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Red Guard
Gen1 Red Guard
Unit
Affiliation

China

Role

Anti-infantry infantry

Armament

Semi-automatic rifle (Type 63 or Type 56 rifle)

Protection

Low

Properties
Hit points

120

Armour type

Human Armor

Production
Cost
  • $300
  • $350 (General Tao)
  • $375 (General Kwai)
Build time

0:10

Produced by

China Barracks

Hotkey

r

Combat
Ground attack

15 (Small Arms)

Cooldown

1000

Speed

25 (15 if badly wounded)

Attack range
  • 100
  • 5 (capture building)
Sight range

100-200

Function
Upgrades
Gen1 Red Guard Training Icons
Red Guard Training
Gen1 Capture Building Icons
Capture Building
Gen1 Nationalism Icon
Nationalism
Abilities
Gen1 Capture Building Icons
Capture Building
Notes
  • Strong vs infantry
  • Weak vs tanks
We stand together!
- Red Guards entering the battlefield
Gen1 Red Guard Icons

The Red Guard was the basic infantry of the Chinese Army.

Background

Defenders of peace!
- The Red Guards' job description.

Chinese infantry combat docterine dictates that rifleman should emphasize on accuracy and firepower, rather than rate of fire. As a result, aged but reliable semi-automatic rifles, like type 56 semiautomatic rifle (Licensed copy of Soviet SKS) are kept as standard issues for basic PLA soldiers well into the 21st century. In game, those semi-automatic rifles can indeed deal more damage per shot than M16s and AK47s used by rival forces.

Their low rate of fire was countered by numbers, as they were trained in pairs at a Barracks or deployed in fireteams of eight with each Troop Crawler at the China War Factory. They could also garrison buildings and be trained to capture buildings at a Barracks. In groups of 5 or more, Red Guard would experience a 'Horde Effect' that greatly boosted morale and, by extension, fighting prowess.

Note that General Shin Fai does not deploy standard Red Guard infantrymen. Fai equips his Red Guard with much more effective miniguns. These "Mini-Gunners" were more expensive, but could deal greater damage and attack aircraft. Due to the prohibitive cost of their weapons, only one was trained at a time.

Abilities

We will claim it for China!
- Red Guard capturing buildings
Gen1 Capture Building Icons
Capture Building Allows Red Guard to capture neutral and hostile structures.

Upgrades

Nationalism will bring us victory!
- Red Guards talking about the Nationalism upgrade
Gen1 Red Guard Training Icons Red Guard Training All Red Guards were built as veterans. Purchasable at the General's promotion menu by generals of any rank.
Gen1 Capture Building Icons Capture Building Trained Red Guards to capture enemy and neutral structures. Purchasable any Barracks for a cost of $1000.
Gen1 Nationalism Icon Nationalism Red Guards' horde bonus was increased by 25%. Purchasable at the Propaganda Center for a cost of $2000.

Game unit

Strategy

Foreign devils!
- Red Guards engaging enemies of China

As they were so quick to train, they could be deployed in sufficient numbers to overwhelm enemy infantry by attrition, particularly early in a conflict. They were particularly effective against GLA Terrorist rushes, as Chinese generals would not be able to have a sufficiently effective counter against them until they had established a War Factory.

Red Guard could also be used to cheaply give a horde bonus to Tank Hunters by keeping them together in large squads. This made it more difficult for the enemy to break the bonus or target just the Tank Hunters. Care had to be taken to ensure that the faster Red Guard did not separate from the Tank Hunters while moving or fighting. In sufficient numbers with the horde effect they were surprisingly fast at taking down structures, making them a cheap alternative to destroying buildings if no tank hunters are on hand.

When playing as General Kwai, it is more cost effective to train them from the warfactory rather than from the barracks, both due to the higher cost of infantry and also thanks to the lower cost of his vehicles.

Counters

China, save us!
- A dying Red Guard

Individually, Red Guard were a poor match for the infantry of other factions. As with all, they were easy prey for anti-infantry weapons such as the Quad Cannon. Flash-bang grenades could easily dispatch Red Guards, as they often clumped together to provide Horde bonuses. Toxin weaponry also took their toll on them, since Red Guards lacked any kind of biohazard protection.

Assessment

Pros

  • Trained in pairs
  • Quite fast
  • Has the most powerful attack of all basic infantry
  • Can gain Horde Bonus when in groups of 5 or more
  • Tank Hunters and Battlemasters also contributes to their Horde Bonus, if deployed on mixed groups

Cons

  • Expensive, although the fact that they are trained in pairs compensates this
  • Longest training time of all basic infantry
  • Slow attack speed
  • Vulnerable to anti-infantry
  • Vulnerable to aircraft
  • Vulnerable while capturing buildings
  • Has no special abilities, unlike Rangers and Rebels

