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         |                 Advance Wars For the Game Boy Advance              |
         |                       By: Ben Semisch (Happybuddh311)              |
         |                           Last Update: October 6, 2003             |
         |                             Version: Final                         |
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    Thank you for choosing to read my guide, I hope you find it helpful.  In this 
    guide I will give you strategies for beating the general campaign as well as 
    other strategies, to help you beat all the maps in the war room, as well as 
    owning your friends in this game.  Because of the randomness of the Artificial 
    Intelligence (what controls the enemy), there is no way I can give you a set 
    number of steps that will guarantee victory.  Instead I will give you some 
    strategies and ideas that have helped me beat the game.  This guide will also 
    provide strategies for using the COs and their units. 
    
    My goal is to try and make this guide as easy for you to read and use, and as 
    helpful as possible, if you can think of anything that would help this guide 
    fulfill that goal, then send it to me at Happybuddha311(at)Aol(dot)com. Make 
    sure you include two things in the subject line "Your Advance wars FAQ" and 
    what site you are reading the guide from.  That way I can tell that it isn't 
    spam, and if you ask a question already found in the guide that either the host 
    hasn't updated or you're a lazy, stupid pile.
    
    If you are a webmaster looking to host this guide, don't.  The only two sites 
    that are allowed to have this guide are Gamefaqs.com and Ign.com. If you are 
    reading this guide anywhere else, please inform me, so the parties involved can 
    be dealt with in a courtroom setting.
    
    With all that said, let's get to the part of the guide you came to read, or so 
    I'm hoping.
    
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                             T A B L E  O F  C O N T E N T S
    
    
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    i) Faq heading and general info.
    1) Intro ~(You just read it, or skipped over it)
    2) Table of Contents
    3) Modes of play
    4) The Troops
    - Land
    - Air
    - Sea
    5) The COs, and how to unlock them
    -Andy
    -Max
    -Sami
    -Grit
    -Olaf
    -Kanbei
    -Sonja
    -Drake
    -Eagle
    -Sturm
    -Nell
    6) Strategic Formations
    7) The Walkthrough
    8) The War Room 
    9) Buddha's Insanely Hard Challenges
    10) About the Author
    11) What to look for (coming updates)
    
    
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                                  M O D E S  O F  P L A Y
    
    
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    In this section I will tell you about the modes of play, or rather everything 
    you can do in the game.
    
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                                    C A M P A I G N 
    
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    In this you can either begin a new campaign or continue an existing one.  This 
    is the part of the game with the story, and where you unlock the different COs, 
    and earn coins to buy maps.
    
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                                 F I E L D  T R A I N I N G
    
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    I recommend this first, as you can learn how to do everything.  An interesting 
    thing to try, if you think you are "teh shit" at this game, try to beat 
    "Dogfight" in two days.
    
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                                       V S.  M O D E
    
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    The mode where you can play on the maps you created, or against your friends 
    and/or the computer.  You earn no coins in this mode though.  
    *Note*: You don't need two (or more) Game Boy Advances to play multi-player.
    
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    Here is where you link up to play Head to head, this mode is unnecessary 
    because you can play with one GBA but hey, to each his own.  You don't earn 
    coins in this mode, though I think it would have been a good idea if you could 
    wager coins against each other.  Too bad, maybe in Advance wars 2...
    
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    Here is where you can create your own maps to play in VS. Mode.  There is more 
    on this later in the guide.
    
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                                   B A T T L E  M A P S
    
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    This is where you spend your coins you won in the war room and the campaign to 
    buy COs and Maps.  It's best to try and buy all of the war room maps first, 
    because they are the ones that get you coins.
    
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    This is where you can find out your rank, your previous ranks, and what your 
    high score is for each level in the war room.
    
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    Basically this is a battle simulator or a campaign mode without a plot.  This 
    and Campaign mode are the only modes you can earn coins in.
    
    Well I hope all of these descriptions are just vague enough to work.  If you 
    want less vague descriptions e-mail me and tell me that.
    
    
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                                     T H E  U N I T S
    
    
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    In this section I will explain to you all of the different units, their *Basic* 
    stats (some stats change with different COs), and some strategies for them, as 
    well as the best units to use against them. Be sure to note, by ammo, I mean 
    ammo of the best weapon, most units have machine guns to fall back on.
    
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    Most of the units are land units, so this will be the biggest section for 
    units. I will go in order of how they are listed, in the factory menu.  Note 
    that when Land units run out of gas, they just sit there until an APC refills 
    them or they are destroyed.
    
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    Cost: 1,000
    Movement: 3
    Vision: 2
    Ammo: Infinite
    Gas: 99
    Description:  The infantry unit is one of the more important units in the game, 
    they are used for capturing, and well that's about it.  Though capturing is a 
    big part of the game, these troops are also good at support fighting, and 
    sneaking over mountains to flank an enemies long distance fighters, forcing 
    them to retreat or take damage.
    
    Best unit use against Infantry: Anti-Airs, they are the only vehicle that can 
    use their weapon (The Vulcan Guns) against them.
    
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    Cost: 3,000
    Movement: 2
    Vision: 2
    Ammo: 3
    Gas: 70
    Description: Besides the Infantry unit, this is the only unit that can capture 
    bases, making it a very worth while unit to have.  While it has a lower 
    movement, it has a heavier gun, and less moving penalties (not being able to 
    move as far because of certain terrain).  This unit is good for taking out 
    Tanks, and infantry.
    
    Best unit to use against Mechs: Md. Tanks, because they can take the damage 
    from the Mechs and dish it back out.
    
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    Cost: 4,000
    Movement: 8
    Vision: 5
    Ammo: Infinite
    Gas: 80
    Description: This unit can see a long ass ways, so it is good for recon in maps 
    with Fog of War.  This unit also has use outside fog of war maps.  It's good 
    for taking out Infantry, but not mechs, as well as long distance troops because 
    you can zoom in from outside of their range, to right next to them in firing 
    position where they can't fight back.
    
    Best unit to use against Recons: Tanks, they tear Recon units to shreds.
    
