With the completely opposite concept than that of the Reich, Russia chooses quantity over quality. The best example of this is the T-34/85 as it is the most produced tank in history and one of the most used one in any army today. This is the Russian way and they apply this principle to all types of weapons they produce, be that a LA-9 fighter or an IS-3 heavy tank.
Producing weapons for half of the allied forces is not easy. American weapons and vehicles are easily fixed, simple to transport and fast to produce. With such a vast front, America needs cost effective vehicles that will lead its forces to victory no matter how many of them are lost… even if they need 6 to 10 Shermans to destroy one of the 4th Reich’s tanks.
Based on the British Isle, Britain is always on the front line with the 4th Reich occupying all of the territory that surrounds it. The design of the British weapons and vehicles is similar in many ways to the American designs but it is greatly improved since their designs are mostly based on speed and maneuverability. The best examples are the Griffin Spitfire with its excellent turn time and the Comet cruiser tank with its excessive speed and agility.
War-machines are huge land walking units usually commanded by a single commander, piloted by two pilots and manned by two or more gunners which were designed in the 1980s by the allies to counter Kragen’s newer and larger models of automatons. War-machines are larger, more heavily armed and more armored than their robotic counterparts, but at the same time they are much slower and less mobile in all aspects since their technology is much more primitive and uses many components of the already existing tanks.
THE SOVIET RUSSIA
Ground combat vehicles
7-34-85 is the most produced tank in the world and workhorse of many armies. The T-34/85 is no joke. Its sloped armor has been proven to be effective in bouncing even higher caliber shells than originally thought possible. Its powerful 85mm cannon can destroy most German medium tanks and its speed can outmaneuver the rest. Since its introduction in the late 1960s it still remains the number one tank used in many nations including Croatia, Serbia, the Soviet Union and many more. In most armies it has completely replaced all other medium tanks because of its fast construction, reliability and low price. In recent years it has become so popular on the tank markets around the world that the Soviet Union has trouble distributing so many of them and keeping up with their own demand.
T-44 is a new, easy-to-produce, medium-sized tank that is better armored and faster than the standard T-34/85, created by the Soviet engineers as an answer to the new 4th Reich tanks that were coming out, like the Pather F or the Jaghtiger. The development of a new, medium-sized tank that would replace the T-34 started in 1985. The tank that was eventually made in 1989 was the T-44. It was better armored, lower and faster than the standard T-34. The T-44 was a better tank altogether. Although it still carried the same 85mm gun and turret that was mounted on the T-34, this tank was great in facing the new armored monsters that the 4th Reich was producing but it still is not as widely used as the trusted T-34.
IS-2 is the best heavy tank produced by the Soviets. Just like its smaller brother, the T-34/85, it is also used in a lot of armies around the world. With its heavy armor and cannon to boot, it is a challenge for any German medium tank and can even be a problem to some German heavy tanks. Although many armies use it, they do so in small numbers as this beast is not cheap in terms of either buying one or maintaining it in fighting shape. It is mostly used by the Soviet Union as they are sometimes known to deploy hundreds of them in a single battle.
IS-3 is by far the biggest tank ever made by the allied forces. This monster has enough firepower to even challenge the mighty king Tiger and Jagdtiger – two of the biggest tanks Germany has ever produced. With its ingenious front armor design and a gun so powerful that it can be used as a mobile howitzer, this tank is a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, this tank is mostly used by the Soviet army and has not spread to other countries around the world like its smaller brothers have. Even the Red Army has just over 900 of these tanks available, meaning that it is a tank that can rarely be seen on the battlefield. But when one is around, there is little that can be done to stop its immense power.
SU-100 is built on the same principle as Stug III since it is made from the very popular and well-tested T-34 hull and a powerful 100mm anti tank gun. Its armor is also an improvement of the T-34’s armor, and with the now low profile, it can be a true terror to the German big cats. Its only true weakness is its speed as it has a lot of additional weight loaded on a chassis equivalent to that of a T-34. Moreover, it still uses the T-34’s engine which makes it rather sluggish in turning and driving on difficult terrain.