Selected Quotes

We stand together!
- When emerging from the Barracks
Defenders of peace!
- When selected
The people's army.
- When selected
We are the Red Guard!
- When selected
Standing attention.
- When selected
Ready for orders.
- When selected
Yes?
- When selected
Understood.
- When moving
Right away.
- When moving
Yes, sir.
- When moving
Immediately.
- When moving
Moving now, sir.
- When moving
Attack!
- When ordered to attack with rifle
Enemies of the state!
- When ordered to attack with rifle
For the Republic!
- When ordered to attack with rifle
We will shoot them down!
- When ordered to attack with rifle
Foreign devils!
- When ordered to attack with rifle
The Middle Kingdom!
- When ordered to attack with rifle
They cannot destroy China!
- When ordered to attack with rifle
Subdue the cowards!
- When ordered to attack with stun bullets
Knock them out!
- When ordered to attack with stun bullets
They will give up!
- When ordered to attack with stun bullets
Surrender, now!
- When ordered to attack with stun bullets
Bow to China!
- When ordered to attack with stun bullets
China! Save us!
- Under fire
Help, help!
- Under fire
China will not forget me!
- Under fire
They're attacking!
- Under fire
We're losing ground!
- Under fire
That building looks safe.
- When ordered to garrison building
We will station there.
- When ordered to garrison building
Hole up in that building.
- When ordered to garrison building
We fight from high place.
- When ordered to garrison building
Garrison the building.
- When ordered to garrison building
Machine guns ready!
- When ordered to use rifle
Rifle ready, sir!
- When ordered to use rifle
Gun ready!
- When ordered to use rifle
We will claim it for China!
- When ordered to capture building
Raise the red flag!
- When ordered to capture building
Expanding China's borders.
- When ordered to capture building
China can use this.
- When ordered to capture building
China can now use this building!
- After captured building
This building is ours!
- After captured building
We have captured the building, sir!
- After captured building
Building captured!
- After captured building
We have the building now!
- After captured building
General, our base is under attack!
- When the base is under attack
They're attacking our base!
- When the base is under attack
Our base is being attacked!
- When the base is under attack
China is under attack!
- When the base is under attack
General, they took our building from us!
- When enemy captured building
General, they have captured our building!
- When enemy captured building
General, they have control of our building!
- When enemy captured building
We surrender!
- When surrender
Don't hurt us!
- When surrender
We throw down our weapons!
- When surrender
We give up!
- When surrender
Let us live!
- When surrender
Stun bullets are ready, sir!
- When the cut stun bullets upgrade is complete
Nationalism will give us victory!
- When the Nationalism upgrade is completed

Cut Nuclear Red Guard quotes

Radiation rockets ready for launching!
- When selected
Nuclear energy will destroy them!
- When selected
The radiation will flow!
- When selected
They won't be able to take it!
- When ordered to attack
Fry them!
- When ordered to attack
Melt the enemy!
- When ordered to attack

Cut quotes for the Chemical Suits upgrade

Thank you, sir, for the chemical suits!
- When the Chemical Suit upgrade is complete
These new chemical suits will keep us alive!
- When the Chemical Suit upgrade is complete
General, the new chemical suits have just arrived!
- When the Chemical Suit upgrade is complete

Gallery

Videos

Trivia

  • Red Guard's appearance is consistent with the 'stereotypical' Chinese soldier from the Cultural Revolution to early 1980s.
  • The effective usage of a semi-automatic assault rifle over fully-automatic assault rifle was exemplified during the Falklands War. Ironically, the exact opposite was experienced by the Chinese themselves during the Sino-Vietnamese War, where PLA infantryman initially equipped with semi-automatic suffered heavily from AK-equipped Vietnamese. That war prompted the PLA to equip their troops with helmets and fully-automatic assault rifle (such as AK47-based Type 56 SMG and Type-81, prior to 1978 automatic rifles were exclusive to squad leaders), busting the 'stereotypical' in-game image once and for all. Still, type 56 semiautomatic rifle is highly regarded within PLA; some veterans prefer its remarkable accuracy; to this day type 56 SRs are still popular in cadet marksmanship training, and are kept as backup firearms especially for logistic corps.
  • The term 'Red Guard' originated during the Chinese Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, although borrowed from Russian Bolsheviks, whose Red Guard existed in 1917 before being supplanted by a proper Red Army. The real-life Red Guards were groups of students organized by Mao Zedong in an attempt to keep the Communist Revolution alive. These Red Guards were made to discredit the right-wing opponents of the Maoist revolutionary leadership. However, due to the widespread trouble spread by the Red Guards, Chairman Mao was compelled to forcibly disband this radical student organization. 'Red Guards' were not related to Chinese armed forces in any way.
  • The Red Guard was planned to have a bayonet to stab other infantry and this feature is fully finished, just not implemented in-game. Some mods have enabled this feature.
Bow to China!
- Unused Red Guard's quote for using stun bullets
  • Sounds within Generals' audio archives prove that Red Guards could be upgraded with Stun Bullets, Functioning similarly to the flash-bang grenades deployed by Rangers, they would have incapacitated hostile infantry. Inadvertently, the stun bullets were removed at the same time of weeding out the POW logic.
  • "Conscripts" were the likely predecessors of the Red Guard unit. While only a cameo picture (as shown in gallery) and incomplete model are available inside General's files, the Conscript looked much more modern and similar in appearance to actual PLA ground infantry.
    • Ironically, the cameo image of 'conscripts' is taken from a Taiwanese military exercise.
  • This misnaming of China's infantry is one of the reasons why Generals and Zero Hour are banned in China.
These new Chemical Suits will keep us alive!
- Red Guard Chemical Suits Upgrade unused quote
  • An upgrade sound of the Red Guard hidden in the game files suggests some kind of protection suits similar to the American Chemical Suits were planned for the Infantry General, and in fact there's commented out code which would add the Chemical Suits upgrade to Infantry General's Propaganda Center. In the end, it was scrapped, although it was implemented for the Nuclear General Tao in the Shockwave mod.
Nuclear energy will destroy them!
- Nuclear Red Guard's unused quote
  • Nuclear General Tao was supposed to have his own version of the Red Guard called the Nuclear Red Guard, which is armed with a rocket launcher firing tactical nuclear rockets similar to the Tank Hunter, but it was scrapped for unknown reasons. However, mods like Shockwave restore the Nuclear Red Guard, and in the Rise of The Reds mod, the Nuclear Red Guard's quotes is used for the Nukeneer.

See also

China People's Republic of China First GLA War Arsenal China

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