Comrade soldiers! Today we fight for the very survival of International Communism and for the soul of the Motherland. The long struggle for the freedom of the workers and peasants continues as our glorious Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army, smashes the fascist hordes, annihilating them where they stand and pursuing them to the viper’s nest from whence they came!

The T-34 and T34/85
The T-34 was the workhorse of the Soviet army. It was an all around tank that served the Soviet army for almost the entire war. Many tankovy companies upgraded their T-34 tanks with the new T-34/85 tank. These new tanks are the result of superior Soviet industry. They have more armour and powerful 85mm guns that no fascist tank can hope to stand against. Soon, Poland and the Ukraine will be littered with the burning wrecks of German tanks, marking the glorious transit of the victorious tank forces!
The IS-85
The superbly heroic and skilled Is-85 heavy tank company uses powerful heavy tanks to smash enemy tanks and destroy their cowardly assault gun. Each tank has two officers, rather than the usual one per platoon in the other tank regiments, with orders to advance, advance, advance!
The IS-85 heavy tank is a significant improvement over all previous heavy tanks. It has the turret of the KV-85 tank combined with a better armoured, but lighter and more mobile chassis.
This tank is quite capable of engaging and destroying any German tank while overrunning assault gun defences.
  The IS-2
The superbly heroic and skilled Guards heavy tank company uses the new and powerful IS-2 tank to smash enemy armour and destroy their cowardly gun positions. Each tank has two officers, rather than the usual one per platoon in the other tank regiments, with orders to advance, advance, advance!
The majority of the new IS-2 heavy tanks were sent south to reinforce Operation Bagration and to liberate eastern Europe from the German plague.
ISU-152 and ISU-122
While the Soviets called their heavy guns self-propelled artillery, the Germans called them assault guns. In reality, the Soviets used them in both the direct fire support and tank-hunter role.
The heavy guns of the ISU-152 could be found supporting assaulting infantry with direct fire. Their ability to
instantly destroy bunkers, buildings, and defensive positions provided excellent infantry support.
The ISU-122 more often supported advancing Soviet tank battalions by providing overwatching fire. They would generally take up a position on the flanks of the tank formations and use their large guns to target enemy anti-tank guns, tank-hunters, and panzers.

SU-85 and SU-100
The SU-85  were built on the excellent T-34 chassis, replacing the turret with a hull mounted 85mm gun. 
The SU-100 self-propelled gun was the successor to the SU-85. It was based on a similar, but not identical, chassis mounting a 100mm D-10S gun. This excellent gun could penetrate 162mm of armour at 500 meters and 150mm at 1000 meters range.
These assault guns were nicknamed ‘Cat-killers’ for their ability to knock out heavy German tanks like the Panther and Tiger.  
Soviets in TANKS
The design concept behind the Soviets was to emulate their pack mentality. Soviet tactics were to swarm their targets and overwhelm them with a massive amount of firepower. We wanted to have players mass their tanks together, but we wanted to stay away from the negative rules most games give to these sort of tactics.
Instead, we wanted to reward players for playing their Soviet tanks historically. What we came up with is a rule that allows Soviet tanks to gain a bonus when they shoot at a target that has already be shoot at, while keeping close to friendly tanks. 

I want my Soviet list to have one powerful lone tank and a swarm of T-34 to create a fire base. 

In my Soviet list, I wanted to have one high initiative tank that will have great positioning on the table, and a swarm of T-34 to provide numbers.
My IS-85 with its two heroes has a massive 10 initiative in the movement step and a 7 initiative in the shooting step. I love these two heroes, Krysov will keep my tank alive while I’m on the move, while Kolobanov gives me the ability to get some early game positioning. 
My T-34s will focus on Coordinated Fire. They will pack up early on and will stay in formation throughout the game. Their speed will allow me to get them where they need to be early on and hopefully score me some good Coordinated targets, their low initiative means that my opponent may be able to get around the T-34s, so I am going to use my IS-85 thin out my opponents higher initiative tanks first.  


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