The Let's Play Archive

Command & Conquer: Red Alert

by Jobbo_Fett

Part 15: Soviet Mission 01 "Lesson in Blood"

Soviet Mission 01
Soviet Mission 01

Near Torun, as per the briefing.

Location: Torun, Poland
Objective: Kill everyone in the village.

Briefing: A pitiful excuse for resistance has blockaded itself in this village. Stalin has decided to make an example of them. Kill them all and destroy their homes. You will have Yak aircraft to use in teaching these rebels a lesson.

Author's note: A nice introductory level for the Soviet campaign, showing off their airpower and the ability to drop paratroopers, and the volatility of Grenadiers.

Name: Joseph Stalin
Aliases: Unknown
Affiliation: Soviet
Occupation: Leader of the Soviet Union
Voiced/Played by: Gene Dynarski

Name: Gradenko
Aliases: Unknown
Affiliation: Soviet
Occupation: Commander(?)
Voiced/Played by: Alan Terry

Name: Unknown
Aliases: Unknown
Affiliation: Soviet
Occupation: Unknown
Voiced/Played by: Andrea Robinson

RANGE: Short
WEAPON: Grenade
The Grenadier has a longer range and more destructive power than regular infantry. In groups, Grenadiers are effective against heavily armored units and structures.

Author's Note: Oh... the Grenadier has a longer range alright! Kind of funny that the manual doesn't mention how volatile they are.

RANGE: Short
ARMOR: Light
WEAPON: Twin machine-guns
Sometimes called the “Infantry Eraser,” the Yak fires in strafing runs, swooping down on groups of marching infantry, potentially destroying them all in a single run. The Yak is not that fast, making it an easy target for Allied Rocket Soldiers – those that actually survive the first strafing run.

Author's Note: The basic aircraft for the Soviets, they suffer from issues regarding targeting in this engine, meaning that, when possible, its better to target something in the middle of a group to maximize effect.

ARMOR: Light
WEAPON: Dropped bombs &
The Badger Bomber is the transport plane used for dropping Paratroopers and Parachute Bombs onto a designated target. It is somewhat slow, and its lack of armor can make it a snack for any enemy AA-guns that may be guarding the target.

Author's Note: A unit that can never be built or selected by the player. They do, however, paradrop Soviet units into combat.

ARMOR: Heavy
PURPOSE: Builds & reloads airplanes
The Airfield allows construction of MIG and Yak planes, and allows access to Paratroopers, Parachute bombs, and Spy Planes. Only one plane is allowed per Airfield that has been constructed. If an in-use Airfield is destroyed while its associated plane is still in the air, the plane will crash.

Author's Note: A solid building that should ALWAYS be built if possible. We won't see some of these functions for a little bit, but they vastly increase the amount of harassment a player can do with them.