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The Moon Shall Never Have Them
Premier Shuttle Station
Cherdenko's shuttle space station converted from the Peter and Paul Fortress.
Chronology
Previous

The Great Bear Trap

Next

The Uprising

Details
Part of

War of the Three Powers

Date(s)

1986

Location

Leningrad

Outcome
Belligerents

Allies

Soviet Union

Objectives
  • Stop the launch of Cherdenko's rocket
  • Destroy all Soviet forces
  • Destroy the Allied divisions
  • Protect the space shuttle until it launches
Commanders
Forces
  • Tanya
  • Full Allied arsenal
Casualties

Moderate
Warren survives being killed by Krukov's final attempt
US Vice-President replaces Ackerman
Dating errand ends in disaster between Eva McKenna and Tanya

Heavy:

  • Both Cherdenko and Krukov captured
  • Rocket launch failed
  • Soviet arsenal destroyed
  • Natasha dies in fighting Allied aggressors
Bring it down commander. MAKE THEM PAY FOR THEIR LIES AND BETRAYAL!
- Bingham

Operation "The Moon Shall Never Have Them" is the final operation where the Allies defeated the Soviets for backstabbing them in Tokyo.

Background

Now knowing that the Soviet Union had indeed abandoned the Allies at Tokyo and instead planned a devastating attack on major Allied cities, the Allies still managed to stop the Soviet plans at Havana in Cuba. Everything Dr. Gregor Zelinsky said to Field Marshal Bingham in regards to Premier Cherdenko's manipulation of time to save the Soviet Union from defeat was true, and Bingham felt the time was right to "make the Soviets pay for their lies and betrayal".

Allied intelligence revealed the majority of the Soviet forces, as well as Cherdenko and General Krukov, were stationed at Leningrad to protect the Peter and Paul Fortress. Cherdenko had the fortress converted into a shuttle launch facility to transport himself to the Moon. Destroying the fortress was necessary if the Allies wanted to arrest Cherdenko and Krukov and charge them for war crimes. To achieve this, Bingham sent his best field commander and Warren Fuller to assault Leningrad.

Act 1: Micro-Siege

We're shrinking down some MCVs to run through the strong Soviet resistance. Set up a base deep in their territory so we can move in some forces.
- Eva

An advance guard of Apollo Fighters and Cryocopters attempted to fly over the southern plateau of the city, but were shot down by Soviet forces. Fortunately, the guard bought the Allies enough time to send in their main forces.

At the beginning of the battle, the Allies shrank several MCVs by using Cryocopters to get them quickly behind Soviet lines. When that rather risky move was successfully done, the Allies Chronoed in Mirage tanks to help clear the area from Soviet forces. The tanks quickly began engaging the Soviets, burning infantry with their spectrum cannons and employing their camouflage and gap generators to confuse the Soviets further.

As the Allies got closer to the Construction Yard, the Soviets quickly positioned several Apocalypse Tanks and turned on their magnetic harpoons. As the mirage tanks closed in, the tanks desperately began drawing in the Allied tanks and shredding them with the grinder at the front of the vehicle. Fortunately, the other Allied tanks quickly adjusted fire to destroy the tanks before they could totally grind up the victims.

With the last line of defensive units out of the way, the mirage tanks quickly shifted attention to the Soviet structures, destroying the Construction Yard and the nearby Flak Cannons and eliminating the Soviet presence from the plateau.

That done, Premier Cherdenko revealed his final, somewhat insane plan to escape to "the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism: SPACE!". That left the Allies with about 20-50 minutes to destroy the fortress before that shuttle was launched.

Act 2: Fall of the Iron Curtain

Maybe we should let them go to the Moon!"
"That fancy fortress explains why the Reds choose to make a stand at Leningrad of all places.

- Warren and a Spy
RA3 The Moon Shall Never Have Them

Soviet Premier's fortress under Iron Curtain effect

The Soviet Premier's fortress in the middle of the island was protected by 7 Iron Curtains and his elite guard, which were protected by the Iron Curtains too. Because of that, the Allied Commander had to focus on taking down those Iron Curtains. Warren decided to take the western three devices, while the Unknown Commander decided on the eastern three.

The Eastern Iron Curtains

Objective Iron Curtain Alpha

The first one was protected by War Factories and many vehicles. The Allies sent Guardian Tanks and Mirage Tanks to counter the horde of vehicles. In an ensuing tank battle between Allied Guardian and Soviet Hammer Tanks, the Iron Curtain was destroyed, along with some of the Factories.

The Allies then sent Engineers to capture some of the remaining the Soviet War Factories and the Battle Lab to prevent more Soviet Apocalypse Tanks from attacking the Allies. The Allies, proceed with the next plan to destroy the Soviets, activating the Mirage Tanks GAP Generator while having some Apocalypse Tanks and Bullfrogs escorting to the next target.

