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Silent Storm

Developer:Nival Interactive Genre:Action Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

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Test your skills as a military strategist in this turned-based World War II role-playing game. Handpick your squad from over 40 different international operatives each with unique skills and colorful histories. Fight in randomly generated battles in addition to 24 non-linear main missions. Decide your own battle strategy and choose either stealth or brute force to complete missions. Take advantage of over 75 common, experimental, and rare WWII weapons. Realistic 3D battlefields feature advanced collusion detection, real bullet tracing, completely destructible environments, and calculated piercing performance for bullets, missiles, and grenades.

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Silent Storm

Silent Storm Review

By Jimmy Goldstein |

Just when you thought you couldn't possibly be surprised by another World War II-themed, along comes on that knocks you on your ass. Such is the case with Silent Storm. It's certainly not the setting that does it; there are far too many games dealing with this period already, as any quick glance at the release list will attest. No, what sets Silent Storm apart is the comprehensive modeling of small-scale tactical action in a turn-based format. In a way, it's not unlike X-COM or Jagged Alliance and the things to like about those titles are the things to like about Silent Storm.

Silent Storm comes with two campaigns, one for the Allies and one for the Axis. Each campaign begins with a single character who serves as your surrogate in the world. Once you complete the first mission, you'll have the option to recruit more soldiers and snipers and medics and engineers from your headquarters. You can equip them with all manner of weapons and upgrade their abilities as they gain experience in missions.

The missions are often of the special operations variety although they include lots and lots of intense firefights. In between grabbing secret documents and hunting down traitors within your own ranks, you'll find yourself involved in lots of shootouts with your enemies -- be they German, British or other. The story itself is a bit silly at points but there's a slight tongue-in-cheek approach to most of it so you won't mind most of the silly parts. There is one aspect of the game that really stood out as ridiculous to me. Since it's kind of integral to the plot, I don't want to spoil it. Just watch out for the suits.

Though the game takes place in turns, you'll proceed in real time as long as there are no enemies nearby. This greatly speeds the pace of the game as you're not constantly having to hit the end turn button just to get back across the map at the end or beginning of a scenario. Once you find an enemy the game enters a turn-based mode while you resolve combat. The characters all have action points that they spend to move, manage inventory, manipulate the environment and make attacks. Characters with enough action points at the end of their turn have the chance to "interrupt" an enemy turn and take their actions then. Saving enough points for opportunity fire isn't as easy as it is in a game like X-COM but the wise player will find ways to save a few shots worth of action points between rounds in case an enemy pops up in front of them.

And the AI offers a reasonably tough challenge anyway. AI opponents will frequently take cover and, once things start to go against them, even camp a bit. I thought I was all slick in one mission as I sidled up against a wall and prepared to toss a grenade at the enemy soldiers gathered on the other side. Imagine my surprise when one of them tossed a grenade at me instead. These moments where the AI starts to show some real human ingenuity and initiative make the game particularly challenging and uncommonly rewarding. There are the odd pathfinding problems here and there but overall the AI in Silent Storm is quite good.

Remember the big deal everyone made over Red Faction's destructible environments? Well, Silent Storm takes much the same approach allowing players to completely demolish everything around them. Like X-COM before it, Silent Storm requires you to watch out for (unintentional) collateral damage. Fire blindly into a warehouse full of oil barrels and try not to look so surprised when the whole structure explodes in front of you. Grenade explosions and rifle fire will rip the leaves off of trees, sometimes leaving your target more exposed than before. Toss a grenade against the back wall of a building to make a convenient back door entrance for yourself. Just hope that the enemy doesn't happen to be looking at that back wall when it blows. This even works on a smaller, more detailed level. Puffs of smoke and dust erupt from bullet impacts and, if you shoot enough, you can even shoot small holes in building walls.

Silent Storm Cheats

Edit the autoexec.cfg file in a text editor which can be found in the cfg directory in the game folder. At the end of the autoexex.cfg file add the line: wirbelwind. Note: Anytime you edit a game file first create a backup.

In game press ~ to bring down the console and enter the following cheats (toggle the cheats 0 or 1):

  • Invincible squad: godmode
  • Spawn indicated item: getitem
  • Toggle artificial intelligence:game_noai
  • Everyone transparent after game loaded: i_am_an_alien
  • Set squad members' level: setxplevel
  • Show all enemies and NPC: cheat_showall

Silent Storm Game Walkthrough

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SILENT STORM Walkthrough/Guide
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Ver 1.4

Silent Storm is (c) 2003/2004 Nival Interactive, JoWood, and their affiliates.

This guide is copyright 2004 Guiler (guilersk@earthlink.net)

This guide is for personal use only and may not be sold, bartered,
or used for any purpose that involves profit, including but not
limited to, money, favors, slaves, and/or human babies. Unauthorized
copying of this Guide will result in your horrible, agonizing
destruction.

I have beaten the game. If you want/need info on scenarios I haven't covered
yet, go ahead and email me and I'll see what I can remember. I am in the
process of replaying the campaigns now. The guide will continue to be updated
as I do so.

If you have further and/or better tips on how to beat the campaign, mail me
at .

TABLE OF CONTENTS
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TACTICAL HELP
RARE ITEMS
CHARACTER PROGRESSION
-SNIPER
-SCOUT
-SOLDIER
-MEDIC
-GRENADIER
-ENGINEER
CAMPAIGN
-OPENING MISSION
-SQUAD BASE (Intermission)
NORTH BRITAIN
-UK COMMANDANT'S OFFICE
-OLD ENGLISH MANOR
-UK MILITARY WAREHOUSE
-A SMALL ENGLISH TOWN
-ORGANIZATION'S STOREHOUSE
-AGENT'S CACHE
SOUTH BRITAIN
-PLACE MARKED ON THE MAP
-ENGLISH RURAL HOUSE
-UK LABORATORY
-SMALL ENGLISH VILLAGE
-DOCUMENT'S TRANSFER PLACE
HANNOVER
-GENERAL BAUER'S HEADQUARTERS
-GERMAN INTELLIGENCE HQ
-GERMAN LABORATORY
BRANDENBURG
-GERMAN TOWN
-GERMAN MANOR
-GERMAN WEAPON FACTORY
URAL MOUNTAINS
-RUSSIAN MILITARY FACTORY
-UNKNOWN COMPLEX
-LOCAL RUSSIAN COMMANDANT'S OFFICE
SWITZERLAND
-BERGER'S FACTORY
ORGANIZATION BASE
AXIS CAMPAIGN
-OPENING MISSION
-SQUAD BASE (Intermission)

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TACTICAL HELP
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Having trouble with even the basic missions? All of your guys are dying? Here
are some basic tips.

-Many people overuse SMGs, thinking that they are the coolest thing. Here's a
tip: in most games like this (Jagged Alliance, XCOM, etc.) burst fire -sucks-
if you're more than 10 feet away from the enemy. Don't think you're playing a
movie where James Bond fires a machinegun from 100 feet away killing 3 goons.
This is a -game-, and for game balance reasons, it's coded to make burst fire
miss a lot unless you're right on top of your enemy. There is nothing quite
like opening a door on 3 guys that are right there, and opening up on long
burst, killing all three and ripping a hole in the wall. But if they aren't
right there, you're going to blow your whole clip and be dead on their turn.
As a general rule: 30% hit or more is safe to use short burst, and 20-25% is
ok to use long burst. Keep in mind that you still run the risk of missing
every time. I do it a lot. You are not immune to missing the whole clip, and
don't think you are.

-Use rifles. And don't think you can use rifles with just Snap Shot, either.
Early in the game, when your hit % is really crappy, Snap Shot isn't going
to cut it. Either hide behind some cover and do a Stand/Aimed Shot/Crouch
routine, or find good cover, crouch, and used Aimed Shot. Many of your
enemies early on are armed with crappy SMGs. Pick them off before they get
to you with rifles. Rifles with scopes are better, BTW. Probably the best
'standard-issue' rifle is the SVT-40 Scoped. It has a wider damage variance
than its cousin the Mosin, but features a 10-round clip. You'd be surprised
how much of your time gets spent reloading on those 5-round clip rifles. If
you can get your paws on an AVS-36 Scoped, that might be even better. It has a
15-round magazine and features burst fire, something very rare among rifles.
Another nice thing about these 2 rifles is the fact that they use heavy ammo
that goes right through brick walls.

