Heavy assault personnel carrier
20mm heavy machine gun
5 infantry units
Increased strength, firepower, rate of fire, self-healing
Game unit[edit | edit source]
Essentially a much heavier version of the M113 APC, the Battle Fortress was a heavily armored mobile bunker with a machine gun and firing ports for up to five infantry. It was tied with the Kirov Airship for the strongest armor of any unit. The Battle Fortress was so large and heavy that it could easily crush walls and most other vehicles simply by driving over them, including the mighty Apocalypse Tanks. However, due to the Battle Fortress's slow speed, this ability was impractical against a competent enemy commander.
The Battle Fortress was known for its ability to dominate an area by providing mobile heavy fire support, using the immense firepower of the infantry garrisoned within. GIs and Guardian GIs were able to fire their heavier weapons (M60 machine gun and Javelin missile launcher, respectively) while inside the Battle Fortress. The strength of multiple Guardian GIs, combined with the ability of the Battle Fortress to fire on the move, meant that the Battle Fortress could used as a heavy anti-tank and anti-aircraft weapon. A single garrisoned Tanya, Boris or Navy SEAL could eliminate all infantry threats to the Battle Fortress. Garrisoned Snipers or Yuri Viruses could also eliminate them from a significant distance. Soviet Flak Troopers garrisoned within can also be used as an anti-aircraft weapon. And, Tesla Troopers can also be used as an anti-tank, anti-infantry, and anti-building weapon.
Many commanders opted to garrison a Battle Fortress with purely Chrono Legionnaires, as this allowed the Legionnaires more protection while also granting the ability to fire while moving. Mixing in other infantry along with the Legionnaires was not effective, as targets being phased out by Legionnaires were invulnerable to attack by other units.
A common criticism of the Battle Fortress was that it was not resistant to one of the most significant threats on the battlefield at the time, the ability of Yuri to mind control units. A poorly-managed Battle Fortress could become mind-controlled very quickly and easily, and after being mind-controlled the infantry inside would follow the mind-controlled Battle Fortress' orders.
In addition, the Battle Fortress was slow and could eventually fall to long range bombardment from the Soviet Siege Chopper. It was also vulnerable to being "lifted" by the Magnetron into water or into mind-control range. Furthermore, Apocalypse Tanks and Tank Destroyers possessed enough firepower to make short work of the Fortress if they were not crushed (though a Battle Fortress with Guardian GIs or Chrono Legionnaries loaded would defeat both with ease). They were also exceptionally vulnerable to massed tanks, even if garrisoned with the proper infantry.
Aftermath[edit | edit source]
Quotes[edit | edit source]
When selected[edit | edit source]
- Preparing for battle!
- Battle Fortress, on the alert!
- Let's make a warpath!
- Takin' in close!
- We will trample our enemies!
- Let's load up the troops!
When moving[edit | edit source]
- Nothing can stop us!
- Rolling thunder!
- Let's see some action!
When ordered to attack[edit | edit source]
- Open fire!
- Fire at will!
- Wipe 'em out!
- We will crush 'em!
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The Battle Fortress uses the same type of gun as the Soviet war miner and Yuri's slave miner
- The Battle Fortress vaguely resembles the German A7V from World War One, which was basically a bunker on tracks with a cannon on the front and six machine guns mounted all around the vehicle
- The Battle Fortress is the only tank that can run over other vehicles however, the only other game (prior to Yuri's Revenge) to feature this ability was the original Command & Conquer where all tanks and harvesters could run over lighter armour (buggies, bikes, etc).
- The Battle Fortress speaks with a Scottish accent, being the only unit in the Command And Conquer series to have this particular accent.