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"The British Empire intends to open a new front to the war with an unprecedented naval invasion of the Ottoman homeland. The ships gathered for the Gallipoli Landings — the D-Day of World War 1 — carry over half a million men. As an Anzac runner you’ll witness the heat of epic bombardments and a beach landing, as well as covert deliveries of urgent life-or-death messages across the frontline."
— Official Website Description[1]
The Runner
Avanti Savoia! Nothing Is Written
BF1 The Runner Poster
Game

Battlefield 1 Icon Battlefield 1

Location

Dardanelles, Gallipoli Peninsula, Ottoman Empire

Date

Spring 1915

Objective(s)

Cape Helles

  • Direct the Dreadnought Barrage
  • Storm the Beach
  • Capture the Helles Overlook

The Runner

  • Get Report From the Frontline
  • Report Back to Commanding Officer
  • Inform Rear Command
  • Defend the Frontline

Be Safe

  • Reach Fort Nöbet
  • Reach the Top of Fort Nöbet
  • Capture the Courtyard
Character

Frederick Bishop

Team

BF1 United Kingdom Icon United Kingdom (British Army and ANZAC)

Default Weapons

SMLE MKIII Optical
Model 10-A
Pickaxe

Enemies

BF1 Ottoman Empire Icon Ottoman Empire

Enemy Weapons

Gewehr 98
C96
Madsen MG
Wex
Model 10-A

Vehicles

Dreadnought
Sopwith Camel

Collectibles

Field Manuals

The Runner is a mission that is featured in the singleplayer campaign of Battlefield 1.

In this mission, the player assumes the role of Frederick Bishop, a message runner in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the British Army's landing at Gallipoli.

Synopsis Edit

Cape Helles Edit

Frederick Bishop, an ANZAC soldier, encounters Jack Foster, a child soldier. Bishop complains to Whitehall, the British commander, but Whitehall denies it, saying that Foster wanted to see Bishop personally, and lied about his age just to get past conscription. Bishop asks Foster if Foster knows Morse code, and Foster affirms and follows Bishop.

Bishop finds that the first wave of soldiers failed. After tracking down the location of enemy lines, Bishop tells Foster to use Morse code to direct the dreadnoughts behind to open fire. After opening fire, Bishop and Foster start to get out. After Bishop sees Foster failing to level a gun properly, he tells Foster to stay and only move if Bishop fires a flare. Foster agrees, and Bishop starts to storm the beach.

Storming the beach, Bishop and soldiers start to secure the enemy trenches on the way to the top of Cape Helles' overlook, where an enemy base is established there, killing all Ottoman soldiers on the way. Bishop captures the overlook, firing the flare, only to see Foster defying orders. Bishop rants on Foster's recklessness, and says that Foster only wants a statue on a town square. However, Bishop calms down, and teaches Foster the proper way of holding a rifle.

The Runner Edit

The next day, Whitehall orders Foster to be a message runner, relaying messages from allied frontlines to base. Bishop volunteers instead, saying that Foster will be killed because he'll stumble in a firefight. Whitehall finally says that Bishop will be running, and Foster will stay.

Bishop finds his way to the frontline, avoiding or killing Ottomans along the way. He finds the frontline failing, and reports back to Whitehall after defending the base from Ottoman soldiers. After Foster kills an Ottoman soldier behind Bishop, Whitehall tells Bishop to inform rear command that the forces will be moving up. Bishop heads behind the base, only to find the rear command deserted, leaving a note saying that the allied position is lost, and a retreat order is issued, with an artillery strike to cover the village and a fort. Bishop suddenly remembers Foster and heads to the frontline, only to find the area being hit by an artillery strike, and after arriving at the frontline, Bishop helps them by killing all Ottoman soldiers on the way to the frontline.

Bishop tells Whitehall to retreat, but Whitehall says that men were sent to secure a fort, which consisted of volunteers, which were all children. Bishop then plans to get to the fort and bring them back, and Whitehall tells him to go and he will pretend that he didn't see Bishop at all.

Be Safe Edit

Bishop reaches the hill to Fort Nöbet, avoiding or killing all Ottoman soldiers on the way. Upon opening the gate, he finds Foster and hundreds of wounded soldiers. Bishop tells them to leave, but Foster says that enemies are coming and cannot be outran. Bishop then tells Foster to escape while he covers the retreat, by capturing the fort itself, however, Foster denies the order to fire a flare after retreating while Bishop captures the fort. Foster commented that Bishop denied orders to get to the fort, after the latter commented about Foster's denial. Bishop then folds the side of Foster's hat, saying that he is now a proper Australian. Foster then orders the soldiers to retreat.

Bishop proceeds to reach the top of Fort Nöbet, avoiding or killing Ottomans. Regardless of method, Bishop encounters multiple Ottomans, including a flame trooper, while proceeding to the courtyard. Bishop proceeds to eliminate all Ottomans guarding the courtyard to capture the fort.

After capturing the fort, an Ottoman soldier shoots Bishop from behind, while Bishop kills the soldier in retaliation. Succumbing to his wounds, knowing he will never return, Foster fires a flare from the ship, showing that Foster and the wounded made it, calling Foster a "good kid". Bishop watches the dreadnoughts open fire on the area as part of the retreat order, presumably killing Bishop.

It is revealed that the battle continued for 7 months, but resulted in a victory for the Ottomans. A hundred thousand Ottoman soldiers gave up their lives to defend their homeland, and leaders who fought, like Mustafa Kemal, would found the Republic of Turkey.

TriviaEdit

  • In chronological order, The Runner is the first chapter in the game's campaign.
  • Despite the story taking place in 1915, weapons that didn't exist yet such as the MP 18 can still be found and used.
  • The closing remarks after the final mission is inaccurate; the ANZACs battled only for 7 months, not 9 months.


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