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Following the harrowing experiences of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy, Sergeant Matthew Baker prepares to lead his squad of new and old faces in the infamous Operation Market-Garden. However, they get blown a little off course along the way. Now stuck in Equestria, Baker must do his best to help the ponies, confront his past, and lead his men back home. But, one man can only do so much.


Notes: Prior knowledge of the game is not required, but would be useful.
Rated Teen for harsh language and some gore.
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic created by Lauren Faust and owned by Hasbro.
Brothers in Arms developed by Gearbox Software and published by Ubisoft.

Chapters (16)
Comments ( 331 )

HA HA!! I TOLD YOU I WOULD BE THE FIRST TO READ THIS!!!
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Sorry i got a little..... carried away there:twilightsheepish:
anyway insta fav and like for being BIA

2872456
I told you I'd write one. BIA is easily the most realistic WW2 game.

Now for soundtrack!

You know, this story is amazing. And its not just the fact that its BIA
This story is not only staying true to HH, but you manage to add your own style to it and you do it so well i can actually imagine the characters saying those exact lines

2872494
it reminded me a lot of Band of Brothers, but the story and characters (Especially during HH) was able to become more original and unique so people can't just label it 'Band of Brothers: The Video Game' or something along those lines.

Coming to Equestria via Glider? Well that's new

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Well, not entirely. I read a WW2 story where the 101 parachutes into Equestria during D-Day called 'The Night of Days' (Except it was not related to BIA), but the author made no mention of gliders. It was pretty good, really.

A BIA crossover? Well this is definitely going on my read later, I love the game, I'll edit this comment with an actual review when I read it. Right now I have a bunch of other things to read though.

Gah; reading overload. :pinkiecrazy:



Edit: Okay, if the C-47's got transported to Equestria too then where the hell are they going to land? They don't have unlimited fuel, unless you say they flew back through the storm cloud and were transported back to Earth. If not... well; the men's radios are going to be lit up with Maydays as the planes run out of fuel.

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To be fair, the only reason I don't mention gliders is because of all the things I've read/watched/etc., the only mentions of gliders are not from the American side, but from the British side which was more east from where the 101st was landing. I do thank you for the compliment though. :pinkiehappy:

Though it does desperately need to be rewritten. Multiple errors in terms of gun lingo, historical inaccuracies, needs to be better written in terms of grammar, etc. Only reason why I haven't done it yet is because of my lazy ass having fallen out writing every day, and now I'm lucky to write 500 words a day. Not to mention two other stories which take priority.

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I thought it was a great story as is, ending was a bit sad, but still good. Since it got such a good reception, my advice is to keep going with new things. Still your choice, though.

Also, I did read about American Waco gliders being used during D-Day, but, as we all know, the American landings were scattered everywhere. Also, due to Normandy having thick forests, many of the gliders were damaged or destroyed. The reason the British Horsa gliders were famous is because of their textbook landing and capture of the Pegasus bridge (and that being in that level in the first COD XD).

Also, what do you think of the story so far?

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It's good, I like it. :twilightsmile:

WHY WAS I NOT AWARE THERE WAS A BIA CROSSOVER EALIER?!?

God I am going to track this sooo hard. You mess this up and I swear I will make your life miserable...MISERABLE!

Now go! Go and write!

Write more... WRITE MORE NOW! I. Need. More. Chapters.

I absolutely adore the Brothers in Arms series, so I'll certainly be giving this a read.

Edit:

Well, you've got the banter down pat, but there's certainly room for improvement, mainly the dearth of proper descriptions. Where is everybody? Just milling about in the clearing? Who and what is where and why? You should work on it a bit.

I also have to question your choice of setting it at the beginning of Hell's Highway. I can see why you didn't set it post-game, since it's pretty hard to get from Bastogne to Ponyville (MapQuest gives me nothing), but I certainly hope this won't end up a ripoff of The Night of Cop-Out Endings, or Blood, Guts, and Gimmicky Premises.

Spelling and grammar are lovely, in fact I'm fairly certain my eyes just orgasmed reading your wonderful wonderful words of pony.

You've earned yourself an upvote. Let's see how well you can keep it.

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Thanks for the constructive criticism, please keep it up as I do desperately need someone to do it.

So more description, ok I got that. Did everyone seem in character? I always had trouble with that for some reason.

The biggest reason I wanted it to be at the beginning of HH was so I could bring up Baker's conflicts with the past, the death pistol, and his slight insanity at seeing ghosts into play in this world.

Also, I usually write on word document before copying it onto the website. The grammar correction is much more helpful.

2874853 It's really too early to tell how in-character everyone is, considering most of what the characters say and do comes directly from Hell's Highway, but from what I've seen you're doing well so far.

They kept their eyes open for anything that looked out of the ordinary; but, as they went on, such sights became more and more common.

This is what I meant about the descriptions. What unusual things did they see? Blue flowers? A phoenix? Bette White dressed as a rabbi in blackface making out with Marlene Dietrich while the singer from The Cure throws burning marshmallows at them?

On Baker’s order, Courtland quietly checked to see if the door was locked and, upon discovering that it was, promptly kicked it in.

Very stealthy. Sam Fisher would be jealous.

The men looked over to see the corporal munching happily away at a set of what looked like a set of fresh cupcakes.

You've got mad characterization skills, man.

Well at least nothing got shot. nopony got shot.

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Alright, thanks. I'll make the adjustments when I can.

“I hope you’re right,” Corrion said as the two left the tent.
Walking out of the tent into the bright day, they passed another two soldiers talking. Again, one was a new guy, and the other was a D-Day veteran.

