Eastern Storm is a Codex Entry featured in Battlefield 1. It was added in the November 2017 update which introduced Operation Campaigns. The codex is unlocked upon completion of the Eastern Storm Operation Campaign.
The commander of the Southwestern Front of the Imperial Russian Army, General Aleksei Brusillov, launched a colossal assault against the Austro-Hungarians in Gallcia on June 4th 1916. The offensive was one of the first to utilize revolutionary shock troops and infiltration tactics on a mass scale, attacking weak points of the Austro-Hungarian defenses to achieve breakthrough. The German army, among others, would copy the Russian Infiltration tactics for later attacks.
The Brusilov Offensive is known as one of the deadliest in world history, and is the only WWI campaign to be named after an Individual commander. It broke the back of the Austro-Hungarian army and had pushed it back to the Carpathian Mountains by September 1916, but due to poor coordination with other Russian commanders the offensive failed to fully knock the Austro-Hungarians out of the war. Despite the massive tactical success, it cost the Russian Empire a million causalities and failed to bring about a conclusive victory against the Central Power, which left the Russian population disillusioned and susceptible to revolution. Tsar Nicholas II abdicated after the 1917 February revolution, and the following provisional Kerensky government was overthrown by Lenin and his Bolsheviks in November.
Russia was thrown into an enormously bloody and costly civil war between mainly the Bolshevik Red Army and the opposing White Army and its multi-national allies. One of the key battles between the Reds and Whites was the struggle for control of the city of Tsaritsyn on the Volga River, between 1918 and 1920. Tsaritsyn changed hands several times during the Civil War, and was temporarily occupied by the White Army in June 1919, when Major Ewen Cameron Bruce of the British Army spearheaded the capture of city with a single Mark V tank.
In January 1920, Stalin led a successful Red Army recapture of the city, forcing the remnants of the Whites to retreat towards the Crimean Peninsula. In 1925, Tsaritsyn was renamed Stalingrad, and during WW2 it would once again be under siege in one of the bloodiest battles in history.
- Eastern Storm and the other Operation Campaign Codex Entries are the only ones that are narrated by the game announcer.
- The Codex Entry does not need to be unlocked in order to read its description. It can be read in the Operations menu if the Eastern Storm Operation Campaign is active.