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    Cost: 7,000
    Movement: 6
    Vision: 3
    Ammo: 9
    Gas: 70
    Description: The Tank, or "Light Tank" as I call it, is your basic fighter, it 
    can take out a lot of units and can play multiple roles.  Because it has speed, 
    good armor and, a decent weapon it is good for taking out long distance units.  
    This weapon should also be your bread and butter weapon.  Just don't try 
    throwing these things at a Md. Tank, or you'll get sliced.
    
    Best unit against Tanks: Md. Tanks, Imagine that, the Md. Tank rips another 
    piece of metal to shreds again.
    
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    Cost: 16,000
    Movement: 5
    Vision: 1
    Ammo: 8
    Gas: 50
    Description:  It doesn't move as quick as the Tank, doesn't have as much ammo 
    or gas as a tank, but it sure as hell could teach the Tank a lesson or two 
    about ass whoopin.  This unit destroys everything it comes in contact with, 
    though it runs out of everything quickly, so make sure you have an APC, or a 
    city to supply the tank at or you could be looking at a stranded tank relying 
    solely on it's machine gun.  This unit is probably your best ground unit, and 
    my favorite.
    
    Best unit to use against Md. Tank: Rockets, they have the distance and if they 
    have a unit to block for them, then they can get two or three shots at a Md. 
    Tank, which should be enough to take out the tank, or at least greatly reduce 
    it's threat.
    
    Author's Note: If this is a Medium tank, I'd love to see a Large Tank... Maybe 
    in Advance Wars 2...
    
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    Cost: 5,000
    Movement: 6
    Vision: 1
    Ammo: None, it has no weapons
    Gas: 70
    Description: The APC, or Armored Personnel Carrier, moves troops faster than 
    they can move themselves, though it's often the first to be hit in a convoy.  
    This is a very good unit for those maps with few cities and a long way between 
    fights, because they can zip infantry and mech units to the battle, as well as 
    re-supply every ally troop it touches.  This is a must have if you are using a 
    good deal of Md. Tanks and/or Rockets and artillery in a convoy type strategy.
    
    Best unit to use against the APC: Anything with a gun, this unit is a pushover.
    
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    Cost: 6,000
    Movement: 5
    Vision: 1
    Ammo: 9
    Gas: 50
    Range: 2-3
    Description: This is the first Long distance weapon you come across, hence the 
    range.  It can attack things that are two or three squares away, but not any 
    closer.  This unit is good for woody areas, because it has treads, which give 
    it less moving penalties.  This weapon like all long distance weapons, will 
    require a spotter to maximize it's effectiveness in fog of war.  A spotter is 
    simply a unit that has a vision long enough to see what you are shooting at.  
    Recon units are good spotters.
    
    Best unit to use against Artillery: Recon, they can zip in fast and get into 
    the "No fire zone" of the artillery. 
    
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    Cost: 15,000
    Movement: 5
    Vision: 1
    Ammo: 6
    Gas: 50
    Range: 3-5
    Description: Another long distance unit, Rockets have a higher range, and a 
    lower everything else.  They pack more damage than an Artillery unit, but 
    because of their low ammo, you should keep an APC with more than 2 Rocket 
    units. This weapon like all long distance weapons, will require a spotter to 
    maximize it's effectiveness in fog of war.  A spotter is simply a unit that has 
    a vision long enough to see what you are shooting at.  Recon units are good 
    spotters.
    
    Best unit to use against Rockets: Recon, because it can zip into position 
    without being hit by the rockets.
    
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    Cost: 8,000
    Movement: 6
    Vision: 2
    Ammo: 9
    Gas: 60
    Description: This weapon is best against Air units as the name would apply, 
    however, this unit is also good against Infantry, mechs and Recon units, making 
    it a decent investment in the early stages of a game.
    
    Best unit to use against Anti-Airs: Md. Tanks and Tanks, both can take it's 
    Vulcan gun like it was a water gun and thrash it with their cannons.  
    
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    Cost: 12,000
    Movement: 4
    Vision: 5
    Ammo: Missiles
    Gas: 50
    Range: 3-5
    Description: This is basically what artillery is to tanks, only for the anti-
    air.  This is the best weapon to use against those pesky air units, you don't 
    even need a spotter because this unit can see as far as it shoots.  One draw 
    back is that you'll need an Anti-air in case one of the planes zooms in next to 
    it where it becomes helpless.  Also any ground or sea unit with a gun could 
    easily molest this unit if it is left unguarded.  So the only practical use for 
    this unit is in large convoys and base defending where there is other 
    defenders.
    
    Best unit against Missiles: 2 Md. Tank (if guarded, if not anything will do), 
    even if it does have guards one Md. Tank can take care of most of the guards 
    while the other one takes out the missiles.  Then you can bring in the planes 
    to finish off the guards.
    
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    With all of the air units, you want to watch out for Anti-Airs and Missiles as 
    well as cruisers, if you can try to take out those units with ground or sea 
    troops you should be good.  Also watch out for enemy fighters which can pull 
    your men out of the sky quickly.  You should try to reserve building Fighters 
    and Bombers until you have ample supplies, and can build at least one each 
    turn.  Other wise a cheap multi-role Anti-air could ruin your investment.
    
    One good thing about Air units that makes them worth the money is their lack of 
    moving penalties, no matter what type of terrain they cross, they have no 
    penalty.  They do get moving penalties in weather though, like all troops.
    
    Unlike Ground units, If an air unit runs out of fuel, it plummets to it's fiery 
    death to the ground, watch for your fuel, as you want to protect your 
    investment.
    
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    Cost: 20,000
    Movement: 9
    Vision: 2
    Ammo: 9
    Gas: 99
    Description: this unit only has missiles so as soon as you run out, run back to 
    an airport or an APC to re-supply.  These units only have one purpose to take 
    out other air units, so don't buy these until you see your opponet with air 
    troops or, until you are confident he is planning on building them.  Even then 
    don't go crazy building them, a good strategist can use two or three to take 
    out all the air units he needs.
    
