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ArmA: Cold War Assault's Cold War Crisis campaign follows the story of David Armstrong, James Gastovski, Robert Hammer and Sam Nichols.

In May 1985, a NATO training camp on the island of Everon has been attacked and destroyed by "unknown forces" led by a rogue General. U.S.-led NATO troops based on nearby Malden have been mobilised to respond to the incident.

But they will soon find themselves caught in an escalating competition of influence, as the East and West clash over a flashpoint that could escalate into World War III.




Training (4th April, 1985)

« NATO soldiers at the Malden base are going through soldier training. »

Corporal David Armstrong is undergoing routine infantry exercises on the island of Malden. That same night, the NATO training camp on the smaller island of Everon is suddenly attacked and annihilated by "unknown forces". Colonel Blake, commander of the NATO garrison on Malden, orders Armstrong and several other squads to investigate the camp.

Flashpoint (8th May, 1985)

« As a response to recent hostilities, NATO forces invade the Everon city of Morton. »

U.S.-led NATO forces land on Everon, just on the outskirts of the village of Morton. They immediately come under attack by what appear to be Soviet troops and return fire. After an hour of fighting, they successfully liberate the village.

Combined Arms (8th May, 1985)

« NATO tank group attacks the village of Regine, south of Morton, to be repelled by enemy heavy armor. »

The village of Regina to the south-east of Morton is next. U.S. troops quickly liberate the village as well, but are forced to retreat back to Morton after the unknown forces counterattack with large numbers of heavy tanks.

Camping (10th May, 1985)

« Small NATO infantry squad establishes forward camp near Le Moule and secures its surroundings. »

While awaiting for new orders, Armstrong's squad have been ordered to set up forward camps near the town of Le Moule and the surrounding area. Patrolling along the area, Armstrong's squad runs into a band of enemy scouts and are forced to defend themselves.

Alert (10th May, 1985)

« NATO officer is ambushed between Morton and Le Moule. NATO infantry squad manages to neutralize the attackers, but are too late to save the officer's life. »

Later that evening, Armstrong and his comrades continue to await for further orders on the outskirts of Morton. Their CO decides to head back to Le Moule to inspect their handiwork, but is ambushed by enemy troops. Armstrong's squad rush to their CO's aid and manage to eliminate all of the hostiles, but fail to rescue their CO.

Montignac Must Fall (13th May, 1985)

« NATO forces pushes toward the city of Montignac. Order to evacuate Everon arrives shortly after the city is clear, and NATO forces retreat back to the sea. »

U.S. forces have been assembled, and the city of Montignac is next on their list of settlements to liberate. They easily take back the city but just minutes after doing so, NATO command issues a strategic withdrawal order to all U.S. forces on Everon. At that exact same moment, a massive wave of enemy troops, tanks and helicopters arrive to drive back the Americans.

After Montignac (13th May, 1985)

« NATO forces successfully leave Everon. »

The massive wave of reinforcements decimates the Montignac assault force. Most of the evacuation points have been overrun, and what was left of the U.S. troops on Everon managed to just barely escape from the island. Armstrong's squad was annihilated in the counterattack, and is the only one who manages to survive the assault on Montignac. He is later "rescued" by anti-Soviet guerilla fighters.

Rescue (14th May, 1985)

« Cpl David Armstrong joins Everon's resistance group, Freedom and Independence Army (FIA). Together they rescue captured civilians in the village of Levie. »

The guerillas identify themselves as the "Everon Freedom Alliance". Left with no choice but to assist them, Armstrong willingly joins the group. Their assault the village of Levie to rescue civilians from Soviet forces who were just about to execute its inhabitants. They civilians are successfully rescued, and the guerilla leader promises to take Armstrong back to their base camp.

Undercover (14th May, 1985)

« FIA group is heading south to their base of operations in a castle above St. Pierre. »

Located in the far south of the island, the guerillas attempt to smuggle Armstrong through Soviet-controlled territory. However, their cover is blown halfway through and are forced to abandon their vehicle to make their way to the guerilla encampment on foot. Armstrong arrives at the camp and the leader informs him that transport was already arranged for his return to Malden. He leaves later that night, but promises to return to Everon with full NATO support.

