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Aleksei Guba
Arma alekseiguba

Status

Determinant

Gender

Male

Appearances

ArmA: Cold War Assault
Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis
Operation Flashpoint: Red Hammer
Operation Flashpoint: Resistance

Nationality

Russian

Language

Russian

Faction

Soviet Armed Forces
USSR

Title

Colonel (1982)
General (1985)

General Aleksei Vasilii Guba is a character and primary antagonist featured in ArmA: Cold War Assault, originally Operation Flashpoint: Cold War Crisis. He also appeared in the expansions Operaion Flashpoint: Red Hammer and Operation Flashpoint: Resistance.

BiographyEdit

Aleksei Guba was an ambitious officer within the Soviet Armed Forces and a dedicated communist. Guba had previously been assigned command of the Soviet Union's most notorious gulag, during which time he earned the nickname "The Dentist".

Resistance (1982)Edit

In 1982, then-Colonel Guba was given command of Soviet troops during the invasion of the Republic of Nogova, a small island nation which had overthrown its pro-Soviet government during a 1974 revolution.

The Soviet invasion force overpowered the island's militia and occupied the country. Despite surrendering, Guba oredered the execution of Nogova's former President before installing Ostrovsky to run the Soviet regime. Guba's troops terrorized the island's population, executing anyone they suspected of dissent.

Almost immediately after the invasion, a resistance movement, the Freedom and Independence Army (FIA) was formed. Guba's troops attempted to stamp out the guerrillas. Guba himself personally went to the home of Victor Troska, where his men had tracked a guerrilla named Peter after a failed attack on a Soviet convoy. Troska and several other civilian men were outside, with the partisan hidden in the barn. Guba threatened the men with execution if they would not cooperate. To prove his point, he ordered a soldier to execute one of the men on the spot, claiming (falsely) that he had tried to assault him. When the soldier hesitated, Guba said he should "use a little more imagination" and pulled out his pistol and killed the man himself. He then ordered his troops to kill a man every two minutes until someone talked, before leaving in his UAZ. However, unknown to Guba, Troska was a highly trained soldier who had served with several Western special forces before returning to Nogova in the 1974 revolution. After Guba left, Troska sprung into action, killing the Soviet soldiers and joining the resistance in the forests.

Troska would assume leadership of the resistance after it's previous leader was killed. Under Troska's command, the resistance carried out increasingly bold attacks against Guba's forces. Guba attempted to crush the guerrillas, but was unsuccessful, and the resistance only gained in strength. The FIA soon received help from the United States, which sent a team of covert operatives led by James Gastovski to aid the guerrillas. Soon, the war began to turn against the Soviets. Guba attempted to lure Troska into a trap by holding a number of civilains hostage, including Liz, a woman whom Troska was in love with. However, his plan was foiled when Gastovski's men took out his snipers before they could execute the ambush. Guba fled in the resulting firefight.

Eventually the FIA had grown so powerful that, led by Troska, they launched an operation to liberate Nogova's capital city, Lipany, from the Soviets, successfully pushing Guba's forces out of the city. However, once again, Guba was able to escape.

With uprisings and FIA attacks occurring all over the island, Guba's forces retreated. Guba now controlled only the airport. He was stunned and appalled that his "elite" Red Army forces had been defeated by a ragtag band of guerrillas. One of his aides suggested they call for reinforcements from Lapatov|General Lapatov. But Guba, showing concern for his own reputation, shot down the idea and instead decided he would punish all of Nogova by bombing it into cinders. Fortunately, Guba's plan was foiled again by Troska and Gastovski, the former of whom gave his life to destroy the planes on the runway. However, Guba was able to slip away yet again and evacuate the island.

Cold War Crisis (1985)Edit

Occupation

General Guba's occupied territory at its greatest extent on June 5th 1985.

After the war on Nogova, despite his failure, Guba was promoted to General and given command of all Soviet forces on Kolgujev, an island not far from Nogova and the other islands in the Malden chain. He also became romantically involved with his female aide, Angelina.

In 1985, three years after the Nogova war, Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in Moscow, and introduced his reforms of glasnost and perestroika. Guba was unhappy with the Moscow government, which he believed was weak and destined for failure, Guba believed that the Soviet people and military needed a new leader, and he intended that leader to be him.

Guba hatched a plan that would both humiliate NATO and bring down the current Soviet regime. He would go rogue and invade the islands of Everon and Malden. NATO had established a military base on Malden in the aftermath of the Nogova conflict to deter any future Soviet aggression in that region. Guba hoped that by defeating NATO militarily in a battle over the island chain, he could discredit the current authorities in Moscow and win power for himself.

Guba, using the loyal troops under his command, launched his invasion, starting with Everon. The renegade Soviet forces quickly seized the island. NATO, having lost all contact with Everon, responded by sending in troops from Malden. The U.S. forces involved made early progress against Guba's forces, but it was at that point the General unleashed his full might upon the unsuspecting Americans. A massive wave of reinforcements arrived by sea and air, forcing the Americans to evacuate the island and retreat back to Malden.

Guba continued his war against NATO and ordered his troops to push on to Malden. His forces made quick gains on Malden, but NATO was able to bring in more troops and halted his advance. At this point NATO still did not know of Guba's involvement, with many believing the Soviet government itself was behind the invasion, causing tensions to skyrocket between NATO and the Warsaw Pact. The local resistance fighters on Everon were the first to suspect that the Soviet invaders might be rogues, but weren't sure. However, Guba soon chose to publicly reveal himself by sending a threatening message to the NATO forces fighting on Malden, demanding they withdrawal or he would send even more troops to crush them. Moscow publicly condemned Guba's actions, labeling him a renegade.

NATO was eventually able to turn the tide of the war against Guba, repelling his forces from Malden. They then began the liberation of Everon. During this time, NATO sent special forces teams to investigate his main base on Kolgujev. NATO then successfully pushed Guba's forces off Everon as well.

Although Moscow had publicly condemned Guba, NATO was still deeply suspicious. While Guba had lauched his invasion without support from Moscow, many in the NATO alliance believed the Kremlin would still be happy with how he managed humiliate them before his eventual defeat. If NATO trusted the Soviet government to deal with Guba, he would never face justice. NATO then decided to take the fight to Kolgujev and Guba's main base, even though that island was Soviet territory.

In the first NATO airstrikes against the island bases, an American pilot named Sam Nichols was shot down and captured by Soviet forces. Guba then used Nichols as a hostage, sending another video in which he threatened to kill the prisoner if his NATO adversaries would not withdrawal. Nichols, however, managed to escape his captors and find his way back to the NATO invasion force. As NATO pushed deeper into Kolgujev, Guba became desperate and planned to fire a nuclear tipped SCUD missile, hoping to bring the rest of the Soviet Union into the conflict, and start World War III. However, NATO again foiled his plans, destroying the launcher. Guba murdered his lover Angelina in a furious rage. He then ordered a second SCUD deployed as he fled his headquarters. An American strike team led by James Gastovski, however, managed to capture Guba as he evacuated in his car and learned of the second launcher, which they also destroyed, ending Guba's threat once and for all.

Guba's fate after the end of the war in the Malden Islands is unknown, but he was most likely put on trial by NATO for war crimes, as such an objective was stated by Colonel Blake prior to the assault on Kolgujev.

TriviaEdit

  • General Guba's first name was Ivan in Official BI information. But in Resistance, his first name was changed to Aleksei.

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