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    Strategy Guide by Sidewinder

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    REDALERT
    GUIDE
      
    VERSION 1.2
    
    BY
    Sidewinder 100535.272@compuserve.com
    
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    CONTENTS
    
    (1.0)  INTRODUCTION
    (2.0)  ALLIES INTODUCTION
    (3.0)  UNITS
    (4.0)  SOVIET INTRODUCTION
    (5.0)  UNITS
    (6.0)  STRUCTURE INFORMATION
    (7.0)  BATTLE STRATEGIES
    
    (1.0)INTRODUCTION
    Here is a guide to everything about redalert that you need to know to become
    the best general in either the allied forces or the soviet. I will give you
    the tips that I have picked up along the way after completing the game many
    times. In this guide things will be included like, units good and bad points,
    when to use them and how, how to protect your base efficiently. I will also
    include battle manoeuvres that worked for me and that will work for you.
    
    
    (2.0) ALLIES INTRODUCTION :- The allies I dont think become a very good
    side until the later part of the game, until the chronosphere and cruisers
    can be used. This part of the guide will show you how to use all units to
    their greatest efficiency.
    
    (3.0) UNITS
    (3.1) RIFLE INFANTRY :- The good old infantry unit, as a single not very
    powerful but in a team can strip a mammoth tank in seconds. The best way to
    use these is not to send them out in single units, group them together and
    put them into teams. Because they are not very expensive they can be called
    upon quickly from the barracks in case of a sudden attack from the enemy.
     Enemy paratroopers can be a problem if the anti-aircraft fire cant take them
    out this is why teams of 5 or 6 rifle units spread across your base can pin
    them down as soon as they land. When starting out and your income is low,
    use these to temporarily guard your base.
    
    (3.2) MEDIC :- The medics are a good unit to have, even though they are
    expensive not many are needed, once you have grouped your troopers around
    your base, place a medic between them. Then if paratroopers do penetrate the
    base while the battle in action your medics can heal the troopers so none
    die, and thus saving money. If you are sending out any troops to attack the
    enemy make sure the medics are in proportion to the troopers its no good
    having 50 troops and 1 medic, or 20 medics and 5 troops. I would say for
    every 1 medic it should be around 5 troops, this is for quick healing. I
    would not recommend sending them out with troops to attack the enemy base
    they are slow and are killed easily, and for a unit are very expensive.
    
    (3.3) ROCKET SOLDIER :- Rocket soldiers are better than any anti-aircraft
    guns costing allot less, they can take out aircraft as well as ground troops.
    Being relatively cheap they are a great asset to the allied forces. These
    troops are the best ground to air defence, place them around key buildings
    like construction yard, power stations and radardomes. These are what the likes
    to go for most. The only bad thing about the soldiers is that they are weak,
    air fighters can take them out easily and can be crushed by moving tanks. If
    you are using them to guard a building try to determine which direction the
    enemy attack is coming from. DO NOT place your men at X`s they may take out
    the enemy aircraft eventually, the damage on your building would have been
    done, and this may result even in the explosion of it being destroyed and the
    loss of your rocket soldiers.
    
    
                               
    
                             
    
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                                X *              *
             ATTACK             X *              *
          ------------->        X *              *
                                X *              *     BASE
                               X  ****************
    
    
     The best thing to do is place them here. This time the aircraft will be
     destroyed before reaching your building. No loss of rocket soldiers and no
     damage to repair on the building.
    
    
    
    
    
                   X              ****************
                  X               *              *
             ATTACK               *              *
          --------X----->         *              *
                  X               *              *   BASE
                    X             ****************
    
    
    (3.4) SPY:- Spy's are very good at scouting and they also sound like James
    Bond. Use the spy first of all to scout around so you can see if the enemy
    are approaching at an early stage. Getting them into buildings does end with
    you loosing the spy but they are not that expensive. Never leave your spy
    off the screen when scouting, because you must be on the look out for dogs
    see them before they see you, spy are not very fast so watch out. Dont think
    that sending a rifleman around with your spy so he can protect him from dogs
    is a good idea, it isn't. Rifleman will attract more attention and probably
    more dogs accompanied by tanks this will make life even more difficult. They
    can tip the scale of the Naval Battle if you can get one into an enemy sub
    pen.
    
