Rise Of The Reds is an expansion mod for Generals: Zero Hour that adds the Russian Federation, European Continental Alliance and is packed with overhauls and changes to the original factions. Whether it's steamrolling Russians, indomitable European defenders, American high-tech, Chinese strength in numbers or the brutal cunning of the GLA - Rise of the Reds has a faction for everyone's tastes - even to take your opponents on land, air and sea!

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Mere minutes after General Aleksandr received the news of the European nuclear attacks from Colonel Pushkin, he donned his trademark jumpsuit, put on his gasmask and quickly rehearsed a rallying speech for the Shock Divisions...

Posted by MARS2588 on Dec 20th, 2012

Germany, May 2048
Russian High Command HQ, Berlin

Mere minutes after General Aleksandr received the news of the European nuclear attacks from Colonel Pushkin, he donned his trademark jumpsuit, put on his gasmask and quickly rehearsed a rallying speech for the Shock Divisions. In the meantime, his troops were called to assemble in front of the command centre for the special announcement that would, in one way or another, have a major impact on the General's role within the Russian war effort. Moments later, the loudspeakers were primed, the men stood waiting and their mighty leader stepped forth on the balcony, flanked by two enormous screens that lit up with the looming image of his mask.

"My fellow comrades. I stand here to inform you of grave news from the frontline. On this day, our wretched enemies have crossed the point from which there is no return: In a desperate attempt to delay our inevitable triumph in France, they have launched a massed volley of nuclear warheads and killed thousands upon thousands of our fighting countrymen in the most vile and cowardly fashion imaginable. This is no longer war. This is cold-blooded murder. Until now, the war has been conducted with honour, bravery, for the ideals of truth and justice and in the best traditions of mankind - until - this - moment. My brothers...The endless catalogue of bestial foreign atrocities which will inevitably ensue from this appalling act must, can and will be terminated! The forces of darkness and the treasonable maggots who collaborate with them must, can and will be wiped from the face of the Earth! We must break them! We must crush them! We must eradicate them all! We, as the proudest, most vigilant defenders of our sacred Motherland, will not rest until the final victory has been achieved. Death...to the eternal enemy of Mother Russia. Death - Death - DEATH!!!"


The rest of Aleksandr's speech was drowned out by a chorus of mad, fanatical chants that sounded all the way through central Berlin like a hellish cult ritual, scaring the residents into submission even though they could not understand a single word. The scene was eerie, the air burning with a wild, primal hatred that manifested itself in ever-renewing waves of ferocious exhaltations: "Kill them all!", "Peace through power!" and "All hail Aleksandr!" were among the more prominent bits that the General could make out from the uproar. He enjoyed the scene for several minutes, revelling in the moment. Then, he slowly raised his hands as if to conclude the twisted ceremony with an ungodly blessing. Suddenly, a glorious fanfare of trumpets blared through the base's loudspeakers. Within an instant, the wild crowd went silent, came to attention and the fanfare was followed by the official battle anthem of the Shock Divisions, with all attendants joining their voices in a passionate, unified chorus:

Shock wave after shock wave,
shock wave after shock wave.
Blood and glory await us.
Our leader gave the order - and off we go!
Our black banners flying in the wind,
towards the battlefield.

Camp life made us friends
with you, Aleksandr.
Together, we charged into battle.
The enemy recalls with anguish
our triumph at Kurmuk,
where eagle and dragon fell.

For victory, for victory
Day and night we'll be fighting,
crossing blades with blades.
And the rain will not wash away,
on the mound and in the trench,
the blood of brothers and warriors!"


