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|name = Operation: Free Gateway<br>(Battle of St. Louis)
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|image = RA2_Allied_M08_Psychic_Beacon.png
|next=[[Operation Sun Temple|Operation: Sun Temple]]
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|prev = [[Deep Sea]]
|name=Operation: Free Gateway<br>(Battle of St. Louis)
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|next = [[Sun Temple]]
|image=
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|date = 1972
|conflict=[[Great World War III]]
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|conflict = [[Great World War III]]
|date=1972
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|place = St. Louis, Missouri, USA
|place=St. Louis, Missouri, USA
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|result = Allied victory
|result=Allied victory
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|side1 = [[United States of America]]
|side1=United States of America
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|side2 = [[Soviet Union]]
|side2=Soviet Union
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*[[RA2|Iraq]]
|commanders1=*[[Allied Commander (GWWIII)|Allied Commander]]
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|goal1 = Liberate the city from Soviet mind-control and the Soviets themselves
*[[Eva Lee|Lt. Eva Lee]]
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|goal2 = Eliminate the Allied presence
*Special Agent Tanya
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|commanders1 = *[[Allied Commander (GWWIII)|Allied Commander]]
|commanders2=*Yuri's Psychic Corps
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*Special Agent [[Tanya (Red Alert 2)|Tanya]]
*Unknown Soviet Commander
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|commanders2 = *Yuri's Psychic Corps
|forces1=*Special Agent Tanya and her elite task force
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*Unknown [[Soviet Commander (Red Alert 2)]]
*[[Prism Tank]] Battalions
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|forces1 = *Special Agent Tanya and her elite task force
*[[Grizzly Tank]]s
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*[[Prism tank (Red Alert 2)|Prism tanks]]
|forces2=*Soviet Tank Divisions
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*[[Grizzly battle tank]]s
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|forces2 = *Soviet tank divisions
 
*V3 Rocket Launchers
 
*V3 Rocket Launchers
*Numerous Mind-controlled Americans
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*Numerous mind-controlled civilians
*[[Desolator]] Units
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*[[Desolator (Red Alert 2)|Desolators]]
|casual1=*Low Military Losses
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|casual1 = Moderate
*Large Civilian Losses
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|casual2 = All}}
|casual2=*All Soviet Forces Lost
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{{Q|Even as we cleanse America of Soviet forces, they continue to play with their psychic technology, desperately hoping that their little toys will destroy us. We have discovered a Psychic Beacon in St. Louis. Take special agent Tanya in and destroy the beacon.|Mission briefing}}
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{{quote|'''Even as we cleanse America of Soviet forces, they continue to play with their psychic technology, desperately hoping that their little toys will destroy us. We have discovered a Psychic Beacon in St. Louis. Take special agent Tanya in and destroy the beacon.'''|Mission briefing}}
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'''Operation: Free Gateway''' is the eighth mission of the [[Allied]] campaign of [[Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2]].
   
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==Background==
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With the defense of [[Pearl Harbor (Red Alert)|Pearl Harbor]] successful, the American military finally held a firm grip on the Pacific. The [[Allied commander (RA2)|Allied commander]] responsible for the successful defence was even looking forward to some R&R at Hawaii, but the [[Soviet Union]] soon came up with another plan altogether.
   
==Overview==
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St. Louis, the heart of ground control for the Missouri state, came under psychic control of the Soviets, from a [[psychic beacon]] deployed by [[Psychic Corps|Yuri's adepts]] in the bombed out Busch Stadium. Reluctantly, President [[Michael Dugan]] ordered an attack on the city, permitting the commander to open fire on American citizens if it's necessary for the destruction of the threat. Agent [[Tanya (Red Alert 2)|Tanya]] was to lead the attack, racing against time as the psychic influence bore through her training and mental resistance.
   
