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I lost a bomb... do you have it?
—A Crazy Ivan "misplacing" one of his bombs
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The Crazy Ivan are professional, if not insane, Soviet explosive specialists capable of causing mayhem and destruction within enemy bases and ranks.

Description

"Crazy Ivan" is the umbrella term for the infantry divisions in the Soviet armies that specialize in demolitions and wholesale destruction. The explosives Crazy Ivans use are entirely self-made, time-triggered incendiary explosives. Having the Ivans create their own bombs with barely any safety procedures provides an unintended and rather unorthodox method of rooting out incompetence.

Unfortunately, the possibility of having your own weapons spontaneously explode at any time has taken its psychological toll on the Ivans, making them perhaps a bit too anxious to rid themselves of their bombs. Crazy Ivans are trained to swim, carrying their explosives in protective plastic bags.

Overview

Assessment

Pros

  • Highly destructive against units and buildings.
  • Able to attach bombs to almost anything.
  • Can destroy bridges.
  • Decently fast.
  • Amphibious.
  • Explodes when killed as a last resort suicide unit.
  • Successful detonation also creates fire around the area, damaging nearby units.

Cons

  • Very poorly armored.
  • Anti-infantry units and defenses counter them easily.
  • Must plant the bomb at close range.
  • Engineers can defuse its bombs.
  • Bomb takes a long while to detonate.
  • Heavily armored buildings or units can withstand the explosion, albeit heavily damaged.

Quotes

The Crazy Ivan uses the voiceset of the same unit in Red Alert 2.

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