Air combat vehicles
LA-7 is a great all-around fighter developed by the Russians in 1970 and set to replace the old LA-5. It has two 20mm cannons as its main armament but can also be fitted with bombs for a ground strike mission. One of the only aircrafts which can effectively challenge the German BF 109, not so much because of its performance but more because of its sheer numbers and classic Russian rouged design.
IL-2 is an aircraft which can be best described as a flying tank. The IL-2 is the terror of any German tank crew. It is one of the best equipped aircrafts for ground strike missions and tank hunting with its cannons, rockets and bombs. No tank is safe when it enters the battlefield. Armored from the underside to protect the pilot and engine from any small arms fire from the ground, its fine armament make this plane a priority to take down before it can unleash its payload on the victims it is targeting. With two 23mm cannons and two 30cal mg’s in its wings, rockets under them and a bomb load of four 100kg bombs in its bomb bay, it can dish out pain to more than one type of target.
IL-10 continues where the IL-2 has left off. Since the IL-2 is getting quite old by the day, the Russian designers have come up with a more modern design for the ground attacker by adding another pair of 23mm cannons, a better engine, and a more to date cockpit. The IL-10 performs just like its older brother but it has a better engine, more armament and an all-around better look.
YAK-9 is one of the most feared Russian aircrafts among German bomber crews as it is fitted with a gigantic 45mm anti-bomber cannon. It can obliterate any German bomber with one single shot. However, this great bomber does not come without its fair share of weak points. The first weak point is its quite big and extremely unreliable engine. The second weak point is the quite low overall speed of the aircraft and this is not due to the weakness of its engine but rather to its pilots being afraid to push the engine to the limit fearing the engine might blow up or overcook.
Ground combat vehicles
Sherman-76 is the literal representation of an old workhorse that will not let its users down. It keeps getting upgraded so that it would not be left behind in the race when its time has already run out. The Sherman still keeps coming back for more after so many years of being in use. With its powerful 76mm gun it can shorten the life of an enemy tank, which is a definite plus for its crew as its armor is less than perfect and cannot resist more than light cannon rounds and the occasional ram.
Sherman-EE is a new, improved and upgraded Sherman 76. With slightly better armor and wider tracks, the EE is always a better tank in the field than its older counterpart. The EE is the first American medium tank that can outperform the mighty T-34/85 in almost all aspects other than speed, but it comes at quite a high cost compared to the Russian tank which makes it less popular, and its older counterpart is still more popular in the armies around the world.
Hellcat is as fast as a light tank but with the bite of a true TD. The Hellcat can knock out German big cats and then vanish in a blink of an eye. It mounts the same gun as the old M10 TD. Its only weakness, but at the same time its biggest weakness, is its extremely light armor, which is even lighter than the old M10 which was already considered a low standard. At certain points the hull is so thin that a heavy mg can punch through it. Thanks to its superior speed, it can outrun its enemy and reposition itself at lightning speed but if it gets caught in the open then it can be considered as good as dead.
The Centurion is the first attempt of the British army to create a true heavy tank. Not an infantry support tank like the Churchill but a true heavy tank like the IS-2. This was desperately needed as the contemporary British tanks like the Sherman Firefly and Comet were good in their own rolls. But nothing compared to a Panther or Tiger II. The Centurion fulfills the role of a heavy tank really good. With armor strong enough to bounce the Panthers gun and speed comparable to the rest of the heavys. And with a 17Pnd gun, the Centurion can dispatch any medium tank of the 4th Reich. The design is rather new so not many are in service yet. But more are coming out and replacing the aging Churchill tanks.