In the weeks following the liberation of Washington, D.C., the U.S. Army and its allies renewed its campaign to drive the Soviet Union out of the continental United States, and proceeded to attack or defend several key strategic positions across the country. This renewed offensive saw the loss of several major outposts by the Soviet Army, threatening their claim to the besieged nation. Despite these losses however, the Soviet Union continued to wreak havoc wherever possible in those parts of the U.S. they still controlled. In another attempt to establish psychic control over the American people, [[Yuri]] and his [[Psychic Corps]] were tasked with deploying yet another series of [[Psychic Beacon]]s in key cities across Soviet-occupied America.
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The city itself was under full control - all American soldiers and citizens were obedient Soviet slaves. This made the mission hard for the American strike team as they were facing the same situation as before in Washington when forced to kill their fellow Americans who were used as cannon fodder by the Soviets. This made them also all the more eager to finally fight the Soviets and make them pay for their invasion.
   
During this time, the U.S. Army was conducting operations to retake the state of Missouri, whose strategic position was vital to the war effort at home. Unfortunately, their efforts were impeded when Yuri deployed a Psychic Beacon in St. Louis, brainwashing all U.S. forces and civilians in the city. Realizing the desperate nature of the situation, the U.S. Army deployed Special Agent [[Tanya Adams]] and a team of paratroopers to disable the Psychic Beacon and retake the city.
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==Mission events==
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{{Q|There's nothing worse for a soldier... than to lose her mind.|Special Agent Tanya, to the Commander}}
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{{Quote|I will obey the Soviet, ugh... Where am I?|Confused civilian after being freed from the influence of the Psychic Beacon}}
   
==Assault on the Beacon==
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* The mission begins with Tanya and her team of elite GIs and Engineers being dropped by plane into the city.
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* When the Psychic Beacon is destroyed, the Americans launch an amphibious assault on St. Louis, deploying tanks and soldiers near the Gateway Arch. The forces include the new [[Prism tank (Red Alert 2)|Prism tank]], a mobile version of the highly lethal [[Prism tower]].
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* At the same time, the civilians will begin to flee towards the riverbed in the hopes of escaping the Soviets. However, many of them will be brutally gunned down before they reach that location.
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* Shortly afterwards, a team of [[Desolator (Red Alert 2)|Desolators]] will execute several defenseless civilians who had been imprisoned in the city center as a means of intimidating the American forces. (NOTE: While difficult, it is possible to kill the Desolators before they complete this action)
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* If the Beacon is captured, all US forces that were under Soviet control as well as a few Soviets will be transferred to the commander's control. The beacon is scrapped shortly after, providing more [[GI]]s and cash. This is the only time the player can see a blue Psychic Beacon.
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* If the timer runs out before Tanya can secure the Psychic Beacon, she is converted to the Soviet side and the mission fails.
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* If the neutral war factory and ore refinery to the southwest are captured before the Psychic Beacon is destroyed, the amount of time left before the beacon takes control of Tanya is increased.
   
{{quote|There's nothing worse for a soldier... than to lose her mind.|Special Agent Tanya, to the Commander}}
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==Key Units/Buildings==
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*[[Tanya (Red Alert 2)|Tanya]]
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*[[Prism tank (Red Alert 2)|Prism Tank]]
   
Upon being airdropped into the city, Tanya and her team proceeded towards the bombed-out Busch Stadium, where the Psychic Beacon was located. Along the way, Tanya and her escorts had no choice but to defend themselves against mind-controlled soldiers and armed civilians scattered throughout the city, killing many of their fellow citizens in the process. Avoiding the Soviet based situated in the center of the city, Tanya infiltrated the stadium and disabled the [[Tesla Coil]]s defending the Psychic Beacon. After clearing out the nearby defenses, Tanya destroyed the Beacon itself, freeing the city from Yuri's mind control.
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==The battle==
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===Phase 1: Destruction of the Psychic Beacon===
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[[File:C&C Red Alert 2 - Mind-controlled Tanya (Mission 8)|thumb|200px|right|Tanya can be mind-controlled if the mission takes too long.]]
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Tanya and her strike team were inserted into the city via paradrop north of the Busch Stadium. Racing against time they headed to the stadium by following the overhead bridge. Taking out enemy patrols along the way (including mind-controlled GIs) they exited the overpass at a civilian hospital.
   
==Amphibious Assault==
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With one engineer capturing the hospital, Tanya announced their presence by blowing a hole in the wall, taking out the Tesla Reactors and Tesla Coils in the process.
   
