Close Combat III: The Russian Front

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Close Combat III: The Russian Front
Close Combat III: The Russian Front
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Developer(s) Atomic Games
CSO Simtek (Cross of Iron)
Publisher(s) Microsoft Game Studios
Matrix Games (Cross of Iron)
Series Close Combat
Platform(s) PC
Release date(s)
  • NA December 31, 1998[1]
Cross of Iron
  • NA February 13, 2007
Genre(s) Real-time strategy
Mode(s) Single-player multiplayer video game2 player multiplayer
Distribution CD-ROM

Close Combat III: The Russian Front is the third game of the Close Combat universe. It was highly acclaimed by many organizations, such as GameSpot, IGN, and Computer Games Magazine. It revolves around the Eastern Front during WWII, and takes players from the invasion of the Soviet Union to the final battle for Berlin in 1945.

An updated version of Close Combat III has been published by Matrix Games in 2007 under the title Close Combat: Cross of Iron.[2]


Battles follow the general pattern of the Close Combat series. Apart from a difficulty slider, there are realism settings which disable the fog of war, unit initiative, difficulty of access to enemy info, etc.


The Grand Campaign follows the Eastern Front from the German invasion of the USSR (Operation Barbarossa), to Stalingrad and ultimately Berlin. Players can pick either side.


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