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Germany, April 29, 2049 Charlottenburg, Berlin. "New target: Infantry fighting vehicle, two o' clock, seven-hundred metres!", tank commander Jennifer Wagner relayed to her crew as she peeked out of the open top hatch of her Leopard 3A2 battle tank after her optics had been damaged by a barrage of 30mm rounds. They had come from a Russian BTR combat vehicle down the boulevard. The loader prepared a high-explosive anti-tank shell while the gunner brought the Leopard's mighty 125mm smoothbore...

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Germany, April 29, 2049
Charlottenburg, Berlin


"New target: Infantry fighting vehicle, two o' clock, seven-hundred metres!", tank commander Jennifer Wagner relayed to her crew as she peeked out of the open top hatch of her Leopard 3A2 battle tank after her optics had been damaged by a barrage of 30mm rounds. They had come from a Russian BTR combat vehicle down the boulevard. The loader prepared a high-explosive anti-tank shell while the gunner brought the Leopard's mighty 125mm smoothbore cannon to bear on the target. "Now, blast that fuckin' thing!", Wagner exclaimed into her headset as she slammed her fist on the roof of the tank while shielding herself behind the armoured hatch, before the deafening report of the gun shook the entire vehicle.


Seconds later, General Orlov and his men hit the ground and covered their heads as the shell found its mark: The BTR fighting vehicle behind them was smashed open by the impact and jets of flame burst out of the vehicle's hatches as they got blown off. The sound of cooking ammunition was accompanied by the brief, horrifying screams of the three crewmen inside, who had not managed to evacuate their vehicle from its fortified position in time when the German tanks swung into the main street ahead.

"This is useless, General! They're chewing us up!", said Captain Sasha Dimitriyev while he picked himself up from the pavement and clapped the dirt off his battle dress. Four days earlier, the European Continental Army had initiated its much anticipated offensive on Berlin, where General Aleksandr rallied his troops for a final stand. With the city's outskirts surrounded by several divisions of German, French, British and other Western troops and American fighter-bombers dominating the skies, it would only be a matter of hours until the German capital would be liberated. Three years ago, the Europeans had held onto the vital city for over a week and even after high command had given the order to retreat, a crack detachment of German troops put up a fanatical last stand in the government district that lasted for more than sixty hours before their positions were overwhelmed. Now, their defiant resistance provided a vital moral boost to the Europeans, who were determined to retake Berlin before General Aleksandr and his forces would have the chance to beat that record, no matter the cost.

"This is Oryol to Chernobog, please come in", General Orlov spoke into the radio while the opponents continued to converge on his field command post on the Ernst Reuter Square in in the west of the city. "Come in, Chernobog...For fuck's sake! Aleksandr! Do - you - read!?"
"The lunatic isn't answering our calls", noted Sasha while he stocked up on magazines and grenades. The Germans were making a relentless advance on the Russian line and their assets were numerous: Leopard tanks, Panther IFVs and Panzergrenadiers - it seemed as if the entire hardened remnant of the Bundeswehr was bearing down on Orlov and his men. But the seasoned General remained calm even under this onslaught, for he had seen worse during his ill-fated journey to Africa - and unlike the GLA, surrendering to European regulars was at least an alternative. He peeked through his binoculars to assess the situation when a disturbing sight caught his eye: Amidst the rubble of bombed out buildings and black clouds of smoke, he could see a company of young Russian infantrymen running straight towards the tanks with little more than AKs and RPGs.

"What are these boys doing out there? Who is in charge of that unit?", the General wondered in shock as he failed to recognise the soldiers as proper regulars; they looked untrained, disoriented and much too young; frightened. Many of them were probably just a mere 18 years old at most.
"Must be another batch of rookies that came with the reinforcements this morning", Sasha replied. "Look, Sir, that man in their middle - it's a Shock Trooper!"
"This is insanity! That bastard Aleksandr is herding them straight into the meat grinder! Someone tell them to get the hell out of our line of fire immediately!"