    (3.5) ENGINEER :- Not allot can be said about the engineer except he damages
    and steals buildings. All though I think he is one of the best units in the
    game. In the later levels when the enemy has more than one construction yard,
    he can be used to go in and steal it this will give you all the options of
    opponent and that can be the turning point of the game. A good thing to do
    with engineers is after capturing the enemy base, and because you can only
    capture on red and that means when you occupy it, it is very weak. Their may-
    be others structures of the enemy's around. If their are no attacking units
    of the enemies in that sector then steal all the other buildings using normal
    methods, E.G shooting using tanks until it is red then send in the engineer.
    But if their are enemy attacking units around then quickly build a barracks
    and start piling out engineers 3 should be enough per building, quickly
    send them into the WAR FACTRORY and the BARRACKS this may destroy the
    buildings but it will stop the enemy producing any more offensive units. Then
    you are left to clean up the other units and steal the other buildings.
    
    (3.6) THEIF :- Thieves are not used much in the game only on 1 or 2 levels.
    But if you credits are low then the best thing to do is. Build an A.P.C and
    5 thieves. Using the satellite or any other means find allot of enemy silos
    grouped together quickly with as many guards as you want take the A.P.C
    straight their try to run past any enemy offensive vehicles. If tesla coils
    are a problem, just before you move in quickly use your helicopters to take
    them out any losses will be worth it if the plan works. Once the A.P.C has
    reached its destination unload and move in the thieves, the A.P.C may be lost
    but the reward will far out weigh it. Try to engage this plan when the silos
    are at their fullest, doing this to will obtain more credits.
    
    (3.7) TANYA :- Apart from the last mission you only get Tanya on her own or
    with just one other vehicle on special missions. She is extremely good at
    killing units and blowing up buildings. A good tip when blowing up a building
    is to place the C-4 then quickly run away and keep going until the explosions
    have cleared. If this is not done some riflemen may have been left behind
    and they will get first hits on Tanya it may not kill her, but repeated
    mistakes like this will get her killed eventually.
    
    (3.8) AT MINE LAYER :- These can be effective at the start of missions when
    units are attacking from every side, the best thing to do is find the
    direction that they approach from most and lay mines all in that area this
    will give you a chance to increase funds and get tanks to protect that
    certain area. Lining the beachhead's with mines is also a good idea this
    eliminates forces attacking from that position. Do not just place mines out in
    any formation the cross formation with the units at the back is the best.
    
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                           ATTACKING ENEMY
    
    
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                   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X
                 X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X
    
                              YOUR UNITS
    
    (3.9) ORE TRUCK :- This unit can be used in many different ways, for 1
    collecting raw materials the obvious one. But also for taking out enemy
    infantry, if many units are attacking and they are all infantry run them
    down with the Ore truck its huge size makes it the perfect squashing weapon.
    Because they wonder off on their own, make sure you keep an eye on them, they
    will go into enemy territory without a second thought, its good to keep a
    light escort with them, if they do get into trouble the ore truck can get
    away while the escort handles the problem. Another tip is if the truck is
    damaged and you repair it, after the repairing is over it will not return to
    normal duty unless told to, sometimes you can go 15 minutes with it left at
    the repair bay unnoticed.
    
    (3.10) RANGER :- Not the best unit in the game, but it is quite quick to
    scout out areas, when a confrontation with the enemy occurs, this is probably
    the unit they go for, so you may be able to use it as a distraction in later
    missions. This pick out infantry quite well better than the bigger tanks but
    do fall vulnerable to tanks, its best to have 1 or 2 among your tanks
    in case infantry are encountered.
    
    (3.11) LIGHT TANK :- Light tanks are quick and quite powerful, they are
    excellent for guarding your base in case of paratroopers, they pin down the
    enemy and use their good speed to get to the problem on time. In numbers they
    can be very effective, and if a sudden problem arises in the base they can
    be manufactured very quickly to help stop the threat. These can be used
    for scouting in much more dangerous areas that the ranger cant handle. These
    are the idle vehicles for escorting ore trucks.
    
    (3.12) APC :- These are good units, as well as being able to carry 5 men they
    have excellent armour and even a weapon, they are quick and can infiltrate
    an enemy base in minutes. The best thing to do is get about 4 and fill them
    with troops a mixture of riflemen and rocket soldiers then take them straight
    into the heart of the base unloaded, and bring down some enemy troops before
    the tanks arrive. If their are many tesla coils in the base drop off 20 troops
    just out of its range and send the all to attack, the coil can only take out
    one at a time and takes along time to charge, you have a much better chance
    than when using tanks, doing this will allow your tanks to enter the base
    undamaged by the coils or even flame-throwers.
    