-Use your scout to scout. Don't stumble into ambushes to get blown away. Set
your scout on Hide [h] and crouch or crawl to a forward position behind cover.
When the scout sees someone, start combat and use your other 5 guys to take
pot shots at him from afar. You may miss a lot (although the sniper is good
at this), but the enemy won't be able to retaliate without running for your
guys for a round or two (assuming he hasn't seen your scout), giving you ample
time to take 5 or 10 free shots at him--and you'll be building Shoot experience
for doing it.

-Always Run when moving in combat. This is not to say run around like an idiot;
run from cover spot to cover spot, crouch, and then fire. Crouching across the
field is fine if you want to take 4 rounds to do it with no shots while you're
doing it. But if you you move slowly and get caught out in the open during an
enemy turn, you're done for. And the enemy certainly won't be gracious enough
to wait for you to get into position before assaulting.

-Know your ammo. Why carry 10 clips of 5xMauser when you can carry 1 clip for
a heavy MG of 50xMauser? There is no penalty for using the wrong clip size to
reload--it just has to be the same ammo type.

-One of the best rifles in the game is the Sea Devil, available in a random
encounter in Switzerland. It's on the mantlepiece of a large manor guarded by
about 20 Germans. Because random encounters in Switzerland are rare, it can be
hard to come by. Look for an encounter around the big '6' on the right side of
the map. It may take 5 minutes for an encounter to pop. The Sea Devil only has
a 3-round clip, but does heinous damage, even to Panzerkleins. Extra ammo can
be found in the cabinet in the garage next to the manor.

-Stealth is your friend. If the enemy can't see you, he probably won't hit you,
right? The only thing is, if you fire a shot while hidden, it will reveal you--
unless you fire from a silenced weapon. Silenced pistols, SMGs, and rifles are
invaluable for this sort of thing. Using a hidden scout to spot targets for
your sniper can be an effective way of taking out anyone without retaliation.
Using it in concert with Panzerkleins can be even better, considering PK's
relatively poor sight/sound detection, and their heavy weapons that tear
through obstacles. Park a PK outside, have the scout go in and look for
targets, and then have the PK fire relentlessly at it, blowing away walls in
the process.

-Having trouble killing Panzerkleins when you don't have any yet? Go to
Switzerland. There are 2 random encounters there.

1. In the '5' area, there is a UFO landing with 6 enemy Panzerkleins. Though
it's tough, you can sneak all the way to the back, behind the UFO, and find
a weapon called the Prototype 8M1, a beam weapon with Snap/Aimed/Careful/Short
Burst. Beam weapons cut right through PK armor. 2 good hits should kill any
PK pilot (save the final boss). Ammo can be gotten back at the base under
'Heavy Weapons'. (If there is no ammo, put the rifle into the base inventory
and hit the 'Arrange' button. Some ammo will spawn next to it in inventory.)

2. In the '6' area, there is a mansion with the Sea Devil rifle in it (see
above). While it won't do a lot of damage to PKs, this Encounter is much
more common than the UFO one. Sea Devil ammunition is also infinite at the
base.

Random Encounters in Switzerland happen -very- infrequently; sometimes it can
take 5 minutes for one to pop. Be patient.

-Beam Panzerkleins (the ones with the green laser weapon) are the the most
effective ways to take out enemy PKs. However, they have ammunition issues.
While you can get infinite ammo at the base, they can only use short burst
and have a clip of 16; not only that, but their clips take up 4 spots! There
is a better way, however. If you get the Prototype 8M1 from the Switzerland
Random Encounter (see above) and put it in the base inventory, you can spawn
some 50-round 1-spot beam weapon ammunition clips that also work with the PK
beam weapon! Ammo issues are solved.

-Having trouble getting ammo for your Axis PKs? There is a way around it, but
it is annoying. Remove the weapons from the PK and place them in the inventory
of a squad member. Then, leave the hangar. Go into the Armory and open the
safe. Place the weapons from the PK into the base stash. Switch to the PK
weapon tab. Hit the 'arrange' button on the base side. You should get an ammo
clip to spawn next to the weapon(s) in question. Put the clip in a squad-mate's
inventory, and hit 'arrange' again. Repeat as desired. When you are done, don't
forget to take the PK weapons back. For TH PKs (where you can't remove the
weapons), you'll have to scavenge, at least for AGS explosive rounds and 
gatling rounds. For beam weapons, if you pick up a beam rifle or a Prototype
8M1 and put it in base inventory, then hit 'Arrange', ammo will spawn for them
under 'heavy'. I know this is annoying, but it works.

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RARE ITEMS
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Tremendous thanks to the Silent Storm Board at GameFaqs, without whom I would
not have found any of these.

PROTOTYPE 8M1
Easily the most powerful (most over-powered) weapon in the game. It has great
range, great accuracy (even with burst fire), a large 50-round clip (which 
takes up very little room) and does tremendous damage.

The 8M1 is found in a random encounter in Switzerland. Please note: random
encounters in Switzerland are VERY RARE. It may take 5 or more minutes to pop.

The encounter you are looking for is near the giant '5' on the left-hand side
of the map. If you enter it, and see a broken bridge, you know you have the
right one. On your side is a broken bridge over a ditch. On the opposite side
is a UFO. Between you and the UFO are 6 or so enemy Panzerkleins armed with
AGS cannons or Gatling cannons.

On the other side of the UFO, a bit to the right of it, is the Prototype 8M1,
lying on the ground, alone.

To get ammunition for the 8M1, simply place it in the base armory storage and
hit the 'arrange' button. You will find the 8M1 at the bottom of the 'Heavy
Weapons' section, and a whole bunch of clips should be spawned next to it.
Note: these clips work for any beam weapon, including beam PKs.

SEA DEVIL
A powerful rifle that is overrated in my opinion. Great range, great accuracy,
decent damage (though not particularly to PKs), but a small clip size (3 
rounds) with large cartridge size (2 squares).

The Sea Devil is found in a random encounter in Switzerland. Please note: 
random encounters in Switzerland are VERY RARE. It may take 5 or more minutes 
to pop.

The encounter you are looking for is near the giant '6' on the right-hand side
of the map. It is in a large mansion, stocked with about 20 or more Germans (or
British). The Sea Devil is found on the second floor, in the corner room with
the fireplace. It is on the mantlepiece. Please note that it can be displaced
with explosions and gunfire, like any other item in the game.

To get ammunition for the Sea Devil, simply place it in the base armory 
storage and hit the 'arrange' button. You will find the 8M1 at the bottom of 
the 'Rifles' section, and a whole bunch of clips should be spawned next to it.

KATANA
The best melee weapon in the game (although it is a little big in inventory).
It has a great critical rate. You can, with good melee skill, kill 3 enemies
in a turn with it.

The Katana is found in a random encounter in North Britain. It has a 
(tentative) level requirement of 5, simply because the enemies in it are so
difficult.

The encounter you are looking for is near the giant '6' on the right-hand side
of the map. You should find yourself on a curving road, fences on either side,
with a single (Japanese) enemy on the road at the opposite end. While he isn't
too much of a threat (assuming he doesn't get close), he has 6-10 friends 
hiding in the bushes with grenades and shuriken, and -very- high throwing 
skill. They will rip apart a low-level party.

CARBINE 98K SILENCED
Though not technically 'rare', it is nevertheless a one-of-a-kind weapon, found
in the GERMAN MANOR level (where you usually capture Koch). One of the renegade
soldiers has it. If you're the Allies, it's usually a guy in the tower on the
left side. If you're the Axis, the guy with it shoots you before combat begins,
so you can see where he is--on the roof of the center building.

The damage and range on this weapon are not fantastic, but it is made special
by the fact that it makes very little noise. So who cares? Hidden characters
care. If they fire it, they have a very good chance to not be revealed, as
they would normally be when firing while hidden. In fact, I've conquered entire
levels solo as a Scout or Sniper, just using the Beretta SMG Silenced and this
silenced rifle.

If you are the Axis, ammo for this is unlimited--it is the 7.92x57 Mauser. If
you are the Allies, you will have to scrounge. Look for MG34 Boxed Cartridge
Belt(s) and/or ZB 26/30 Magazines. While you can use regular Mauser Rifle 
clips, they take up lots of room for very few rounds and seem to run out fast.

BIG JOE
I am still looking for info on where to get this pistol. I have found the 
'Little Joe' arrows, but no Big Joe yet.