The conscripts ran out onto the boulevard under a hail of gunfire from both sides while the Shock Trooper kept pushing them: "This is your opportunity to prove your worth to the glorious General Aleksandr! You came here today as boys but you will return from this field of honour as men!"
One of these regrettable soldiers in name only took up position in a crater and shouldered his rocket launcher, an old surplus RPG-7 with a single-stage HEAT warhead, while the advancing tanks and Panzergrenadiers drew near. He aimed for the turret ring of the menacing Leopard and fired. The rocket sped towards the tank, but went off course and demolished an abandoned café instead.

Meanwhile, Wagner signalled one of the foot soldiers over to her. "What are your orders, Frau Hauptmann?", the sergeant asked anxiously as he hitched a brief ride on top the tank which moved forward at a slow, cautious pace.
"Be advised, we're gonna cut a breech through that infantry up ahead. Have your men push forward immediately afterwards and leave the rest of your platoon to cover us as we roll on!"
"Will do, Frau Hauptmann!", the sergeant confirmed before he jumped off and rejoined his men in the attack. "Weber and Demir, move up to the leading Leopard and close the flanks! Seidel, Brunner and Peters, rally your groups on me and prepare for assault!"
"Driver, halt! New target: Infantry with AT weapons, out in the open, eleven o' clock, one hundred meters!", Wagner instructed her crew. "Load canister - Feuer frei!"


The tank returned fire and a wave of steel balls swept across the street. Half of the conscripts out in front went down bleeding and screaming in pain while some of the survivors panicked and tried to run, only to get picked off by the Shock Trooper. "Deserters and traitors will be executed! Your weakness is a disgrace to the leader! You can die a coward, or die a hero with your hands around the throats of these Western bandits!", he yelled out in a vain attempt at inspiring his hapless subordinates through sheer intimidation. As their enemies drew closer, the conscripts opened up with their assault rifles. Some of them burned through the entire magazine out of pure desperation while others simply froze up in fear, unable to even disengage the safety. The soldier with the rocket launcher fired another round directly at the advancing tank, whose reinforced nanofoam/composite armour absorbed the impact with seemingly no effect. Realising the hopelessness of the situation, the young man dropped his weapon and curled up in the crater weeping until he simply disappeared underneath the massive steel collossus.

One after another, the conscripts got picked off by the advancing infantry or surrendered before them. It was at this point when the Shock Trooper quietly abandoned the unit and ran towards Orlov's position, waving his arms to identify himself as a friendly.
Without comment, Orlov handed the binoculars over to Sasha as he set eyes upon this cowardly sham of a man. He walked straight towards the Trooper and knocked him to the ground with his own rocket rifle, grabbed his right leg and stomped on his knee, producing an audible crack.
"You got these kids into this mess - You wasted their lives for your 'leader' and now you're gonna stay here and die as well, you disgusting pig!"
The older soldiers of Orlov's unit observed the morbid scene in a collective spirit of silent agreement. After four years of brutal atrocities and countless instances of Shock Divisions snatching victories from the Russian Army to claim them as their own, the regular rank-and-file troops of the Federation had come to despise Aleksandr and his murdering horde of savages as much as the Europeans did - perhaps even more so. They all remembered the pyrrhic victory over the Be-Ne-Lux countries, the blood-soaked failure of the invasion of England and the haunting memories of ECA Operation Pandora; now, the second battle of Berlin marked the point at which many Russian soldiers decided to no longer tolerate the leadership of the masked psychopath. By now, they all just fought for their own survival and hoped for something, anything, to finally put an end to this fight which had lost its purpose long ago.

