The special this weekend is a homage to the first use of the tank in warfare at the tail-end of the Battle of the Somme. The first usage of the tank was really one of desperation. Despite the popular view the generals of World War I were donkeys leading lions, the majority of them were very willing to embrace new forms of warfare to try and break the stalemate of the Western Front. Anyone who thinks they enjoyed the slaughter seriously misjudges them. They were in a very difficult place, fighting a war where the technology and business of war had, for a few years, given the defence an ascendance, which in the relatively restricted geographical situation of the Western Front converted into more or less total dominance. The tank was one of the developments that boosted up again the power of offence. It had been hoped to use them in greater numbers for the Battle of the Somme, but like any revolutionary new system there had been delays – and the start of the Battle could not wait (it was vital to try and relieve pressure on the French at Verdun in particular). So weeks after the start of the battle the top brass decided they could not wait any longer, and throw all the tanks they had at that time into their first action. If it was not a complete success, it did show this was a new weapon system with potential. It would take another couple of years, of practical experience and engineering innovations, before the tank came fully into its own. It all started however, at Flers-Courcelette.
The meat of this special is a wide series of bonus for all regular tanks Tier III and above. All Tier III and IV tanks get an 80% earnings bonus. All Tier V and VI tanks get a 50% earnings bonus. All Tier VII and VIII tanks get double crew experience. All Tier IX and X tanks get triple crew experience. Basically, something for everyone.
Furthermore a series of low-tier premium tanks are available at a 50% discount: T2 LT, M22 Locust, T-15, Pz S35 739f, FCM36 PaK40, and T-127. I am tempted by the Locust, but I will probably not indulge this time around. There is also a 50% discount on inscriptions and a discount on the shorter premium sign-ups.
There are also a series of missions – 4 in fact. The first mission is called “Second Coming” and for your second victory in a tank you will get double experience, which I think it quite fun. It is basically a second double daily bonus. You get it once per tank per day for the duration of the offer.
The second mission is “Tank Ace” and is awarded to whichever player scores most damage in the battle regardless of which team they play for, giving a 50% credit bonus.
The third mission is cutely named “There is no ‘I’ in Team” and means a Patrol Duty, Confederate, or Brothers in Arms medal earns triple crew experience (why not Crucial Contribution I have to wonder, but there you go).
The final mission is headlined as being a special mission, and a difficult one. It requires killing twenty tanks in a Type T-34, 20 tanks in a Churchill I, and 20 tanks in a Stug III. What makes it difficult of course is not the number of kills per se – though that would be tricky enough, but having to get 20 kills each for each specified tank. The rewards are desirable enough – 7 days of premium account; a million credits; and ten each of Large Repair Kit, Large First Aid Kit, and Automatic Fire Extinguishers.
Overall I have to rate this very positively – a full A. The make it complete would need a gold/credit discount as applicable for something more solid than inscriptions – one of camouflages, consumables, equipment garages, skill resets, or crew retrains would have done the trick. That really is nitpicking though. This is a great offer. It lasts the standard Saturday morning to Tuesday morning.