    Best unit to use against Fighters: Missiles, they have the range and can take 
    you out of the air before you can say "****, THAT ***** JUST SHOT ME OUT OF THE 
    AIR!".
    
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    Cost: 22,000
    Movement: 7
    Vision: 2
    Ammo: 9
    Gas: 99
    Description: These babies can ruin any picnic they attend, they can thrash most 
    units in one hit, even if they don't kill them they will have taken out the 
    threat the enemy even posed, allowing for a ground troop to come in and finish 
    them off.  These puppies are expensive and sitting or rather flying ducks for 
    the fighters because they can't fight back.  Make sure to protect your 
    investment in these with a fighter or two.
    
    Best unit to use against Bombers: Fighters, the bomber can't shoot back, making 
    that 22,000 all for nothing.
     
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    Cost: 9,000
    Movement: 6
    Vision: 3
    Ammo: 6
    Gas: 99
    Description: This unit is good for taking out every land unit except the Anti-
    air, because it forces the units to use their Machine guns, while it can use 
    it's missiles to take them out.  Just watch out for the support troops that 
    they may have hiding.
    
    Best unit to use against B Cptrs: Anti-Airs, they can use the Vulcan guns to 
    take down you quick.
    
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    Cost: 5,000
    Movement: 6
    Vision: 2
    Ammo: None, no weapons
    Gas: 99
    Description: This is just like the APC only its Airborne instead of ground 
    based. Unfortunately this unit can't re-supply units, but it doesn't have the 
    same moving penalties as an APC, which makes up for it.
    
    Best Weapon to use Against T Cptrs: Anti-Airs, Missiles, and Fighters, all of 
    which can take out T Cptrs in one hit if they are fully stocked.
    
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    This is the last section of the units, and one of the least important sets.  
    You will probably use Sea troops less than you do Air and land troops, but that 
    doesn't make them unimportant.  Most Sea troops are vulnerable to air troops so 
    make sure you have your own air troops or at least a cruiser or two to take out 
    the air threat.
    
    For some reason, if a ship runs out of fuel, it sinks.  I'm not sure why beyond 
    the fact that if it's out in sea there is no way to refuel it, so it just sits 
    there.  So I guess that function serves a purpose.
    
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    Cost: 28,000
    Movement: 5
    Vision: 2
    Ammo: 9
    Range: 2-6
    Gas: 99
    Description:  This is the best distance unit in the game, because unless he has 
    sea or air troops he can't touch you.  As with most of the distance weapons 
    you'll need a spotter for the use of this weapon.  This weapon is best used as 
    a support for a land based assault, just don't rely to heavily on it, because 
    it can be easily taken out by an air unit.
    
    Best unit to use against B Ships: Bombers, the Battle ship can't fight back, 
    but watch out for cruisers, which can easily take you out.
    
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    Cost: 18,000
    Movement: 6	
    Ammo: 9
    Gas:99
    Description: This is the support unit for the B Ships or landers.  It can only 
    fire on air troops and subs, so more than two of these ships is most likely 
    overkill.  
    
    Best unit to use against Cruisers: a B Ship, because the cruiser can't fight 
    back.  If you have the chance a distance unit from the shore will also work in 
    a pinch.
    
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    Cost: 12,000
    Movement: 6
    Vision: 1
    Ammo: No weapons
    Gas: 99
    Description: Landers are used for the sole purpose of getting troops from point 
    A to point B over water terrain.  This unit can only land on shores, which are 
    placed on most places you'd want to land.  The best way to use this unit is to 
    flank an enemy, or to attack his back, or flank.  Make sure you have support 
    units with a lander, or you could lose your lander, and Md. Tanks can't swim.
    
    Best unit to use against Landers: Dived Subs work well, because they can pop-up 
    hit the lander than leave before a cruiser can get to them.
    
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    Cost: 20,000
    Movement: 5
    Vision: 5
    Ammo: 6
    Gas: 60
    Description: This unit is good for guerilla tactics, because you can see 
    everything you need to, and when dived the only way an enemy can see you is if 
    they are next to you, making surprise attacks simple.  One thing to take note 
    is that when dived you use more gas, and your weapons do less damage.  So if 
    you get a chance to, pop out of the water to hit your enemy.
    
    Best unit to use against Subs: Cruisers, they can sink a sub like it wasn't 
    there. 
    
     
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                    T H E  C O M M A N D I N G  O F F I C E R S (COs)
    
    
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    In this section I will tell you all about the commanding officers, what modes 
    they can be used in, their CO power, what advantages and disadvantages they 
    have, as well as various strategies that you may not have thought of.  If you 
    have any strategies that work well for a CO and you don't see it here, E-mail 
    it to me, and if it's good enough I may just put it in the guide (with credit 
    of course).  Make a note that "how to unlock" is for Versus and War room modes 
    only, you can't play as anyone other than Andy, Max, and Sami in campaign mode.
    
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      Andy is your basic CO; all of his units are average.  This has its high 
    points and it's low points.  With Andy you'll want to focus on the enemies 
    weakness rather than focus on your strengths, because you don't have any.  
    Andy's CO power is "Hyper Repair" which increase HP on all of Andy's units, up 
    to ten HP.
      Andy stacks up well against most of the COs, especially drake, because you 
    can use his CO power after drakes to heal all of your troops.  Andy will have 
    trouble with COs like Nell and Kanbei, both of which have no shortcomings.
    
    Who to use against Andy: Kanbei on maps with lots of resources, or Nell if you 
    have her.
    
    How to unlock Andy: Unlocked by default.
    
    Andy's best unit: Andy's best unit is the enemies weakest, so a Md. Tank 
    against Grit and Sami, and a Rocket against Max etc.  
    
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      Max is a direct fire specialist, he works best on tight maps.  If you try to 
    use max on maps with lots of open places you are just asking for failure.  Max 
    can be good in fog of war maps, but only if there is enough cover.  Because max 
    is a direct fire specialist, all of his direct fire troops (Tanks, Subs, 
    Fighters, etc) get a 50% offensive bonus.  However his distance units get a 10% 
    offensive deduction and 1 less square in their range.  Which is a pretty good 
    trade-off compared to grit.
      Max's CO power is called "Max power" (coughCHEESY!cough), in which all of 
    your direct fire units get 25% offensive bonus and 1 extra square of movement.  
    Max can school Sami and Eagle but has a problem with grit in maps with places 
    for grit to put his snipers.
    