    (3.13) ARTILLERY :- These are the best for taking out infantry, their 155mm
    cannons can take out 5 troops with one blast, unlike the tanks who have allot
    of trouble with small infantry. To get the most effective use out of this
    unit set them out like this:
    
                                |          |
          T=tanks               |          |
          A=artillery           |          |
                                |          |
                                |          |
                                \/         \/
                               ATTACKING TROOPS
    
                            T T T T T T T T T T T
                            T T T T T T T T T T T
                              A       A       A
    
        In this formation the artillery are untouched by the fire from the units.
      three is enough to fend off an excellent unit attack from the enemy. And in
      this formation the tanks that try to take out the artillery are gunned down
      by the ally tanks in front before the enemies even get into range.
    
      (3.14) MEDIUM TANK :- These tanks are best used as a blockade against the
      enemy when all in a line or grouped, they cut the enemy attackers into
      pieces, they are not that costly so more can be manufactured, and with their
      good armour nothing will break them, make sure they are repaired at all
      times. For its size this tank is quite fast, so running over enemy infantry
      instead of shooting is a better option, although tricky at times, it
      does take them out alot faster. These are the main frame of the allied attack
      force, use them in groups of 5 - 10 and they will take out buildings in an
      instant.
    
      (3.15) MOBILE GAP GENERATOR :- This can be quite useful the best thing to do
      is put three around the most important buildings e.g Construction yard. This
      prevents any air strikes against that structure although costly and not
      having good range, they are good for when power is down and the normal gap
      generators are out these are best used as back up.
    
      (3.16) MCV :- These are excellent you are able to expand your base
      indefinitely they maybe expensive but very useful. Try to expand along way
      from your base I would have two or three more, when they are thriving you
      can attack the enemy from all sides with allot of force, but make sure to
      guard them well when they are in the first stages of production.
    
      (3.17) LST TRANSPORT :- In some missions these are vital attacking from one
      island to another, they are almost invulnerable to submarines, they have
      good armour and when encountered by submarines they can just out run them,
      when using these to attack an island the advantage is that you can attack
      from different places, use this by putting half your attack force at the
      bottom and the rest at the top unload at the first attack force then about 30
      seconds later the second this is because all the enemy's units will rush down
      and attack the first force. While the first is fending off tanks and infantry
      the second can take out key buildings e.g Power plants to keep tesla coils
      off line. War factory and Barracks to stop production of any more troops.
      ( THIS TACTIC WILL BE EXPLAINED, IN MORE DETAIL LATER ON)
    
    (3.18) GUNBOAT:- Although not very powerful they are fast to get to awkward
    situations. Once all the area of sea has been mapped or as most that can be.
    Put these boats into groups of three scattered about, more close to your base
    then if you destroyers come into submarines they will be able to respond
    quickly. These are good for scouting the seas.
    
    (3.19) DESTROYER:- These are excellent for taking out submarines, the best
    thing to do is make a three of these when scouting enemy territory, they
    can match up to 3 maybe 4 subs at a time, these are the main protectors of
    the cruisers, they maybe quite expensive but they dont just have submarine
    sinking capabilities, their missile packs are extremely effective, scout
    around the land where the enemy is on, take out all structures around, the
    edge, with their excellent range on the missiles not many units can reach
    them. Use these to also guard cruisers from devastating air attacks.
    
    (3.20) CRUISER:- This unit is exceptional, when attacking  targets on land
    nothing can reach it, its weapon is devastating. Try to scout out the area
    on land then just use the cruiser to take out key buildings or even units
    even if they go unprotected and meet submarines, their heavy armour can take
    the torpedoes until help arrives.
    
    (3.21) LONGBOW APACHE:- As a single unit, it isn't very powerful, but when
    their are a great number, Structures can be taken out in just one strike,
    the best thing to do after scouting the base, is to find the sam sites
    and first of all take them out, if you dont you will lose allot more
    helicopters, after the sam sites are gone take the construction yard so
    no more can be built and demolish the buildings. And for using on enemy units
    can be just as effective, their missiles can cut through armour easily,
    use them as a rapid response team, if your units are lacking power in the
    field use the helicopters to help out.
    
    (3.22) GPS SATELLITE:- This is a very good unit, try to get it up and
    running as quickly as possible so you can monitor enemy activity, try not
    to waste time scouting if this is a possible option.
    
    (3.23) SONAR PULSE:- Their are no real tips just try to get a spy into the
    pen and frequent periods, so you can see what plans they have, and how
    many units they are producing.
    
    
    
    (4.0) SOVIET INTRODUCTION:- The Soviet army overall is the best one, it starts
    off good and ends up better, like with the allies I will show you how to
    use the units to their greatest efficiency.
    
