    since they get a lot of bombers and a lot of fighter planes. If your
    opponents are half decent,they won't let you even consider repairing your
    objectives. As I said before,a radar tower goes down if 3 or 4 consecutive
    bombs hit it. With little effort,the axis planes can gang up on a single
    tower at a time,making defense almost impossible.
     So,what to do? You have to cut-off or at least slow down the enemy's 
    plane's supply (this looks like the hint against enemy pilots,in section
    3.1).
     The whole idea is to fly to the enemy airfield and then do a whole series
    of sabotage and diversive actions. If done correctly,you will cause loss
    of vehicles,planes and get a few kills,but mostly you will make them lose
    time and tickets,and prevent attacks on your territory.
     Here are some ideas:
    
    a) Simply bomb them and machine gun them,using your plane.Try to destroy
      grounded planes,especially the JU-88s. Watch out,as these respawn at a 
      rather fast rate. Precisely,they respawn as soon as they're shot down!
      Better yet is to...
    
    b) ...steal THEIR planes and use them for bombing etc. The JU-88s machine
      guns are great for use on the ground,too! I don't know if there's an
      an actual limit to the number of JU-88s that can exist at once (maybe 3).
      If that's the case,then even stealing (NOT destroying) one or two
      greatly slows down their attack waves. Even stealing them and just 
      parking them in your british hangar will prevent them from respawning,
      unless they are stolen back(!) or destroyed.
    
    c) From the ground,use their airfield's AA gun and destroy their planes.
      Simple but effective. Mind not getting caught,though!
    
    d) Be an engineer and place TNT or better,MINES under planes:they will
      go boom as soon as they are moved! Make their airfield a living hell!
     
    e) Be an antiarmor and shoot at planes taking off,destroying them in one hit.
    
    f) Drive vehicles and planes in the mid of the airfield and leave them there
      as obstacles. Lame,but slows down/crashes planes!
    
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    [5] The Secret Weapons Of WWII: Where and How to use them?
    ==========================================================================
    
     Let's face it: the SW expansion pack has surely created some fuss around
    and about it: some love it,some hate it,some say it's just a marketing
    ploy,even that it's disrespectful to veterans and to the soldiers who
    sacrificed their lives in WWII,as an anonymous letter to the U.S. edition
    of PC gamer issue 10 of 11/03 stated. 
     What's sure is that it's a better expansion pack than "The Rome To Rome",
    both in quantity AND quality,despite the hype and criticism.
     And it's also sure that it has generated a lot of questions around it,
    like "where are the Jetpacks and how do I use them" or "where is vehicle
    x found?" etc. And surely,there's some space for a few new "combat tricks"
    in this section,starting with...
    
    
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    [5.1] The Jetpacks
    ==========================================================================
    
     Probably,they are the reason why everyone bought this expansion. :-)
    Ok,let's be quick about this: The Jetpacks are to be found only
    in THREE (3) maps out of the 8 present in the expansion pack.
    These are:	
    
    a) Hellendoorn (also in the stand-alone Demo):
        Search the third floor of the building in front of the church,
       which is in map square [D3],in the rightmost and lowermost corner of 
       that square,right next to the flag.You or the opponent must have
       captured that flag for them to appear. There must be TWO jetpacks
       in the same room.
    b) Essen:
       This map has three known jetpacks:   
        One spawns at the third floor of the building near the broken bridge
       and the capturable flag in map square [C5],that's the eastmost flag
       of this map. That building also has a sign saying "Wilder Eber"
       (wild bore) outside.
        Another one spawns at the third floor of the building in the alley
       just after the factory's bridge,with a "Der Lowe" (The Lion) sign outside,
       that's near the flag called "The Cafe'".
        And,yet another one is avaiable to the germans right inside the bunker
       near the factory's bridge!   
       Of course someone must capture the flags first for them to appear.
    
    c) Kbely Airfield:
        This map also has 3 known jetpacks:   
       You can find two of them in the back rooms of both hangars in the axis
       airfield (in the middle room,to be precise).Two hangars,hence,two jetpacks.
        The third one is found at the last floor (the loft) of the house in map
       square [E5],near the flag called "CENTRAL HOUSE".
    