Air combat vehicles
P-51 is the plane that symbolizes the western powers. The Mustang is a fast and reliable escort fighter. With its long range fuel tanks, it can follow the bombers it is tasked to protect for thousands of kilometers and still do combat against enemy fighters when it arrives on sight – something the BF 109s could only dream of achieving. This great plane unfortunately has some severe flaws, the biggest two being that in spite of its great performance it still does not outmatch the BF 109 enough to be considered a superior aircraft. And its greatest weakness by far lies in its very poor armament of 6X50cal machine guns. Although this is not a bad armament for a plane, it is the nature of this aircraft to fight at high speed and here is where it cannot deliver enough of a punch in those split seconds and it is something that the BF 109 does without any problems.
B-17 is the giant which has not disappointed America for the last 40 years and still keeps on going. The B-17 is the world’s best heavy four engine bomber and it is likely that it will stay this way until it is eventually completely replaced by the B-29. With an armament of 13X50cal mgs spread around the bomber, it is a hard target to get to for any pilot. And with a bomb load of 3600kg, it can defend itself while still dealing damage to Kragen’s forces.
Ground combat vehicles
Comet is one of the main British battle tanks. It is fast and armed with a 17-pounder. Its armor is subpar but it still outclasses Sherman and Panzer IV. Its powerful gun can challenge even the mighty Panthers. Although the tank does not carry many armaments, it does not have any particular weakness and can be seen as a good and balanced medium tank from Britain.
Sherman-Firefly tank is built on a normal Sherman hull. The Firefly just replaced the Sherman’s normal old 75mm pop gun with a British 17-pounder heavy anti tank canon, which gives the small Sherman a lot of firepower compared to its size. Its gun is now comparable to the old Tiger 1E, and can now challenge the Panther tanks with much more success. It is no longer produced, but it is still present on the battlefield and is usually used as a command tank as many commanders like its small hull and old and reliable Sherman chassis.
The Pershing is, for now, one of the best and most competitive American designs. Since the Sherman is already an aging machine the Pershing came at the right time. Armed with a powerful 90mm gun and armor comparable to the 4th Reich Panther, the Pershing is a great heavy tank but it can be used as a medium as well. Although powerful it still can’t beat the 4th Reichs Panther II and King Tiger.
Air combat vehicles
Spitfire is the symbol of Britain’s fighting spirit. It is an outstanding fighter. The best feature that this plane has to offer is its amazing turn time. For now, this plane holds the title of the best turn fighter in the world. Armed with two 20mm cannons and four 30cal mgs, the Spitfire can hold on its own in a fight without any problems. The only flaw this plane has is its speed. Something which might not seem like a problem but it usually means that the Spitfire pilots need to play by the rules of the enemy as they get to decide where and when the fight will be happening.
Meteor is one of the only aircrafts that can be considered a good match against the mighty ME 262. Although the enemy jet reigns supreme at speed and firepower, the Meteor still has the advantage in a turn fight much like the Spitfire has an advantage over the BF 109. There aren’t too many of them in the world as of yet, but their number is increasing each year. It is armed with 4 20mm Hispano cannons, which make it a great fighter hunter as well as less suitable for a bomber or airship attack. It can mount rockets and bombs for ground attacks, but it is rarely used in this role. Although it is still inferior to the 262, a good pilot can use its strengths to bring down almost any fighter in the Luftwaffe arsenal.
SHW (super heavy warmachine)
Although a lot of different models have been tested, only the largest ones, such as the Gods of War Class and Raider Class, have stood the test and are manufactured. Both of these models are classed as SHWs or super heavy war-machines because of their immense size and firepower.
God of War Class
The largest and most produced (10 in total) SHW is the God of War Class. Designed by Russian and American engineers, it has two-weapon hard-points on it arms where a variety of weapons can be attached. However, its most common build comprises two 122mm cannons on its left arm mount and a single large 203mm howitzer. It is commanded by a commander who sits in his command chair in the centre, the torso, of the machine and is piloted by two pilots who sit side by side in the machine’s head, while its weapons are operated by two gunners positioned in the massive shoulder pads above the weapon mounts.