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CHARACTER PROGRESSION
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SNIPER
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In my opinion, the best class in the game. Always Inflict Ranged Crits cannot
be beaten (unless you enable the built-in mod, which makes this skill useless).

LOOK FOR FREE:
Useful, but not earth-shattering. You'll notice it when you don't have it, 
though.

PISTOL SPECIALIZATION:
I see no need for this unless you are looking to get RIFLE SPECIALIZATION.
The sniper's Shoot rating grows faster than any other class, so you don't
really need the extra 10 points, in either of them.

BETTER CAREFUL SHOT:
Get this. It's not necessarily great, but you need it as a pre-req.

SHOOT THROUGH COVER:
Useful. You need it as a pre-req.

FASTER POSE CHANGE:
REQ: LOOK FOR FREE
It's alright. It's more useful as a pre-req for FASTER SHOTS.

FASTER CRAWL:
REQ: LOOK FOR FREE
I never crawl--I never see the need to. Useless unless you want it as a
pre-req.

RIFLE SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: PISTOL SPECIALIZATION
It's alright, but considering how fast the sniper's Shoot grows, you won't
need it.

AIM BEFORE SHOT:
REQ: BETTER CAREFUL SHOT
Useful, and also useful as a pre-req.

NIGHT HUNT:
REQ: SHOOT THROUGH COVER
I love it--it makes you even more deadly at night, as compared to your enemies.

FASTER SHOTS:
REQ: FASTER POSE CHANGE
Later in the game, as your AP grows, you'll be able to get in more shots. With
this, you won't take the penalty on the first shot, and odds are you can 
squeeze in another shot at the end as a result.

GOOD SHOT FROM ANY POSE:
REQ: FASTER CRAWL
Eh. It's alright. There are better things to spend points on, though.

INCREASED FAMILIARITY:
REQ: RIFLE SPECIALIZATION, AIM BEFORE SHOT
Considering that you have to buy PISTOL SPEC, RIFLE SPEC, BETTER CAREFUL,
and AIM BEFORE SHOT, it's not that much of a payoff. You're better off with
an Easy Handling weapon than Familiarity.

FORCE OF HABIT:
REQ: AIM BEFORE SHOT, SHOOT THROUGH COVER
It's useless by itself, but you need it as a pre-req. Get it.

NIGHT VISION:
REQ: NIGHT HUNT
It is useful by itself, as well as for what comes after it in the tree.

FASTER FAMILIARIZATION:
REQ: FASTER SHOTS
It's crap.

FASTER SKILLS GROWTH:
REQ: GOOD SHOT FROM ANY POSE
Not worth it for the skills you have to sink points into to get to it.

BETTER CHANCE OF CRITICAL:
REQ: INCREASED FAMILIARITY
Useless, except as a pre-req for BETTER CRITICAL

INCREASED SHOT RANGE:
REQ: FORCE OF HABIT
Very nice, both as a pre-req and by itself.

INCREASE SIGHT ANGLE:
REQ: NIGHT VISION
A great little skill, both as a pre-req and by itself. While it might seem
useless with LOOK FOR FREE around, it is not. You have a wider sight angle
to spot enemy ambushes (before it's too late) and, most especially, to spot
enemies during their turn and interrupt them. More sight range = more 
interrupts, and interrupts are good.

SOLO:
REQ: FASTER SKILLS GROWTH
If you are going for a stealth sniper who hides alone, it might be worth it,
but for me, there are better skills out there. Your shooting is great as it
is, and if you're hidden, Evasion isn't much of a factor--they need to see
you to shoot you.

BETTER CRITICAL SEVERITY:
REQ: BETTER CHANCE OF CRITICAL
Marginal. Might give better hits, but the point cost to get there isn't worth
it in the long run.

INCREASED RANGED DAMAGE:
REQ: INCREASED SHOT RANGE
Now we're talking. Every shot will do a little more damage. Plus, it's one step
away from Always Crit.

INCREASED SIGHT RANGE:
REQ: INCREASE SIGHT ANGLE
Very nice for a sniper. Because you can shoot so far and so well, you'll now 
have even more runway to take someone out before they get to you.

MASTER SNIPER:
REQ: FASTER FAMILIARIZATION, SOLO
Too far down the tree to be worth it. Too little, too late. Who needs 'critical
more' if you have ALWAYS CRITICAL?

FASTER AIMING:
REQ: SOLO, BETTER CRITICAL SEVERITY
Again, too far down the tree and too expensive. I almost never snipe because a
Careful Shot will nearly always yield 100% later on in the game, and it's only
later in the game that you can get to this area of the tree.

ALWAYS INFLICT RANGED CRITICAL:
REQ: INCREASED RANGED DAMAGE
The holy grail of sniper skills. It's relatively easy to get to (only 6 pre-
reqs, as opposed to 8 for MASTER SNIPER, an inferior skill), as well as having
the pre-reqs be mostly great skills in themselves. Every shot you fire will be
a critical, including bursts. This means more damage (lots if it is a head 
shot), nearly always bleeding (if they don't die outright), and all sorts of
other fun, crippling malaises.

AMBUSH:
REQ: INCREASED SIGHT RANGE
Useful for a sniper with the 98K Silenced, but ultimately I think it's too far
down the tree, especially considering that you will probably already have 
ALWAYS RANGED CRIT.

SCOUT
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The scout often gets a bad rap, but I love the scout. Their great stealth +
their high AP means more surprise attacks (especially with silenced SMGs)
and a better chance to stay hidden as a 'spotter' (hidden in a forward 
position, seeing enemies that squad-mates further back can shoot at). Their
skill tree focuses on enemy detection and critical hits, but is admittedly
rather anemic overall.

THROWING SPECIALIZATION:
Bah. I never use throwing weapons.

LOOK FOR FREE:
Very important for a spotter. Make sure to get it.

AWARENESS:
It's not clear what the penalty for having the first turn in combat is, but
you might need this as a pre-req for something down the line.

HIDE IN THE DARK:
Useful, but more useful as a pre-req.

FAST THROW:
REQ: THROWING SPECIALIZATION
Bah.

MELEE SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: THROWING SPECIALIZATION
You may want this if you want a melee scout. I did not play a melee scout in
any of the campaigns I played. I preferred a Silenced SMG.

FASTER POSE CHANGE:
REQ: LOOK FOR FREE
Meh. You might need it if you're crammed for time, but it's certainly nothing
special. Considering all the Scout's APs, you shouldn't need it save for a
pre-req.

STEADY GUN:
REQ: AWARENESS
More useful than you might thing. If you ran your scout around like I did, you
will find that this allows a great hit % even after running 40 APs worth.

NIGHT VISION:
REQ: HIDE IN THE DARK
The Scout's job is to scout. NIGHT VISION helps them do just that. Get it.

BETTER HEARING:
REQ: HIDE IN THE DARK
A great skill for spotting unseen enemies. Get it.

FASTER MELEE HIT:
REQ: MELEE SPECIALIZATION
If you're going melee, by all means get it. If not, don't bother.

PISTOL SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: MELEE SPECIALIZATION
Marginal. There are better skills do get with better pre-reqs than this.

FAST CROUCHING:
REQ: FASTER POSE CHANGE
Bah. I usually run from cover to cover. Crouching just takes valuable time,
and reducing the cost from 6 to 4 doesn't help too much in this aspect.

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE:
REQ: STEADY GUN
This may help you if you move around a lot to avoid enemy attacks. Every step
you take reduces their accuracy (a 'movement' penalty). This doubles it,
potentially making a decent shot completely useless.

STEALTH RUN:
REQ: NIGHT VISION
Bah.

INCREASED SPOT:
REQ: BETTER HEARING
It's ok; not bad for spotting hiding enemies. Good as a pre-req.

INCREASED THROWING RANGE:
REQ: PISTOL SPECIALIZATION
Bah.

FASTER ATTRIBUTES GROWTH:
REQ: FAST CROUCHING
Potentially useful, in a tree full of useless skills, but it has 2 useless
pre-reqs.

SOLO:
REQ: FAST CROUCHING, RUN FOR YOUR LIFE, STEALTH RUN
Could be good, except for the heinous (9 point) pre-req cost, 3 of which are
pretty useless.

