Command & Conquer: Red Alert takes place during an unspecified period in the 1950s of a parallel universe, which was inadvertently created by Albert Einstein in a failed attempt to prevent the horrors of World War II.
Starting off in the year of 1946, at the Trinity site of New Mexico in the United States of America, the opening to Red Alert shows Albert Einstein as he is preparing to travel backwards through space and time. After his experimental “chronosphere” device is activated, he finds himself in Landsberg, Germany, in the year 1924, where he meets a young Adolf Hitler just after the latter’s release from Landsberg Prison. Following a brief conversation between the two, Einstein shakes Hitler’s hand, with this somehow eliminating the man’s existence from time and returning Einstein to his point of origin.
With the threat of Nazi Germany having been successfully removed from history, the Soviet Union began to grow increasingly powerful under the rule of Joseph Stalin. Had Adolf Hitler risen to power, Nazi Germany would have emerged as a force standing in the way of Stalin’s own ambitions of conquest. Instead, left unchecked, the USSR proceeds by seizing lands from China and then begins invading Eastern Europe, in order to achieve Joseph Stalin’s vision of a Soviet Union stretching across the entire Eurasian landmass. In response, the nations of Europe form into the Alliance, and start a grim and desperate guerrilla war against the invading Soviet army. Over the course of the game’s story, the Allies and Soviets fight out a devastating conflict for control over the European mainland, in what has become an alternate World War II.
For the thirteenth anniversary of Command & Conquer, Red Alert 1 is now officially released for free. The game will not play in Windows XP, unless it is patched.