Orlov stood above the wounded man and quietly watched him roll on the ground in agony, clutching at the fractured bone that protruded out of his trouser leg in a rather grotesque manner. He knew that the Europeans would either shoot him on the spot or go out of their way hang him from the nearest lamp post the instant they recognised him as a Shock Trooper. After a long moment of tense silence amidst the carnage of war, Sasha slowly approached his long-known superior and put his hand on his shoulder.
"Sir......The men and I will not begrudge you for what you just did, but you have to make a decision. This position will be overrun within the next few minutes. What shall we do?"
"I want you to fall back to the bridge at the Charlottenburg Gate and demolish it to delay their advance", Orlov ordered in a thoughtful tone as if he was improvising a new plan on the fly. "Once you are done, I want you to take the men to safety. Fall back behind the Polish border or surrender to a European patrol, it's your call. Tell everyone on your way to either follow you or make their own decision. If any of Aleksandr's people try to stop you, kill them. They will not keep us from ending this bloodshed here and now, is that understood, Captain Dimitriyev?"
"Understood, Comrade General...But, with due respect, what'll become of you?"
"I will confront him", the General replied stoically and walked off to the east, towards the Spreebogen, where General Aleksandr's supreme headquarters was located. The hour of truth had come.


There are not many things that produce such profound feelings of terror and fear as the sight of a comrade's face exploding into a mass of red mist, followed by the delayed sound of a high-calibre rifle shot from far, far away. The ECA Heavy Snipers are long-range marksmanship experts and masters at this particularly insidious combat style. Armed with a high-powered AW50 anti-materiel rifle, these elite sharpshooters can cause catastrophic damage to personnel and light armoured vehicles alike once set up. Due to their costly equipment and extensive training, skilled sharpshooters have become a rare asset for the Europeans during the war. The UK Special Forces command still has the capacities for large scale sniper operations and lends its services extensively to General Charles Cutting of the British Army in support of the war effort.

The Recycler Truck is a rugged, heavy duty engineering vehicle that is typically used by GLA salvage parties, informally known as 'scrap vultures' in the African territories, who scour the battlefield at night after the fighting has moved on in search for anything valuable that might be extracted from vehicle wreckages such as armour plates, weapons, munitions or machine parts. The GLA is known to inspect these components with great curiosity and reconfigure them for their own use against their previous owners. As of v1.85, Tier 1 and Tier 2 units of all factions will leave a special type of salvage crate for GLA players to recover using the Recycler Truck, which is available at the Hideout at Tier 1. It should be noted that these trucks also have a manually triggered repair ability which allows them to maintain friendly vehicles in the field. Reverse engineering a special salvage crate will grant the GLA access to upgrades which can then be individually applied to a Recycler Truck or a certain unit. We will show you the various upgrades to the Recycler and other GLA vehicles over the coming weeks.

And as always I would like to remind all of you out there that there will be another livestream on this Sunday (November 16th) on Hechthor Doomhammers Twitch Channel
Also incase you missed the stream of last week its now availible on our youtube channel: Part 1 Part 2
Countdown untill the stream starts: Goo.gl

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TeutonicKnigth125
TeutonicKnigth125

Berlin is (almost) back to control of the ECA again! HOORAY!

Loved the story. AND FINALLY THERES A PREVIEW OF THE GLA RECYCLER AT LAST!

Im hyped for 1.85.

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Nuttah
Nuttah

Panther IFVs? What's that? Something new and shiny, or did someone get auto corrected and gave me a whole bunch of false hope?

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Woozle
Woozle

Theres quite a bit of that here, 125mm cannons on leopards"BTR fighting vehicles".

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Nuttah
Nuttah

Leo is stated to have both a 120, and a 125 on its RWiki page, and also: Moddb.com
So 2-1, I'm calling 125.

Maybe they did go make a bigger gun for it. Towards the end of the Cold War, they were planning on givin the real Leo3 a 140, if I remember correctly. Or even the 2. But in the end, they just lengthened the gun by 11 calibres and nothing else was needed at that point.
And BTRs are a confirmed part of the background of the game, with the latest real versions having 30s. Heck, if it was a BTR-T, the 30mm would've been the least of their worries.
Sure, they're APCs for Russians, but ask a Westerner...that's an IFV.
Or, if you're commenting on redundancies: Different languages, so it doesn't really say IFVFV.

Also worth noting, though probably useless with the commander outside; Most tanks have infantry radios on the back of the hull, or turret. But if you were going for the latter, they might as well talk face to face at that point.