Night Patrol (1st June, 1985)

« Cpl David Armstrong successfully neutralizes enemy commandos trying to disable AAA defenses on Malden. »

In spite of Armstrong's promise, NATO command has refused to authorise a counterstrike against Everon in fear of provoking Soviet forces. Armstrong has been re-delegated to mere guard duty near one of the NATO installations on Malden. During the night, Soviet Spetsnaz attempt to sabotage the installation's defences. Armstrong manages to eliminate two of the operatives, but radio communications from troops all across the island reveal that they are also being attacked.

Hold Malden (2nd June, 1985)

« Guba's forces invade Malden, NATO defenders retreats from shore. »

Soviet military forces have conducted a full-scale invasion of Malden. Invading from the shores at Le Port, all U.S. troops are hastily scrambled to defend the island. There are simply too many troops for them to handle however and all U.S. forces - including Armstrong's squad, are forced to pull out of Malden's southern sector.

Defender (4th June, 1985)

« Small NATO task force prepares an ambush in central Malden and disables enemy heavy armor. »

Armstrong and a few other U.S. soldiers volunteer to remain behind to buy time for other forces to retreat to the north. They laid anti-tank mines and used anti-vehicle launchers to disable a platoon of Soviet tanks rushing north through the town of La Pessange. They eliminate one platoon, but are quickly forced to flee before more reinforcements can arrive.

Tank Training (4th June, 1985)

« Robert Hammer undergoes final stage of his training before his first combat action. »

Lieutenant Robert Hammer continues basic training for tank manoeuvring and gunnery at a range in La Trinite. After completing the brief exercise, his crew and all other available units in the area are called into action to defend the town of Dourdan from a Soviet attack. Hammer's trial by fire ends in a resounding success, and Dourdan is successfully protected.

Battle of Houdan (5th June, 1985)

« NATO tank group repels the enemy attack against the city of Houdan. »

All available forces; including Hammer's crew, are retasked with defending the city of Houdan from yet another Soviet attack. After an hour of fierce fighting, the city is successfully protected but they are then given the order to assault the "border zone" located at the valley near the village of Lolisse. Hammer's unit takes casualties and are forced to retreat back to Houdan.

Interdiction (6th June, 1985)

« In the early morning, Maj. James Gastovski's black op team disables enemy tanks. »

Major James Gastovski's three-man team of U.S. special forces infiltrate and destroy three enemy tanks guarding the border zone, and also eliminate several squads of Soviet anti-tank troops.

Spearhead (6th June June, 1985)

« NATO tank group successfully defends village of Lolise against enemy attack. »

With the border zone's defences crippled, Hammer's tank platoon rushes through the gap and breaches the Soviet front line. They manage to strike the village of Lolisse and liberate it from its occupiers, while also holding it from a Soviet counterattack.

Pathfinder (8th June, 1985)

« NATO infantry groups clears AAA defense around St. Marie and then continues to the city with support of combat helicopters. »

Saint Marie and Chapoi are next on NATO command's list of settlements to retake. However both towns are too heavily fortified, and significant anti-air defences are hidden in nearby area. Armstrong's infantry squad infiltrate the area and succeed in neutralising its AA batteries. U.S. attack helicopters proceed to swoop in and eliminate the rest of the Soviet defenders, clearing the way for U.S. troops to begin re-establishing their hold over Chapoi.

Tank Rally (8th June, 1985)

« NATO armored counter-offensive heads south and liberates large portion of Malden. »

A massive ground force of Soviet armour and mechanised infantry has been spotted approaching the outskirts of Chapoi. Hammer's platoon rushes to back up the NATO front line and after almost an hour of bloody fighting, succeed in driving back the Soviets. For good measure, they press on to the town of La Riviere further west and manage to seize it as well.

Unfinished Business (11th June, 1985)

« Lt. David Armstrong, protected by Maj. James Gastovski, returns undercover to Everon to negotiate a deal with the FIA. »

Taking Command (13th June, 1985)

« During his first officer's assignment, Lt. David Armstrong collects his squad and defends village of Goisse. »

Scouting (13th June, 1985)

« Lt. David Armstrong is sent to recon the valley north of Goisse to locate the base from which the attack on the village originated from. »

Turning the Tide (14th June, 1985)

« Lt. David Armstrong leads offensive against enemy camp north of Goisse. »

Saboteur (16th June, 1985)

« In preparation of upcoming Everon invasion, Maj. James Gastovski infiltrates enemy tanks base and sabotages all armored vehicles stationed there. »

Guardian (18th June, 1985)