    (5.0) UNITS
    (5.1) ATTACK DOG:- This unit can be used in many different ways, first I
    would place them scattered about the base, so if any troops do invade, they
    can be taken out quickly,  I would not advise taking them into battle they
    are killed very easily, and cant attack structures or vehicles. They can
    take out units of destroyed structures well, without this the riflemen may
    have slowdown your tanks.
    
    (5.2) RIFLE INFANTRY :- The good old infantry unit, as a single not very
    powerful but in a team can strip a mammoth tank in seconds. The best way to
    use these is not to send them out in single units, group them together and
    put them into teams. Because they are not very expensive they can be called
    upon quickly from the barracks in case of a suprise attack from the enemy.
     Enemy paratroopers can be a problem if the anti-aircraft fire cant take them
    out this is why teams of 5 or 6 rifle units spread across your base can pin
    them down as soon as they land. When starting out and your income is low,
    use these to temporarily guard your base.
    
    (5.3) GRENADIER:- This is way more effective than the rifle men, they
    destroy tanks excellent when in small groups, its good have these behind
    your tanks throwing grenades over the top at your enemy, when in small
    groups they can be taken into the enemy base, where they can cause quite a
    bit of damage before being taken out. A better choice than the riflemen.
    
    (5.4) FLAME INFANTRY:- These are excellent for taking out other infantry
    and vehicles although slow and expensive they are useful. If you are
    constantly attacked by the enemies infantry just post 5 of these and the
    attack points and they will incinerate all of them very quickly. When doing
    this make sure you scatter them, because if one dies they will all go up
    in flames.
    
    (5.5) ENGINEER :- Not allot can be said about the engineer except he damages
    and steals buildings. All though I think he is one of the best units in the
    game. In the later levels when the enemy has more than one construction yard,
    he can be used to go in and steal it this will give you all the options of
    opponent and that can be the turning point of the game. A good thing to do
    with engineers is after capturing the enemy base, and because you can only
    capture on red and that means when you occupy it, it is very weak. Their may-
    be others structures of the enemy's around. If their are no attacking units
    of the enemies in that sector then steal all the other buildings using normal
    methods, E.G shooting using tanks until it is red then send in the engineer.
    But if their are enemy attacking units around then quickly build a barracks
    and start piling out engineers 3 should be enough per building, quickly
    send them into the WAR FACTRORY and the BARRACKS this may destroy the
    buildings but it will stop the enemy producing any more offensive units. Then
    you are left to clean up the other units and steal the other buildings.
    
    (5.6) ORE TRUCK :- This unit can be used in many different ways, for 1
    collecting raw materials the obvious one. But also for taking out enemy
    infantry, if many units are attacking and they are all infantry run them
    down with the Ore truck its huge size makes it the perfect squashing weapon.
    Because they wonder off on their own, make sure you keep an eye on them, they
    will go into enemy territory without a second thought, its good to keep a
    light escort with them, if they do get into trouble the ore truck can get
    away while the escort handles the problem. Another tip is if the truck is
    damaged and you repair it, after the repairing is over it will not return to
    normal duty unless told to, sometimes you can go 15 minutes with it left at
    the repair bay unnoticed.
    
    (5.7) HEAVY TANK:- Similar to the medium tank of the allies, but more
    powerful having twin cannons obviously the greater powerful of the two.
    use it in much the same way they are best in groups, and because they
    are more powerful than the allies can match up to them even when
    outnumbered, these are the leading units for the soviets use them wisely
    because they are expensive and take time to build.
    
    (5.8) AP MINE LAYER :- These can be effective at the start of missions when
    units are attacking from every side, the best thing to do is find the
    direction that they approach from most and lay mines all in that area this
    will give you a chance to increase funds and get tanks to protect that
    certain area. Lining the beachhead's with mines is also a good idea this
    eliminates forces attacking from that position. Do not just place mines out in
    any formation the cross formation with the units at the back is the best.
    
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                           ATTACKING ENEMY
    
    
                 X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X
                   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X
                 X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X   X
    
                              YOUR UNITS
    
    (5.9) V2 ROCKET LAUNCHER:- This is the downside of the soviet army, it may
    have a powerful punch, but its slow, and takes a very long time to reload,
    they are weak and are taken out easily, dont buy many of these if any.
    Sometimes they may come in handy for long range assault, if you are to use
    them make sure they are guarded well while they try to reload.
    
    (5.10) MOBILE RADAR JAMME  *MRJ*:- More effective than the allies, but still
    the same tactics, place them around your key structures to resist from enemy
    air attacks, also another thing is to take about three and put them into an
    area where their is nothing, the enemy may think you have something their
    and move to attack, this would be a good opportunity for an ambush.
    
