The Great Patriotic War
Posted 24 January 2010 - 10:03 PM
On January 1945 the Auschwitz main camp, the Birkenau death camp and the Monowitz labor camp were liberated by soldiers of the Soviet Union. In tribute to the Red Army 4's years of war efforts to liberate Eastern Europe from Fascism, we have a new mission map : The Great Patriotic War
The map simulates what was the largest and most costly offensive in human history. The player will control the Soviet forces and has to first halt and then later defeat the German invaders in several phases.
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Posted 26 January 2010 - 04:06 PM
The Germans are attacking your Western Front from the north, the center and the south. The Stavka has many communication problems and the Mechanised Corps are not under your control.
Your first mission is to build up a reserve force with conscripts, AT men and artillery and prepare the defense of Moscow.
PHASE 2: THE BATTLES OF SMOLENSK & KHARKOV
The Germans have conquered the cities of Riga, Minsk and Kiev. The Soviet losses are high and it seems the Fascists are going to roll over Smolensk & Kharkov. The Stavka put you in charge to organize a counter attack with the new T-34 tanks from the Kharkov and Stalingrad factories. But it might be wise to ignore Stalin’s order and save your tanks for the Battle of Moscow. Your Choice commander.
PHASE 3 THE DEFENSE OF MOSCOW
The German OKH ordered Army Group Center to attack Moscow. The German flanks are not well protected so you can mass troops north and south of Moscow and launch a counter attack using T-34s from Stalingrad and with the help of the Far East reinforcements just arriving in Moscow.
PHASE 4 THE SOVIET COUNTER OFFENSIVE
After relieving Moscow you can push back the Germans and liberate Smolensk and Kharkov. For a while it may appear that the Wehrmacht will be defeated. But don’t make the mistake the Soviets did during the winter of 1941-42. The OKH ordered a “Stand-fast” policy and the German troops at the front held the line. Be prepared for the German summer offensive of 1942.
PHASE 5 THE GERMAN ADVANCE ON STALINGRAD
Spring 1942 the Wehrmacht launched Operation Blau to conquer the Caucasus oil fields. Your mission will be to defend Stalingrad and its precious T-34 factory.
The NKVD could take control over the Urals plants for this cause. Operations on a large scale are in preparation. You’ll have to do your best to save Stalingrad with the units you have.
PHASE 6 OPERATION URANUS
November 1942 you receive massive reinforcements from the Moscow area (Operation Mars) and the Stalingrad area (Operation Uranus). You should encircle and destroy the German 6th Army in Stalingrad. The best Generals should be able to push back the Germans from the USSR.
PHASE 7 THE BATTLE OF KURSK
July 1943 the Wehrmacht and the SS Divisions are massing troops in the Kursk area. They will push east towards Moscow. If you can build a solid defense in front of Moscow (AT guns and artillery) and keep your tanks standing by to flank the attackers from the north and the south, your chances are good to defeat the German attack.
From there time is on your side comrade! The Allies have landed in Italy and will land in Normandy in June 1944, forcing the Germans to transfer troops from the Eastern Front to the West.
Very good players could win this mission in late 1943 or 1944 but most will have to wait until April 1945 to be able to walk into the streets of Berlin.
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Estimate completion time: 120 - 140 min
Happy new year! Neo
p.s. Thanks to Dirty Harry & Korona for their contributions.
Posted 27 January 2010 - 05:13 AM
For those who fail...don't worry...your just part of the 90% of the player who have to play it more than once to achieve their goal! (and btw, i succeed only in my 3rd try with a victory as late as may 1945 )
This post has been edited by Neo: 27 January 2010 - 05:15 AM