    
    How to Use them:
    ----------------.
     First of all,you pick them up like you would with a soldier's kit,by 
    using the (default) "g" key or whatever you chose for that function.
     Oops,what's this? Your equipment changes to: Knife,Pistol,Submachine gun
    and Grenades,much like a Medic without a medikit! You can't do nothing
    about this,since this is supposed to be the "jetpack soldier's kit".In 
    other words,forget the brave British Commando (?) you see in the intro,
    blowing a Sturmtiger up with his bazooka after he got "enhanced" with the
    new jetpack...pity!
     Using it requires some practice: practically it replaces your normal
    jump abilities and (partly) your parachute.It is activated by using the
    jump button (default:space).Pressing and holding it once results in
    a stationary high jump.To "fly" you must keep tapping the space key
    continuously,the faster you tap the higher you will fly,up to a certain
    limit,depending on jetpack conditions and your initial height.
     Also,if you want to fly "forward" you must first run for a while on the
    ground to gain some initial forward speed (the jetpack mostly provides a
    vertical boost).
     Be careful however,as the jetpack has a heat indicator near your
    health bar.In fact,it heats up each time you use it,and when it hits 
    the top the jetpack overheats and jams,and you can't "push" it anymore,
    so you will just have to wait for it to cool down.BTW,v1.5 reduces the
    heatup and cooldown time significantly over v1.45.
     Now,there's another glitch with the jetpack: since you have no parachute
    if you pick it up,it partly (I state that,PARTLY) replaces the parachute
    function,but not quite! The jetpack,even when it overheats,somehow slows
    down your descent in any case,but not to completely safe levels!
    It's up to you to tap the jump button as needed to slow down to an 
    acceptable speed. 
     Usually this results in your soldier taking a bit of damage each time
    he lands! Be aware of that,as you may end up half-alive in the middle of
    a battle just because you tried to "fly" your way there.
    
    Are they any good?
    ------------------
     Well...IMHO the jetpack has been somehow over-hyped by SW ads,the
    specialized press and the SW intro itself,while in reality it turns out
    to be a gadget of limited combat value,at least as a "front line" weapon.
     The "combat kit" it leaves you with is a bit scarce,there are only two
    or three at a time (in three out of eight new levels...) and the usage
    experience is really distant from the much promised "air battles for
    infantry...".
     In other words,if you dreamed of having a whole team of flying snipers
    and bazookamen,hiding on the most remote roofs and leaping from roof
    to roof like some sort of Spring-heeled Jack or Superman then forget it,
    we're talking about two or three players at most. BTW,you can see if the
    jetpacks are "taken" by pressing the TAB key and looking for the "jetpack
    symbol" before some soldier's name.
     It surely enchances the MOBILITY potential of a soldier by making him 
    able to escape from most one-on-ones or from desperate situations and 
    allowing him to "sneak behind" enemy lines and bases in a way that's hard
    to counter,allows him to cross rivers and hills with a giant "leap" etc.
    
    The Jetpack Soldier:
    --------------------
     The ideal use of the jetpack soldier is to capture enemy flags in a
    stealthy fashion,avoiding direct confrontation with "normal" infantry
    unless it's strictly necessary.The Jetpack is a rare and precious item,
    and it's surely a pity to get wasted by some grunt in the middle of
    nowhere and losing it to the enemy team. Besides,if they figure out
    you have the jetpack,they will actively hunt you down to get it for
    themselves. Sadly,this sometimes includes your teammates (TKers...)
     In other words,think of the Jetpack class as a STEALTH class,who can
    elude heavy defenses and hide on the top of buildings,overcome natural
    obstacles easily etc. When you DO capture an enemy flag then BEAT IT,and
    go for another flag trying not to give your position away. Your place
    isn't at the first line,and using the Jetpack is an even bigger 
    responsability than using your team's planes.
     Also,the good Jetpack soldier should try to get healed every time he
    can (APCs,medical closets and boxes etc.) as he is likely to lose some
    health each time he lands.
     Beware of low-flying planes though,as they will kill you if they "bump"
    you,without exploding.Another possible (but somehow stupid) use of the
    jetpack is to fight enemy planes and parachuters.I do not reccommend it,
    though,it's better to cap flags and avoid the "groundhogs" as possible.
    
