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In order to break the chain of command, Romanov's chief adviser Yuri has requested an assassination of the U.S. president. With Latin Confederation's forces closing on the Alamo, the sharp shooter Colonel José Arcadio Morales moves in for the kill.
- Mission description

Operation: Happy Birthday is the third mission of the Act One Soviet campaign. The player takes control over a Confederate task force, tasked with assassinating the U.S. president Michael Dugan.

Briefing

The invasion of America is proceeding. While there are setbacks, the momentum is going our way. But that is not to say it has been smooth - America against all odds still holds Washington DC, and the Florida naval yards have been retaken. If it had not been for the neglect of the military after the American Crusade ended successfully a decade ago, we would be in dire straits. Between us, it also seems that the Politburo had not anticipated that the interior regions are the industrial heartlands of the United States, and production is making equipment at an alarming pace. In a few days, the training of the first wave of massive US volunteers would be completed. Our comrades in Latin America have failed in their initial invasion. Things are looking grim. There are still trump cards up our sleeve however. Intelligence has indicated that the American President Dugan is in Texas, and has made the Alamo home base. While they are entrenched, the Confederation finally broke through the lines, and are advancing on the city. This gives us an opportunity to collapse resistance - the death squad commando from Cuba, Morales, was with the advance. You have been seconded for a task none expect - we're going to kill the President. Morales requests you get him to the spot, and he will do the rest.

Objective 1: Clear the area for base construction.
Objective 2: Build a Field Bureau to collect intel and contact Morales.
Objective 3: Get Morales to the designated position.
Objective 4: With Morales at the position, destroy the Alamo.
Objective 5: Kill the President.
Objective 6: Destroy Allied forces in San Antonio.
Objective 7: Keep Morales alive.

Events

Situation assessment

Prior to the operations commencement, Morales had successfully infiltrated the American rear lines via a commandeered ice cream truck. However the General needed to construct a Field Bureau before contact could be made with him.

For the assassination to be successful, the Soviets had to force the President to retreat to a nearby civilian airfield, which Yuri has assured would be the second most likely place the President would retreat to after a more vulnerable military airfield. It is here that Morales will be in a position to assassinate Dugan.

The attack begins

The forward element of the Confederate task force arrived to the most vulnerable point in the American defensive line. Thanks to the quick usage of a Bomb Buggy, it tore a hole in the defensive line that gave the attack force the opening they needed to sweep away the remaining defenders. The General then moved up the rest of the Confederate task force and quickly set about establishing a forward operating base.

However the Americans very quickly ascertained what had happened and, very quickly, ground and aerial forces were dispatched to assail the Confederate position. The first to respond were American paratroopers that put a significant amount of pressure on the General, forcing him to establish Flak Cannon defences and ordering Conscripts and Flak Troopers to garrison nearby civilian structures to help fend off the incoming attacks. Strategic usage of the repair drones helped to keep the few Confederate vehicles, that were in the area, alive. Incoming Warhawks and Bulldog tank battalions forced the General to commit a large amount of resources into building up more Flak Cannons, Battle Bunkers and Sentry Guns.

Informing Morales

With the Soviet position secure for the time being, the General was finally able to construct a Field Bureau and establish comms with Morales. With Morales now linked to the Soviet satellite system, he was now able to make his move to the perch where he could get a clean shot on the President. After fighting and dodging his way through rearguard American forces, Morales was successfully able to get into a position overlooking the civilian airfield.

At the same time as this was happening, the General began to push out and attack, using a force consisting mostly of Pyros, Tesla Troopers and Borillos with halftrack anti-air support, in addition to the liberal usage of Bomb Buggy's to destroy the entrenched American infantry. The General's forces were able to fight their way through the city and destroy the military airport, thus ensuring Dugan could only evacuate via the civilian airport.

Death of the President

The General's forces began to assault the Alamo, thus Dugan was quickly evacuated to the civilian airport for evacuation. With the President in his crosshairs, Morales successfully assassinated the President of the United States of America.

With the President's death, additional Soviet reinforcements were paradropped into the north west of the city. In addition, a stolen Stallion transport helicopter was made available to transport Morales into San Antonio proper. These forces assisted the General in sweeping away the remaining American resistance, thus ensuring a utter Soviet victory.

Aftermath

With the President dead, the American forces are in chaos and do not stand a chance against the might of Mother Russia. However, their allies in the Pacific have mustered a naval force and are approaching our eastern territories.
- Battlefield report

The assassination of President Michael Dugan served to significantly ruin American morale and went a long way in helping the Soviets in their invasion of America. In addition, securing San Antonio opened the way for Confederate forces to push into the south of the US.

As things looked up for the Soviets in the United States, things took a turn for the worse in Far East Russia. The Pacific Front has commenced an invasion on Vladivostok, a move Russia did not expect. They contacted China to help in the defence but they were slow to respond. Not wanting to wait for hours, Soviet High Command sent The General to Vladivostok to stop the invasion before it was too late.

 Difficulty changes

Easy

  • Starting credits: 20000
  • An armor upgrade crate can be found near the starting point.

Normal

  • Starting credits: 15000

Mental

  • Starting credits: 13000

 Starting music

This music track always plays when beginning the mission. It can be changed in the Sounds menu.

  • "Defunkt" - Morphscape - 2:42 (Listen)

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