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The Rusviet Vanguards are infantry units trained by the Rusviet Union. They are equipped with semi-automatic shotguns, effective infantry unit at short range.
Lore[edit | edit source]
The elite and most loyal core of the Rusviet Army have been universally equipped with trench guns. These weapons proved to be extraordinarily efficient in the close quarters and urban battlefields of the Great War; so much so, that they drew a diplomatic protest from the Saxon government.
General Description[edit | edit source]
These hardy conscripts are pulled from all walks of Rusviet life to give their lives for the state. Many are disgruntled but continue to serve, while many others truly do believe in their country. Their leaders, however, see them as little more than fodder for the enemy cannons. Their uniforms are thick and warm, with boots, gloves, a grey fur-lined jacket and a tall black ushanka embellished with the Rusviet five-pointed star.
Vanguards live up to their name: always in the front. Equipped with shotguns, they are the strongest in close quarters so long as they can get close. Being fast, they are powerful in a group, swarming the enemy ahead of the main force to clear out infantry and soften up the enemy.
However, range is the bane of these infantry. If something is preventing them from getting within effective range, like barbed wire or being suppressed by machine guns, they will get picked off without doing much damage, particularly by Polanian Riflemen. Out of all standard infantry, they are marginally the most effective against armor but are still hopeless against mechs. Sent in with units capable of slowing down or softening up the enemy like the SHM-86 Kolokol, they will make hostile infantry engagements short but sweet victories for the glory of Rusviet.
Weapons[edit | edit source]
The Rusviet Vanguards are equipped with semi-automatic shotguns, which makes them best at short range and bad at long-range.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- The shotguns used by Rusviet vanguards looks to be based off a mix of the Kalashnikov rifle family, the PPSH-41 submachine gun, and "bastard" submachine gun from "Metro 2033," all three distinctly Russian designs.
- Their use of shotguns being protested by Saxony is a nearly-exact mirror of protests in World War I by the German Imperial forces at the United States Army's use of the Winchester Model 1897 pump-action shotgun, which proved very effective in trench warfare. It was cited as being against the Geneva Convention and caused unnecessary suffering. The Germans threatened reprisals to any captured American soldiers using these shotguns, which the Americans countered with threats of reprisals towards any captured Germans who had used flamethrowers and serrated bayonets.
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