With the Psychic Beacon destroyed, the Americans proceeded to launch an amphibious assault on St. Louis, deploying tanks and soldiers near the Gateway Arch. They also brought with them a battalion of the new [[Prism Tank]], a mobile version of the highly lethal [[Prism Tower]]s. Upon arriving in the city, the Americans regained control of an Army base that was nearly destroyed by the Soviets, and proceeded to build up their assault forces.
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Once all the Reactors were destroyed around the Stadium, Tanya quickly demolished the beacon (or had an Engineer take it over for dismantling and selling for cash). At once all the Allied forces and civilians in the city were freed of Soviet mind-control and hastily made their way to the Mississippi River. Many of them however were brutally gunned down by the Soviets.
   
Meanwhile, chaos erupted across the city. The civilians began to flee towards the riverbed in the hopes of escaping the Soviets. Many of them were brutally gunned down before they could escape, however. In addition to this, a team of [[Desolator]]s executed dozens of defenseless civilians who had been imprisoned in the city center as a means of intimidating the American forces. Wary of this threat, American infantry groups were ordered to keep their distance from these troopers. Many civilians eventually did escape to the relatively unguarded Gateway Arch, where they awaited rescue by the Commander in charge of the operation.
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===Phase 2: Liberating St. Louis===
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====Amphibious attack====
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With the Psychic Beacon destroyed the US military launched an amphibious assault, landing at the Gateway Arch site. Tanya's strike team decided to hold their positions near the hospital to prevent the Soviets flanking the Allies. The Allies dug in at the Arch and prepared for Soviet counterattacks.
   
Te Soviets immediately attempted numerous counterattacks in an effort to drive the Americans out of the city. Unfortunately, they suffered tremendous losses at the hands of the newly-deployed Prism Tanks and ultimately failed to break the Americans' foothold in St. Louis. Once the Americans mounted up their forces, they launched a massive assault on the main Soviet base in the area. Despite a stiff resistance from the Soviets, the Americans made short work of their forces with their Prism Tanks and soon the entire base was destroyed. The Americans reestablished control of the city, denying the Soviets a vital strong point in their operations across the Great Plains.
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At that moment a team of [[Desolator|Desolators]] executed several defenseless and imprisoned civilians at the city center to intimidate the American forces. Lt. Eva briefed the Allied commander of their devastating effects on infantry and could radiate points to block infantry and light vehicles from passing through safely.
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Upon securing the riverfront, American forces located a US military installation that had been all but completely destroyed by the Soviets in the initial invasion. However, Engineers are sent in to repair and commandeer the surviving structures, further bolstering the Allies' foothold on the city as they built up their attack forces.
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====The Prism Tank====
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Fortunately, the Allies got to field test their latest weapon in their arsenal - four [[Prism Tank|Prism Tanks]], courtesy of Professor Einstein. These latest additions served as the Allies' artillery and could deal with any threat, including Desolators from a long distance. The drawback was they were lightly armored. As the Soviets began assaulting the Allies at the Arch, the surviving civilians scouted St. Louis and located the Soviet base.
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As the [[Harrier|Harriers]] conducted their air strikes, the Allied Commander decided to use the Prism Tanks to level the Soviet base. Constructing enough for a whole division, the tanks did their job well, literally vaporizing the Soviets with their prism beams. The remnants of the Soviet army in the city made a hasty retreat as the Allies overran their positions; St. Louis was liberated.
   
 
==Aftermath==
 
==Aftermath==
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{{Quote|You saved Saint Louis before her citizens could come to any harm.|The mission debriefing when played faster than at par time}}
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{{Quote|Saint Louis was saved, but thousands of American citizens were permanently turned to the Soviet cause.|The mission debriefing when played slower than at par time}}
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Using St. Louis and Washington DC (from [[Operation: Liberty]]) as the beachheads, the Allies finally set about liberating the US mainland from the occupying Soviet forces and cut them in two, now with the Prism Tank in their arsenal. Following the liberation of St. Louis, the Soviet front in the United States rapidly crumbled, with American forces quickly regaining their lost territories and capturing many Soviet troops who surrendered to the emboldened Allied Forces. They would eventually be driven back to their last surviving strongholds on the West Coast as the American Army closed in.
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However Allied intelligence learned of the Soviets capturing a prism tower and were trying to replicate its technology in [[Mexico (Red Alert 2)|Mexico]].
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==Valuable assets==
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* Tech hospital just south-east of the Psychic Beacon.
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* Capture the Beacon to obtain resource crates.
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* The remnant of the base, south of the Arch.
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* Crates are located near the Soviet Battle Lab.
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* Repair the Arch to gain resource crates.
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==Videos==
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<gallery>
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File:C%26C_Red_Alert_2_-_Collector%27s_Edition_DVD_-_Allied_Mission_08|Briefing
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File:Command_%26_Conquer_Red_Alert_2_-_Allied_Mission_8_-_Sidebar_Video_2|Eva inform the Commander about Prism Tank
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File:Command_%26_Conquer_Red_Alert_2_-_Allied_Mission_8_-_Sidebar_Video_1|Mission failed cinematic
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</gallery>
   
