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Mission Description
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War That Never Was is the final mission of ArmA 2's Operation Harvest Red campaign.

Overview

The players control the four operatives of USMC Force Recon fireteam callsign Razor. Thanks to Razor Team's efforts, Chernarus has been freed from the menace of the ChDKZ, and Karelin's conspiracy to destabilise the country has been foiled. Meanwhile, the Russian military's peacekeeping mandate has been revoked, whilst the CDF and NAPA stand united and victorious.

As for Marines of Razor Team, they can return at long last to the USS Khe Sanh for a debriefing, rest...and perhaps a shower.

Roles/classes:

Default loadouts:

Initial:

  • Primary weapon: None
  • Secondary weapon: None
  • Equipment: None
  • Backpack: None

Initial:

  • Primary weapon: None
  • Secondary weapon: None
  • Equipment: None
  • Backpack: None

Initial:

  • Primary weapon: None
  • Secondary weapon: None
  • Equipment: None
  • Backpack: None

Initial:

  • Primary weapon: None
  • Secondary weapon: None
  • Equipment: None
  • Backpack: None

There are no alternate pieces of equipment to choose from.

Objectives

Primary

N/A

Optional

N/A

Mandatory

N/A

Walkthrough

You don't have to do anything for this "mission".

Captain Shaftoe will drop you off onto the flight deck of the USS Khe Sanh, and everyone will automatically disembark from the helicopter and start walking towards General Armstrong and Begunov. Once their dialogue is over, the campaign will be finished.

Epilogue

« With the help of the Marines, the Chernarussian people were able to quell the local insurgency. Chernarus is free and well on the road to peace and democracy. The involvement of Force Reconnaissance Marines inside Chernarus during the Russian occupation remains classified at the highest level.

The Russian government withdrew its forces from Chernarus after receiving conclusive evidence that the Moscow bombing was orchestrated in Russia and executed by 'Chedaki' personnel. Based on an agreement between the Russian and American governments, all events post the US withdrawal were camouflaged as the 'mistakes of low-level commanders' and dismissed as 'border incidents'.

Sgt. Matthew Cooper's field promotion to Team Leader was made official following Razor's extraction. After a tour in Takistan he retired from the Corps and became a security consultant for various government agencies. He frequently travels to Chernarus.

Sgt. Brian O'Hara stayed in the USMC special forces for some time. He left the Corps a seasoned combat veteran with 6 years of service in 27th MEU to his name. He returned to San Francisco and study, becoming a civilian MD some years later.

Sgt. Chad Rodriguez was Killed In Action during Operation Fiery Mountain in 2010. His personal sacrifice in the intense street battles of Zargabad became legendary in the Marine Corps following their involvement in the Takistani conflict.

Sgt. Randolph Sykes was severely wounded during Operation Fiery Mountain. Following a slow recovery, he became a special warfare instructor at Marine Special Operations School, Camp Lejeune in 2012.
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Trivia

  • In the epilogue, Lopotev is strangely mentioned as having been assassinated in 2014 after "[...] four years of violent rule". This line is actually taken directly from one of the bad endings of the campaign.
    • Logically, this line's inclusion is completely nonsensical given the fact that Lopotev is (canonically) handed over to the Russian government in exchange for their withdrawal from Chernarus.
    • Furthermore, there is no way to obtain this ending without the ChDKZ being defeated in Dogs of War.
      • It would have been impossible for Lopotev to enter politics given his fugitive status and the ChDKZ's destruction. In addition, the legitimate Chernarussian government regains full control over the entirety of South Zagoria.
    • Most of all, both Silver Lion and Operation Arrowhead take place between one-two years after the conclusion of Operation Harvest Red. There is zero mention of Lopotev taking the reigns of leadership in news reports throughout the events of both campaigns.
    • Lastly, the post-civil war civilian government is led by members of the Chernarussian New Deal Party, NOT Lopotev's ChDKZ.
  • To date, no official Armaverse campaign has offered hints or elaborated on Rodriguez' death in Operation Firey Mountain.
The information below details unused, pre-release or removed content.
  • An unused mission "failure" text string ("The war was over for you but the stress was obviously too much. Now was not the time to go for a swim marine...") suggests that the player(s) were intended to be controllable after disembarking from the helicopter and could fall off the flight deck into the water below.
    • This is obviously impossible in the final version of the mission as the player(s) do not have the ability to move any member of Razor Team aside from rotating the camera of their character's first person view.

See also

Playable missions in ArmA 2
Operation Harvest Red First To FightInto The StormAmphibious AssaultHarvest RedRazor TwoOne Week LaterManhattanBitter Chill (Delaying The Bear) • Badlands (CDF/NAPA) • Dogs of War (CDF/NAPA) • War That Never Was (Newborn RepublicSetting SailMissing In ActionRevelation)
Eagle Wing Eagle WingEnd of the WorldEmpty Wasteland
Operation Arrowhead BackstabGood Morning T-stanPathfinderColtan BluesOpen SeasonSandstorm (From Hell) • Eye of the Hurricane (Finishing TouchOperation Phoenix) • Press Conference
Operation Crimson Lance Blue JamLancersHeatMountain Lair
Silver Lion War CriminalPatrolMan's Best FriendFireworksWind StormDum Spiro SperoThunderstormThere Will Be Flood
Operation Black Gauntlet InceptionReceptionVocationConfirmationTransportationEliminationMalfunctionRetaliationPreparationAviationDecisionDeception (Termination)
Missions are listed in order of left-to-right based on chronological order.
(Parenthesis) indicate route-specific and/or alternate non-canon missions.
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