    Who to use against Max: Grit, his long distance fire is superb.
    
    How to unlock Max: Unlocked by default.
    
    Max's best unit: Md. Tank, something that strong should be illegal.
    
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      Sami is the infantry specialist, which makes her overlooked a lot of the 
    time.  All of her infantry units (Infantry and Mechs) get a 20% bonus to 
    offense and a 10% to defense, and they capture buildings at 150% speed.  So if 
    a full health mech gets on a building, the enemy has to damage it to 3 to not 
    allow capture of the building.  The problem Sami has is with her other direct 
    fire troops who get a 10% offensive deduction.
      Sami's CO power, "Double Time", is pretty good under the right conditions, 
    and charges quickly, so use it often.  Her CO power gives all her infantry 
    units a 30% offensive bonus and a 20% defensive one, as well as an extra square 
    of movement, and a lack of moving penalties for that turn.  Sami's transports 
    also have one extra movement built in, which is good for big levels when you 
    need to get an infantry somewhere quickly.
      If you haven't figured it out, a good technique for Sami is to just build 
    mechs out the Yin-Yang.  There is no way to stop this if you have more or the 
    same amount of factories as your opponent, because you will significantly out 
    number his troops.
    
    Who to use against Sami: Max, because his direct fire units can hold off 
    infantry, but not mechs.
    
    How to unlock Sami: Unlocked by default.
    
    Sami's best unit: Mech, when used with tons of other mechs, it's "Uh Oh" time 
    for the enemy.
    
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      Olaf is the weather driven CO, depending on the weather will depend upon his 
    troops performance.  In snow he will cream you, but in rain you can walk on 
    him.  Beyond that, his troops have no imbalances.  So like Andy and Nell, you 
    would be best to focus on his enemies shortcomings for an offensive strike.
      Olaf's CO power is stupid.  All it does is make it snow for ONE TURN, what a 
    waste.  In short, Olaf sucks, don't use him.
    
    Who to use against Olaf: Anyone but sonja, he's the worst CO in the game except 
    for her.
    
    How to unlock Olaf: Unlocked by default.
    
    Olaf's best unit: Olaf's best unit is the enemies weak unit, IE a Md. Tank 
    against Grit or Sami, a Rocket aganst Max etc.
    
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      Grit is a sniper plain and simple.  Though when it comes to bonuses he really 
    gets screwed.  All of grits indirect units get one extra range, and that's it.  
    His direct attack units get a 20% offensive deduction.  Doesn't that suck?  
    Grit's CO power is a different story, his indirect units get a 65% offensive 
    bonus and 2 range enhancements, after seeing Grit's "Sniper" attack you see why 
    he doesn't have all the fancy bonuses of the rest of the COs.
      Grit works well in open maps, where he can retreat and fire, he also works 
    good in fog of war maps when you use a spotter.  Grit's specialty is guerilla 
    tactics, and his long distance units reflect that.  
    
    Who to use against Grit: Max, because long distance units would be a waste 
    anyway.
    
    How to unlock Grit: Choose Max on the mission "Max Strikes!"
    
    Grit's best unit: Rockets, they can wipe out any (land) unit from a safe 
    distance.
    
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     Eagle is the Air Ace.  His Air units are stronger than anyone else's with 
    their 10% bonuses to offensive and defensive abilities.  However his sea units 
    get a 10% deduction to both offense and defense.  Needless to say, Eagle is 
    best in maps with little or no water fighting.  His troops also use less gas 
    per turn than other COs.  Eagle's CO power, "Lightning Strike", is one of the 
    most devastating in the game.  Basically all of his troops gain extra turn with 
    the exception of his infantry units.  His CO power isn't without a catch 
    though, on the second turn all of his units get a 20% deduction to offense and 
    a 30% deduction to defense capabilities.  Make sure when you use it, that you 
    aren't going to be attacked back by much, if anything, or you could lose a lot 
    of units.
    
    Just to note, to use Eagle's CO power first do all of your moving for the turn, 
    then use the CO power, all of your units will get another turn then.
    
    Who to use against Eagle: Max, his direct fire units are good because there is 
    no distance units in the air unit arsenal, so fighter vs. fighter, Max will 
    win.  His A-Airs do a good deal of damage to eagle as well.
    
    How to unlock Eagle: Choose Sami for all of the Green Earth missions.  They are 
    the ones against Drake and Eagle.
    
    Eagle's best unit: B Cptr, they are cheap and quite powerful in the hands of 
    Eagle.
    
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     Drake is an interesting, and underused CO with an amazing CO power.  First, 
    all of his sea units get a 20% offense and defense bonus, with the same 20% 
    going to deduction for his air units.  Which is better than eagle, because 
    there is more maps with Sea ports than Air ports.  Anyway on to his CO power, 
    "Tsunami", basically, it damages all enemy units by 1 HP, but will not kill 
    units.  This is very effective if before you go in with a huge frontal 
    offensive, because it weakens defenses of the other team.  
    
    Who to use against Drake: Andy, his Co power counters Drakes well.
    
    How to unlock Drake: Choose Andy for all the Green Earth Missions.  They are 
    the ones against Eagle and Drake.
    
    Drake's best unit: B Ship, it's the best sea unit.
    
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     Kanbei has an Elite force, but that Elite level of training comes at a price.  
    All of Kanbei's units have a 20% bonus to both Offense and Defense, however 
    they also cost an extra 20%.  Clearly Kanbei is good for any map with plenty of 
    resources, because he needs them.  Beyond that he is good for basically any 
    map.
      Kanbei's CO Power "Moral Boost" gives his troops an Extra 20% bonus to both 
    offense and defense, meaning if he turns this on, he can shred through even the 
    most hairy defense.  You'll want to use this just as you are about to attack a 
    "bunkered in" base.
    