The loss of St. Louis was a serious blow to the Soviet war effort. With their defensive lines collapsing, the Soviets retreated across all fronts in the continental United States, and the American government swiftly restored their authority over the newly-freed states. Eventually, the Soviets only remained in control of the state of California, but even at that, the West Coast was falling to the Allies. With their homeland largely liberated, the Americans re-focused their efforts on assisting their Allies overseas and tightening their control over secondary Soviet territories in the Western Hemisphere.
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== Trivia ==
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* The Soviets have an Allied Repair Depot instead of their own. And if the player destroys it, they will build another Allied Repair Depot.
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* While the third objective of other Tanya missions would say, "Keep Tanya alive", the third objective of this mission would say, "Don't get Tanya killed", instead.
   
{{Red Alert Missions|2|Allied|NoCat=1}}
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{{Red Alert 2 Missions|NoCat=1}}
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[[Category:Red Alert 2 Allied Missions]]

Latest revision as of 11:38, April 12, 2018

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Even as we cleanse America of Soviet forces, they continue to play with their psychic technology, desperately hoping that their little toys will destroy us. We have discovered a Psychic Beacon in St. Louis. Take special agent Tanya in and destroy the beacon.
- Mission briefing

Operation: Free Gateway is the eighth mission of the Allied campaign of Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2.

BackgroundEdit

With the defense of Pearl Harbor successful, the American military finally held a firm grip on the Pacific. The Allied commander responsible for the successful defence was even looking forward to some R&R at Hawaii, but the Soviet Union soon came up with another plan altogether.

St. Louis, the heart of ground control for the Missouri state, came under psychic control of the Soviets, from a psychic beacon deployed by Yuri's adepts in the bombed out Busch Stadium. Reluctantly, President Michael Dugan ordered an attack on the city, permitting the commander to open fire on American citizens if it's necessary for the destruction of the threat. Agent Tanya was to lead the attack, racing against time as the psychic influence bore through her training and mental resistance.

The city itself was under full control - all American soldiers and citizens were obedient Soviet slaves. This made the mission hard for the American strike team as they were facing the same situation as before in Washington when forced to kill their fellow Americans who were used as cannon fodder by the Soviets. This made them also all the more eager to finally fight the Soviets and make them pay for their invasion.

Mission eventsEdit

There's nothing worse for a soldier... than to lose her mind.
- Special Agent Tanya, to the Commander
I will obey the Soviet, ugh... Where am I?
- Confused civilian after being freed from the influence of the Psychic Beacon
  • The mission begins with Tanya and her team of elite GIs and Engineers being dropped by plane into the city.
  • When the Psychic Beacon is destroyed, the Americans launch an amphibious assault on St. Louis, deploying tanks and soldiers near the Gateway Arch. The forces include the new Prism tank, a mobile version of the highly lethal Prism tower.
  • At the same time, the civilians will begin to flee towards the riverbed in the hopes of escaping the Soviets. However, many of them will be brutally gunned down before they reach that location.
  • Shortly afterwards, a team of Desolators will execute several defenseless civilians who had been imprisoned in the city center as a means of intimidating the American forces. (NOTE: While difficult, it is possible to kill the Desolators before they complete this action)
  • If the Beacon is captured, all US forces that were under Soviet control as well as a few Soviets will be transferred to the commander's control. The beacon is scrapped shortly after, providing more GIs and cash. This is the only time the player can see a blue Psychic Beacon.
  • If the timer runs out before Tanya can secure the Psychic Beacon, she is converted to the Soviet side and the mission fails.
  • If the neutral war factory and ore refinery to the southwest are captured before the Psychic Beacon is destroyed, the amount of time left before the beacon takes control of Tanya is increased.