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    [5.2] Sturmtiger
    ==========================================================================
     
     Tough,boxy and powerful,that's the 'new' Sturmtiger introduced in SW.
    It's probably the most powerful land-based weapon of all the game,as only
    B-17 bombs and Battleships' artillery barrage can compare to the 
    destructive power of its 38 cm super-heavy mortar (it technically was a
    big-big mortar shooting special rockets,not a naval gun). 
     It moves around a bit faster than the "normal" Tiger,with which it shares
    the lower part of the hull,but has no anti-infantry and anti-airplane
    protection,so keep it well-away from enemy infantry and planes,as it 
    constitutes a rather big target.
     Using its main (and only) gun is a bit tricky. You only get 15 "shells"
    per time,reloading time is long but acceptable,and the gun's horizontal
    trasverse is very limited,so you will have to manually turn the whole tank
    to aim accurately. Aiming ballistics are different from those of a normal
    cannon: the missiles shot travel almost straight for quite a distance,so
    its better to aim "directly" on enemy tanks or infantry,as trying to aim
    slightly higher will usually result in the rocket passing OVER them with
    no harm,unless they're REALLY far away.
     It hurts enemy tanks a lot,being able to destroy most if not all of them
    in one direct hit,and 2 or 3 hits with "splash" damage. Again,it's best
    used by some distance taking advantage of the gun's power and accuracy,
    which is surprisingly high,and it's very wise to guard it with another
    "normal" tank,better if a FlakPanzer.
     What's great,is that the Sturmtiger can also use artillery,enabling you
    to strike enemy targets from REALLY far away,and with devastating results.
     
    ==========================================================================
    [5.3] FlakPanzer
    ==========================================================================
    
     The FlakPanzer is one of my favourite weapons in the SW expansion pack!
    It makes for a really awesome weapon,in the right hands.
    It shoots faster than the normal AA guns (almost twice as fast but can
    overheat) and can be aimed much lower,becoming a deadly anti-infantry
    weapon,apart from the fact that IT CAN BE MOVED,with the speed and
    mobility of the trusty PanzerIV. It also seems to be more accurate against
    infantry,thanks to the faster firing rate. Its quadruple AA guns can
    damage  virtually anything in the game,and if used from a safe distance
    it can become a great anti-tank weapon too.
     Aiming the guns is quite fun,as they have a practically straight shot
    regardless of distance. Its ideal use is guarding bridges and narrow
    streets and passages from a distance,like in Essen or Telemark,breaking
    havoc and confusion due to the "smoke puffs" of its shells,which hide the
    tank from view and spare no light vehicle.
     Beware of close encounters with normal tanks and bazooka infantry though,
    as it has less armor than a normal PanzerIV.Also,when you're using the
    flak guns,you're exposed to enemy snipers and grenades dropped into the
    "cavity" of the flak turret. Its better to be an engineer when using it,
    as you usually get only one or two FlakPanzers at a time,so using it is a
    kind of a responsability.
     Also,don't forget to visit an ammo source from time to time,as the 300
    flak shells it holds run out pretty quickly!
    Needless to say,it's also great as an anti-aircraft weapon,which is the
    point of its existence....
    
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    [5.4] Sherman T34 "Calioppe"
    ==========================================================================
    
     It works exactly like a regular Sherman until you switch to the secondary
    gun position: then you control the famous T34 "Calioppe" rocket launcher
    (nothing to do with the Soviet T-34 tank). 
     You shoot straight rockets which do roughly the same damage as grenades
    or bazooka rockets.You can shoot them almost continuously but the launcher
    overheats after 5 or 6 rockets,so you will have to keep a slower pace.
     Once you finish the rockets you must visit an ammo source,as you get 
    no "spare" rocket load.It ideal usage is like that of the Flakpanzer 
    against ground forces,only it packs a heavier punch against enemy tanks
    and infantry groups and it still has the ordinary gun and coaxial machine
    gun,which is no small thing. Aiming the rocket launcher requires some 
    practice however,as the rockets are slow and rather inaccurate.
    Also,it's more vulnerable to enemy planes compared to a normal Sherman,
    so beware. As a last comment,the rocket launcher can use artillery just
    like the "Stalin's Organ" of the original Battlefield 1942.
    