    Who to use against Kanbei: Max, his %50 offensive bonus is enough to go toe to 
    toe with Kanbei's 20% defense.  Just make sure Max attacks first.
    
    How to Unlock Kanbei: Defeat Kanbei in his levels in 8 days, 10 days then 12 
    days in that order (there is three missions).  Doing this will also unlock the 
    hidden missions where you fight Sonja.
    
    Kanbei's best unit: Md. Tank, if you can afford it, it already has the fire 
    power, but with the upgrade...*drools*
    
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     Sonja, is quite possibly the worst CO EVER.  Unless you are truly an elite 
    player, don't even think of selecting her.  Basically, her units have a longer 
    vision, and you can't see their HP.  There is a catch though, her units are 
    "unlucky" meaning her units will 10-20% less effective.  Her CO power is also 
    weak, it just lets you see further, and through all of terrain types like it 
    wasn't there.
    
    Who to use against Sonja: Anyone, she sucks ass.
    
    How to unlock Sonja, remember Kanbei's Time limit?  Do that (8,10,12 days in 
    his missions) to fight in 3 missions against Sonja.  Defeat her to get her.
    
    Sonja's best unit: Nothing, all of her units suck equally.
    
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     Sturm is the bad guy of the game, with the stupidest name ever.  His music is 
    cool so that kind of makes up for it.  Sturm's philosophy on fighting is "The 
    best defense, is a strong offense", which is made apparent by the fact that all 
    of his units have a 20% offensive bonus, and a 20% defensive deduction.  Sturm 
    is best suited for maps with heavy terrain, because his units have no terrain 
    oriented moving penalties (they'll still be slowed by weather though). 
      Sturm's CO power is pretty good for the situations when the enemy has 
    bunkered into his base. His power, "Meteor Strike", sends down a huge rock that 
    does four damage to most of the units around the rock.  The player can't 
    directly aim it, but it'll go to the highest concentration of enemy units on 
    the screen, regardless of fog of war conditions, which means you should move 
    your screen to the area giving you trouble and activate it.
    
    How to unlock Sturm: Unlock all the other COs.  
    *Note*: Sturm is only playable in VS. mode, what a gip.
    
    Who to use against Sturm: Use your favorites CO, because his units only have 
    the defensive imbalance so just make sure you attack first, and keep your units 
    spread out when his CO bar is charged.
    
    Sturm's best unit: Rockets, your not likely to have them attacked back, so you 
    can use the bonus to your advantage.
    
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      Nell is the best CO in game, too bad you have to clear the advanced campaign 
    to get her.  I personally don't have her, so all I can give you is some info on 
    her, if anyone could give me some suggestions it'd be appreciated.
      Basically Nell is the opposite of Sonja, all of her troops are lucky, so they 
    will do 10-20% more damage than expected.  I have no idea what her CO power 
    does, or is called for that matter.
    
    Who to use against Nell: ??????
    
    How to unlock Nell: Clear the advance campaign.
    
    Nell's best unit: ?????
    
    
    
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    In this section I will go over special strategic formations that I will use in 
    the walkthrough, most of these are pretty basic so if you've ever played a 
    strategic game you can probably just skip over this section.  If you have any 
    other formations that I did not include here, feel free to send them to me 
    (Happybuddha311(at)aol(dot)com).  I will also include a list of general 
    formations from Sun Tzu's "The Art Of War".
    
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    In a convey, the goal is to get a platoon of units together so they have no 
    weakness, only strength.  This is best accomplished with a Md. Tank, recon (for 
    fog of war only) APC and Mech unit, Rocket and AA unit.  In the formation the 
    Md. Tank will go first, followed by the recon, that way the tank can defend 
    everything, while the recon can scout ahead (in fog of war maps).  Next should 
    come the Anti-Air, followed by the Missiles with the APC with the mech unit 
    inside bringing up the rear.  The missile is used to weaken attacks, while the 
    APC and Mech are used for refueling and supplying as well as capturing bases.  
    The Anti-air is there to defend against an air attack (obviously).
    
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    Now this tactic won't get you any S ranks, but it will more than likely get the 
    job done.  This will only work if you have as many or more bases then the 
    enemies do.  
    
    In this formation you just build Infantry units with all bases every turn, and 
    money permitting Mech units.  The goal is to out number opponents, 3 or 4 Mech 
    units can take out a Md. Tank, and they only cost 9,000-12,000, while a Md. 
    Tank costs 16,000.  Who gets the better end of the deal?  There is also the 
    benefit Infantry and Mech units can cross mountain terrain, making it easy to 
    get in and out of places, regardless of terrain.  This tactic works best with 
    sami as she has Mech and Infantry bonuses. 
    
    
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                                  T H E  C A M P A I G N
    
    
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     In this section I will be helping you through the campaign part of the game, 
    unlike other guides, you're going to have to do a little bit of thinking for 
    yourself, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing.  As you read through the 
    guide, you will start to understand the reasons for certain movements, and soon 
    you'll be able to play through the game with an all S-Rank.
    
     An important thing to remember is that because the AI acts differently each 
    time, there is no way I can give you a solution to a map that will work every 
    single time.  So please don't e-mail me saying, "I can't do it" because I won't 
    be able to help you much more than what I've already written here.  Before you 
    start to read the actual walkthrough, I would like you to note that in the 
    final level you get to use 3 COs, Andy being one of them, while the other two 
    you can "pick".  To "pick" these COs you must play as certain COs in certain 
    levels, depending on which CO you want you should do the following.
    
     Left Side: 
    Max - Choose Andy in level 4, Max Strikes! 
    
    Olaf - Destroy all of Olaf's units in the level Olaf's Navy.
    
    Grit - Choose Max in level 4, Max Strikes! 
    
     Right Side: 
    Kanbei - In the first Kanbei level, defeat him by at least 8 days, in the 
    second level 10 days, and in the third level 12 days. (Overrides Drake and 
    Sami) 
    
    Sami - Don't choose either all Andy or all Sami for all of the Green Earth 
    Missions, those are the ones with Drake and Eagle.  
    