Objective Iron Curtain Beta

The second curtain was surrounded by garrisons of Flak Troopers and Conscripts, but heavy bombardment from Athena Cannons utterly destroyed those garrisons and the Flak Troopers were killed. The Iron Curtain was then obliterated from space with a laser.

Objective Iron Curtain Gamma

The third Iron Curtain was guarded by some ground troops, including a single Apocalypse tank, and MiGs from several Airfields. Using a blast from the Proton Collider to destroy the Airfields and the guards, this cleared the way for bombers to level the third curtain.

The other 3 Western Iron Curtains

The western Iron Curtain bases were set up in a similar way, enabling Commander Warren to progress almost as fast as the Commander on the eastern side, which would help in moving to the final Iron Curtain.

One of the Iron Curtains were protected heavily with Apocalypse Tanks so instead of doing a frontal assault, Spies bribed the Apocalypse Tanks and the Apocalypse Tanks begin serving the Allies by firing their Drakon vehicles, on the Soviet bases and destroying the Iron Curtain. The Allied army marched on and destroyed the remaining Soviet bases.

Objective Iron Curtain Delta and the Vacuum Imploder

As soon as the third Iron Curtain was destroyed by the Allied Commander, Soviet Commander Krukov brought a Vacuum Imploder online, planning to destroy the Allied base. Through luck and cunning, Warren had just destroyed his third curtain, which enabled the Allies to perform a pincer move, crushing the base, killing Natasha (seemingly, although this was never officially confirmed), and destroying the final Iron Curtain and the Vacuum Imploder before it could fire.

Casualties were very high for both sides in the attack. The Soviets had well-cordinated defenses, with Tesla Coils defending the two bridges leading into the Soviet base, while Flak Cannons and MiGs covered the sky. Dreadnoughts were docked in the canals, prepared to pound the Allies as they advanced.

Soviet Apocalypse and Tesla Tanks rolled out to meet the Allies' assault. However, the Allies had brought Athena Cannons and Mirage Tanks to the party, along with the full might of the Allied Airforce. Vindicators made bombing runs on the Soviet armored divisions, while Apollo and MiGs tore each other, down to shreds in the skies above.

Century Bombers made bombing runs on the Dreadnoughts in the canals, removing them from the battle. Eventually, the combined arms of the Allies overwelmed the Soviet defenders, and the Iron Curtains and the Vacuum Imploder were destroyed.

Act 3: One Final Siege

Do svidaniya, Commander! I'll send you a postcard from my space station!
- Cherdenko, seeing the Shuttle close to launch

Now, as the Iron Curtains were down, the fortress was still heavily defended by numerous Soviet units, such as Tesla Tanks, MiGs, Kirovs, Desolator Bombers, V4 Rocket Launchers and Apocalypse Tanks, to name a few. In addition, the fortress was heavily armoured and as such very hard to destroy. Nonetheless, the Allies had their Proton Colliders ready to fire, which resulted in a devastating effect on the island-fortress.

Krukov sent a final Apocalypse tank battalion in an attempt to kill Warren but was destroyed by a Mirage Ambush and a Century Bombing Run by the Commander.

With most of the defenses destroyed, the MiG's and Kirovs shot down from the sky, and troops ready to be chronoed on the island, a final bombing run was performed to clean the field in front of the fortress. The Allied Commanders used the Chronosphere to send their best units, which included several Athena Cannons and Mirage Tanks, to the island. Once there, the Mirage Tanks destroyed the final roaming Soviet units, while the Athena Cannons colored the spaceship to pieces, resulting in a spectacular strike which leveled the entire castle and the spaceship with it.

Aftermath

It's been a privilege and an honor sir. You are a fine commander and a true hero to the Allies.
- Warren

BCN made headlines, that both Premier Cherdenko and General Krukov are imprisoned in a cryoprison to stop them from escaping and starting war again. In London, Bingham tells the Commander that it was excellent that Soviet forces had surrendered, but a new war will be coming soon and Eva McKenna invites the Allied Commander to his date with Tanya, in the process.

But that was merely a prolouge of yet another bloody chapter of human history and the beginning of the Allies' worries in this new age, as the Tatsu-led puppet government in Japan is about to be besieged by the remaining shogunate, namely Kenji Tenzai, Shinzo Nagama and one "Takara". Meanwhile, the forward-thinking EmperorTatsu has plans for the Soviets and Allies - plans that can very well mean Imperial independence.

What's more, reports of a "Soviets Underground" were starting to spread, showing that the Soviet Union's far from defeated. And if that is not enough, one of the Empire's bioweapons, for reasons yet to be known, is about to tear the entire Shiro Psychic Research Facility apart from the inside once more...

The Uprising has begun.

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