« Lt. David Armstrong leads important supply convoy to Malden's airport. »

Return to Eden (20th June, 1985)

« NATO forces return to Everon, Lt. David Armstrong's infantry squad is first to land. »

Hind Attack (20th June, 1985)

« Maj. James Gastovski infiltrates field helicopter base and destroys all vehicles there. »

Rolling Thunder (21st June, 1985)

« NATO tank platoons storm northern Everon and neutralize all hostile forces. »

Airborne (23rd June, 1985)

« Cpt. Sam Nichols transports infantry squads during fast evolving Everon offensive. »

Air Superiorty (24th June, 1985)

« Cpt. Sam Nichols neutralizes enemy supply convoy heading from Morton to Le Moule. »

Recon (26th June, 1985)

« Maj. James Gastovski's squad is deployed on Kolgujev and locates AAA defense posts. »

Killdozer (27th June, 1985)

« NATO tank group rolls through central Everon and clears the way for infantry groups. »

Air Assault (27th June, 1985)

« After launching a joint offensive against last enemy's stronghold in city of St. Pierre, NATO forces liberate Everon and ready themselves for a final strike on Kolgujev. »

Wake-up Call ( June, 1985)

« Maj. James Gastovski's squad gets a green light and neutralizes three AAA sites on Kolgujev. »

Planes Start (2nd July, 1985)

« Cpt. Sam Nichols takes off in his A-10 and heads to Kolgujev. »

Maverick (2nd July, 1985)

« Cpt. Sam Nichols arrives on Kolgujev and clears an armored force from the shoreline. Shortly before NATO ground forces arrive, his plane is hit and he ejects behind enemy lines. »

Counter Strike (2nd July, 1985)

« Lt. David Armstrong leads offensive against enemy base and captures it. »

Escape (3rd July, 1985)

« Cpt. Sam Nichols, being held as a POW, escapes from captivity shortly before Guba's orders to execute him arrive. »

Incursion (7th July, 1985)

« Maj. James Gastovski infiltrates Guba's heavily guarded main base and steals important documents. According to the documents, Gen. Guba has managed to obtain a SCUD missile with nuclear warhead and plans to launch it on Everon to demonstrate Soviet power. »

Search and Destroy (7th July, 1985)

« As an immediate response to latest Intel. NATO task force led by Maj. James Gastovski searches for SCUD launcher in central Kolgujev and manages to destroy it shortly before launch preparations are finished. »

Red Dawn (10th July, 1985)

« After unsuccessful launch of SCUD missile, Gen. Guba decides to leave the island and heads to the harbor where his evac ship is prepared. Against all odds, Maj. James Gastovski manages to track him down and capture him, destroying a second SCUD launcher in the process. Remaining rogue Soviet Forces capitulate immediately afterwards. »

Status Quo (May 1991)

« Buddies from 1985 conflict - James Gastovski, David Armstrong, Sam Nichols and Robert Hammer - meet back on Everon after many years. »


  • Cold War Crisis is the first official campaign in the entire series although chronologically, it is actually the second storyline-wise (Resistance serves as CWC's prequel).
  • It is the first to make use of a combined arms-style campaign structure with four main characters who assume the roles of INFANTRY (David Armstrong), ARMOUR (Robert Hammer), SPECOPS (James Gastovski) and AIR (Sam Nichols).
  • Many dialogue lines and mission themes throughout Cold War Crisis are reused or are referenced to in later campaigns, making it one of the more iconic campaigns in the series to date.


See also

Cold War Assault Resistance (1982)Cold War Crisis (1985)
Armed Assault Armed Assault (2006)Rahmadi Conflict (2006)Royal Flush (2007)
ArmA 2 Harvest Red (2009) [ Eagle Wing ] • Silver Lion (2010-2012)Operation Arrowhead (2012)Operation Crimson Lance (2012)Operation Black Gauntlet (2013)
Tactics Operation TempestOperation No Deal
ArmA 3 Beyond Hope (2026)Prologue (2034)The East Wind (2035) [ Survive, Stepping Stone, Adapt, Win, Steel Pegasus, Altis Requiem ] • Remnants of War (2034/2035)Apex Protocol (2035)Old Man (2038)First Contact (2039)
Mobile Ops Liberator of Lignos
Entries are listed in canonical order from left-to-right.
[Brackets] denote campaigns taking place concurrently within the same time period.
Italics denote spin-off or non-canon campaigns.