The Hague, a few days later
General Leonid Zhukov was an old, weary man. Alcoholism had long gotten the best of him and his lauded military victories during the Ukrainian crisis of 2036 had since been forgotten, as were his warnings during the lead-up to the invasion of Europe. Decimated during the costly battle against the war machine of General Willem van der Meer and the failed invasion of the United Kingdom, his proud 20th Army had been relegated to the sidelines of the conflict while the ruthless careerist Aleksandr and his brutal Shock Divisions claimed every victory that would rightfully belong to the actual Russian Army for themselves. Thus, it came as a big surprise to Zhukov when a messenger entered his headquarters in the Binnenhof, the abandoned Dutch parliament building that day and presented him with a personal letter from the highest authority:


The Eurocopter Tiger was first conceived as a joint venture between France and West Germany in the early 1980s. However, when the new helicopter started to see action during NATO operations in Afghanistan, a series of problems became apparent: The German UHT variant was designed as a missile-armed support helicopter for use against Soviet era tank armies and had to make do with a static 12.7mm gunpod rather than a proper autocannon turret, making it unsuitable for counter-insurgency operations. In addition, the wiring in these early models was flawed, forcing the Tigers to remain on the ground for most of the time. Whilst the French HAP variant fared better in combat and was used as the basis for additional export versions, the German Tigers would not receive the necessary upgrades for years due to a general neglect of military matters by the government and thus delivered an abysmal performance during the GLA's incursion into Central Europe in 2028. After the civilian governments of Europe had collapsed in the wake of the attack, the Bundeswehr assumed temporary control of Germany and proceeded to develop a new version to iron out these critical flaws: Commonly dubbed the 'Koenigstiger' by the Germans, the updated model was armed with two chin-mounted, high-capacity rocket pods linked to the pilot's HUD that could be aimed in the same way as a turret, allowing the Tiger to lay down a deadly accurate barrage of high-explosive/armour-piercing rockets in addition to taking on flying targets with Starstreak anti-air missiles. Further adding to the gunship's versatility, it is also able to deploy the Icarus baloon mine to lock down down the airspace above an area of operations. The new Tiger showed its superiority during Operation Nemesis and was soon adopted by both the ECA and, somewhat ironically, the French Army as well.


Named after a Slavonian infantry force from the 18th century, the Pandur III is the third generation of the eponymous family of wheeled combat vehicles in service of the Austrian Bundesheer. Whilst originally designed as an armoured personnel carrier, the European Continental Alliance has decided to fill this particular role with the Swedish-made Lynx Bandvagn, choosing the heavy weapons carrier variant of the highly versatile Pandur as its standard infantry fighting vehicle instead. As such, the ECA Pandur omits its troop carrying capabilities in favour of additional storage space for a variety of heavy weapons that can be installed on the turret and operated by a dedicated specialist infantryman ordered into the vehicle. These include a 20mm auto-cannon, a self-loading, four-barrelled set of Panzerfausts, a rapid-firing grenade machine gun, an extendable repair arm, medical supplies and a short-barrelled canister gun. Its steel-encased polymer armour protects the Pandur against smallarms fire and keeps it light enough to fully utilise the mobility of its six wheels, making it a useful addition to any mechanised force. Oddly enough for a vehicle originating from a landlocked country, the Pandur is also equipped with inflatable rubber skirts to traverse stretches of water, such as the Danube river that runs through northern Austria.


There's still a few days to go until Christmas, but you'll be getting some of your presents early this year, starting tomorrow, one box every day!

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SveaRikeSoldier
SveaRikeSoldier Dec 20 2012, 8:27am buried:

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Please dont rush the mod, take all the time you need. Those tiger stripes on the Tiger was a Nice touch. (also, that song was not inspiring, at all.)

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MARS2588 Author
MARS2588 Dec 20 2012, 9:01am replied:

It's the song of the Shock Troopers. Only a legitimate psychopath would be inspired by it :P

Also, 99% of the content planned for 1.8 is actually complete at this time. There's virtually nothing left that could be rushed.

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Woozle
Woozle Dec 20 2012, 9:49am replied:

Aleksandr really creeps me out.

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Mernom
Mernom Dec 21 2012, 1:27am replied:

so that means that it will be out soon?
is the ECA ready by gameplay means?

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Nuttah
Nuttah Dec 20 2012, 8:32am says:

One box every day? Then what have the last three updates been?

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C&C-Pickled
C&C-Pickled Dec 20 2012, 6:44pm replied:

They have been updates, but now we get presents :3

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[Beta]Imperator
[Beta]Imperator Dec 20 2012, 8:39am says:

Please dont let it escalate into a nuclear war or else the whole story has been for nothing!