    Drake - Choose Andy for all of the Green Earth Missions, those are the ones 
    with Drake and Eagle.
    
    Eagle - Choose Sami for all of the Green Earth Missions, those are the ones 
    with Drake and Eagle. (Overrides Kanbei)
    
    My personal favorite would be either Max or Grit in the left with either Eagle 
    or Sami on the left. (Max with Eagle and Sami with Grit)  That way, they can 
    complement each other's styles, max should plow up Sturm's ground troops while 
    Eagle pummels his air troops.   Or Sami gets in front and uses her infantry as 
    shields while Grit uses his distance units to wreck havoc on Sturm's army.
    
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                                   Mission 1: IT'S WAR!
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    CO of Choice: Andy, he's your only choice
    Enemy CO: Olaf
    
    In this mission you'll need to fight on both sides at the same time, try to 
    balance out your troops on each side.  Near the end you'll have a problem with 
    a mid. Tank and a rocket protecting the base.  To get around this, lure out the 
    tank with one of your stronger units into an ambush.  Then use your Anti-Air 
    and Tank to get up next to the rockets without being hit and take that sucka 
    out.
    
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    CO of Choice: Andy, he's your only choice
    Enemy CO: Grit
    
    You've got 2 factories, he has 0, all you have to do is protect your factories 
    from his infantry then use Tanks to get up and give his rockets a bad day.  
    Make sure you capture as many buildings as you can to have enough resources to 
    take on his sniper units.
    
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    CO of Choice: Andy, he's still your only choice
    Enemy CO: Eagle
    
    Try to keep the transport helicopter safe from destruction, it will make this 
    mission much easier.  Then just take an infantry with it, and put the 
    Helicopter in front of the troop on eagles HQ so it can protect the infantry 
    from the Tank.  This mission is super easy.
    
    However if eagle is skilled enough to take out your helicopter, then you'll 
    have to make a "Convey" strike, with tanks and rockets, see the formations 
    section for a better idea of this.  Then just make sure you watch out for the 
    tank that will be your last obstacle.
    
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    Co of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Olaf
    
    In this mission you'll want to hold off Olaf's assault while you clear out the 
    sea with your subs that are below the surface, if you strike correctly Olaf 
    can't touch them. Then just send over your lander and laugh all as he scrambles 
    to protect his unprotected HQ.  This is a good example of "Flanking" also found 
    in the formations section.
    
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    CO of Choice: Andy
    Enemy CO: Grit
    
    In this mission you'll want to use the fog of war to your advantage.  What 
    you'll need to do is Leap frog from tree to tree to stay safe from grit's 
    snipers.  When the area is clear you can use the road.  Just make sure to keep 
    an eye on Grit's CO meter, if it hits full, and he has a spotter then all of 
    your troops that aren't protected by trees are screwed.
    
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    CO of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Olaf
    
    In this mission you'll need to capture 12 bases before Olaf does.  To do this 
    you must capture one base on Olaf's side while keeping all of your bases.  The 
    best thing to do is get to the top bridge ASAP; it's where Olaf will try to get 
    his 12th base.  After that, grab the base on Olaf's side just after the bridge 
    in the middle of the level, this will be your 12th base.
    
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    CO of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Grit
    
    This map is pretty simple.  Basically all you want to do is clear out all of 
    Grit's long distance units, then cross the sea at the highest point of map, 
    right next to Grit's HQ.  Make sure you clear out his Battle ship on the right 
    side of his HQ.
    
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    CO of Choice: Andy
    Enemy CO: Eagle
    
    In this one you won't win by just killing off Eagle's troops, his planes can 
    swoop in from anywhere, your goal is to get to his HQ which is unprotected.  
    The best way is to get a T-Copter with an infantry unit go all the way across 
    the top of the map, then drop the unit when you get close.  If you can get the 
    unit to the HQ he should remain unmolested.
    
    The problem with that plan is that it often goes to hell, and you have to use a 
    convoy (see formations section) to capture that base. This is why Sami is not a 
    good choice for this mission, because if the plan does go to hell, then you'd 
    be fucked with Sami in charge.
    
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    CO of Choice: Andy
    Enemy CO: Kanbei
    
    In this mission you'll need to do two things, first take out his sniper units, 
    then block the entry to your base using Med. Tanks and use your rocket units to 
    clear his troops, then take out his remaining troops using your tanks.  If done 
    correctly you can win in 8 days.
    
    If you win the next 3 mission in 8, 10 and, 12 days respectively, you get to 
    play against Sonja for the chance to get both Sonja and Kanbei as playable 
    characters  in the War Room.
    
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    CO of Choice: Sami
    Enemy CO: Kanbei, *gasp* NO SHIT!
    
    In this mission you'll notice that you have 3 bases and Kanbei has 0.  SO what 
    you should do, is build three mechs per turn and only three mechs per turn.  
    You will receive ten thousand dollars at the beginning of each turn, which 
    gives you enough for 3 mechs and leaves $1,000 for repairs.  All you have to do 
    is keep this up until you destroy all of Kanbei's units.  This technique 
    probably won't get you the win in the ten-day window you'll need if you're 
    trying to play the bonus missions.
    
    To do that, you'll need to use Andy, and just keep building Tanks to block out 
    the right side, all you need to do is take out the bottom side bridge and rush 
    an infantry unit in an APC to capture his HQ.  If you plan correctly you can 
    get the ten-day window.
    
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    Co of Choice: Sami
    Enemy CO: Yet again it's Kanbei.
    
    In this mission you'll want to avoid that one little factory on the island next 
    to your base, you probably won't get it, so don't even try.  The first thing 
    you'll want to do is take out Kanbei's bomber and his fighters.  Then take your 
    fighter and take out his T Cptrs that way, he can't move his troops as fast.  
    From there you'll want to swarm all of your troops to the island in the center 
    just left of Kanbei's HQ to take his 3 bases, giving you a total of 15 bases, 
    wining the mission.  
    