INCREASE SIGHT ANGLE:
REQ: INCREASED SPOT
A great little skill, both as a pre-req and by itself. While it might seem
useless with LOOK FOR FREE around, it is not. You have a wider sight angle
to spot enemy ambushes (before it's too late) and, most especially, to spot
enemies during their turn and interrupt them. More sight range = more 
interrupts, and interrupts are good.

VANGUARD:
REQ: SOLO
Having never gotten it, I really can't speak to its usefulness.

ALWAYS INFLICT MELEE CRITICAL:
REQ: SOLO
This would be the holy grail for the melee-based scout, but it's on a 
different leg of the tree from all the other melee skills. What a pain.

AMBUSH:
REQ: INCREASE SIGHT ANGLE
Get it if you plan on having your Scout hidden often. It will really help,
trust me.

INCREASED RANGED DAMAGE:
REQ: INCREASED THROWING RANGE, FASTER ATTRIBUTE GROWTH
Gee, this one would be great if it were not hidden behind a pile of useless
pre-reqs. 8 pre-reqs, 6 of which are useless? No thank you.

SURVIVAL:
REQ: FASTER ATTRIBUTES GROWTH
I generally do not let my soldiers get below 25% hp, and if I did, 10% evasion
is -not- going to save them.

RAGE:
REQ: SURVIVAL, EVADE AREA ATTACKS
I do not like to get my soldiers below 50% health, and I don't melee. Even if I
did melee, I would not send my soldier into melee with 50% health.

EVADE AREA ATTACKS:
REQ: INCREASE SIGHT ANGLE
+10% evade to grenade attacks? Woo-hoo. I don't think so. I'd rather put my
points elsewhere, thank you.

SOLDIER
-------
The meat-and-potatoes of your squad. While you don't technically need one, it's
always good to have a solid guy around who can haul stuff and take a hit for 
the team if it's needed.

FASTER FAMILIARIZATION:
More useful as a pre-req than anything else.

IGNORE WOUNDS:
Useful as a pre-req, or if you let yourself get shot often. I try not to.

LOOK FOR FREE:
Useful. you'll notice it when you don't have it.

SMG SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: FASTER FAMILIARIZATION
I use SMGs, so this is useful for me. Plus, it's a pre-req for other good
skills. Even if you just use Heavy MGs instead, you need to get this one
first to get that far down the tree.

FASTER SNAP SHOT:
REQ: FASTER FAMILIARIZATION
Not a bad skill, once your shooting is high enough. If it's low, you're
better off with an SMG burst at short range than you are with a few snap
shots. At long range, you won't hit anything with a snap shot till much
later in the game.

SURVIVAL:
REQ: IGNORE WOUNDS
I generally do not let my soldiers get below 25% hp, and if I did, 10% evasion
is -not- going to save them. Unfortunately, you'll probably need it as a pre-
req.

FASTER ATTRIBUTES GROWTH:
REQ: FASTER POSE CHANGE
Useful by itself and as a pre-req. Feel free to get it.

FASTER POSE CHANGE:
REQ: LOOK FOR FREE
Crap. Get it as a pre-req for better things or not at all.

FASTER SHORT BURST:
REQ: SMG SPECIALIZATION
Not a bad skill, although if I burst I tend to use Long Burst.

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE:
REQ: SURVIVAL
This may help you if you move around a lot to avoid enemy attacks. Every step
you take reduces their accuracy (a 'movement' penalty). This doubles it,
potentially making a decent shot completely useless.

BETTER HEARING:
REQ: FASTER ATTRIBUTES GROWTH
A great skill for spotting unseen enemies. Get it.

GOOD SHOT FROM ANY POSE:
REQ: FASTER POSE CHANGE
Eh. It's alright. There are better things to spend points on, though.

MACHINE GUN SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: SMG SPECIALIZATION
Very nice, especially later on for the Panzerkleins. Don't miss it.

LONGER SHORT BURST:
REQ: FASTER SHORT BURST
Not only are your bursts faster (the pre-req) but also get an extra bullet.
Nice.

FASTER SHOTS:
REQ: FASTER SNAP SHOT
Later in the game, as your AP grows, you'll be able to get in more shots. With
this, you won't take the penalty on the first shot, and odds are you can 
squeeze in another shot at the end as a result.

INCREASED SPOT:
REQ: BETTER HEARING
For a soldier who probably isn't going to do much scouting, it has reduced 
usefulness. If you don't have a Scout, feel free to get it.

FIND COVER:
REQ: GOOD SHOT FROM ANY POSE
Having never gotten it, I can't speak to it. Sounds pretty good though, aside
from the crappy pre-req.

CONTROLLED LONG BURST:
REQ: MACHINE GUN SPECIALIZATION
If you're going full-auto, you're in it for the long haul. This saves you some
bullets (which you might not want if you're hoping to hit multiple guys) and
time (which if you valued, you'd use Short Burst instead). I don't think it's
worth it.

INCREASED RANGED DAMAGE:
REQ: FASTER SHOTS
Very nice. Get it.

STEADY GUN:
REQ: RUN FOR YOUR LIFE
The soldier probably isn't going to run around much, so this probably won't 
help you any.

AWARENESS:
REQ: BETTER HEARING
It's not clear what the penalty for having the first turn in combat is. Too
many pre-reqs to be worth it.

HEAL ME BETTER:
REQ: FIND COVER
If you don't plan on getting shot, you won't need this.

REDUCED RECOIL:
REQ: CONTROLLED LONG BURST, LONGER SHORT BURST, INCREASED RANGED DAMAGE
Sounds nice, but it's very far down the tree and there are nicer skills
out there. Unless you burst all the time (IE are a Panzerklein ShKAS
junkie), I think you can skip it.

SECOND SKIN:
REQ: STEADY GUN, INCREASED SPOT
While it's not clear what all the penalties for using Panzerkleins are,
it is true that it reduces shot time and increases movement. If you plan to
PK often, consider it.

VANGUARD:
REQ: AWARENESS
Having never gotten it, I really can't speak to its usefulness.

INSPIRATION:
REQ: HEAL ME BETTER
Not bad, but with some meh pre-reqs up the tree. I can find better things
to spend points on.

MEDIC
-----
A medic is less useful than you think, especially if you don't plan on
getting shot too much. Even if you do, the skill progression in the game
is broken (as of 1.2), virtually assuring that you won't be able to use the
best medical items in the game. Still, the Medic has a few team-related skills
that can make up for this.

BODY CARRIER:
Only useful as a pre-req. Who carries bodies in combat?

BANDAGES MASTER:
Woo-hoo, I can bandage a little better. Pre-req, nothing more.

SURGEON:
Potentially useful, although I tend to avoid getting critically hit when I can.

FASTER SNAP SHOT:
Useful as a pre-req, and then useful later on in the game when you can shoot 
something a decent distance away with a snap shot and not have a 2% hit chance.

IGNORE WOUNDS:
REQ: BODY CARRIER
Useful as a pre-req, or if you let yourself get shot often. I try not to.

KNOW ENEMY HEALTH:
REQ: BODY CARRIER, BANDAGES MASTER
I LOVE this skill. Get it ASAP. It's one of the best reasons to have a medic.
You save yourself shots on guys who are going to bleed to death next round and
know which guys you can kill in 1 shot and which will take more.

FASTER CRITICAL HEALING:
REQ: BANDAGES MASTER, SURGEON
Since I usually heal outside of combat mode, speed is not an issue.

INCREASED MELEE DAMAGE:
REQ: SURGEON
While it sort of makes sense, who makes a melee-medic?

FASTER AIMED SHOT:
REQ: FASTER SNAP SHOT
Useful as a pre-req, and then useful later on in the game when you can shoot 
something a decent distance away with an aimed shot and not have a 12% hit 
chance.

RESIST CRITICAL:
REQ: IGNORE WOUNDS
Not an issue if you don't let yourself get shot.

RESIST CRITICAL SEVERITY:
REQ: KNOW ENEMY HEALTH
Not an issue if you don't let yourself get shot.

MASTER MEDIC:
REQ: FASTER CRITICAL HEALING
Meh.

FASTER MELEE HIT:
REQ: INCREASED MELEE DAMAGE
While it sort of makes sense, who makes a melee-medic?

BETTER CAREFUL SHOT:
REQ: FASTER AIMED SHOT
Useful. Get it.

BETTER CHANCE OF CRITICAL
REQ: RESIST CRITICAL
Pretty decent skill. Never hurts to crit more.