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bsnighteye
bsnighteye Dec 20 2012, 9:00am replied:

It won't. You can read in the letter about Russian "Perimetr" system. It's automatic nuclear retaliation system. System gains info from all AMS in Russia, finds points of launches, calculates possible threat and unleashes certain amount of intercontinental ballistic missiles on country of aggression.

You can find in the net that such system exists for real.

That's how we in Russia contain the balance of nuclear parity. No winners.

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rick42
rick42 Dec 21 2012, 1:03am replied:

It was designed during the cold during the You blow up Stalingrad and we blow up Chicago that way we don't end the world with full out warfare.

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ComeradeStalin
ComeradeStalin Dec 21 2012, 2:28pm replied:

Wait, wait, wait. Russians are not going to nuke anyone? But why? I'm sure that balance demands at least 1-2 revenge nuclear strikes :D

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bsnighteye
bsnighteye Dec 21 2012, 3:13pm replied:

Well, as a thought of common sense, yes... and Europe became a nuclear playground. Real "Perimetr" (or how Americans call it "Dead Hand") works only in borders of Russia to protect cities. But nothing stops from using systems like "Iskander".
Will see how story will go...

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MARS2588 Author
MARS2588 Dec 20 2012, 9:13am replied:

It's going to get very dangerous; at least 'Cuban Missile Crisis' dangerous, but you can rest assured that this is not culminating in some grimdark 'everybody dies' sort of ending.

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((;^GrimReaper^;))
((;^GrimReaper^;)) Dec 20 2012, 10:23am replied:

gotta dumb question...when are the other factions (USA/GLA/China) going to get involved in the story line?I know china was mentioned a while ago in the story line but it wasn't any direct involvement.

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies! Dec 20 2012, 4:04pm replied:

I think China and America are discussing how batshit crazy everything has gotten.

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Briaya
Briaya Dec 20 2012, 10:42pm replied:

Well.. I am trying to figure if China would happy with WMDs used in the war in Europe, though they wont side with Russia either and will more likely disagree with Europe but invade Russia.. America probably would care less about it and more join in with Europe before anything spills over to them. The question is...when will the GLA see their enemies weakest and strike?

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies! Dec 21 2012, 12:06am replied:

Honestly, the GLA probably manipulated the heads of Russia and Europe indirectly to start the war in the first place.

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MARS2588 Author
MARS2588 Dec 21 2012, 1:18am replied:

It's not going to turn out like that. The GLA is dangerous, but contained in Central Africa. Allowing them to masterfully manipulate world leaders into WW3 without having them notice it after knowing and fighting against the GLA for decades at this point would be giving them too much credit. From a narrative standpoint, it'd also seem like a lame, smoothed-edged cop-out, as it basically amounts to saying 'See? Neither the Russians NOR the Europeans are truly to blame for this! It was those angry desert folks all along!'

While the GLA will once get some limelight after the Russo-European War - yeah, bit of a spoiler: You'll see how the war ends and the story continues afterwards - they are not the ones pulling anyone's strings. Cos that'd make everyone else look like a total idiot because these cartoonishly aggressive, blatantly evil terrorists somehow managed to fool the entire world again after ALL that's happened in Gens/ZH and afterwards.

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Iscariot24
Iscariot24 Dec 20 2012, 8:57am says:

Where I cn find a High Resolution image of General Aleksandr on top of article?

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rkraptor70
rkraptor70 Dec 20 2012, 9:08am says:

"Peace through power!"

I'm sensing Nod infiltration.

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rkraptor70
rkraptor70 Dec 20 2012, 9:14am replied:

Now that I think of it, could it be that General Aleksandr is actually Kane wearing a wig? The cult-like nature of the Shock trooper surly reminds me a LOT of the brotherhood.

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rkraptor70
rkraptor70 Dec 20 2012, 9:19am replied:

Then again, Kane is too badass to were a wig.

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Woozle
Woozle Dec 20 2012, 9:50am replied:

I honestly think that Aleksandr is the generals version of Kane. His shock divisions really remind me of the brotherhood in their ruthlessness and utter disregard for losses.