    (5.11) MAMMOTH TANK:- This is truly the best unit, it maybe expensive but
    its fighting ability is amazing, if you can get a blockade of around 6 of
    these and some heavy tanks, you would be unstoppable, if the infantry try
    to attack the mammoth tanks will use their rockets which dispose of infantry
    perfectly, if your unit is away from base and away from air defence, the
    mammoth tanks rocket packs take care of air assaults, and if its just tank
    to tank their twin cannons even more powerful than the heavy cannons, will
    wipe out any opposition, align them around your base and no ally will get
    through. But use them wisely they can be pinned down by large groups of
    enemies.
    
      (5.12) MCV :- These are excellent you are able to expand your base
      indefinitely they maybe expensive but very useful. Try to expand along way
      from your base I would have two or three more, when they are thriving you
      can attack the enemy from all sides with allot of force, but make sure to
      guard them well when they are in the first stages of production.
    
      (5.13) LST TRANSPORT :- In some missions these are vital attacking from one
      island to another, they are almost invulnerable to submarines, they have
      good armour and when encountered by submarines they can just out run them,
      when using these to attack an island the advantage is that you can attack
      from different places, use this by putting half your attack force at the
      bottom and the rest at the top unload at the first attack force then about 30
      seconds later the second this is because all the enemy's units will rush down
      and attack the first force. While the first is fending off tanks and infantry
      the second can take out key buildings e.g Power plants to keep tesla coils
      off line. War factory and Barracks to stop production of any more troops.
      ( THIS TACTIC WILL BE EXPLAINED, IN MORE DETAIL LATER ON)
    
    (5.14) SUBMARINES:- Their scouting ability is unmatched, no one can detect
    them, use them first to search the whole of the naval area, scouting for
    ships, this will help you decide how many subs you will need, the first
    things to attack are cruisers before they get close to your base take them
    ALL out before then destroying the enemies naval base. Subs however do have
    a very large weakness which will be shown later on.
    
    (5.15) YAK:- The best thing to use these against is a mass of infantry,
    they will kill almost all of them in the first swoop, they are quite
    vulnerable to rocket soldiers these must be taken out first, they are cheap
    in large groups and destroy whole structures, it is not wise to use them
    against armoured vehicles, the high powered machine guns dont do much
    damage.
    
    (5.16) BADGER BOMBER:- WARNING!!!! do not use around anything that can shoot
    at air targets, these are extremely slow and can be taken out by even just
    one, rocket soldier, try to drop bombs or troops where their are no guards.
    
    (5.17) PARATROOPERS:- These units are very useful, just drop into the enemy
    base and start destroying things, sometimes you can get into a position were
    the enemy fire cant reach you and you are left freely to destroy buildings,
    its also a good idea to keep them ready just before you attack, if times are
    hard they may help.
    
    (5.18) PARACHUTE BOMBS:- When the target is hit these are very useful but
    their accuracy is VERY VERY POOR most of the time they miss the target
    completely, and because most of the targets are inside the base, they are
    usually shot down straight away. Even if you try to destroy units they are
    so slow at falling the units have time to move themselves out of the way. One
    good thing to use them for is bridge bombing, in some levels their maybe,
    lots of bridges where the enemy is attacking you from, take out some bridges
    and he will have to take the route you set him, that way you can guard
    more heavily one area, instead of lots of areas with less protection.
    
                    *                  *       X=drop bomb
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                    ---------X----------
                             X
                    ---------X----------
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                                   ---------> MORE PROTECTION HERE
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    (5.19) SPY PLANE:- This is very good for scouting, make sure one of your
    priorities when building structures is an airfield so you can make a quick
    start on scouting around, they will hardly ever be shot down, or even
    never they are to quick to be hit by missiles, but soon become useless, when
    the map is revealed.
    
    (5.20) MIG:- This is an awesome aircraft, it can swoop down attack, and
    get back to base before the enemy know what hit them, if you have ten of
    these grouped together, attacking a structure, not even heavy ground to air
    defence can stop it from being destroyed, this unit can be the turning
    point in a game, try to use it to take out key targets, Power stations are
    good if their are gap's set up by the enemy.
    
    (5.21) HIND:- With this unit try not to attack anything that has any ground
    to air attack capabilities, it tends to wait around for a very long time,
    before going back to base its armour is heavy but can easily be destroyed,
    try to attack large targets with about 3 - 5 HIND`s this should result in a
    good attack strategy, along with the MIG`s.
    
