Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

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Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

Post by AlbertoC » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:28 am

Red Star is the new expansion for Order of Battle, introducing the Soviet Union as a playable faction for the first time.

Many Soviet units had already been introduced by the Winter War DLC, but of course Red Star brings it to a whole new level, adding brand new unique units for the Red Army!

Today we shall have a look at a few of these new units.


1. BT-7 A artillery tank

The fast BT-7 tank was produced in large numbers from 1935. While the standard version had a 45mm gun the specific BT-7 A variant was designed for artillery support, and equipped with a short barreled 76mm gun. Between 1936 and 1938 over 150 BT-7 A tanks were produced, and used against Japan, Finland and in the early stages of Operation Barbarossa 1941.

This provides the player with an reasonably armored self-propelled artillery unit that is much more mobile than the typical towed artillery systems of the Red Army at this point.

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2. KV-1 m1940 heavy tank

The heavy tank KV-1 came too late for the Winter War, where only the prototype was tested. After a shorter series of the early m1939 version the KV-1 m1940 became the main production model, and was the most recent KV-1 version available in summer 1941.

While it was a well-armored tank that came as a nasty surprise for the Wehrmacht early KV-1 tanks had problems with poor visibilty and a weak transmission. Later the player can upgrade to improved models of this tank.

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3. 76mm Su 1-12 gun truck

In the 1930ies the Soviet Union made massive efforts to mechanize the Red Army. Increasing numbers of tanks and motorized rifle troops required artillery units able to keep up in battle. An early attempt to solve this problem was to mount a 76mm m1927 howitzer on a GAZ-AAA truck. Produced in low numbers as Su 1-12 the weapon was used in combat against the Japanese. Most of these gun trucks were lost in 1941 though.

While armed with a 76mm gun like the BT-7 A this unit is cheaper, but also more vulnerable.

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4. 122mm A-19 towed artillery

The Red Army has bigger calibers in its arsenal, but the long-barreled 122mm gun is still a highly effective gun, and was first used in combat in 1939. Later this type was also modifed for use in self-propelled guns, and finally developed into the D-25 gun used as main armament of the heavy IS-2 tank.

Players now have a choice to use heavier Soviet artillery that packs a bigger punch, or the A-19 gun, which has a better firing range.

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5. Komintern prime mover artillery tractor

The Komintern artillery tractor was developed from the unsuccessful T-12 and T-24 tank designs to tow heavier types of artillery. Over 2000 of these were produced from 1935-1941. The rather heavy vehicle is slow and vulnerable, but being fully tracked it can actually perform better in bad weather and heavy terrain than wheeled trucks.

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6. GAZ AAA truck with Quadruple Maxim MG anti-air mount

The Maxim MG m1910 was the typical heavy MG used in Russia during World War I, in the Civil War and in World War II. Additionally to the infantry version, aircraft-mounted and naval variants were developed. In the early 1930ies GAZ trucks were equipped with a quadruple mount of Maxims to provide an early self-propelled anti-air weapon, which was not overly effective, but at least it can provide some cover against air attacks.

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7. GAZ MM truck with 25mm anti-air gun 72K

The light AA weapon was used as towed gun from 1940, but later mounted on a GAZ MM truck to get a self propelled version. Heavier towed Soviet anti-air guns were certainly more capable, but less useful in mobile warfare. As the player may find himself struggling with substantial Luftwaffe air operations in 1941 this unit may help him to protect his tanks.


8. Neman R-10 light bomber

Developed as KhAI-5 the aircraft entered service in 1937 as R-10 for use as light bomber and as reconnaissance plane. Ca. 500 aircraft have been produced. The R-10 has been used first in the border battles vs. Japan. Although outdated the R-10 was still in service in summer 1941, and flew combat missions beyond 1942.

This is the first Soviet tactical bomber available for purchase in this game.


9. Suchoi Su-2 light bomber


This more modern light bomber entered service in december 1939 and was build in over 900 pieces. When war broke out against Germany the more capable Il-2 had just entered service, and pilots and groud crews were rather inexperienced to operate the new plane, so the Su-2 still had an important role to fill. The Su-2 suffered heavily in combat 1941 and was increasingly replaced by the IL-2 from 1942.


10. Guards Infantry

Soviet Guards units were established after the costly, but successful Yelnya Offensive in september 1941. In Red Star those guards units are not simply purchased, instead the player can upgrade his experienced infantry units to more capable guards infantry units once he unlocked the required specialisation.


There are but a few of the new units coming with Red Star!
Let us know what you think on the forum!

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

Post by Retributarr » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:23 pm

It's encouraging to see that someone has been doing their investigations in a serious manner into the 'Russian' mobile self-propelled armored elements. Now!...can more of these investigations be forth-coming?. Such as 'Aircraft' perhap's...as well as the same revelations for the 'Japanese'?.

Other than that!...this design effort looks quite promising.