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MARS2588
MARS2588

ECA Leopards in this setting do officially have Western-made 125mm guns, simply because everything seems to tend towards 'bigger and meaner' in the setting. The hints at the BTR and a Panther IFV were also included on purpose, in order to foreshadow future Generals exclusives. As for the infantry radios on tanks, they did appear on Brit Challengers in an earlier update, but I wanted to have something more immediate and gripping than a bloke phoning it in behind a tank in this scene, because it maintains the urgency and the momentum of the action when the guy hops onto the turret to talk to the commander, like in that final battle scene in Saving Private Ryan with the Tiger tank.

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TeutonicKnigth125
TeutonicKnigth125

>Panther IFVs
>BTRs

Cant wait for 2.0!

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Nuttah
Nuttah

*squees like a little girl for half an hour*
So what exactly is a Panther? I've never heard it mentioned before, though, going by context I can only figure Wolfgang.
Official name for a Lynx replacement?

BTR, I guess will be granted to the Spetznatz. Specific variant? 80? 90? I figure it's the latter, given the 30mm gun, and the 80 usually has a KPVT.

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Woozle
Woozle

Its incorrect to call any model of BTR an IFV, that is not their role, BTR's role is fast troop transport, it gets in, drops off the troops, and gets out, BTRs do not have enough armor or firepower for infantry support operations.

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Nuttah
Nuttah

Yes, and, depending on the version, it's pretty much equivalent to most western IFVs in equipment, and would definitely be treated as such.
Or, as Pentagon Wars put it: Youtube.com

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Woozle
Woozle

The only one equivalent to western IFVs is the BTR-90 and that one has only 30 examples in service because the BMP-2/3 could do all of its jobs better. The rest of them are armed with a 14.5mm machine gun or a single 30mm cannon, and the 30mm armed version BTR-82As are just coming into service now.

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Ehd420
Ehd420

Does this mean that GLA vehicles can no longer grab salvage on their own?

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Guest
Guest

No. The salvage crates used for the Recycler are different from the crates that are currently in the game. You can still drive your vehicles over a generic salvage pile to get that instant upgrade. However, the salvage upgrades that belong to the Recycler mechanic also give you functional changes.

-MARS2588 (that silly comment function...)

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QuoNiam
QuoNiam

But the most ironic is the GLA tier 1 salvage crate that allows to transform any Recycler into a normal salvage crate distributor ! So you can have an infinity of regular slavage for your units, when you pick up a GLA tier 1 salvage !

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WNxHeadShot
WNxHeadShot

Nice reading, I loved it.

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Dead|Wing
Dead|Wing

Probably the only one who isn't enjoying the story element anymore, it has become a tad predictable and typical. My opinion of course.

However, the content updates are still fantastic!

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Admiral*Alex
Admiral*Alex

The last lore update with a showcase was about the ECA moments away from launching this counter-attack, so at the moment it is expected but Mars still has a few tricks up his sleeve like Hunter.

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies!

Well, they're modders not writers. The story has been typical and predictable from the beginning. From the bad dialogue to the cliche "Our time is now" style speeches, it's bad writing all together.

Buuuut...

At least we get some eye candy with it.

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Dead|Wing
Dead|Wing

While I don't consider the writing "bad" per se, I find that the tedium of your typical hypothetical World War III story is beginning to wear through. From radical Russians committing atrocious war crimes and strategically diabolocal (e.g. the Battle for Britain) acts, to an unbloodied America saving the day and winning air dominance for the entirety of Europe (up to the reader to decide whether that is a cliché in itself, or an overused stereotype) right up to the point where the ECA as an alliance is alluded to as being shady yet every questionable act it commits is generally overwritten as justified steps given the situation. Sadly these events only serve to accentuate the stereotypes the mod initially tried to escape. Of course it is only a game, and I truly do appreciate Mars' efforts to give a good back story, and really, the only reason I care is because I genuinely enjoy(ed) the lore anyway.