    (5.22) CHINOOK TRANSPORT HELICOPTER:- This is a good unit, for getting
    heavy firepower into the base instead of the normal light paratroopers,
    its faster and stronger than the badger, and you choose what goes inside,
    the only real fault is that it has to have quite a large landing area.
    
    
    (6.0) STRUCTURE INFOMATION:- I will now go into detail as best I can how
    to set up the structures in a good order, so that minimal damage occurs on
    attacks, including where they should be positioned.
    (6.1) CONSTRUCTION YARD: ALLIES,SOVIET:- This is the most important building
    so protect it very well, when you start the mission with the MCV try to
    place the construction yard, next to the edge of the game boundaries, just
    generally try to make it hard for the enemy to attack, when building other
    structures, place them around it, so no one can get through.
    
    (6.2) POWER PLANT: ALLIES,SOVIET:- This are quite important, but if
    destroyed dont cost much to replace, try to have allot more power plants than
    you really need, that way you will never have a power failure, and they can
    come at the most awkward of times.
    
    (6.3) ADVANCED POWER PLANT: ALLIES,SOVIET:- These are more important than
    the single power plants, giving out more power means you rely on them more
    guard them fairly well, but they can always be replaced, without much cost.
    
    (6.4) ORE REFINERY: ALLIES,SOVIET:- Try to guard these well because if t
    hey get destroyed then you loose your ore, and they are expensive to replace,
    just buy one or two and dont buy any more just the ore trucks, this saves
    money in the long run. Try to build nearer the ORE fields, so you can get some
    money quickly.
    
    (6.5) ORE SILO: ALLIES,SOVIET:- These are extremely weak, so guard these
    well, try to build them all together in one group and guard that, the
    enemy doesn't really attack these very often, but they still need to be
    guarded.
    
    (6.6) TENT BARRACKS: ALLIES, BARRAKS: SOVIET:- These are very cheap, they
    should be placed next to the war factory in case of an emergency when any
    kind of troop needs to be called upon, doing this you can select allot
    of units together, instead of moving across your screen to the different areas
                                  /
     BARRACKS                   /    BARRACKS         \     /
          ******  ******     \/         ******          \ /             ****** 
          *    *  *    *                *    *           X              *    *
          *    *  *    *                *    *          / \             *    *
          ******  ******                ******        /     \           ******    
                  WARFACTORY                                     WAR FACTORY
    
    
    (6.7) WAR FACTORY: ALLIES, SOVIETS:- This building is usually attacked by
    enemy aircraft so its best to keep some ground to air firepower around it,
    the way to set this building up with the barracks has already been explained.
    
    (6.8) NAVAL YARD: ALLIES:- You dont have much choice where to place this,
    but a good tip dont leave it unguarded try to get some gun boats, or
    destroyers out quickly.
    
    (6.9) HELIPAD: ALLIES, SOVIET:- When you start the construction of your air
     defence try to place all the helipads in a row, dont scatter them about your
    base. This way they can be chosen quickly if a problem arises, with them all
    scattered about you will waste time, scanning about the screen.
    
    (6.10) PILLBOX: ALLIES:- These can be ideal in the starting missions but,
    after tend not to do much damage on anything, they are taken out quite
    easily, with only medium armour, if you are to use them, place a couple at
    the entrances where the enemy attack the most, this will help cut down
    infantry while your tanks take care of the rest.
    
    (6.11) CAMOUFLAGED PILLBOX: ALLIES:- These are much better than the normal
    pillbox I would use these with their extra armour, and invisible capability,
    they are much better, use them in the same way as you would the normal
    pillbox.
    
    (6.12) TURRET: ALLIES:- These are brilliant for taking out tanks, and as well
    as giving out the power of a medium tank, they have the armour of a heavy,
    they are to set up like the pillbox's in two's. With these and the pillbox's
    your tanks wont have to do much.
    
    (6.13) AA GUN: ALLIES:- These are the best ground to air killers, put about
    two around your base on either side, that way if the enemy aircraft break
    through the rocket soldiers, then the AA guns will take them out. When
    placing them watch out for your power, they do take a bit of juice to run.
    
    (6.14) SERVICE DEPOT:ALLIES, SOVIET:- This needs to be protected, when the
    enemies ground units start to invade this is the one they go for, use it
    all the time, to repair units you will save allot of money doing so, when
    placing the depot try to put it closer to where your units are in battle,
    this way they dont have to travel miles to be repaired.
    
    (6.15) RADAR DOME: ALLIES,SOVIET:- This is the most useful structure, make
    sure it stays on line so keep lots of power stations up and running, protect
    it well because, its armour is weak and can be destroyed easily.
    