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    Co of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Drake
    
    Basically, your Offensive bonus for direct combat is higher than his sea troop 
    bonus, so strike first with your dived subs and this one should be cake.  Just 
    remember to keep the Battle ships in sight in case the cruisers come to ruin 
    your party.
    
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    CO of Choice: Andy
    Enemy CO: Drake
    
    The basic premise of this mission is just keep one unit safe for 10 turns, 
    pretty simple eh?  All you need to do for this mission is stick the missile 
    unit in a lander and reef hop to the furthest reef in the north east corner.  
    Then hold off the onslaught of troops until turn ten is up.  One thing you can 
    do as a last resort is take a dived sub with the lander to protect the lander 
    if something goes wrong.  This mission shouldn't be that hard.
    
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    CO of Choice: Andy
    Enemy CO: Eagle
    
    In this mission you'll want to first take out eagles fighters using 2 of your 
    fighters to one of his fighters, a tactic you should have learned in basic 
    training, also try to have your anti-air units help clear them.  Next you'll 
    want to use your bombers to clear his ground troops, to pave a way for your 
    ground troops, after all of that take what's left of your fighter squadron and 
    scramble them to attack eagle's bombers.  
    
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    CO of Choice: Andy
    Enemy CO: Drake
    
    This mission is a search and destroy mission, all you have to do is find the 
    lander and blow the hell out of it.  The lander can be located in the reef 
    furthest away from you, look at the bottom of the map, you see that reef down 
    there? That's where it is, you shouldn't encounter much resistance as you 
    transverse the sea, just take a convoy of all your ships (except for the 
    landers) to deal with any enemies that pop up. 
    
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    Co of choice: Andy, and Eagle, though eagle will be there no matter what other 
    CO you pick.
    Enemy CO: Robot Andy, or something, I really never figured out what the hell he 
    was...
    
    In this one eagle does all the work for you.  All you need to do is take a T 
    Cptr and a lander with troops and focus on capturing the other Andy's HQ.  
    That's all you need to do, just ignore everything else.  Make sure the coast is 
    clear before you set down though, make sure his tanks are knocking on the door 
    to your HQ, which won't be long.  So get your rear in gear.
    
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    CO of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Sturm
    
    This mission is tough. If you can't handle it though, you're really going to be 
    in deep shit on the next mission.  The basic thing you'll want to do in this 
    mission is capture the Air base, so you gain air superiority.  After that 
    capture the Boat yards to achieve sea superiority.  After that just march into 
    Sturm's base with a huge line of Md Tanks and Rockets and knock the snot out of 
    him.
    
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    Co of Choice: Andy, the best you could ask for is Sami and Grit as your 
    partners.
    
    Enemy CO: Sturm
    
    This Mission is INSANE.  But it's possible to beat.  The reason Sami and grit 
    make such good Co partners for this is because you can have Sami use her "Mech 
    Swarm" attack and just cross the mountains and capture, while Grit hammers away 
    from behind Sami's troops and Andy takes care of all the air units.
    
    The first thing you'll want to do is get help to Andy RIGHT AWAY.  If you don't 
    you could lose him early.  After that just keep attacking from the middle and 
    the left and right sides respectively.  The important thing is to not bunch up 
    your troops because Sturm will hit them.  He will not ever hit a big swarm of 
    Sami's Mech Units, so feel free to squeeze them in as tight as possible. 
    
    This Mission takes planning, because while you control 3 COs you control all of 
    them in different turns, so you'll have to plan your attacks to make an 
    effective strike.  Just make a plan in your head before every turn to make the 
    most effective strike.  
    
    In this Mission you'll want to control the Air, if you can achieve Air 
    Superiority, or at least keep Sturm grounded, you shouldn't have any surprises 
    to expect.  Another important thing to note is, that Sturm's troops have a high 
    attack bonus, but they have a Defense deduction, so always make sure you attack 
    him, never stay in defensive mode.  Always attack, attack, ATTACK! And you 
    should win this mission.
    
    
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    In this long awaited section, I will finally tell you how to beat all of those 
    war room missions, while quite a few are simple, beating some of the later ones 
    takes a real strategy.  In here I won't give you step by step instructions, as 
    1) the AI is unpredictable, and 2) I don't want to take all the fun out of it 
    for you.  If you need more help, then drop me an e-mail and I shall help you 
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    Co of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Olaf
    
    The key to winning this map is to get the buildings on the southeast island of 
    the map.  If you control these you should win, as you'll have more resources.  
    This map is a good place to use blitzkreig, which is what the nazi's used.  
    Just rush in with Recon units and blast Olaf's troops up.  Here's a challenge: 
    Try and defeat Olaf before he can use his CO Power.
    
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    Co of Choice: Grit
    Enemy CO: Grit
    
    Using grit, both COs will be on an even playing field, try to bombard grit with 
    well placed sniper units.  Getting the factory on the north east side is very 
    important, and if you manage to get all the western cities, your amount of 
    resources should crush him.
    
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    Co of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Kanbei
    
    This map takes some skill, but isn't too difficult.  What you'll want to do is 
    capture as much property as possible, use a transport copters to get to the 
    base in the middle of the map.  Then build a fighter, to take care of the 
    Battle copters Kanbei will attack with, then Md. Tanks and tanks, set them up 
    in a blocking formation, then use your CO power and BLAM!  Blast through 
    Kanbi's troops and capture all of the properties as you go.  If your units need 
    healing, swap them out, and heal them and let them get back into action.
    
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    Co of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Drake
    
    The most important point in this map is the middle land bridge.  Take these 
    properties and use this as a choke point and you should win this map with 
    little trouble.  Also try to stay out of the water, as Drake will take you to 
    school there.
    
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    Co of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Eagle
    
    With his high direct combat skills, max's counter attacks can take out eagles 
    wimpy air bonus.  The goal in this map is to take the island to the east, which 
    is in the center of the map, as well as the island in the south of your HQ.  
    Now block off all of land exits, build some fighters and bombers and let eagle 
    have it.
    