Looks like you forgot to hit "enter" the second time there because the line is indented but directly below the first.



Makes me want to get HH out to remember exactly what the characters looked like and sounded like, having not played the game in awhile you tend to forget details. :twilightsheepish:

2876701
Thanks for pointing that out.

Yea, I still love playing HH. Hell, I still have Road to Hill 30 and Earned in Blood. It's too bad the Bulge game is in development hell because they decided to try and make something like furious 4. Speaking of which, what the hell was gearbox thinking when they did that?

2876726 I dunno. But I loved HH, favourite WWII game I have for PS3.

Also I've edited my original comment for the post read, just a question you may want to think about. Now to read chapter 3.

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Thanks, you actually predicted what was going to happen with the cloud. I was saving that for when they first met Celestia, but oh well.

2876810 Looking good so far, someone already brought up some of the things I noticed, although the manticore is a bit cliché. At least it was killed off quite quickly.

So how many men are there? By the sounds of things I'd say the whole 502nd have landed in Equestria. That's a lot of man power, any combat that you've mentioned in the authors notes would be quite short lived being swords, lances, and crossbows vs machine guns, both light and heavy, (mounted on jeeps) rifles, submachine guns, grenades, and other equipment.

Hell they could probably take over Equestria with that sort of power.



As for Furious 4; well I just like to pretend it doesn't exist.

2876967
Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated.

Concerning the tech level first, I was going to have them fight against another faction who's weaponry was far more advanced, not 20th century but still guns, so I guess late 19th? I'm still working that part out as well as who they should fight. Should it be changelings, griffins, Germaneigh (please not the last one), what do you think?

That leads to the troop level. Yes, the entire 101 got stuck here, and yes I know the whole division didn't drop on the same day. So, around 20,000 at the time correct? (I'm planning on some big fights)

P.S. I hated the manticore part, too, which is why it was short. I just couldn't think of anything else in the forest they could kill with their current loadout and not knowing about what was going on.

2877073 The last one. :raritywink: Well Griffins or Changelings would be cliché as well, and Changelings wouldn't be able to use guns without the weapons being designed to be fired from their mouths. I have to ask, where would they have gotten such weapons?

Late 19th century could mean anything from bolt action rifles and revolvers to early machine guns, it's not something a nation develops overnight.

The whole 101st and not just the 502nd? Yeah, I guess about ~16k although I didn't really look it up to see exactly. Between the 101st, 82nd and 1st was around ~35k men plus tanks, artillery, jeeps and other equipment.

2877212
Ah, what the hell. I'll just do both.

I toyed with the idea of bringing the 82nd into this too (I really think they don't get enough credit) but I figured that would be too much.

2877328 Not really, with the 82nd it'd be closer to what you wanted.

I'm fairly sure that my 16k estimate for the 101st was quite generous.



It's a long, long way to Tipperary, but my heart's right there.

2877361
Really? Then prepare to meet the All-Americans!

P.S. I swear to god you're psychic. That's one of the songs I was going to use!

2877401 I love "It's A Long Way To Tipperary" how can you have a WWII fic without it? :rainbowwild:

Oh man just reading this makes me wanna play back all the BIA series at the hardest difficulty as Bulletproof Matt Baker.

Ok, I've never even heard of this game before, so I'm really hoping it's as non-fan friendly as it's claiming to be, cause I'd like to give it a read.

2878333
The game is basically like the 'Band of Brothers' TV series. It's very historically accurate, so non-gamers can probably read it without much trouble.

2878333 Dude you really should try this game. It's one of the best WW2 game in PS2 and PS3(in my opinion). Just check at google to find out more about this.

This is badass in the way of "how is Celestia gonna react to this shit?".

Just found out that the entire PC bundle of Brother in Arms series is on sale during Steam's Summer Sale for only $12.99, and I don't have the money until Friday for it. Fuck my life!

2876342 I notice you edited that part of the reply. No, it wasn't sarcasm. That... Really sounds like the sort of thing Zano would do.

2879154
Ah, ok thanks. I got the Fisher part, but I wasn't sure about the last one. Zano is always an odd character, he can be serious and angry at one point, then carefree the next. It also adds to the confusion that he's the oldest member of the squad (fact). He also comes from a Czech family and served with the French Foreign Legion at Narvik. His bio on the wiki has a long record.

2878772
Dude, that sucks. That's why a try to crazy hard to keep my PS2 games in good condition. God, I'd love it if they'd re-release Road to Hill 30 and Earned in Blood in HD for the next gen consoles.

Ok so my guess who the 82 were wrong then.
Which company was it that had the tanks in BIA again?
Also loved the crashed into a tree scene! I totally forgot about that till now. I forgot how hilarious that was!

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Neither division had tanks, I believe. The tanks from Hill 30 and EIB were from the 4th infantry and the tanks in HH were from the Irish Guards.

I love the tree scene, too. 'Nice work Red! You rammed into a German tree in the first day! You get your own squad!'

2881979
Oh yeah, it was the irish guard. You should try and make up an excuse to bring those guys in and have them fight a dragon or something!

Ehhhhhhhhhhh.... I'd say you rushed some parts of the interactions with the mane six.... by a lot.

“Our motto is ‘Rendezvous with Destiny’,” Courtland added on proudly. “Nickname: ‘Screamin’ Eagles’.”

2882492
I know, I try to leave some parts out so I can use them later. Still, I feel Baker's questioning went, ok. I hate that i'm seeing more and more HIE where they just flat out skip the parts where they explain the human world.

2882521 Oh, HECK YEAH! :yay: Epic song! :pinkiehappy:

damn it now I need to play HH... good story for now...

I'm enjoying this. :) well done!!

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