    (6.16) TECHNOLOGY CENTRE: ALLIES, SOVIET:- This structure is very important
    in both cases try to get it up and running as soon as possible, so you
    can release the satellite and get the mammoth tanks into production, make
    sure before you start on this construction that you have lots of POWER this
    building takes up loads.
    
    (6.17) GAP GENERATOR: ALLIES:- More powerful than its mobile version, but
    this one cant move, I would place about three or four around your base in
    key positions, that way the enemy will not see any of your base, make sure
    you have extra power, because if they power down all your efforts will be
    wasted and the enemy will be able to view your territory.
    
    (6.18) CHRONOSPHERE: ALLIES:- This weapon has been exaggerated its not
    really that good at all. You can transport a unit anywhere that sounds
    all right, but if you put him into the enemy base, remember you can only
    transport one, and as soon as he gets in their, he is destroyed. It would OK
    if you could transport a thief near a silo, but men cant be CHRONOSHIFTED.
    The best thing it can be used for is for chronoshifting cruisers, nearer
    the enemy base because they are slow moving, it may have taken them a very
    long time to get their, and dont forget the cruiser will return to its
    original location so what's the point in sending him, DONT use this, its to
    expensive, takes up to much power, takes too long to recharge and basically
    its CRAP.
    
    (6.19) FAKE STRUCTURES: ALLIES:- These can be allot of fun, watching the
    enemy use all his fire power to break your barrier, then try to steal, the
    construction yard and then finding out that it is fake. A good tip is to
    keep the fake construction yard heavily guarded, and your normal one without
    any protection or very little, this makes your enemy think that the well
    protected one is the real construction yard, when it is actually the fake.
    
    (6.20) SANBAG BARRIER: ALLIES:- Not really very effective, when the enemy
    attacks, usually tanks are involved and they can charge through sand bags
    easily.
    
    (6.21) CONCRETE BARRIER: ALLIES, SOVIET:- These are much better they stop
    tanks as well as infantry, using these to block of a entrance to your base
    may give you the time you need to get reinforcements if the enemy attacks.
    If you find the enemy approach one certain way, very often, DOUBLE the
    thickness of your barrier.
    
    (6.22) KENNEL: SOVIET:- These dont really have to be well guarded they are
    cheap anyway , and in general are ignored by the enemy. try to place them
    with your barracks and war factory, so they can be called upon quickly
    in case of an emergency.
    
    (6.23) SUB PEN: SOVIET:- Like the naval yard keep them well protected, try
    to get submarines up and running as soon as possible, cruisers try to attack
    the sub pen allot, because the submarines are slow dont crowd them near the
    sub pen send them out, so if a cruiser does come along it can be taken out
    quickly instead of it doing lots of damage, while you wait for your subs to
    arrive.
    
    (6.24) AIRFIELD: SOVIET:- Again like the helipads keep them all close
    together so they can be called upon quickly. These are not usually targeted
    by the enemy but if they are, they are heavily armoured and can probably
    take allot of punishment.
    
    (6.25) FLAME TOWER: SOVIET:- This is a useful structure, to get the most
    effective use out of it, put about three or four by the entrances to your
    base, they will work brilliantly if you are being attacked by huge groups
    of infantry, they can incinerate around 5 in one shot.
    
    (6.26) TESLA COIL: SOVIET:- This is the greatest weapon that the Soviets
    have it reaches for a long distance and kills things with almost one shot.
    This weapon is a must, place just one should be enough at each entrance to
    the base, no enemy will be able to pass, and just to protect it have a
    couple of other ground units. Once the tesla coil is in place bring up the
    guard level on your power stations, and make sure you dont get low power
    in an attack from the enemy, the only trouble with the tesla coil is that
    it is expensive not just to get running, but to protect. You will need to
    set up at the very least 3 sam sites surrounding it, otherwise enemy
    helicopters will swoop in a demolish it instantly.
    
    (6.27) SAM SITE: SOVIET:- Keep these around certain buildings like:
    POWER STATIONS, CONSTRUCTION YARD, TESLA COIL, SUB PEN, WAR FACTORY, none
    of the other places are usually attacked or not as often as these.
    
    
              ****
              *  *= BUILDING     X= SAMSITE   0= TESLA COIL
              ****
    
            X                                        X
              ****                 X   X          X  ****
              *  *                   0               *  *
              ****                 X   X             ****
                   X                                      X
    
    
    (6.28) IRON CURTAIN: SOVIET:- Not really what you were expecting, being
    able to make the unit invulnerable is one good thing, for about 30 seconds
    isn't. This should not be wasted on units really, only if you want to get
    them into the enemy base to scout around without been killed. When you
    see the enemy helicopters coming towards your base wait to see which
    building they start to attack and use the IRON CURTAIN to protect the
    building, In one of the levels you will need to use this to protect an enemy
    building.
    
