General Sergei Izotov
The Spetsnaz Guards, Russian: Гвардия специального назначения, (literally Special Purpose Guards) are the most elite formation within the Russian Military. The original Spetsnaz units were created in the early 20th Century under the control of Soviet intelligence. Spetsnaz quickly acquired an impressive reputation for toughness and professionalism, even creating their own martial art, which they called "Systema" (simply the System). These units consisted solely of infantry, and were not, as the name suggests, frontline combat units. The present unit seems to be under the Ministry of Defense. Unlike the original Spetsnaz, the Spetsnaz Guards have their own armoured, aviation, artillery, and infantry components; and are frontline troops, which makes their name sound odd. The Spetsnaz Guards maintain the high standards of their predecessor unit. They are hardened veterans of Russia's many regional conflicts, these troopers are a highly effective, determined, and ruthless force. The Spetsnaz Guards strategy emphasizes heavy weapons and heavy armor, individual brigades often ingeniously modify standard-issue equipment to suit their needs, resulting in vehicles bristling with bolted-on weaponry the original designer never dreamed of including. Soldier to soldier, no military force on Earth can match the SGB in terms of raw brute force, the Spetsnaz soldiers are veterans of various conflicts. This has hardened the Spetsnaz considerably, making them far more brutal and uncaring compared to the JSF and EFEC.
Command and Support PersonnelEdit
- President Vsevelod Vsevelodovich Kapalkin
- Premier Otto Romanov
- General Sergei Izotov
- Major Alexei Noskov
Battalion Commanders Edit
- Maj. General Alexei Tatarev
- Col. Alexander
- Col. Arkadi Novikov
- Col. Fyodor Savilov
- Col. Mikhail Lemzenko
- Col. Yuri Tankayev
- Col. Genedy Filatov
- Col. Georgi Sokolov
- Col. Leonid Vilkov
- Col. Boris Pontekorvo
- Col. Valentin Ershov
- Col. Viktor Lobanov
Spetsnaz Guard Brigade Battalions Edit
- Wolves - Elite riflemen armed with AK-74's, they are the toughest troops in the world, and none can match the Wolves' durability in a combat zone.
- Bears - Unsophisticated but effective engineers armed with RPG's and Flamethrowers, the Bears use somewhat cruder equipment compared to Grenadiers and Pioneers but are just as deadly.
- T-100 Ogre - The SGB's main battle tank, Ogres are very heavily armed and armoured, being one of the most terrifying units an enemy can face.
- BTR-112 Cockroach - The primary IFV transport for the SGB, it strikes a fantastic balance between transport and AA platform.
- Ka-65 Howler - This gunship for the Spetznaz forces is heavily armed and just as heavily armoured, often called the "flying tank."
- KV-20 Zhukov - Crude compared to the artillery deployed by the JSF and EFEC, the Zhukov is however in line with Russian artillery tradition of being terrifyingly effective.
- MAZ-660 King Spider - The Spetznaz command vehicle, SGB commanders utilize these vehicles for command and control.
- BMP-3 - The main infantry fighting vehicle of the Russian Federation's Spetznaz guard brigades in the EndWar novel.
- Mi-55 Locust - SGB support helicopter used for infantry deployment.
- KA-29 - Transport helicopter used by Russian forces in the EndWar novel.
- Mi-80 Tarantula - Heavy transport helicopter use by SBG to bring in armored vehicles.
- Su-38 Slamhound - SGB fighter/bomber carries out attack missions for the SGB.
- Tu-3 Vulture - Armed UAV deployed by the King Spider.
- RU-20 Bodyguards - Specially trained bodyguards deployed to defend the MAZ-660 King Spider and uplinks, they are used as Russian "drones."
- Factions in EndWar are colour-coded, and so are their tracer rounds. However, while the Russians are represented with the colour green and variations of woodland camouflage, they are given red tracers. While this has some basis in real-life (e.g. see here for footage of 30 mm AA fire), the traditional colour for Warsaw Pact tracers was in fact green, as opposed to NATO's red-orange tracers, which was reflected in tracer munition marking (NATO - red tip, ComBlock - green tip), and even invoked in depiction of ship-to-ship battles in Star Wars.