First Battalion

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First Battalion
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Publisher(s)DreamCatcher Games
ReleaseAugust 21, 2006
Genre(s)Real-time strategy, role-playing video game, FPS
Mode(s)Single player

First Battalion is an arcade tank combat game developed by Zootfly. See Panzer Elite Action: Fields of Glory.


There are three campaigns: The German, The Russian and The American campaign. In all these campaigns a user is given command of a WW2 tank (belonging to the type of army). The user is given a task that involves tank fighting, taking out artillery and strafing infantry. The user has to drive the tank and use the primary as well as the secondary armament. There are frequent ammo reload and repair points in the game. Sometimes a user is given command of a tank squadron. One can use these squadrons for offensive (flanking attack) and defensive (holding the position) purposes.

The player starts out as the Germans with two missions involving the invasion of Poland in 1939. They are fairly easy, since the German tanks were far superior to any other tanks or weapons at that point in time. After the Poland missions, the player is assigned a mission against the French in Belgium. The difficulty begins to rise as the French had better tanks than the Poles and they also make use of anti-tank guns. Then, the player has a mission as part of Operation Barbarossa, where the player is part of the army advancing towards Moscow. Then one comes to the final German mission: the attack on Stalingrad. For the first time, the player gets to use a Tiger tank and the player also faces more powerful Soviet tanks.

After the German Campaign there is the Russian campaign. In the first mission, the player has to cross the Volga and complete the encirclement of Stalingrad. In the next mission, one has to stop the German's Operation Winter Storm by destroying a heavily armored supply train. And then the player gets to go into Stalingrad and root out the Germans in the Red Square there. The next Russian mission is to stop the initial push of the German at Kursk in July 1943. After that, the player pilots a German Panther tank to sneak behind the German lines to rescue some Russian POWs. And then the player has to destroy the German's last all-out attempt to win the battle of Kursk.

After defending the Motherland, the player pilots a Sherman and lands on Utah Beach, where one has to clear the bunkers and advance to St. Mere Eglise. Then the player gets to drive around the Bocage and destroy some V-2 rockets. After that, the user is assigned Operation Cobra, where the player has to destroy some artillery. The next mission is probably one of the hardest. The player goes up against nothing but Tigers, and the player has to get the tank ace named Michael Wittmann. Following that, the player joins the 3rd Army and drives up to Bastogne to rescue the 101st Airborne in the Battle of the Bulge. Next the player pilots a King Tiger and sneaks behind enemy lines once again. And the last mission is the drive to and crossing of the Rhine, where the player cross the river before the bridge is blown up.

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