    
    
    
    (7.0) GENERAL BATTLE TACTICS
    
    (7.1) BRIDGE AMBUSH MANOUVER
    Also known as BAM, this is a very sneaky tactic, and I discovered it on one
    of the early Soviet missions all you need is a bridge, some unit in the
    water, and some small infantry the other side of the bridge where the enemy
    are.
    
           ENEMY                              YOU
    
              0 0       --------------------   X
              0  0        BRIDGE               X X
              0 0       --j--------------j--   X
    
                             H H
                             SHIPS
    
    Now use your ships to crumble the bridge at J then send an unit into the
    middle of the bridge and tempt the enemy across once they have gone past
    the first J shoot it until it is destroyed, once your unit is past the
    second J shoot that and then you will have trapped the enemy on the bridge
    then you can use the transport to go across instead of using the bridge
    and the tanks will not be in your way.
    
    
    
                           --   ----------  ---   X
                            |   | 00000  |  |    XX
                           --   ----------  ---   X
    
                               H      H
    
    
    
    (7.2) BEACH BLOCK MANOUVER
    If you find while you are in battle that the enemy constantly attacks you
    by transporting tanks onto the beach head the best thing to do is line the
    beach head totally with units so when the transport gets their he cant
    unload because their isn't enough room, your tanks will them destroy the
    transport and the five units inside. This tactic I have used allot of the
    time.
    
    
    (7.3) BARRAKADE
    After you have constructed some of your base the best thing to do to stop
    the enemy invading is to find out where he is coming from.
          *=base      X= points where enemy can get to your base.
          @=cliffs
          --- =border
                                       --------------------------
                                        @            *  *       |
                                         @          *   *       |
                                          @                     |
                                          X1                    |
                                            @ @ @               |
                                                  X2            |
                                                     @ @ @ X3  @@
    
    Here their are three ways where the enemy need to come to get to your base
    these spaces are usually very confined (SMALL) so the enemy cant spread
    out its units. If you put up a barricade at each of the points with a line
    of units then this will stop the enemy opening up and attacking your base.
    Another good thing to do in this situation is look to see if you can lower
    the number of places where the enemy can get through to your base E.G say
    if X2 is a bridge, then destroy it, the enemy cant get through that way
    so your units barricading that area can be sent to X1 and X3 to make those
    barricades stronger.
    
    
    (7.4) PIGGY IN THE MIDDLE TACTIC
    This is for when the transport ships are to be used to take tanks over and
    attack an enemy island, what you must do is find the bottom of the base
    and a beach head where the tanks can be dropped off, also find another
    beach head above the base where some more tanks can be dropped off. Gather
    the troops you need to over power the enemy and split them into two groups
    about half and half. take one group to the beach head above the base and
    another to the beach head below like this:
    
    
                   Transports here
                           BH2
                            |
                            | 
                            |          **********    
                            |          * ENEMY  *
                            |          * BASE   *
                            |          *        *
                            |          **********
                             \
                               \
                                 \
                                   \
                                     \-------BH1------------
                                         Transports here
    
    
    Once this has been done unload the first transport at beach head 1 (BH1)
    send them up towards the enemy and engage in battle, NOT straight away
    wait about 30 seconds then unload BH2 take them round through the back of
    the base, by this time all units should be attacking your first set of
    tanks, now while in the base destroy all structures that can produce units
    WAR FACTORY, BARRACKS then CONSTRUCTION YARD. Then go down to the rest of
    your units and sandwich the enemy.
    
    
    (7.5) NAVAL SUPPORT STRATEGY  (ALLIES ONLY) (unless soviet steal ally base)
    When you using the barricade tactic and are guarding a bridge or dirt bridge
    and do not want to destroy it then produce two or three DESTROYERS take, them
    to the bridge by your units, and they will support your units with missiles
    and you will not need to replace them because the enemy do not bother
    attacking them with ground units
    
    
    (7.6) IN AND OUT STRATEGY (ALLIES ONLY) (MEDIC MUST BE ALIVE)
    When you are inside the Soviet buildings (on some levels) and you only
    have one man against 5 or 6 the best thing to do is run in take one shot
    then run out and get healed by your medic. Keep doing this until every man is
    dead, it may take some time but it works. Make sure you have enough time to
    do it though.