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The man most responsible for our enemy's technological superiority... the man who made them invincible.
- Anatoly Cherdenko, before Einstein's erasure(src)

Albert Einstein was a theoretical physicist who made significant contributions to the Allied war effort. He was instrumental in making the Chronosphere a practical weapon. In an alternate Red Alert timeline, he was later erased from the timeline by Anatoly Cherdenko.


Altering the Past

Albert Einstein and his assistant after the former erased Hitler from time

The handshake that will alter history forever...

Einstein was involved with a United States project based at Trinity, New Mexico in 1946 - the project that resulted in the Chronosphere. Einstein used the project to travel back in time to 1924 - with prevention of the Second World War in mind by eliminating the source. There, the scientist met Adolf Hitler, a World War I Austrian grunt who would later become the one large and in charge of Nazi Germany, upon the latter's release from Landsberg Castle after his failed putsch. Seeing this as the perfect moment to change history for the better, Einstein removed Hitler from the timeline, effectively preventing the rise of Nazism prematurely.

Alas, the scientist who would later be the one who made the Allies invincible had not sufficiently thought through the consequences and paradoxes temporal manipulation would bring...

Time will tell. Sooner or later, time will tell...
- Albert Einstein, uncertain about what is next to come(src)

Second World War

The Second World War as Einstein knew it was avoided, but was unfortunately replaced by another against a burgeoning Soviet Union, which grew in political, economical and military power in the Great Depression. Einstein's reputation was preserved in the new timeline and his expertise much sought after. This was demonstrated as he was captured by the Soviets for work on a new propulsion system, being subsequently rescued by Allied forces.

Back in Allied hands, Einstein worked to perfect a control system for the Chronosphere, resulting in unexpected surprise attacks on Soviet heavy forces. He also lent his expertise in assessing the Soviet Iron Curtain, helping Allied troops strip the Soviets of invulnerability by pulverizing it.

Einstein penned the work called A History of Allied Weaponry.[2]

Third World War

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The following contains information from the Red Alert Universe which may not be canonical in the Tiberium Universe
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You know of course that war is not my vocation. I am only a scientist.
- Albert Einstein(src)

Einstein in his laboratory at Black Forest

By the beginning of the Third World War, Einstein was established in a Black Forest laboratory in Germany where he continued work on exotic technologies. After the nuclear threat to Europe from the resurgent Soviet Union was neutralized, Germany released Einstein's expertise to the Allies. Among the new weapons derived from his research were the Prism Towers and Tanks, the Mirage Tank, and the Weather Control Device, a WMD that can unleash a thunderstorm bludgeoning anything within the target area - the very reason why Einstein initially resents its battlefield deployment, calling it "God's toys".

Einstein directed the Allies to deploy the Chronosphere in the Florida Keys.

Altering the Past Again

The Third World War was followed immediately by what Einstein termed the Psychic Dominator Disaster. Einstein's prototype Temporal Displacement Device was used to send a messenger back to the beginning of the Third World War and galvanize the Allies to the threat posed by Yuri's Psychic Dominators.

Yuri moved quickly to accelerate his plan, accelerate Psychic Dominator development and deployment. Einstein was captured and taken to Egypt for this purpose. The scientist rigged the local Psychic Dominator to explode before being rescued by the Allies.

Soviet Response to Yuri

RA2Sovietlogo.png The following is based on the Soviet campaign of Yuri's Revenge and might contradict canon.

The Soviets also sought to pre-empt Yuri's scheme. They stole Einstein's prototype time machine and returned to the beginning of the Third World War. This time the Soviets prosecuted a successful attack on Einstein's Black Forest lab and destroyed the Chronosphere. This led to the Allies' surrender.

Einstein Erased

Cherdenko erases Einstein, recovered footage from 1927.

Einstein's time machine inspired the Soviets to create their own, with defeat imminent after the disastrous events of the Psychic Dominator Disaster and the crisis that followed, activating the device to travel back to the Solvay Conference in 1927 and, as their last-ditch attempt to prevent the Union's final collapse, Cherdenko personally erased Einstein, just as he erased Hitler, in a vile act of "chrono-assassination" - much to the dismay of Dr. Zelinsky, who always dreaded the consequences of changing history. As a result, the conflict was changed with the Soviets on the verge of victory, poised to paint the world red by wiping out the remaining Allied resistance.

But as the Soviets learned the hard way, temporal manipulation was something humanity has no godly right to. Einstein's removal forestalled the development of nuclear weapons, and to make matters worse, that prevented the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings of 1945 from taking place, giving life to a new, oriental superpower based on Japan, the Empire of the Rising Sun, in an unchecked hyper-evolution in technological, ideological and military might, leading to a new Third World War.

Who knows what nightmares have the Soviets created with Einstein gone, to paraphrase Dr. Zelinsky...

Selected quotes

Ja, ja! I'm hier, one moment! Well, commander. You know of course, that war is not my vocation. I am only a scientist. But Soviet Premier Romanov and his generals, they will stop at nothing, to rule the minds and the bodies of everyone on the planet, when they have the psychic technology to do this. But, I too. I know a few tricks. These are plans for a Prism Tower. Your president. He has expressed great interest in his application.
- Einstein welcoming the Allied Commander and introducing the Prism Tower(src)
Allow me to say 'Danke Schön', commander. Thank you for saving my home. I have something that how shall we say to even the score ya? You are aware of my Chronosphere. It is a device which is capable of moving matter through time and through space... I have thought many long days and nights for the perfect place on where to deploy this weapon. There is only one small problem. The perfect place is to be here, on a tiny island in the Florida Keys, just a few short kilometers from Soviet Cuba. I must get back to work...
- Einstein introducing the new Chronosphere(src)
Well, commander. I've learned it is never a good idea to play around with the forces of nature. But with this evil Romanov running loose again, we have no choice! This Weather Control Device provides very advanced manipulation of the weather patterns. These are God's toys, commander... use them wisely, ja?
- Einstein introducing the Weather Control Device(src)


Albert Einstein appears in some role throughout all three Red Alert universe games except for Uprising.

Behind the scenes

  • Humorously, the "remote" Einstein shows in the first Allied briefing cinematic in Yuri's Revenge is actually a Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace Comlink Toy, which would have been readily available at the time of the game's creation.
  • Since Red Alert 2 takes place in 1972, Einstein (born 1879 and died in reality in 1955) should be more than 90 years old by then. In a Q&A chat with Westwood developer Chris Rubyor, he jokes that chrono technology "does wonders on the skin" in response to why Einstein appears to be the same age as in the original Red Alert.[3]


See also


  1. Date of the Fifth Solvay Conference on Physics; 24 to 29 October 1927.
  2. Command & Conquer: Red Alert: Field Manual. Hart, Victoria. Las Vegas, Nevada: Westwood Studios, 1996.
  3. News Items 0-1482 (archived). (1 September 2000). Retrieved at 22 November 2000.
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