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    [5.5] Wasserfall rocket
    ==========================================================================
    
     Even though they are one of the most difficult weapons to control in the
    entire game,with some training you can become decent enough to shoot down
    the larger planes such as the C-47 or the Flying Wing.
     In the maps where it's avaiable (Essen,Mimoyecques,Peenemuende) it's best
    used against the C-47 (transport plane) which is slower and bigger than
    the others,and potentially carries more people.
     It's relatively easy to track it down on the map and even make two or
    three "attempts" with the same rocket,if at first you "miss" the enemy 
    plane. For people like me,who aren't exactly sky aces and somehow hate
    those arrogant,self-confident pilots,the Wasserfall rocket is a real gift
    from above. Sweet,sweet revenge :-)
     You have to be quick and precise,though. Low lag and high framerate help
    a lot. Training in single player also helps a lot.And,last but not least,
    having no people that TK for using the rocket would be nice,too :-)
     However,once you shot down that (or any other) plane,the best thing to do
    is to shoot rockets against the enemy airport and destroy the same plane
    again even before it takes off (it usually respawns as soon as it's
    destroyed).It works wonders in Mimoyecques and maybe Essen,if you're good.
     This makes for a very sophisticated and demoralizing form of spawncamping,
    if done right,and is more easy to do regularly than chasing enemy planes.
    You only need to shoot down a plane or choose the right moment when you
    know the enemy team just lost one,and start harassing them.
     Hunting down fighter planes and Goblins is nearly impossible,Flying Wings
    can be taken down more easily if you can point the rocket launcher in their
    direction seconds before launch. 
     Crashing the rocket into something is usually an instant kill,while
    making it explode manually does much less damage.Other possible targets
    include landing craft and very large tanks such as the T-95 or even 
    Shermans (instant kill!). It also kills parachuters without exploding,
    which can be helpful sometimes.
    If you're really good you can harass a particular enemy soldier you
    have unsolved issues with ;-)
     Remember that you can't slow down the rocket after it's launched,it has
    a limited fuel gauge (which seems to depend on the map) and that it can
    be damaged and shot down. BTW,if it's destroyed when unlaunched than it
    takes a long time to respawn,and you die if you were inside the bunker
    at the moment.
     A hint: when you're inside the rocket bunker,its radar trace can reveal
    you the position of ANY enemy unit within range,including enemy infantry
    trying to sneak in your base! Please DO call for support if you see such
    strange movements,and the rest of your team should not underestimate
    such warnings!
    
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    [5.6] Natter
    ==========================================================================
    
     Controlling it is almost like controlling the Wasserfall rocket mentioned
    above, and coming to think of it you could use it in almost the same manner.
    The only differences are that the Natter is a bit slower,has a bit more
    fuel and a bit less armor(!) than the Wasserfall rocket.
    It also has straight missiles of its own, apart from the fact that you ride
    WITH it!
     So,if you feel like kamikazing you could just seek down and crash into 
    enemy planes and vehicles or/and use your missiles against them. 
    Of course you can still use it like a regular dive bomber,once you adjust
    to the speed and the usage of the missiles,which DO deal quite a bit of
    damage,and are worthwhile using.
     The other reasonable use of the Natter is that of dropping behind enemy
    lines quickly.It has similar limitations to the Wasserfall rocket regarding
    fuel (=limited flight time) and speed (it CAN'T be slowed down).
     BTW,v1.5 significantly reduces the amount of fuel of both the Natter
    and the Wasserfall rocket (mostly).You can glide for more time,though.
    
     
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    [6] Special vehicle trivia.
    ==========================================================================
    
     With the popularity gained by the Secret Weapons of WWII expansion pack,
    I though that some (many,IMHO) BF1942 fans would like to know something
    more about the vehicles presented in the game,such as some quick tech
    specs,production numbers,whether they existed or not,etc.
    So that you know what you're using. Here goes...
    
    Sherman,M10 Wolverine,M7 Priest,M3 Grant:
    -----------------------------------------
     Not really secret weapons,but it might be interesting to consider that
    they all shared the same hull,chassis and even running gear! 
     Even noticed how much similar they all look,at least the lower part of
    their hulls?
    And,regarding the "Sherman T34 Calioppe" presented in SW,there have been
    over 40000 "basic" Shermans built (one of the most built tanks during the
    war,if we consider a single model with minor "revisions") with a number
    of variants,including special amphibius,demining etc. versions.
    