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    Co of Choice: Grit
    Enemy CO: Olaf
    
    The main choke point here is where the land meets the main land.  Here is a 
    good place to build up tanks and rockets.  If you can push Olaf out of this 
    spot, you should march to victory.  IMO this map looks kind of like France or 
    is it Italy? and it's pretty easy to see where people can draw the assumption 
    that advance wars was based off WW2.
    
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                                         Kita Straight
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    Co of Choice: Grit
    Enemy CO: Drake
    
    Kita straight is a pretty easy map, using grit, line your shore with tanks and 
    rockets.  Then blast a hole on the beaches and send in your troops.  Not much 
    more to it then that.  Make sure to watch out for subs.  You can also use B-
    Ships to support the troops as they land, and with the extra square of range 
    you can fuck up drake's B-ships as well.
    
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                                         Point Stormy
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    Co of Choice: Grit or drake
    Enemy CO: Olaf
    
    This is a pretty easy map, using ships and distance units you should be able to 
    screw up olaf.  All you need to do is hover around his base with B-Ships and 
    bomb whatever he makes, then sit outside his town with rockets and bomb them 
    some more.  Zoom in with landers and mop up what's left.
    
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                                         Ridge Island
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    Co of Choice: Sami
    Enemy CO: Grit
    
    This map is much to small for grit to work efficintly in, unless of course you 
    only have a few units.  What does that tell you?  Build an ass load of units.  
    Use Sami to swarm mechs that force grit to use his direct combat units, then 
    use your distance units to supplement the infantry/mech units.
    
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                                          Mial's Hope
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    Co of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Eagle
    
    Use AA and Fighters with huge attack bonuses to destroy Eagle's air units.  
    Then mop up whatever ground units he did make.  Easy as cake, but have you ever 
    tried making a cake?  It's not that easy, so that saying is quite flawed.  BAH!
    
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                                         Bounty River
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    Co of Choice: Grit
    Enemy CO: Sonja
    
    This map is too easy.  All you need to do is set up a distance base defense of 
    rockets along your coast, then suppress your enemy while you advance with 
    Transport boats filled with Md. Tanks.  Then as your Md. Tanks clear a landing, 
    take some rockets and continue to blow through Sonja's defenses with the Md. 
    Tank/Rocket 1-2 combo.  It may take a couple of days to put the rockets in 
    place though.
    
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                                          Toil Ferry
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    Co of Choice: Eagle
    Enemy CO: Grit
    
    The goal in this map is to capture all of the Air ports.  With Eagles Air-
    superiority, Grit won't stand a chance.  The key is to also bomb the crap out 
    of his Cruisers, but not with bombers, with rockets and Battle Ships.  Try to 
    avoid grits long range Missile trucks, these could really screw you up.
    
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                                          Twin Isle
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    Co of Choice: Sami
    Enemy CO: Kanbei
    
    This mission is a pain in the ass. Using the mech swarm is most likely the only 
    tactic that works at all on this map.  I'm sure max has a trick or two that 
    could be used, but this is the only one that has produced results for me.
    
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                                         Dire Range
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    Co of Choice: Max
    Enemy CO: Eagle
    
    Use Max's strong attack bonuses to take eagle's men out of the sky.  If you 
    can, try and capture that air port to the west of Eagle's H.Q.  That could make 
    a big difference in winning and getting trashed.
    
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                                         Egg Island
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    Co of Choice: Drake
    Enemy CO: Drake
    
    Keep the fighting on the water, and sneak some ground troops around back to 
    flank drake.  He'll be too busy spending all of his resources on water units he 
    won't notice until it's too late.  Just make sure you don't lose all of your 
    landers in the process.
    
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                                         Terra Maw
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    Co of Choice: Sami
    Enemy CO: Sonja
    
    The key to this map is to use sami's speed to get up to the top of the map 
    where sonja has a little army to capture with, before it turns into a big army 
    to capture with.  From there blast her with bombs and battle ships as well as a 
    Md. Tank based ground assault and you should have no trouble with this one.
    
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                                        Stamp Islands
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    Co of Choice: Drake or Eagle
    Enemy COs: Kanbei and Olaf
    
    In this map you'll want to choose between sea or air. Which ever you pick, you 
    must stick with it all the way through the map and not let the enemy get a 
    footing in the one you pick.  Taking out Kanbei first is strongly recommended, 
    or you can waste Olaf quickly then using all of his supplies, take out Kanbei.  
    It's up to you.
    
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                                        Rivers Four
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    Co of Choice: Your best CO
    Enemy COs: Grit and Max
    
    Grit is a much bigger threat here, but not at first, so you need to zoom in and 
    screw him up A.S.A.P.  Let max beat you up a little, as soon as you capture 
    grit's stuff, he's toast.  Just make sure to guard the H.Q. if it gets taken, 
    all is lost.
    
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                                         Ring Islands
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    Co of Choice: Drake
    Enemy COs: Drake and Sonja
    
    In this mission I highly recommend that you take out Sonja and her weak troops 
    first, then attempt to take out Drake using the resources you gained from 
    Sonja.  This way you can concentrate on the real threat in this mission, Drake.
    
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                                         Last Mission
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    Co of Choice: Sami
    Enemy COs: Eagle and Sami
    
    Believe it or not, this mission is really easy.  What you have to do is build a 
    transport helicopter and an infantry unit and when the time is right, fly it 
    and capture Eagles's HQ.  Then when you do capture it, you'll gain all of his 
    properties and his money, so you can just walk all over Sami.
    
    
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    If you've never read one of my guides before (which is highly likely).  I use 
    this section to give you little challenges that I have thought up so you can 
    find out how good you really are, or just to get a little more life out of the 
    game.
    
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                                Challenge 1: Back to Basics.
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    Basically, all you have to do is go back to "Field training" and complete the 
    "Dog Fight" mission in 2 turns.  It really isn't that hard, but it does take 
    some careful planning to get it.
    
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    my schedule.  This was my fourth FAQ/Walkthrough, and I feel that writing 
    walkthroughs has really given me something better to do than watch some of the 
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