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

Post by LandMarine47 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:37 pm

One of my favorite things about OOB are the alternate what-if scenarios. What kind of scenarios can we expect in this DLC if there any? Or are we going to have to wait for the second and third dlc parts to see an Operation Unthinkable scenario after the end of hostilities in Manchuria

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

Post by Retributarr » Wed Jul 31, 2019 7:32 pm

LandMarine47 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:37 pm
One of my favorite things about OOB are the alternate what-if scenarios. What kind of scenarios can we expect in this DLC if there any? Or are we going to have to wait for the second and third dlc parts to see an Operation Unthinkable scenario after the end of hostilities in Manchuria
I really haven't had time to think about an..."Operation Unthinkable scenario"
or other related scenario's offhand. However...at this very moment...only '1' Scenario-Idea comes to mind.

Let us presume that for one reason or another,...that the 'Balkans-Campaign' was shortened...by say...that 'Greece' decided to stay neutral...thereby then giving 'Operation Barbarossa' a little more time to complete it's objectives...or that maybe...the 'Balkan' festering issue (Yugoslavia) for the '3rd Reich' did not become a Critical-Concern at the present time...or that 'Stalin' came to learn from his Undercover Agents...that the Japanese were indeed preparing a Major-Offensive into Russia...meaning now...that those troops could not be used/transported to where the main German Assaults were being launched.

One or more of these factors just may have been enough to be able to buy enough time for the German Army to beat the fall-rains (creating severe muddy road conditions) and shortly after...terrible winter conditions so that the Wehrmacht could then take Moscau' . with much less difficulty?. Not only that, but those several hundreds of thousands of Siberian Reserves would then not have not then been Redeployed to Moscow or to other area's of the German assault on the Russian's to then affect or influence the outcome so as to turn the tide against the German armed forces?.

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

Post by bebro » Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:25 am

LandMarine47 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:37 pm
One of my favorite things about OOB are the alternate what-if scenarios. What kind of scenarios can we expect in this DLC if there any? Or are we going to have to wait for the second and third dlc parts to see an Operation Unthinkable scenario after the end of hostilities in Manchuria
The scns of this first DLC are all between 1938 and 1941, and based on historic battles. You can check the individual scns at the product page.

What happens at the end of the whole Soviet line is not fully detemined yet. Personally I tend to believe that anything after Berlin could be a bit anticlimactic.

For example Manchuria 45 sounds interesting, but the Japanese there weren't really in the best shape anymore, which is why it was over in less than 2 weeks. We might still add it as a bonus or so, so I'm not excluding it at this point :)

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

Post by GUNDOBALDO08 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:29 am

I prefer historical scenarios, dont forget battle of Berlin I’ waiting for it from first time I played OOB and still cry because thersnt in Endsieg!

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

Post by Andy2012 » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:48 pm

I think there are some photos missing. R-10, SU-2 and Guards infantry.

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

Post by AlbertoC » Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:50 pm

Andy2012 wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 12:48 pm
I think there are some photos missing. R-10, SU-2 and Guards infantry.
We didn't prepare 3D renders for all the units, but we wanted to mention some of the cool ones regardless.

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

Post by LandMarine47 » Sun Aug 04, 2019 8:40 am

bebro wrote:
Thu Aug 01, 2019 9:25 am
LandMarine47 wrote:
Wed Jul 31, 2019 5:37 pm
One of my favorite things about OOB are the alternate what-if scenarios. What kind of scenarios can we expect in this DLC if there any? Or are we going to have to wait for the second and third dlc parts to see an Operation Unthinkable scenario after the end of hostilities in Manchuria
The scns of this first DLC are all between 1938 and 1941, and based on historic battles. You can check the individual scns at the product page.

What happens at the end of the whole Soviet line is not fully detemined yet. Personally I tend to believe that anything after Berlin could be a bit anticlimactic.

For example Manchuria 45 sounds interesting, but the Japanese there weren't really in the best shape anymore, which is why it was over in less than 2 weeks. We might still add it as a bonus or so, so I'm not excluding it at this point :)
Well knowing the past DLC's I am not expecting a by the books historical campaign, but since the US Pacific got an Operation Downfall, and Endseig ended with a German victory, I am sure the creative minds who make these scenarios can certainly sneak in some End-War Japanese units to make Manchuria more intresting, but i would love to see an unthinkable scenario where the Western Allies decide to take on the Soviet Steamroller!

in terms of minor alt-historical changes, I was thinking more along the lines of what the german triology did, with bonuses for saving the 6th Army at stalingrad, and defeating offensives that historically they lost. Perhaps something along the lines of a successful operation at Demyansk and forcing the pocket to surrender, saving or even succeding at Rhzev's doomed paratrooper operation in early 1942, little details like that. It would be intresting to see an even more succesful encriclement of the German army during operation Saturn, with the offensive originally aimed at Rostov in order to trap any german units in the Caucasus. But all of these are just ideas, im sure there already a good idea of what the other two dlcs will be like

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Re: Order of Battle: Red Star - The Red Army is coming!

Post by VoroshilovKV2 » Thu Sep 19, 2019 4:40 pm

I'm really glad I joined this forum: I did so after finding out about Armored Brigade (I love Cold War gone hot games, played hours and hours of World in Conflict and Wargame and built my own tabletop armies, but I can't get enough...) and find out that there's early WW2 Soviet stuff being worked on as well... The scenario of a successful Demyansk encirclement could explore interesting ideas!

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