BETTER CRITICAL SEVERITY
REQ: RESIST CRITICAL SEVERITY
Very nice, paired with BETTER CHANCE OF CRIT.

FASTER SKILLS GROWTH
REQ: MASTER MEDIC
Potentially useful, although hidden below useless skills.

MELEE SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: FASTER MELEE HIT
Again, who makes a melee-medic?

FORCE OF HABIT:
REQ: BETTER CAREFUL SHOT
Only useful as a pre-req.

WISDOM:
REQ: BETTER CHANCE OF CRITICAL, BETTER CRITICAL SEVERITY
Very nice skill, but costly (7 pre-reqs).

PERFECT MEDICINE KNOWLEDGE:
REQ: FASTER SKILLS GROWTH
Meh. You could go this far down the tree to be able to use all sorts of 
medical items, or you could survive on bandages and forceps and get better
skills instead.

ALWAYS INFLICT MELEE CRITICAL
REQ: MELEE SPECIALIZATION
Melee-medic?

INCREASED SHOT RANGE:
REQ: FORCE OF HABIT
Never hurts to have a little extra range on the weapon, especially with a
spotter.

TEAM SPIRIT:
REQ: WISDOM
A decent skill, as long as you leave the medic with friends.

LITTLE BLOOD:
REQ: PERFECT MEDICINE KNOWLEDGE
I never had that much trouble with bleeding. Either I could cure it, or I
could not. I'm not going to waste this many skill points on a rare problem.

PROLONG MEDICAL TREATMENT:
REQ: PERFECT MEDICINE KNOWLEDGE
Again, too far down the tree for me, although potentially useful.

INSPIRATION:
REQ: INCREASED SHOT RANGE
As long as your medic is with the group, this will help them all out. 
Considering the usefulness of the pre-reqs, you won't be hurting if you
splurge the extra point here.

GRENADIER
---------
Although they may not seem useful, you'd be surprised how badly everyone else
throws a grenade. I keep one around for just such an issue. Their skill tree
isn't bad either; comparable to a soldier's in many aspects.

IGNORE WOUNDS:
Only get this if you're going for SECOND SKIN.

FORCE OF HABIT:
Useless except as a pre-req.

FASTER ATTRIBUTES GROWTH:
Put your first point here at level 2. You'll have it all game, and you won't
regret it.

RESIST CRITICAL
REQ: IGNORE WOUNDS
Only get this if you're going for SECOND SKIN.

SMG SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: FORCE OF HABIT
Get it, and get it early

GRENADE MASTER:
REQ: FORCE OF HABIT
A grenadier is supposed to throw grenades. Help him do so with this skill.

FAST THROW:
REQ: FASTER ATTRIBUTES GROWTH
This is only necessary if you want to throw 4 grenades a round. Nothing should
survive 3 grenades in a round, so you probably shouldn't bother.

BETTER EVASION:
REQ: FASTER ATTRIBUTES GROWTH
Very nice. Unlike a lot of other skills which put requirements on raising 
evasion, this is a blanket skill.

RESIST CRITICAL SEVERITY
REQ: RESIST CRITICAL
Only get this if you're going for SECOND SKIN.

FASTER AIMED SHOT:
REQ: SMG SPECIALIZATION
Get it, both for itself and for the abilities below it.

THROWING SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: GRENADE MASTER
Only applies to knives. Bah.

GOOD THROW FROM ANY POSE:
REQ: FAST THROW
Bah. Not heeded.

SURVIVAL:
REQ: BETTER EVASION
I generally do not let my soldiers get below 25% hp, and if I did, 10% evasion
is -not- going to save them.

EVADE AREA ATTACKS:
REQ: RESIST CRITICAL SEVERITY
Only get this if you're going for SECOND SKIN.

BETTER CAREFUL SHOT:
REQ: FASTER AIMED SHOT
Get it, it's good.

FASTER SHORT BURST:
REQ: FASTER AIMED SHOT
Another good one.

BETTER GRENADE TIMING:
REQ: THROWING SPECIALIZATION
Because I do not use the grenade-timing feature, I do not use this skill.

INCREASED THROWING RANGE:
REQ: GOOD THROW FROM ANY POSE
Not bad, although you probably won't need it.

FIND COVER:
REQ: SURVIVAL
Too far down a crappy tree to be worth it.

STEADY GUN:
REQ: EVADE AREA ATTACKS
Only get this if you're going for SECOND SKIN.

ROCKET-LAUNCHER SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: FASTER SHORT BURST, BETTER GRENADE TIMING
I do not use rocket launchers, so this is not useful to me.

HEAL ME BETTER:
REQ: FIND COVER
Too far down a crappy tree to be worth it.

SECOND SKIN:
REQ: STEADY GUN, BETTER CAREFUL SHOT
While it's not clear what all the penalties for using Panzerkleins are,
it is true that it reduces shot time and increases movement. If you plan to
PK often, consider it.

FASTER RELOAD:
REQ: ROCKET-LAUNCHER SPECIALIZATION
Always useful, but too far down the tree for me.

FASTER SNAP SHOT:
REQ: ROCKET-LAUNCHER SPECIALIZATION
Always useful, but too far down the tree for me.

INCREASED AREA ATTACK DAMAGE:
REQ: ROCKET LAUNCHER SPECIALIZATION, INCREASED THROWING RANGE
Too far down the tree for me, although if you use grenades and rockets often,
it's probably worth it.

TEAM SPIRIT:
REQ: HEAL ME BETTER
A useful skill, but ultimately too far down a crappy tree to be worth it.

ENGINEER
--------
The engineer has a few useful skills, but is mostly useful for their abilities
to pick locks, and set and disarm traps. Because skill progression is broken in
engineering (as of 1.2), the engineer is of questionable use in this instance.
However, they do have a bunch of useful skills.

RIFLE SPECIALIZATION:
Get this as both a pre-req and a crutch for a generally low shooting score at
the start.

PISTOL SPECIALIZATION:
I use pistols infrequently, and so saw no need for this, except as a pre-req

BURGLAR:
A very nice skill for picking locks, as well as a pre-req.

FASTER RELOAD:
REQ: RIFLE SPECIALIZATION
You'll be surprised how often you'll be reloading weapons, especially rifles,
with their small clips. This skill is great.

FASTER SNAP SHOT:
REQ: PISTOL SPECIALIZATION.
Useful as a pre-req, and then useful later on in the game when you can shoot 
something a decent distance away with a snap shot and not have a 2% hit chance.

FASTER AIMED SHOT:
REQ: RIFLE SPECIALIZATION, PISTOL SPECIALIZATION
Useful as a pre-req, and then useful later on in the game when you can shoot 
something a decent distance away with an aimed shot and not have a 12% hit 
chance.

FASTER SKILLS GROWTH:
REQ: BURGLAR
Good, and easy to get. Get it.

TRAP SENSE:
REQ: BURGLAR
This skill would be better if skill progression were not broken. That said,
it helps a little.

MACHINE GUN SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: FASTER RELOAD
Very nice, especially later on for the Panzerkleins. Don't miss it.

SMG SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: FASTER SNAP SHOT
Also a very nice skill, as long as you use SMGs (which I do).

INCREASED FAMILIARITY:
REQ; FASTER SKILLS GROWTH
Useful as a prereq. It's not clear to me that it's useful beyond that.

DISARM TRAPS:
REQ: TRAP SENSE
Assuming you can find a trap to disarm, this will help you. It's a pre-req.

INCREASED SHOT RANGE:
REQ: MACHINE GUN SPECIALIZATION
Good and relatively easy to get. Always useful.

ROCKET-LAUNCHER SPECIALIZATION:
REQ: MACHINE GUN SPECIALIZATION, SMG SPECIALIZATION
Since I did not use rocket launchers, this did not help me.

AIM BEFORE SHOT:
REQ: SMG SPECIALIZATION
Gives a slight bonus on all 'first' shots. Not too bad if you can afford it.

DIFFICULT TRAP:
REQ: DISARM TRAPS
If you plan on trapping often, get this one, and watch the enemy blow 
themselves up. I did not often use traps other than to blow up stubborn
doors and chests, however.

DEMOLITION:
REQ: ROCKET-LAUNCHER SPECIALIZATION
Assuming you want to blow up buildings...ok. If you want to blow up a building,
though, it's pretty easy anyway. You don't need this skill.