    T-34 Soviet Tank series:
    ------------------------
     While it was certainly no secret weapon (over 100000 were built,
    including all variants and the T-34 based SU tank buster series) it
    was a rather innovative tank,as the axis forces learned the hard way:
    It had a powerful 76mm and later 85mm long barelled gun which could
    easily destroy the PanzerIVs mostly deployed by the axis against the
    USSR,and was one of the first tanks to feature sloped armor,which,
    combined with the tank's low profile,made the short-barelled PanzerIVs'
    shells just bounce away like annoying pebbles,even from close distances!
     It also had a powerful 500 HP engine combined with a weight around 30-32t,
    and a top speed of 40-50 Km/h,depending on the version. In a nutshell,the
    T-34 was superior in armor,firepower and mobility to almost any other
    tank in the world at the moment!
     The Germans were caught so off guard and felt they had nothing really
    comparable to counter it with,to the point they had to develop and deploy
    a whole new series of tanks,the Panther (PanzerV) and Tiger (PanzerVI) 
    to stand up to the challenge. The Germans even used captured T-34s 
    against the Soviets themselves,after modifying them with German turrets!
     Despite the overall superiority of the T-34 design and its sheer numbers,
    a lot were lost in battle due to mechanical problems,inexperienced crews,
    logistical and organization problems,lack of radio communication in early
    versions etc. Even the design and evolution of the T-34 tank was slowed
    down or heavily contested by internal contrasts inside the Soviet leadership,
    including execution,imprisonment or exile of designers and engineers etc.!
     After the war,the T-34 design inspired the latter "cold war" Soviet
    tank designs like the T-55. 
    What's most amazing,is that after the war,the original T-34/85 tank
    itself was produced until the late 50's by a lot of "eastern block"
    countries,like Poland,and was exported to over 30 countries,primarily
    Balcanic and Mid-Eastern countries,North Korea(!) and many African
    countries as well.
     It was even used in the "Six-day war" between Syria,Egypt and Israel,
    and Israel itself has captured a lot of T-34/85s from its foes.
     It was still in service until the 80s' or even the 90s'(20th century) in
    many mid-eastern and eastern europe countries' armies, including Syria,Egypt,
    Yugoslavia,Iraq(!),Bulgaria,Romania,Albania,etc. and it IS reportedly still
    in service in many African countries!
    
    Sturmtiger: 
    -----------
     It really existed and was used in combat,but only a total of 18 
    Sturmtigers was built.Its frontal armor exceeded 150mm,and was more of
    a giant (38cm) mortar than a "naval gun mounted on a Tiger",contrary to
    what you may read in SW ads. The German army had got even bigger track
    or rail propelled giant mortars,as they believed that "one shot should
    do the job"...
     It shot 1.5m long,300-350kg heavy missiles which could destroy buildings
    and up to 2.5m thick concrete and steel fortification with ONE blow. 
    Each shot developed a force of 30-40t on the tank itself! The missiles
    had a maximum range or 3.5-4 km.
     It was very hard to use and aim,however,and gave out its position with
    each shot,having to be moved afterwards.Otherwise it shared the same
    pros and cons with the basic Tiger (weight,mechanical problems,limited
    range etc.).
     The British had built a similar weapon,called the "Churchill AVRE",
    which was a Churchill Heavy Tank wiht a heavy "Petard" mortar mounted
    on its turret.It shot 18kg missiles,able to destroy in few blows
    fortifications which had survived naval bombing! It had much less range
    however,200m at most.
     For more information about the axis tanks visit www.achtungpanzer.com,
    a great site with info,photos and technical data for most axis tanks,
    including rare models and prototypes.
    