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Reborn:X
Reborn:X Dec 20 2012, 10:38am replied:

He's more of a 1984's typical Ingsoc general mixed with with some C&C Brotherhood of Nod ideology.

Which is kind of based on the Red Army of the WWII and it's war crimes. Nothing new honestly as psychopathic officers were and still are common within the Russian army

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Alguien
Alguien Dec 20 2012, 11:13am replied:

He is nothing like Kane, he is just a psychopath with a big ego, his strategy is unsound and his tactics aren't really better.

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Reborn:X
Reborn:X Dec 20 2012, 11:27am replied:

Yeah, brutality and massed human wave assaults with total disregard for any war laws or conventions is totally outdated I would say.

His tactics are like WWII tactics IMHO.

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DragonNOR
DragonNOR Dec 20 2012, 9:51am replied:

But definately sneaky enough to wear a gasmask :O

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H3adSh00t
H3adSh00t Dec 20 2012, 9:09am says:

I want the big box :p

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CaptainIstvan
CaptainIstvan Dec 20 2012, 9:43am says:

good to know the the nukes are in the dependable hands of Zhukov not like that crazed Aleksandr

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qpac
qpac Dec 20 2012, 10:07am says:

That speech is inspired by the one from 1984, if I recall correctly.

Youtube.com

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MARS2588 Author
MARS2588 Dec 20 2012, 10:24am replied:

Someone has a sharp eye for classic dystopian references. Thumbs up.

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Reborn:X
Reborn:X Dec 20 2012, 10:31am says:

That was a nice photoshop job out of US Navy EOD operatives.

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ubermensche
ubermensche Dec 20 2012, 10:40am says:

"These include a 20mm auto-cannon, a self-loading, four-barrelled set of Panzerfausts, a rapid-firing grenade machine gun, an extendable repair arm, medical supplies and a short-barrelled canister gun."

This thing is a fvcking behemoth on wheels! Gosh it will be fun to crush conscripts with it. :D

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rkraptor70
rkraptor70 Dec 20 2012, 10:45am replied:

You do realize that it use only one of those weapons at a time?

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V.Metalic
V.Metalic Dec 20 2012, 11:46am says:

Interesting that Aleksandr is saying "ECA is violating national law" when his "Shock Divisions are committing worst of crimes such as killing medics in cold blood". But when this is normal for even, even when he calls it "honorable", what else can you expect from this madman?

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MARS2588 Author
MARS2588 Dec 20 2012, 11:54am replied:

Aleksandr has clearly internalised the concept of Doublethink: Violating international law is 'honourable' if his Shock Troopers do it, but if the ECA launches a nuke to stop them, it's an appalling act.

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fenneck89[GER]
fenneck89[GER] Dec 20 2012, 12:30pm says:

Again a german Masterpiece in ECA's Army!!!

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toxictouch
toxictouch Dec 20 2012, 2:32pm says:

SO WE GET 1.8 ON CRHISTMAS?

YES YES YES

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Drunken_Soviet
Drunken_Soviet Dec 20 2012, 3:07pm says:

I wonder what Alexandrs voice sounds like?

My best guess is that his voice sounds like a Helghan Trooper from Killzone, or Vladimir Makarov from MW2 + MW3

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Alguien
Alguien Dec 20 2012, 3:57pm replied:

He probably sounds like a nerd without the gas mask taking on his description without it

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KananTheViking
KananTheViking Dec 20 2012, 3:49pm says:

You should make the ECA's infantry Anthem "Dance with Jak 'O' the Shadows".
If you dont recognize it google it, i think it would be fitting if some of the lyrics were slightly altered.

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toxictouch
toxictouch Dec 20 2012, 9:18pm says:

I'm not asking for the typical America saves the day scenario

but PLEASE have the U.S.A. help out Great Britain at least:/

you can't let your mother die alone!

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rick42
rick42 Dec 21 2012, 1:07am says:

If ECA uses nukes China must get pretty mad and get a more powerful nuke. Or... would they just sit back during the war and take what is left after the war before the GLA?

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AirborneSn1p3r
AirborneSn1p3r Dec 21 2012, 6:50am says:

its times like this im glad its christmas :)

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