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|“|| The Soviet invasion on the United States has commenced, with New York City being one of their first targets. The Russians attempt to destroy the Statue of Liberty in an attempt to crush American morale as they make their way inland.|
- Mission description
As explained in the Allied briefing in Red Dawn Rising, forty years ago, after the defeat and death of Josef Stalin, the Allies established a puppet governor, Premier Alexander Romanov, to stabilize matters. At first, Romanov quietly acquiesced to Allied demands while slowly rebuilding the Soviet military 'for defensive purposes', but it was only with the appointment of a mysterious man named Yuri that apparently Romanov found the edge he needed to restart the previously lost world war, and the first target came to be the United States of America. The Soviet force was able to invade from both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans undeterred, even more as the Peacekeeper ICBM network, meant to be the Americans' deterred against the threat of invasion, failed at the nick of time.
Even now, invasion is in progress amongst both the Western and Eastern seaboards. A Russian general who was the top ranking student in the Officers' Academy was handpicked for the highlight of the Soviet invasion and the highest honor conceived – the occupation of New York City and, especially, the destruction of it's iconic monument, the Statue of Liberty.
Toppling the Lady Liberty
Despite the initial losses, Soviet forces were able to establish a foothold in a section of the Hudson river, where a base was set up. Defenses held firm, for the time being, while a lifeline was set for recurring Soviet reinforcements, coming within the hour. The Statue of Liberty, however, was an entirely different story – an amphibious force was stationed at the particular portion of the river, meant for tourism, and all ground access was blocked by firmly entrenched American forces, with reinforcements being marshalled also within the hour.
Despite the initial failure, the General persisted on a naval approach to the Statue, particularly where he could set up a force of Dreadnoughts to bombard the monument from a distance. A small force of Typhoon submarines and Seawolves were able to pierce through the defending American amphibious force, particularly it's anti-air defenses, allowing the Dreadnoughts to come close enough to destroy it. The Statue of Liberty was reduced to shambles.
Clearing the bridges
Despite the initial victory, the time wasn't quite ripe yet to advance to victory, as the General noticed two Allied outposts established close to bridges that linked to the Hudson's shores. One, in particular, led to the back of the Soviet base and could be exploited by the American forces, if they decided to counter attack. Thus, the General landed two separate parties of infantry aided by tank divisions to clear these positions and secure the bridges. The Americans attempted to stall the Soviet advance by destroying these two bridges but quick Engineer reinforcement resumed progress. Amongst the attack forces was Boris, an iconic Soviet hero, whom helped open most of the way to the Allied positions. Sadly, he was killed in action shortly thereafter.
Fall of the Big Apple
With the bridges secured, the General was finally granted command of the foothold to conduct the final, major objective of obliterating all American opposition. Still, it was a complicated struggle which, even with armored and aerial support in the form of Kirov airships, the Soviets conquered the city with heavy losses. The General only gained a slight edge with the destruction of stationed American forces meant to stop incoming Soviet reinforcements. Though few, these reinforcements were enough a distraction for the General to breach through the primary American lines and destroy the primary positions in charge of defending the city. The remaining American resistance was mopped up in a matter of hours.
The occupation of New York marked the first step of the eventual Soviet occupation of the United States. Taking advantage of it's fortified nature, Yuri's PsiCorps, which was still loyal to the Soviet Union at the time, established a Psychic Beacon at the ruins of the World Trade Center, one that helped subdue American remnants and even an incoming taskforce meant to scout it prior to an assault on the city.
This particular Beacon would also prove of pivotal importance to the Americans under a particular commander. When they returned and captured the device, it finally exposed the Soviet use of psychic technology to the Allied forces and how it theoretically explained the facilitated Soviet invasion of the U.S. Despite this revelation, however, after the destruction of Chicago, New York was eventually reclaimed by the Soviet Union as the American remnants fled to Europe.
- This mission, as well as Red Dawn Rising, are reversals of Red Dawn and Lone Guardian, the first Soviet and Allied mission respectively in the original Red Alert 2.
- Lone Guardian oversaw the liberation of New York (Despite the Statue of Liberty still being destroyed) while the first Soviet mission oversaw the destruction of the Pentagon in Washington D.C.
- Here, the Soviet General occupies New York, while it's the Allied Commander who gets to defend the Pentagon.
- To justify the new heroes for the Russian subfaction, Boris (the original Soviet hero unit from Yuri's Revenge) is killed off in this mission.