     T28/T-95:
    ----------
     As the name says,it was meant to be a 95t (!) heavy tank buster,built
    to fill the almost complete lack of really heavy tanks of the allied 
    forces.However,it was so heavy that required a double set of tracks on
    each side to keep it from sinking,and it could barely move because of 
    the weak 400HP (!) engine,which could move it at a top speed of 11 mph!
    Shame,even a soviet T-34 had a 500HP engine,weighing only 30t!!! 
     It never saw combat,and only two prototypes were built.
    You can figure out how unrealistically fast it moves and how impossibly
    steep hills it can climb,when used in BF1942! ;-)
    Oh well it's only a game...isn't it? 
    However,the T95 is probably the SECOND heaviest tank ever built.
    
    Maus Panzer:
    ------------
     This was the FIRST heaviest tank ever built,with a weight of nearly 180t,
    as much as a Jumbo Jet but packed in much less space! Anyway,this was
    the axis attempt of building a super-heavy tank which should be
    "completely invulnerable" and "invincible" on the battlefield.
     Like the T-95,it was built only in two protoypes (at least one survives
    even today,captured by the Soviets) and probably never saw combat,save
    for a last-ditch defense of the factory it was produced (unconfirmed).
     For moving around,it used an indirect drive system: a 1500HP diesel
    engine powered an electrical generator which powered two electric motors
    which drove the tracks (boy...what a mess!).
     It was however SO heavy that it sank in practically any terrain and could
    travel with 18-20km/h at most,damaging roads,shattering windows and cracking
    house foundations wherever it passed,due to its weight and vibrations.
     It had a frontal armor of 250mm and a minimum armor thickness of 80mm in the
    rear and sides and 40mm on the top.The gun was supposed the be a naval 120 or
    180 mm cannon,although only one turret was completed.
     Strangely,it wasn't considered as a "Secret Weapon" to include in the SW
    expansion pack,although it's more famous than most of the other "secret"
    weapons presented. Maybe some skillful modder or DICE herself could add it
    in a future expansion???
    
    P1000 "Ratte" and P1500 "Dora":
    -------------------------------
     EVEN heavier than the previous,this one only remained a project: the "Ratte"
    was supposed to be a 1000 ton (!) tank with a triple row of tracks on each
    side,30 meters long,14 wide and 11 high,using 4 submarine engines and
    having a top designed speed of 40 Km/h!
     The armament was to be a double-barelled 280mm naval cannon turret (which was
    completed and used as...a coastal defence gun),along with some smaller guns 
    and AA guns.
     The "Dora" was a design for a self-propelled 800mm cannon for city bombing,
    probably inspired from another,EXISTANT heavy self-propelled mortar: the 54
     or 60cm "Karl" mortar,which was a track-propelled vehicle carrying a
    big-big mortar which shot 1000-1500 Kg projectyles,used in the early days
    of WW II by the axis. The "Dora" cannon itself really existed,only it was
    transported by railway,like most of those ultra-heavy weapons.Its self
    propelled version was to be a gigantic triple-tracked and double-bodied
    vehicle,closely resembling the NASA "crawler",used to transport space
    missiles to launch location,decades later!
     By making a comparison,the "Sturmtiger" was just a "compact" version
    of those incredible battle beasts!
    Again,it would be cool to see ANY of these vehicles in a future BF1942 
    official expansion or fan-made mod! Maybe called "Heavy Weapons Of WWII"...
    
    "Wasserfall" guided missile:
    ----------------------------
     Even though it's less famous (until now...) than the V1 and V2 guided
    missiles,it really existed and was basically a guided ground-to-air 
    missile.With the term "guided" you shouldn't imagine a first-person
    direct guidance as you can do in the game and neither a fancy 
    Stinger-like automatic guidance system (as seen in the intro),but 
    rather with remote radio telemetry and radar guidance: the operator had
    to track it down in a radar screen,comparing target and rocket traces
    and could also blow it up and steer it manually if necessary,by direct
    eye or radar observation!
     For night usage,proximity fuses were used,like those in "advanced" 
    electronic flak shells (yep,they existed!).It could travel at a top speed
    of 3000 Km/h,not really easy to avoid!
     It was never used in combat however,despite more than 40 tests were done,
    their general outcome was considered successful and the project was
    almost completed. After the war,all axis missile technology was "continued"
    by allied countries,which almost completely lacked any decent missilistic
    research program beyond jet engines!
     As a reader of the guide correctly pointed out,however,this weapon was
    never called "V3" by the axis: V3 was an -never used in combat- underground
    system of rocket-assisted howitzers (5 batteries of 5 howitzers) with extra
    long barrels (120 meters each),rockets were used as explosive charges
    placed in fixed places ALONG the barrels and exploded  when the projectyle
    passed by,giving more boost. This resulted in 1100m/s muzzle speed and
    a range of over 100km,with almost 300 shots per hour.
     The complex was built in Mimoyecques (France) and is referred too as
    "V3-complex" in the homonymous game map,where by chance a "wasserfall"
    missile is provided. Unluckily,the axis can't use the V3 complex to bomb
    "England" on the other side of the map :-)
    