EVADE AREA ATTACKS:
REQ: ROCKET-LAUNCHER SPECIALIZATION
Too far down the tree and too little bonus.

MASTER ENGINEER:
REQ: WISDOM
Only get this one if you are going to get PK skills.

WISDOM:
REQ: INCREASED FAMILIARITY, DIFFICULT TRAP
A very nice skill with a pricey pre-req list. In general, the exp gain doesn't
seem worthwhile enough to justify the cost by itself. Get it if you want the
PK skills.

ALWAYS INFLICT EXPLOSIVES CRITICAL:
REQ: DIFFICULT TRAP
If you use traps offensively and often, feel free. I don't.

TEAM SPIRIT:
REQ: WISDOM
If you got WISDOM, get this one. If not, don't go out of your way to get it.

PANZERKLEIN TECHNICIAN:
REQ: MASTER ENGINEER
If skill progression were not broken and you could get above 100 engineering
without cheating, maybe this would be worth it. Until then, spend elsewhere.

SECOND SKIN:
REQ: MASTER ENGINEER
While it's not clear what all the penalties for using Panzerkleins are,
it is true that it reduces shot time and increases movement. If you plan to
PK often, consider it.

INCREASED SENSOR RANGE:
REQ: MASTER ENGINEER
Your spot ability is decreased dramatically while wearing a giant suit of
metal. If you use PKs, get this one.

APPRAISE PANZERKLEINS:
REQ: MASTER ENGINEER
Very useful if you intend to destroy Panzerkleins. However, it's not so
useful if you're just planning on killing the pilot with beam weapons, as
I do (and as is the easiest way).

LOWER PANZERKLEIN NOISE
REQ: MASTER ENGINEER
Um, if you are using a Panzerklein, you are not planning on being stealthy.
Don't bother with this one.

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CAMPAIGN
--------

OPENING MISSION
---------------
ALLIES:
You are gravely outnumbered and outgunned. Your only chance is to take it slow
and easy. This is easy if you're a sniper (shoot them with your rifle) or a
scout (sneak up on them and backstab them), but much harder for an engineer
or a medic. Your best bet is to advance slowly and use cover, and when possible
try to sneak up on the enemy. If you don't have a rifle, one of your first
enemies will, and it would be a good idea to get it and use it; rifles are one
of the keys to the game. Submachine guns and machine guns are good for close
quarters combat and surprise, but not for long range fights. And since you 
don't want to die right now, a long range fight is what you want, to lower the
odds that the enemy will hit you.

Once you've cleared the board of visible enemies, 'use' the motorcycle. You
will get in and use the armed sidecar, and more germans will appear. Shoot
them with the sidecar gun.

Grab a couple of extra rifles and a SMG or 2 to take back to base--the armory
is pretty bare once you get there and you will have 5 more squaddies to outfit
once you get there.

Once this is done, get the dead body of your commander and haul him to the
cycle. (As a side note, if you haul him to the bike first, the extra germans 
do not appear and the level ends normally without you having to fight them).

AXIS:
You are stuck right in the middle of the road, with few options. If you have
a rifle, it'd be best to seek cover and fire from there. If you have a pistol
or SMG, it will be harder. You may have to hide [H] if you are a scout, and
sneak up on the enemy to do some melee criticals.

You are going to want to get the SMG that the guard dropped in the opening
cutscene, especially if you don't have one.

Once you have killed all of the robbers, pick up the one in white and carry it
to the far side of the car (the one not facing the bank).

SQUAD BASE (Intermission)
-------------------------
Now that you're at your base, you can set up a team. I highly suggest having
one of each class in your party. Make sure to outfit each one with a rifle, a
SMG (a heavy MG for your soldier) and 2 grenades (more for the grenadier).
At first, you might not have the weapons to satisfy this loadout. Make it your
priority to scavenge up enough weapons to do this at your first opportunity in
the coming mission(s).

In fact, before you go on an actual mission, I suggest taking on 1 or more
random encounters to get some experience points before you actually start
tackling missions.

-------------
NORTH BRITAIN
-------------

UK COMMANDANT'S OFFICE
----------------------
ALLIES:
This battle, you not only have help, but are able to position yourself 
defensively before the enemy attacks. Use this to your advantage. Stick one
guy on the Vickers fixed MG by the front door and the rest upstairs by windows
with rifles. Be aware that you will have to open said windows to have any
decent line-of-sight on the enemy.

Once you're in position, talk to the captain twice and the enemies will begin
their attack.

An interesting note--the guy you are supposed to capture, Oberst Binder (if you
are on easy, he will have an 'i' over his head) doesn't spawn with the rest of
the attackers. He's in the single building across from the other two, on the
first floor in a locked room accessable by the window. If you do this, you can
actually go in through the window, kill him, pick him up, and 'Leave' the 
mission early. I suggest going through it to get XP, however.

When you are done, pick up the body of the [i] guy and [Leave]. You'll get
access to PLACE MARKED ON THE MAP and ENGLISH RURAL HOUSE.

If you are having trouble on this mission already, I'm willing to bet that you
are either trying to use SMGs too much, or using snap shots on your rifle. At
this stage of the game, odds are that even your sniper can't hit a target 5 
feet away with a snap shot. Always used at least Aimed, preferably Careful. As
a rule, don't use Snap Shot until your hit chance is at least 50%. 1 hit is 
worth much more than 2 misses. Also, don't use the SMG until your hit % is at
least 20-25% on long burst or about 30% on short bursts. You will just waste
time and ammo, and the enemy isn't going to be polite about you having to stop
and reload all the time.

AXIS:
For the Axis, this mission isn't as kind as it is for the Allies. You start in
the corner, and it would probably be best if you ran in the back door of the
large house before starting to fight, so you can get some cover. This is, of
course, if you can get the door open; it's locked. If you have an engineer, 
this door should be easy to pick. Failing that, you'll have to go in a window.
Once inside, take care of any enemies in there and then take positions at the
windows. The other enemies should start responding to the gunfire soon.

Once things have quieted down a bit, go up to the second floor and set yourself
up by the windows. Snipe anyone that you see.

When you've cleared the street, go into the smaller building across the road
and go upstairs. There should be an enemy soldier in the bedroom with a clue
[i].

Now you're ready to take on the big mansion. There are a few guards on the
first floor, so use a hidden spotter and go in the side. If you stick your
riflemen on the second floor of the building across the road, you should be
able to hit anyone in the other house--the munitions you have should penetrate
the walls.

Captain Rex Weller [i] is upstairs in the the office next to the stairs. There
is another clue [i] on the desk in the office next to his.

OLD ENGLISH MANOR
-----------------
ALLIES:
This mission starts in quite a predicament--you are brought into a room,
surrounded, and then the fight begins. Start by equipping your SMGs and kill
all of your attackers with short bursts.

Enemies are going to start coming from upstairs and outside, as well as from
other rooms in the mansion. Get into the center room of the mansion (with a
sofa, coffee table, and 2 windows) and get on either sides of the doors.
Always leave 2 or 3 guys with full APs for interrupts, and use the others to
start shooting holes in the ceiling at the guys above. Then, you can also
play the old open door/open fire/close door trick.

An [i] clue can be found in the locked bedroom next to the bathroom, on the
desk. If you can't pick the door, blow it open with an MP40-class SMG, a rifle,
or (to help raise your engineering), stick an explosive on the door and then
shoot it with your rifle to blow it open.

Upstairs, above that bedroom, is Major Alfred Newhouse [i] who needs to be
captured, as well as an [i] clue on his desk and an [i] clue in the corner by
the door. The clues should lead you do the UK MILITARY WAREHOUSE.

AXIS:
You start out on the road in front of the manor, and have to assault in. If
you attack the gate, half the house will come out to get you, but they'll
do it in a slow and disorganized manner, so you should just be able to
churn through them.

Once the gate is clear, advance towards the gatehouse with a hidden spotter.
Take out anyone you see with riflemen in the back. On the first floor, in the
room in the back with the chest, you should find your first clue [i]. The door
is locked, so shoot it down, shoot open the window, or blow a hole in the wall
to get at it.

The basement should be clear, so make your way upstairs, slowly, room to room.
In the back is Newhouse's office. Talk to him with your main character, and
you will get a clue [i]. You can find one more clue [i] in the bedroom next to
his office. Once you've got all 3, you are free to [Leave].

