Distant Thunder

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Distant Thunder
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Behind the Lines


Bridge over the River

Part of

Second World War


Khalkis Island, Greece


Soviet victory

  • Soviet war effort funded
  • Allied retreat from the island

RAR Soviets Logo.png Soviet Union

RAR Allies Logo.png Allied Forces

  • Mine the ore
  • Capture the communications center to respond to Allied projects
  • Stop all Soviet forces from stealing the ore
  • Recapture the island

RAR Soviets Logo.png Soviet Commander

RAR Allies Logo.png Unknown

  • Relieving forces from Berlin
  • Greek divisions and resistance
Mission transcript
Khalkis island contains a large quantity of ore that we need. The Allies are well aware of our plans, and intend to establish their own base there. See to it that they fail. In addition, capture their radar center so we can track Allied activity in this area.
- Mission briefing

Distant Thunder was the fifth mission in the Soviet campaign of Red Alert 1.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Berlin fell under Soviet control and wiped out all Allies who refused to surrender the whole city. The next mission was Khalkis Island in Greece, known to be full of ore. Stalin decided to use it to fund his war effort. He appointed his newly promoted Commander to crush any resistance on the island and begin mining operations.

Mission events[edit | edit source]

  • The Commander used his military arsenal and attacked the Allies on the island.
  • He destroyed Greek resistance and its divisions, including relieving forces from the Fall of Berlin.
  • With the communications center captured, he finally starts collecting ore for the Soviets' war effort.
  • With the mission accomplished, Allied Forces start retreating throughout the continent.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

The player starts out with a couple infantry and an MCV. Deploy the MCV and get tanks and yaks. Paradrop the infantry on the island and destroy the Allied MCV before it deploys otherwise the Allies will defend the island with huge resistance.

Later the player will get a second MCV to build a base on the island. Destroy the Allied ships with submarines and capture the Radar dome once the Allied base is destroyed. Land the MCV and heavy tanks on the island and conquer the last of the allies. Beware of the AA guns and the destroyers as they will destroy the players Yaks and submarines.

Beta versions[edit | edit source]

The 0.09c beta version differs quite a bit from the release version. The land mass the player starts on has more beaches and no Allied base. Instead, the map has an extra area in the east that features an Allied base with the Radar Dome that has to be captured. The player also starts with two MCVs as shown in the cutscene as opposed to receiving one later. An even earlier version shows a smaller map in which the eastern half of the island is cut off.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Yak strafe above Rangers (mission accomplished cutscene)

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Westwood Studios, Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Soviet mission 5: "Distant Thunder".
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