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Ride of the Red Menace
Defense of Great Britain and the Netherlands
Great Britain, Netherlands, and Denmark are the last Allied nations standing in Europe.
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The Shark and the Lure

Details
Part of

War of the Three Powers

Date(s)

1986

Location

Brighton Beach, Britain

Outcome
  • Allied victory
  • Soviet invasion of Great Britain repelled
Belligerents

Allied Nations

Soviet Union

Objectives

Repel the Soviet invasion

Establish a beachhead and capture Brighton
Build up an offensive on Great Britain (Red Alert)

Commanders

General Nikolai Krukov

Forces
Casualties

Moderate

Heavy
All Dreadnoughts sunk
Near-complete annihilation of the Kirov Airships
Loss of infantry and transports
Krukov retreats from the English Channel

Do you have your White Flag ready, Commander? Hehe!
- Krukov
Ride of the Red Menace is the first mission in the Allied campaign of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3.

Background

Premier Cherdenko swarmed his forces across the European continent, forcing the Allies to retreat and surrendering Rome. Paris was also captured by the Soviets as the European Allies were forced into pockets of resistance. Great Britain stands as the last Allied nation in Europe not yet kneeling under the Soviet Union, as an armada of Soviet ships was spotted across the English Channel.
- News report from BCN, before the briefing's start.
Premier Cherdenko continues to push his forces into Western Europe seizing control of key regions left behind by the retreating Allies. Great Britain now stands as the last European nation yet to feel the jackboot of Soviet aggression. That might be short-lived, however, as sources tell us that a vast Soviet armada has been spotted of the northern cost of France

The New Commander

Glad to have you onboard, sir.
- Eva McKenna after Field Marshall Robert Bingham introduces her to the Allied Commander (WWIII).

With most of the Allied officers fighting in Europe, the Allied Supreme Commander Field Marshal Robert Bingham was forced to call upon a fresh new recruit from command school and assigned him with his equally new intelligence aide Lt. Eva McKenna. The Allied Commander was also introduced to the new American President Howard T. Ackerman, who stressed the importance of not letting the "commies" secure a foothold on Brighton Beach and therefore on Britain. The Commander would be aided by another British national and former RAF pilot Giles Price.

Greetings Commander, are you ready to send those commies back to their mommies?
- Howard T. Ackerman, introducing the new Allied Commander (WWIII).

Force Composition

With the majority of the Allied military either stationed in mainland Europe or the United States, the Allied forces at Brighton Beach had relatively little to call upon, particularly compared to their Soviet counterparts. Infantry formed the basis of the defense, with at least a full battalion of Peacekeeper and Javelin soldiers stationed to help fight off the invasion. Multigunner IFV anti-air gunners from Australia, were also sent to the town, but these were fairly few in number, comprising a mechanized company at best.

During the climax of the battle, Allied Century Bombers were given fire-missions against the Soviet Dreadnought ships, but otherwise played no part in the battle. The Soviets, meanwhile used a considerable force to assault Brighton Beach, with thousands of infantry sent to the town in an attempt to capture it.

These troops were deployed primarily from the squadrons of Soviet transport planes flying over the English Channel, as well as from Bullfrog transports attempting invasion by sea, supported by dozens of Stingray attack boats. At the climax of the battle, a dozen Dreadnought cruisers and a score of Kirov airships were used to break the Allied defenses, but remained uninvolved for the majority of the assault on Brighton Beach and offensives on Britain.

The Battle

I could help you in capturing those coastal guns, if you like.
- Giles Price, talking about the coastal guns on Brighton Beach to be captured by both Allied Commanders.

Securing the Beach

On the order of Field Marshal Bingham, the Allied forces rushed towards Brighton Beach in an attempt to fortify it against the Soviet invasion. Unfortunately for them, the Soviets had already dropped numerous paratroopers into the town, forcing the Allies to eliminate these existing troops before they could set up defenses. With the town secured, the Allies began fortifying their position, securing the local Hospital for the provision of the wounded, garrisoning homes and hotels to act as makeshift bunkers, and repairing the disabled coastal guns so as to intercept Soviet vessels attempting to cross the English Channel.

It is important to note here that while this was taking place, the Soviets were holding back their forces for another attack. Had they struck sooner, it is likely that the Allies would have been caught off guard and their defenses compromised. As such, the Soviet timidity gave them valuable time to establish defenses, contributing to their victory.

Defeating the Red Waves

Numerous waves of Soviet sea-borne and airborne attacks were launched against Brighton Beach, and thousands of Soviet infantry were sent storming into the teeth of the Allied guns. The defenders used their time well, and each attack failed miserably, with most of the Soviet troops barely making it out of their landing zones before they were cut to pieces.

Eventually, General Krukov sent a powerful force of Dreadnoughts and Kirov Airships at the defenders, hoping to break their fortifications and allow his infantry an opening. This attack failed, however, with the timely arrival of the Allied Century Bombers, destroying every, single one of Krukov's Dreadnoughts as Allied anti-air brought down most of the Kirovs, but forced the Soviets to withdraw. Krukov had failed and Great Britain was now saved from that "Red Menace".

Outcome and Aftermath

The defeat of Krukov's invasion force resulted in the first major victory that the Allies had achieved in Europe in months, and the turning point in what had been a bloody and intractable war with the Soviets. The failure of Krukov to secure a proper foothold in Brighton Beach meant that Great Britain was now safe from the "Red Menace", giving the Allies a safe haven where they could regroup and rearm.

Moreover, the Allied victory in Brighton Beach dispelled, once and for all, the myth of Soviet invincibility, and the Allies approached the task of throwing the Russians back with a sense of greater optimism and determination.

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