UK MILITARY WAREHOUSE
---------------------
You have to help defend a warehouse against an assault in this mission. There
are 4 groups of bad guys; One inside in the trees, one by the train locomotive,
another that comes in to the rear of the train, and the last one (led by an
[i] sniper) outside the base in the houses.

Run up to the front gate and attack the enemies in the trees. If you have 
trouble, try this cheesy trick; hide behind the door, and have one person
(ideally your worst shot) open the door. Have the other 5 open fire, and then
close the door at the end of the round, so the enemy cannot return fire. This
is the Open Door/Open Fire/Close Door trick which works well in turn-based
games of this ilk (with the possible exception of Fallout Tactics, which is
merciless in its interrupts).

After 20 turns or so, the group of Germans in the residential area will run 
around and assault the front gate. Make sure not to let them catch you from
behind. Seek cover in the buildings.

In a locked box in one of the warehouses is a great rifle--the Mosin 1891
Scoped. Make sure to get it before you leave, as it's got good damage and is
USSR ammo-based, so you can refill it at the base. The other building has a
scoped Springfield and another Mosin Scoped, so get those too.

Once you have dispatched the enemy, make sure to pick up the commander 
(Oberfeldwebel Karl Dressler [i]) before you [Leave]. This leads you to SMALL
ENGLISH VILLAGE.

A SMALL ENGLISH TOWN
--------------------
ALLIES:
You bust in on a firefight between the English and some German commandos 
inside a building. Go around the side (from where you start) and shoot in
through the windows to clear out the enemies. This shouldn't be that bad
a fight. Because your allies can see all the enemies, they spot for you, so
you can shoot at them through walls, floors, windows, etc, with impunity.
For some reason, the enemies here seem to give a ton of XP, and they don't
seem that hard to take out. Take advantage of this.

As the fight goes on, they will try to get away on the other side of the
board from where you started. If you have to, run through the park in the
back to cut them off.

The leader of the enemy mission [i] is going to try to escape down the road
on the opposite side that you came in. To assure that he does not, send a 
fast squaddie (probably a scout) through the park to the other side of the
town to cut him off and make sure he doesn't get away.

AXIS:
You start on a road near the park, and almost immediately there's a british
patrol coming at you. If you have good shooting skills, you might be able to
take them down quickly with little fuss. If you can't, though, you'd best get
over the wall and into some cover.

Either way, this mission is fairly straightforward. Presumably, all the armed
civilians are part of the 'trap', but they really aren't very tough.

The only trick comes when you find the spy Weber [i]. As soon as you walk in,
you are ambushed, and probably shot up pretty good. Here's the trick, though.
The guy that ambushes you is hidden in the locked bathroom next door. If you
kill him first, you avoid the whole sordid affair. Don't forget to grab the
docs [i] on the desk by Weber, who joins your party once you talk to him.

ORGANIZATION'S STOREHOUSE
-------------------------
This mission is a 2-parter where you can pick up some (probably your first)
Panzerkleins.

You start up top, near a road that leads to a large elevator. The elevator
complex is bristling with snipers, so be careful. You may want to use the
bushes and trees to cover your approach.

Before you do anything, take out the gate guards from the bushes where you
start. Then, advance slowly towards the elevator, with the Scout ahead a bit
and hidden. Have the scout spot and the rest of your troops pick off her 
targets with rifles, same as usual.

Once the top is clear, there are 3 ways in. The first way in is using the
elevator, which you will have to do at some point to get the Panzerkleins out;
however, doing it will set off an alarm, something you might not want to do
right at the start. The second way in is a hatch right next to the elevator.
This will not set off the alarm, but it still puts you in a non-advantageous
spot. The third way, which I prefer, is to use the secret hatch disguised as
a sewer cover, over by the gatehouse. This puts you in a small ventilation
room where no one sees you enter and there are not machineguns aimed at you
from the very start.

If you take this secret way in, go into the next room and kill the guard there
before he can react. Then, take his machinegun and prepare for half the rest
of the base to rush in after you. You can then mow them down from a defensive
position.

In the Bunk area there is a Renegade Officer with a clue [i] on him. This clue
should open up Switzerland. Also, right near the bunk area is a generator room
with a 'use'able generator. You use this to deactivate the security bars down
below, so you can get at the Panzerkleins. Don't use it until all the enemies
are dead, or they will use the PKs against you! On the other side of the base,
on the same floor (3), there is a small office area. Another officer hides in
there with a clue [i] (Allies), and there is yet another clue [i] on the desk 
in the room with the file cabinets (Allies) or on the table in the locker 
room (Axis).

Once you have cleared out all the bad guys, go back up to the surface and take
the elevator down. This way, you can put the Panzerkleins on it and go back
up to the surface. PKs cannot climb ladders, I'm afraid.

When you get down the alarm will go off, but you should just be able to [Leave]
so it shouldn't be a problem.

Regarding the Panzerkleins: the one with 400hp can take the saber, the one with
420hp can take the sniper guns, and the 450hp ones can only take machineguns
and/or the PIAT rocket launcher that you can find in a box across the hall.
Don't worry about ammo, as there is a ton at the base. Make sure to grab all
the weapons you want, however! This is very important. The amount of weapons
for Panzerkleins is limited until you get to Switzerland, which is a pretty
hard 2-part mission.

NOTE: Panzerkleins only appear for Allies here. They do not appear for Axis.

AGENT'S CACHE
-------------
Not surprisingly, Brits are patrolling around the area. Use the trees and
bushes for cover, and it should be easy enough to take out the enemy. Make
sure to crouch to make it harder to hit you.

The document [i] that you need is in the far corner opposite you, near the
rocks.

-------------
SOUTH BRITAIN
-------------

PLACE MARKED ON THE MAP
-----------------------
Now there's an interesting mission name, huh? This is basically just a house
rigged with a ton of mines. It's actually impossible to disarm all the mines
with your engineer because of pathing, but luckily you don't have to. Rather,
just throw a grenade at the house; it will blow it to bits and you can climb
down into the basement to get at the chest, the only interesting thing in 
there.

Within the chest, you'll find a clue. This clue opens up OLD ENGLISH MANOR and
GERMAN TOWN for the Allies. It's not clear what it opens up for the Axis.

ENGLISH RURAL HOUSE
-------------------
ALLIES:
You start on a dirt road near a couple of Germans. They are close enough that
you might be able to use targetted head shots or fire off a few snap shots to
get more chances to hit. In any case, try to kill them both the first round.
If you can't get them both, kill at least one to minimize return fire.

Advance on the main house. Once you get close enough, someone will jump out
the window (Wilkins) and join your party. He is unarmed, so try to get him a
weapon--or get him away from the fight, at least.

There is a soldier in the house with a clue on him. This opens up UK MILITARY
WAREHOUSE. If you get Wilkins out (walking or carrying), you get UK LABORATORY.
If the clue is not on this soldier, it may be in a chest in the stable. If you
can't pick the lock, shoot it open.

AXIS:
You start out in the woods and have to kill an english patrol that's wandering
around the house. It should be fairly straightforward. Use the trees and bushes
for cover, and send your scout in to spot for you.

There is a document [i] on the bed in the house.

UK LABORATORY
-------------
ALLIES:
As you walk in, the lab is already under attack--note the hole blown in the 
side wall. You should also be able to see a bad guy in the window above the
door.

There are 3 groups of enemies; two groups are already in the house, both 
upstairs and downstairs. The third will be attacking from the front gate--
they come in later. Still, make sure you get inside so you don't get hit 
from behind by this third group.

The door connecting the main hall of the main building with the room with
the stairs down in it is trapped. Let an idiot AI ally open it for you. Don't
head in this way just yet--it's too narrow and the AI allies will crowd in
there to get slaughtered. You don't want to get caught in that mess.

Try to get your team to the stairs up on the other side of the building,
and assault up from there. Shoot up through the floor if need be to get
up safely. Heavy MGs are good for this, as well as MP40-class SMGs. Rifles
will do the trick but you usually have much less luck with them shooting
blind. If possible, get a spotter on your target, even if they just watch
the target and retreat without firing. All firing is much more accurate with
a spotter, and with a spotter, you'll be able to hit with rifles.

The enemy mission here is to kidnap an [i] scientist in the basement. If they
get away with him, the mission is failed, so when all the allies heading 
downstairs die, make sure to have backup so they can't get out. Don't worry
about the ones out front--they'll take a while to kill the gate guards, and
even if they do, you can just take 1 soldier and put him on the Vickers at the
front door to hold them off.

