Eastern Storm Codex Entry Narration – Battlefield 1


The commander of the Southwestern Front of
the Imperial Russian Army, General Aleksei Brusillov, launched a colossal assault against
the Austro-Hungarians in Gallcia on June 4th 1916. The offensive was one of the first to utilize
revolutionary shock troops and infiltration tactics on a mass scale, attacking weak points
of the Austro-Hungarian defenses to achieve breakthrough. The German army, among others, would copy
the Russian Infiltration tactics for later attacks. The Brusilov Offensive is known as one of
the deadliest in world history, and is the only WWI campaign to be named after an Individual
commander. It broke the back of the Austro-Hungarian
army and had pushed it back to the Carpathian Mountains by September 1916, but due to poor
coordination with other Russian commanders the offensive failed to fully knock the Austro-Hungarians
out of the war. Despite the massive tactical success, it cost
the Russian Empire a million causalities and failed to bring about a conclusive victory
against the Central Power, which left the Russian population disillusioned and susceptible
to revolution. Tsar Nicholas II abdicated after the 1917
February revolution, and the following provisional Kerensky government was overthrown by Lenin
and his Bolsheviks in November. Russia was thrown into an enormously bloody
and costly civil war between mainly the Bolshevik Red Army and the opposing White Army and its
multi-national allies. One of the key battles between the Reds and
Whites was the struggle for control of the city of Volgograd Tsaritsyn on the Volga River,
between 1918 and 1920. Tsaritsyn changed hands several times during
the Civil War, and was temporarily occupied by the White Army in June 1919, when Major
Cameron Bruce of the British Army spearheaded the capture of city with a single Mark V tank. In January 1920, Stalin led
a successful Red Army recapture of the city, forcing the remnants of the Whites to retreat
towards the Crimean Peninsula. In 1925, Tsaritsyn was renamed Stalingrad,
and during World War II. it would once again be under siege in one of the bloodiest battles
in history.

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