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Free Rebel Commander is an optional Nod mission that can be taken before the Destroy Hassan's Temple mission.[1]

CABAL briefing

We have become aware of an imprisoned commander in this region who WAS loyal to Hassan. Free him and his forces and they should be sympathetic to our cause - and help in the capture of Hassan. The commander may have information vital to Hassan's movement.

  • Objective One: Locate and free the Rebel Nod Commander.

Background

The mission is located at the left crosshairs

The fall of Libya to Slavik's rebel forces had opened the way for a rebel advance into Egypt, the core part of Hassan's territory. Loss of the Nod News Network to rebel forces during the Battle of Benghazi had incited widespread unrest and chaos throughout the region. The option of advancing directly on Hassan's pyramid and finishing him off now presented itself.

In order to secure his rule, General Hassan had earlier imprisoned a certain general and potential rival of his in a prison towards the west of Egypt. While the release of this man would not sway the massed ranks of Hassan's loyalist forces, he still possessed a following within the Nod military which sought his release. Were Slavik to free him from his prison, his followers would join the rebel ranks and strengthen the assault on General Hassan central base.

Events

The prison proved to be better guarded than had been anticipated and the forces that Slavik had sent to complete the mission it turned out could not hope to prevail against the base and its Laser turrets in a frontal assault. They would have to take a less direct approach. 

At the time of their arrival the Elite Guards were executing some rebel supporting civilians and there was nothing Slavik could have done to stop them. Proceeding towards an old tunnel the rebel forces encountered armed GDI prisoners which had somehow escaped earlier and were fighting with Elite Guard. Both sides were eliminated by the rebel forces and they discovered that the tunnel led to a back entrance to the prisons supply base which unlike the main prison was poorly guarded and was connected to it by a bridge. 

Hey... over here! Help... Destroy these trucks to free us.
- Rebel Engineers taken prisoner by Hassan loyalists

Hassan's loyalists had recently taken prisoner a number of Engineers loyal to the rebels. By releasing these engineers from their prison trucks, the rebels were able to take control of the base and use it to assemble a force sufficient to fight their way across the bridge into the main prison.

All right! Now get me to your drop-off site and into the evac unit.
- The captured general when released by rebel force

Having crossed the bridge they overrun the prison and released the captured general who was then able to escape the area in a Harpy.

Aftermath

Rebel forces advance on General Hassan

The freed general successfully made his way to safety aboard the Harpy that the rebels had provided him. Having been so released he or she was able to broadcast a message to his supporters using the Nod News Network. These supporters swiftly rose up and helped establish rebel control over most of western Egypt.

Afterwards, as Slavik began to assemble and organize his forces for the assault on Hassan's main base near Cairo, the freed general assigned some of his own forces to reinforce Slavik troops by means of Subterranean APCs.

Notes

  • If the player kills Hassan's troop guard near the tunnel and does not attack the GDI light infantry, the latter will enter a nearby Orca bomber and destroy a Tick Tank at the opposite side of the tunnel before fly off the map.

Gallery

Videos

Briefing
Raising the Nod flag (mission accomplished cinematic)

References

  1. Westwood Studios, Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun. Nod mission 3b: "Free Rebel Commander".
Tiberian Sun and Firestorm missions
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