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In the Thick of It
Allied Cruisers bombarding the Soviet base
Allied Cruisers bombarding the Soviet base
Chronology
Next

Five to One

Details
Part of

Second World War

Location

Eastern Europe

Outcome

Allied victory

Belligerents

CNCRA Allied Forces Emblem.png Allied Forces

Soviet Union Logo 1950.gif Soviet Union

Objectives
  • Rescue Einstein
  • Secure Einstein
Commanders

CNCRA Allied Forces Emblem.png Commander A9

Unknown

Forces

Friendly:

Fully Operational Research Center (250 strong)

Rescue Einstein from the Headquarters inside this Soviet complex. Once found, evacuate him via the helicopter at the signal flare. Einstein and Tanya must be kept alive at all costs. Beware the Soviet's Tesla Coils. Direct Tanya to destroy the westmost power plants to take them off-line.
- Mission briefing

In the Thick of It is the first Allied mission in Red Alert 1.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

The war was going rough for the Allied Forces in Europe. The sheer firepower of the Soviet forces was too much for the thin Allied armies. However, the Allied leaders knew of one man who could turn the tide of the war: Albert Einstein. Having such a technological advantage would tip the scales in favor of the Allies. The only problem was that Einstein was held under careful watch within a Soviet research center, which was extremely guarded. It was decided that a perfectly timed strike force, which included Agent Tanya Adams, led by a certain Commander would give enough time for Einstein to escape. To stop pursuing forces, if necessary, a fleet of cruisers would follow up with a bombardment.

Battle Report[edit | edit source]

An initial scouting revealed that the Tesla defense systems were online, unfortunately for the Allied forward scout. However, Agent Tanya was able to sabotage the nearby Soviet powerplant. The base immediately blacked-out. With the defenses down, the Allied strike team was able to advance into the base with relative ease. Since the base was in such a cold and remote area, the Soviets weren't expecting an assault. Many soldiers within the garrison hadn't even rallied to the command center by the time Einstein had been escorted to the escape chopper. By that time, the Allied cruisers began to rain fire upon the base.

Aftermath[edit | edit source]

With Einstein rescued, the Allies were provided with a major boost, even though they were still heavily outnumbered and outgunned. The Allied Command would be able to benefit from the many technological inventions that Einstein would enable. However, the war was far from over.

Walkthrough[edit | edit source]

You begin the mission with several Rangers, Rifle Infantry, and Tanya. Tanya's survival is essential, so don't allow her to die. Your troops will easily repulse the initial Soviet attack. After this, order Tanya to kill the grenadier near the fuel barrels, which will set off the barrels and destroy a power plant, powering down the Soviet base and deactivating the Tesla Coils. There are two more power plants near you which Tanya can quickly destroy with C4, this will draw most of the remaining enemy infantry to you where you can eliminate them. You should probably avoid demolishing any other Soviet buildings, as this may restore power to the Soviet base and reactivate the Tesla Coils. However, if you destroy the remaining four power plants to the southeast then it will be safe to destroy the remaining buildings.

There will be two rifle infantry guarding the Soviet tech center, killing them will cause Einstein to emerge from the building, whereupon you should quickly evacuate him north to the waiting transport helicopter. Shortly after Einstein emerges, four Allied cruisers will arrive from the south and begin bombarding the enemy base. As their guns are somewhat inaccurate, you will probably want to evacuate any of your forces near the base lest they are hit. To complete the mission, order Einstein to board the helicopter, and it will depart the area. Be sure not to fully load up the helicopter with other infantry units or you won't be able to complete the mission!

Videos[edit | edit source]

Briefing
Helicopter landing behind Soviet base (mission start cutscene)
Cruiser shelling the Soviet base (mission accomplished cutscene)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Westwood Studios, Command & Conquer: Red Alert. Allied mission 1: "In the Thick of It".
Red Alert Missions