The fourth installment in The Last Hundred Yards series, titled "The Last Hundred Yards Vol. IV: The Russian Front," delves into significant campaigns and missions from the latter part of the Eastern Front during World War II. Notably, it marks the introduction of the Russian army to the series. The gameplay encompasses key actions, including the October 1943 conflict in the Ukraine near Krivoi Rog and engagements from the Russian 1944 summer offensive, Operation Bagration. The module comprehensively covers major Russian armor from late 1942 onward and includes some additional late-war German armored vehicles.
A distinguishing feature of this module is the meticulous modeling of Russian army behavior at the tactical level, emphasizing their limited local command-and-control flexibility and a general indifference to casualties when fulfilling missions. Playing as the Russians demands a distinct mindset, requiring players to comprehend and apply the unique Russian behavior modeled in LHY into effective tactical strategies. Despite their lower tactical flexibility, the Russians compensate with numerical superiority, embodying the concept that "quantity has a quality all its own." The covered period, although marked by overall Russian initiative, witnessed numerous German counterattacks. The module missions showcase both German assaults against Russian defenses and the reverse. Additionally, players will encounter new tactical challenges arising from the frequently more open terrain in the western Ukraine.
To fully engage with "The Last Hundred Yards Vol. IV: The Russian Front," players must possess the base game of The Last Hundred Yards (Base Game) and Volume II (Airborne Over Europe), as these serve as core volumes for the broader European LHY series. Ownership of both Volumes I and II is a prerequisite for playing the Russian Module, Mission Pack 1, and any future modules in the series.