    
    Flying Wings/Jet planes:
    ------------------------
     Both were developed by the end of the war,but not exactly like presented
    in the game: The U.S. had indeed developed a flying wing prototype,only it
    used propellers,not jet engines!
     The Germans,on the other hand,had built in very limited numbers (about 1500)
    a  really functional twin-motor jet fighter,the Messerschmitt 262 (NOT
    in the SWII pack,sorry!).
     This looked a lot like a "normal" fighter plane of the times (NOT like a
    flying wing) only it had no propeller,using two Jumo jet engines instead.
     Its top speed was around 800 km/h for a straight flight and near Mach 0.9
    or even more when diving, which means that it was generally faster than any
    conventional fighter plane of the time (although some particular Spitfire
    and Bf109 versions came close to those speeds, especially when diving).
     It was equipped with 4 machine guns and air-to-air missiles (unguided),
    though other versions (fighter-bomber and anti-tank) were made.
    It actually saw combat,but it came too late to change the outcome of the 
    war,and more than half of all produced ME262's were destroyed during the
    Allied bombings or generally malfunctioned,suffering from the poor quality
    materials due to germany losing the war by then.
     The "Goblin" and "HO229" (which appear in the game) are either post- or 
    end-of- the war designs,which probably never saw combat. The "Goblin"
    has existed as a single prototype,code named McDonnelDouglas XF-85,and
    was to be a "parassitic" plane,carried INSIDE larger bomber planes and
    released for intercepting enemy fighters,afterwards it would somehow 
    "return" INSIDE the host plane !!! War REALLY pushed the designer's 
    ideas to the limits!
    
    Jetpacks/individual flight systems:
    -----------------------------------
     Man's dream has always been flight,and even after flying contraptions
    were built,INDIVIDUAL flight has remained a dream for most armies,going
    a step beyond parachuting troops.
     At the very end of WWII and right after,during the "cold war"
    years,presumably both sides developed either jet-powered or propeller
    based individual flight systems,neither of which actually saw combat.
     Nowadays functional jetpacks really exist,but they provide 1 or maybe 2
    minutes of flight,due to size and weight limitation and high fuel
    consumption. Propeller based designs on the other hand are easier and
    more economic to use,but are even more cumbersome and heavy.
     A 90's remake of the "Rocketeer" movie has a scene where the hero is
    shown an (actual?) nazi propaganda movie illustrating a (failed) jetpack
    experiment and an obscure axis plan to invade the U.S. with an army of
    flying jetpack troops! Yeah,right...
    
    Flakpanzer:
    -----------
     Really existed,practically it was a limited edition of the more common
    PanzerIV,exactly as it appears in the game. It also had other names
    such as Oestwind or Wirbelwind depending on the version and chassis
    used.
     For more information about the axis tanks visit www.achtungpanzer.com,
    a great site with info,photos and technical data for most axis tanks,
    including rare models and prototypes.
    
    KettenKrad:
    -----------
     Showing up in some preview screenshots of the v1.6 patch to our favourite
    game,the "Kettenkrad" is nothing more than the famous axis'
    "tracked motorcycle",a light tractor (1 ton) about the size of a tricycle
    with two small tracks instead of rear wheels,used as a personell carrier 
    and light artillery tractor (and not,like in the game,as an "escape vehicle")
    which was driven like any tricycle and motorcycle with sidecar
     It really existed (it's was no "secret weapon") and about 8000 to 10000 units
    were built. Some exist up to our days,and can even be driven on normal
    roads like any other vehicle, provided you have the money and patience to 
    find and restore one of them!
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