Monday, November 12, 2012

SSU Week Begins…

Today is the fist day of SSU week and before we get to our fist videos let’s take a moment to learn just who is the SSU.

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The Sino-Soviet Union

The Sino-Soviet Union is the third faction introduced in the Dust universe. On the map below you can see the extent of the SSU as of 1947 in the DUST universe.

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A you can see the majority of the SSU is what we know as the Soviet Union, with a large portion (the Sino part) being China. Also there are many allied territories such as Cuba and many South American nations. Further expanding their territory are occupied zones in places like Alaska and Africa.

To learn a bit more about the SSU take a look an an excerpt form the SSU history books.

Sino-Soviet History in Brief

1941, June: Operation “Barbarossa” is launched. The invasion of the USSR begins. The German Army advances through Russia at top speed.

1941, October: The First Battle of Kharkov, German troops conquer the city as part of the first offensive of Operation “Barbarossa.”

1941, December: The Battle for Moscow. The first Soviet ski troops push back the German Army.

1942: During the first half of the year, the war on the eastern front grows bloodier for each side.

1942, May: The Second Battle of Kharkov. Soviet armies fail to liberate the city.

1942, August: The Battle of Stalingrad begins. Each side sees the worst combat conditions since the start of the war.

1942, October: The first combat testing of the new Panzer KampfLäufer in the ruins of Stalingrad. German mass production of these models is slowed due to
the difficulty of obtaining the new VK mineral from Antarctica.

1942, November: Operation “Uranus.” The Russians launch a massive counterattack in an attempt to surround the city of Stalingrad.

1943, February: The German Army finally takes Stalingrad. It occupies the west bank of the city (the eastern one remains in Soviet hands).

1943, February: The Third Battle of Kharkov. The Soviet Army finally takes back the city only to lose it again, along with 52 divisions destroyed or captured.
The new German walkers are deadly.

1943, March: In the aftermath of the Third Battle of Kharkov, soldiers in the 2nd Guards Regiment become the first Soviet troops to encounter Axis Zombies in combat.

1943, April: SMERSH is officially founded in Moscow. The USSR now has a central military intelligence and counterintelligence agency. It is suspected that this institution was founded earlier, but kept secret until its official founding.

1943, August: The battle of Kursk ends. It is a strategic defeat for Germany, whose walkers are not yet fully efficient on open ground.

1943, August: The Fourth Battle of Kharkov. Soviet forces finally take back what’s left of the city and manage to hold it.

1943, December: Months of peace talks between the Allies and the Axis regarding the western front come to an abrupt end.

1944, January: The Soviet winter offensive starts near Leningrad and Novgorod. Despite some early successes, the offensive breaks on German defense

1944, May: The Fifth Battle of Kharkov. The first prototype Soviet walkers are sighted amongst the ruins of the city. They are currently not as efficient as the
German “Luthers”, but the gap is closing steadily. The Axis take control of half the city.

The 1944 Model “Jagdluther”


1944, July: During a bold amphibious operation, Soviet troops overwhelm the French and British garrison on Madagascar. Stalin has made good on his oath from the previous year, inflicting his first wave of vengeance upon a place where his troops were least expected.

1945, August: The Sixth Battle of Kharkov. The core of the Axis Army Group takes what is left of the city.

1945, November: The USSR and communist China permanently join forces, forming the Sino-Soviet Union. The pressure from the Axis in the east and west, and from the Allies in the south, force the union of two great military leaders: Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong. For the latter, the alliance is also motivated by a desperate need for help to win the civil war in China.

1945, December: For the first time in years, there is no USSR (now SSU) winter offensive on the western front.

1946, March: The SSU organizes a series of Marxist revolutions in South America. SMERSH is instrumental in further provoking the resulting chaos. As soon as the regimes change, Sino-Soviet troops arrive, followed by SSU scientists.

1946, May: The Seventh Battle of Kharkov. The SSU Army retakes the city, but halts its offensive immediately thereafter. The first KV152 makes its appearance on the battlefield.

The KV152


1946, July: Operation “Red Sun.” In a single night, SSU forces land in both Alaska and Florida. They manage to take control of a large part of the Alaskan coast before the Allied Army joins the fight. In Florida, the Allies react more quickly and the Soviet advance is stopped by the 2nd Marines Division in the Everglades.

1946, October: Operation “Red Sea.” SSU forces land on the east coast of Iceland, which is poorly defended by both the Allies and the Axis. These two
blocs have been locked in a long standoff on this front. The addition of a third combatant does little to change the situation.

1947, January: For the first time in years, the SSU must face the blunt assault of an Axis winter offensive. Lines are broken in several places on the western front:
near Leningrad in the north, and again approaching Zverograd in the south. The SSU reacts quickly, but the Axis show a renewed strength unseen since the early
days of “Barbarossa.”

The City of Zverograd


If you want to lean even more about the SSU be sure to read the copious amounts of information in the Operation: Zverograd and Operation Hades rulebooks.