Key Units/BuildingsEdit

The battleEdit

Phase 1: Destruction of the Psychic BeaconEdit

C&C Red Alert 2 - Mind-controlled Tanya (Mission 8)

C&C Red Alert 2 - Mind-controlled Tanya (Mission 8)

Tanya can be mind-controlled if the mission takes too long.

Tanya and her strike team were inserted into the city via paradrop north of the Busch Stadium. Racing against time they headed to the stadium by following the overhead bridge. Taking out enemy patrols along the way (including mind-controlled GIs) they exited the overpass at a civilian hospital.

With one engineer capturing the hospital, Tanya announced their presence by blowing a hole in the wall, taking out the Tesla Reactors and Tesla Coils in the process.

Once all the Reactors were destroyed around the Stadium, Tanya quickly demolished the beacon (or had an Engineer take it over for dismantling and selling for cash). At once all the Allied forces and civilians in the city were freed of Soviet mind-control and hastily made their way to the Mississippi River. Many of them however were brutally gunned down by the Soviets.

Phase 2: Liberating St. LouisEdit

Amphibious attackEdit

With the Psychic Beacon destroyed the US military launched an amphibious assault, landing at the Gateway Arch site. Tanya's strike team decided to hold their positions near the hospital to prevent the Soviets flanking the Allies. The Allies dug in at the Arch and prepared for Soviet counterattacks.

At that moment a team of Desolators executed several defenseless and imprisoned civilians at the city center to intimidate the American forces. Lt. Eva briefed the Allied commander of their devastating effects on infantry and could radiate points to block infantry and light vehicles from passing through safely.

Upon securing the riverfront, American forces located a US military installation that had been all but completely destroyed by the Soviets in the initial invasion. However, Engineers are sent in to repair and commandeer the surviving structures, further bolstering the Allies' foothold on the city as they built up their attack forces.

The Prism TankEdit

Fortunately, the Allies got to field test their latest weapon in their arsenal - four Prism Tanks, courtesy of Professor Einstein. These latest additions served as the Allies' artillery and could deal with any threat, including Desolators from a long distance. The drawback was they were lightly armored. As the Soviets began assaulting the Allies at the Arch, the surviving civilians scouted St. Louis and located the Soviet base.

As the Harriers conducted their air strikes, the Allied Commander decided to use the Prism Tanks to level the Soviet base. Constructing enough for a whole division, the tanks did their job well, literally vaporizing the Soviets with their prism beams. The remnants of the Soviet army in the city made a hasty retreat as the Allies overran their positions; St. Louis was liberated.

AftermathEdit

You saved Saint Louis before her citizens could come to any harm.
- The mission debriefing when played faster than at par time
Saint Louis was saved, but thousands of American citizens were permanently turned to the Soviet cause.
- The mission debriefing when played slower than at par time

Using St. Louis and Washington DC (from Operation: Liberty) as the beachheads, the Allies finally set about liberating the US mainland from the occupying Soviet forces and cut them in two, now with the Prism Tank in their arsenal. Following the liberation of St. Louis, the Soviet front in the United States rapidly crumbled, with American forces quickly regaining their lost territories and capturing many Soviet troops who surrendered to the emboldened Allied Forces. They would eventually be driven back to their last surviving strongholds on the West Coast as the American Army closed in.

However Allied intelligence learned of the Soviets capturing a prism tower and were trying to replicate its technology in Mexico.

Valuable assetsEdit

  • Tech hospital just south-east of the Psychic Beacon.
  • Capture the Beacon to obtain resource crates.
  • The remnant of the base, south of the Arch.
  • Crates are located near the Soviet Battle Lab.
  • Repair the Arch to gain resource crates.

VideosEdit

Trivia Edit

  • The Soviets have an Allied Repair Depot instead of their own. And if the player destroys it, they will build another Allied Repair Depot.
  • While the third objective of other Tanya missions would say, "Keep Tanya alive", the third objective of this mission would say, "Don't get Tanya killed", instead.
Red Alert 2 Missions
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