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MARS2588
MARS2588

I never pretended that the story wasn't pulpy as hell, but in the end, it is only there to provide some narrative context for the things that we put in the game because we found that it adds an additional layer of interest for most people. It plays with cliches, subverts some while embracing others and in the end, it can only be as 'good' or 'bad' as the precepts of the setting and premise allow us. This -is- after all still a C&C game. Also, I do have to admit that crafting a story in this particular mode of presentation is not easy because you have to do everything in somewhat self-contained sections that get their point across quickly so that it all fits into an update. It does does not really allow for a whole lot of subtlety or detailed exposition because it would simply be too slow and 'tl;dr'. With a novel, you can work on it at your own pace and develop it to a full story beginning to end before you ever show it to someone else but an update-driven story develops as the mod does.

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Dead|Wing
Dead|Wing

Yah, well put. What I found well played\written in the original General's campaigns was the cleverly created undertones from what was generally considered a cheesy franchise. Of course this was gathered during the actual play through itself, and not from written reports.

There was a certain subtle message in the campaigns (generated, I believe, by the irl Iraqi Freedom) that a lot of people probably miss today. Certainly hard to reproduce anyway.

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teslashark
teslashark

Think of the ROTR-verse of Russia as run by not-so-blatantly-Nazi ROA skinheads...

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Dead|Wing
Dead|Wing

How original...

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MARS2588
MARS2588

@teslashark
The Shock Divisions perhaps but Russia as a whole? No, most certainly not.

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teslashark
teslashark

Well, I was listening to Crimson's Conscript and Buratino lines, so I thought something must have brought out the inner piece-of-garbage inside everyone.

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MARS2588
MARS2588

@Spudd
As I see it, Generals had that kind of appeal because it was 'supposedly' inspired by all those topical things like Al Qaeda terrorists, weapons of mass destruction, the impending Iraq war etc whilst its depiction of these 'themes' was quite exaggerated, one sided and cheesy. It was, in a sense, like a mild exploitation flick based around the hot button buzzwords of the early 2000s. A sandbox with colourful army man figures with a setting that pretended to be all edgy and sensationalist about the war on terror when it really had what people nowadays would call a Michael Bay or modern Call of Duty vibe. That's what made it distinct.

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Orange_Tomato
Orange_Tomato

Well Russia isn't that much different from all the "evil russians" tropes nowadays with the Ukraine Crisis and general political behaviour.

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The_Freedom_Fighter
The_Freedom_Fighter

So Alex's Shock Troopers are playing commissars now? This guys sure is backwards...

"Glory to the first man to die! CHARGE!!!"

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teslashark
teslashark

Maybe they are more like hoodlum clique leaders...

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INCREDIBILIS
INCREDIBILIS

Failure is death, Victory is life!

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renzjericho
renzjericho

Best reading this story while listening to ROTR ECA Soundtracks (or whatever the game it came from is called). Guess Aleksandr is the Modern Times Stalin.

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teslashark
teslashark

Aleks = Moskvin + Yuri + EVERYONE PLAYING ANY C&C

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Apalis
Apalis

Oh my god.. its happening!

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Ncling
Ncling

Imagine putting the heavy sniper in the PandursIFVs and use them to snipe out enemy artillery.......

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MARS2588
MARS2588

Sniper Pandurs will not be able to outrange artillery...However, putting Snipers in Pandurs basically eliminates the Sniper's main drawback in that he needs to go prone and stabilise in order to fire - Not necessary when you put him inside a Pandur.

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Mernom
Mernom

can they shoot from buildings?

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Ncling
Ncling

ECA snipers can't stealth right like pathfinders and Jarmen Kell, right?

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Sgt_6adoel
Sgt_6adoel

Nice to see the new render, great work :)

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TheNodCommander
TheNodCommander

Uh oh, things are about to get real from Orlov!

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paradig124
paradig124

its the final countdown

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LordOfCommanders09
LordOfCommanders09

Someone is gonna die tonight

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eil
eil

IMO ECA Heavy Snipers should be an "update", like with other factions(USA Pathfinders for ex)= to get them player should select a Spec Ops drop generals power.

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willychong8921
willychong8921

I hope this story will not turned out as we all would expected...... i hope, I read more Tom Clancy Boy Fantasy bullcrap already......

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celticknight
celticknight

I wonder if BTRs will be included.

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