What I did was put my Soldier in the room with the 2 chests on the first floor.
He had a heavy MG, and proceeded to fire blindly through the floor at the
enemies below. Because heavy MGs do a lot of damage to walls and floors, he
blew a hole in the floor, killed 2 guys, fell through the floor, and killed 2
more on the next turn. This is not to say you should do it this way, but it
-is- possible.

The third group often likes to go over the wall in the corner of the yard. To
compensate, put 1 or 2 of your troops in the bushes out front and leave them
to interrupt anyone that climbs over the wall. If this doesn't work, stick
them right in the corner. Climbing over the wall usually takes so many AP that
the enemy can't fire on the same turn. Then, you can finish them off with some
point-blank SMG fire.

Once all the enemies are dead, the scientist will give you a clue item that
opens up GERMAN INTELLIGENCE HQ. Once you have this, you can [Leave].

AXIS:
You start out on the road and have to assault the manor. Be careful of the
Vickers in the front window--it can tear you to pieces if you don't avoid it.
Take out the riflemen first--the SMGers have nothing on you if you attack from
any range.

Now, you have some serious problems here. First, the Renegade soldiers (that go
during the 'Allies' turn are hostile to you. Second, the regular Brits are
after you. Third, a squad of Brits comes in from behind not long after you
get into the mansion. You are going to be attacked from all sides. I suggest
you pick a room (the one with the vickers is good) and hold it as long as you
can. If this doesn't work, find a quiet room and hope the Brits and the
Renegades duke it out for a bit.

Of course, the Renegades are going to try to run off with the scientist [i] 
that you need. If you hold the Vickers room, however, they will have to come by
you. Post a guard at the door, leave it open, and wait for them to bring
the scientist to you.

Make sure you get all the gear that you can, especially the HMGs, which weren't
available for this mission at the base. The Mosin rifles are a good investment,
as are any scoped rifles you can find.

The documents [i] that you need to find are on the 2nd floor, in the foyer with
the chest in it.

SMALL ENGLISH VILLAGE
---------------------
ALLIES:
This straightforward mission has you rooting some Germans out of some houses.
It's not particularly difficult; just use bushes and trees as cover and pick
them off with rifles.

Make sure to pick up the [i] clue that the Axis officer was holding; look for
a Walther P38 if you can't find it with [Alt] directly. Also, pick up the enemy
officer in black [i]. This should activate A SMALL ENGLISH TOWN and GENERAL
BAUER'S HEADQUARTERS.

AXIS:
You start off talking to a soldier, and then are inexplicably attacked by some
British soldiers, who apparently wandered in while you were chatting. The spy
(Stevens) joins your party temporarily. You have to ensure that he lives 
through the mission.

There are a -lot- of enemies, and they all attack at once. At this point in
the game, you haven't got the firepower and accuracy to take them down fast
enough. Get into the house and stay near the windows, but back from them a
bit to increase your cover. You must weather the onslaught as best you can.

One of the Allied Officers is carrying a document [i] that you need to get.
Once all the enemies are dead, a cutscene will ensue and the spy will give
you some answers you are seeking [i]. Then, you are free to [Leave].

DOCUMENT'S TRANSFER PLACE
-------------------------
AXIS:
Unsurprisingly, it's an ambush. Try to move into the trees instead of the 
center open area. Seek cover in the bushes, and take out the heavy MGers,
the riflemen, and the grenadiers first. The bushes are soft cover, but the
enemy has to get in close to see you. Shoot them with rifles as they approach
and SMGs and HMGs when they get close enough to see you.

The clue that you need is right out in the open, in the middle of the field
on a rock.

--------
HANNOVER
--------

GENERAL BAUER'S HEADQUARTERS
----------------------------
ALLIES:
As soon as you fire a shot, expect to get mobbed. There are a lot of bad guys
here. Hang out in the corner where you started and wait for them to come to you
so you can pick them off with rifles, or wait just around the corner with SMGs/
HMGs.

Take it nice and slow and advance into the manor very cautiously, with the
Scout leading the way and the others following with rifles to shoot anything
s/he sees.

Be especially careful in the courtyard--that can be a deathtrap for the 
unprepared. Edge in, fire a short burst or 2, and edge out. If you find
yourself attacked by 2 or more enemies, don't hesitate to use grenades. A good
idea is to use 'light' grenades, however. The heavy ones don't get thrown very
far except by the Grenadier (and even then it's not that far).

My [Objectives] for this level told me to seek documents on the fate of the
abducted scientists, but I found no such documents after scouring the level
for some time. So, I checked the forums. Seems that these docs are often buggy;
sometimes they can be found outside, behind the mansion, and sometimes they
spawn -inside- one of the desks on the second floor. To test this theory, I
blew up the desk in the corner office on the 2nd floor (the one with the big
black leather chair). Sure enough, I blew up the desk, the floor, and the
civilian standing around, and when I checked the 1st floor, the docs [i] had 
fallen down there after being freed from the desk. This allows access to the
GERMAN LABORATORY in Hannover.

For what it is worth, I did not find them my first time through, but still 
found the location they refer to. If you want, you do not have to scour the
level for them. There are other ways to find the GERMAN LABORATORY, which this
item opens up.

GERMAN INTELLIGENCE HQ
----------------------
You start in an open court, surrounded by buildings, but out of sight of the
enemy. Almost immediately, patrols start wandering into your line of sight.
Now, it is possible to have Panzerkleins by this point, so if you have them
you're pretty much all set; nobody here can hurt you, and you can just storm
around as you please. If you don't, it'll be a little more work.

Use the side of the building and/or the news stand to your advantage. The
benches can work as cover too, but bullets often go right through them, and
they will be destroyed after a couple of shots. After you have got decent
cover, wait for them to come to you. Most of them will have pistols or SMGs,
meaning they won't have the range of rifles, so use those to outgun them.

Assaulting the mansion is a bit trickier. The enemy has a lot of riflemen
with good vision. Your best bet is to run your scout into view of some of them,
fire away with the other 5, and then get the scout back to cover before ending
your turn (and hope they don't interrupt you). Try to use the bushes in the
park out front for cover (near the fountain).

The basement has a couple of chests, but don't be surprised that a couple of
the rooms are bugged pathing-wise. Also worth mentioning is that there is an
armed civilian in the newstand across the road from the mansion (between the
staircases). He is always ducked so you have to open the door to see him. He
wouldn't be an issue if he didn't constantly keep you in combat mode all the
time that you are near him.

On the second floor of the mansion, on a table out front is an [i] clue. There
is another [i] doc in the back, on a table behind a counter. This should open
up GERMAN MANOR.

GERMAN LABORATORY
-----------------
You start in a small room. Stay there. Whenever an enemy comes up, open the
door, blow him away, and close the door back up again. Half the enemies in
the level should head on up to that room, and you should be able to kill them
all quite neatly.

Once that's done, venture out into the windowed hallway and pick off a few more
that are hanging around. Then, start moving around the rooms, blowing open the
locked doors. Use MP40-type SMGs, HMGs, or attach an explosive to the door and 
hit it with anything.

Your eventual goal is a room downstairs with an [i] scientist in it, Dr. Locke.
Only your main character can talk to her, but once you do, the level goes into
lockdown. The only way out is to use the ladder down to the sewers, because
Locke refuses to leave the way you came in. The ladder is on the first floor, on
the opposite corner where you found Locke.

Using it will take you to the second part of the level, where you have to run
across to the other side of a long hall with Germans pursuing you. The [Leave]
button won't work. Every few rounds, more Germans will spawn behind you.

There are several chests scattered on the lowest level, but none of them hold
anything particularly good. Just dash for the exit, or if you really want some
xp, get some cover and hold them off for a while. The enemies here don't give
all that much xp, however. This opens up GERMAN STORE.

GERMAN STORE
------------
If you have Panzerkleins for this level, it should be really easy. If not, it
will be a bit trickier. You will have to get all of your guys into the bushes
and weather the assault of the enemy. They have snipers on the roof, a bunch
of guys in the open area in front of the warehouse, and even more at the gate
that will run around the fence to blitz you. You might be better of waiting
to get Panzerkleins if you're having a lot of trouble with this level.

In the back of the warehouse, in a pile of boxes, you can  
                    

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