Eastern Front is a free mod for Company of Heroes. Following the ethos of mimicking a Relic Entertainment expansion pack, Eastern Front has succeeded in adding two full new factions, the Soviet Red Army and the German Ostheer, packed with unique and exciting units to the existing armies - a feat never before achieved in the Company of Heroes world.

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Time to disclose the Command Trees reserved for Ostheer!

Posted by blackbishop on Mar 13th, 2013

Hello Eastern Front fans,

This time we will disclose the Command Trees used by Ostheer. We had taken our time because the ones we had weren't final and we preferred to wait until the end to post them. Let's start then.


Support Army Group

As the name implies, this command tree has several support units, on the LHS we have Brandenburgers, Aces High! and Carpet Bombing while the RHS is formed by Prioritized Resources, Ad-Hoc Detachment and Incendiary Rounds.


  • Brandenburger ability calls a Ju 52 which paradrops a Brandenburger squad at the desired area. Brandenburgers are specialized in undercover operations, and they use soviet uniforms and soviet weapons. They have also the ability to capture a point instantly if it is neutral and to make neutral an enemy captured point, this ability doesn't work on Secured Points or in Victory Points.
  • Aces High! ability calls the Ju 87 with Kanonenvogel over a chosen sector, it also fires at infantry if it is close to the armoured unit it is attacking.
  • Carpet Bombing ability calls three Ju 88 in Delta Formation dropping bombs over the selected area, it covers a quite big area so, be aware of the chances of being caught on friendly fire for your or your allied troops ;).
  • Prioritized Resources gives the Opel Maultier the ability to call a Ju 52, which paradrops some resources to your troops. The resources given depends of the secured sector and this ability cannot be used in your Commander Area so, make sure you are in a safe zone while you call this because your opponent can pick it up as well!
  • Ad-Hoc Detachment is a call-in ability than enables the commander to call an Sturmfusiliers squads(they are AT infantry squads) and the self-propelled artillery unit Wespe(if you have chosen the support upgrade) or the Panzer 38t(if you have chosen the assault upgrade).
  • Incendiary Rounds is an upgrade given to Panzerwerfers, it makes them able to fire incendiary projectiles instead of the normal ones. This upgrade is global , retroactive and automatic so, once you pick this your Panzerwerfers will no longer fire their original ammo.




Elite Army Group

This tree gives your commander the best equipment the Fatherland can grant. LHS has as possible upgrades: Jagers, Panzerkrieg and Pincer Movement while the RHS has the following upgrades: Fire-Up, Ostkrieg and Sturmtiger/Brummbar.


  • Jager ability calls a four men squad equipped with kar98 rifles, but capable of being upgrading with Gewehr 41s, StG44s and Panzershreck 54s. When you get the Gewehr 41 rifles, you unlock an ability than let's you snipe an enemy soldier.
  • Panzerkrieg ability is a passive one; it allows vehicles to create an aura that boost infantry troops near them. This doesn't work with weapon teams.
  • Pincer Movement is an active ability which grants infantry and vehicles offensive bonuses and more speed by a limited time, so they can try to bring down their enemies by trying to apply the tactic of the same name or just take the chance to attack from the rear.
  • Fire-Up is an active ability than affects infantry troops, it is a squad ability, so you active it on the squad you like whenever you want; it gives offensive bonuses like suppression resistance and improved weapon cooldown, reload, accuracy and damage(only for infantry).
  • Ostkrieg is a passive ability than helps Ostheer infantry to get veterancy at faster rates.
  • Sturmtiger ability let you call the self-propelled heavy assault gun who bears the same name, you can allocate it once and it has a munition nominal cost required every time it fires, although at the end it is worth it ;). It has as reward unit, the Sturmpanzer IV, also known as Brummbar, and it is a self-propelled heavy assault gun as well, although not as heavy as the Sturmtiger.




Fortress Army Group

As the name implies, this command tree is a defensive oriented one, at the LHS and you will dispose of Panzernests, Cover Camo and the leFH18; RHS grants you Medic Stations, Counterattack and the Elefant.


  • Panzernest is a heavy structure unlocked in the Sturmpioniers defensive structures menu. It is a small metal bunker equipped with a single HMG-34, it's fire cone is not very big, due to the nature of the emplacement, but it is very resilant and impervious to small arm bullets.
  • Cover Camo is a passive upgrade than, as you might guess, gives passive camouflage to Ostheer infantry units as long as they are in cover. They do not earn first shot bonuses though.
  • The 10.5 cm leFH 18 is a light field howitzer buildable by Sturmpioniers on it's defensive structures menu. It's crew can be killed if left unsupported and the enemy could recrew the gun so watch out your gun!
  • The Field Hospital upgrade, unlocks the upgrade that bears the same name on the concrete emplacements. As the name says, it makes the defensive structure into a Field Hospital, popping up medics and retrieving wounded infantry units. There is a catch though, instead of getting a new squad when getting five soldiers, you get a small amount of manpower.
  • Counterattack is an active ability than works different on infantry laid on enemy territory and the one in yours(or neutral); it gives it more speed and reduces the chances of getting hit while staying on your own territory or increasing the damage output if you are on enemy sectors(excluding enemy Command Area).
  • The Elefant is a heavy tank destroyer call-in that can be allocated as many times as you want, but it can be only one at time in the battlefield. It has an ability to jam/break turrets from vehicles(that have those ofc :P).

You can watch several Alpha matches from this site if you want to know more about how different the Beta version is going to be from the regular one. Remember soviets got some new toys and many changes.


Before finishing this announcement, you might be wondering what happened to the foreign units, because there is no mention about them and it was because we removed them from Ostheer, so we can make a reward faction featuring these non-german assets of war :). We had many of them than we thought it would be too much to put all of that there. Expect more news about it later ;).

We expect to start the Beta this Friday, so stay tuned ;)!

Regards,
The Eastern Front Team

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willychong8921
willychong8921 Mar 13 2013, 2:55pm says:

Beta, he he he XD Can't wait, he he he.

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blackbishop
blackbishop Mar 13 2013, 3:39pm replied:

@willychong8921
Stay tuned! We will give Beta access to some additional Beta Testers later :).

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Venoxxis
Venoxxis Mar 14 2013, 9:45am replied:

great to see you blackbishop!
and good news!

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52x
52x Mar 21 2013, 10:44am replied:

Hey there blackbishop, It's goo to see you here again

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blackbishop
blackbishop Mar 21 2013, 1:24pm replied:

@Venoxxis & @52x
Thanks guys :D!

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TheSoldier
TheSoldier Mar 13 2013, 3:12pm says:

Oh, Sturmtiger. The BK mod got tons of heat for attempting to put that in.

I wonder how it'll fare here? :) Best of luck!

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blackbishop
blackbishop Mar 13 2013, 3:37pm replied:

@TheSoldier
Thanks :D!

I'm not fan of the unit either, but it can fit in Company of Heroes, but not with realistic damage system IMO.

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TheSoldier
TheSoldier Mar 13 2013, 6:03pm replied:

Indeed it can. ;)

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hunk22
hunk22 Mar 13 2013, 3:53pm says:

Very nice update thx for your amazing work.
Saludos Blackbishop.

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blackbishop
blackbishop Mar 13 2013, 4:24pm replied:

@Hunk22
Muchas gracias :).

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horny97
horny97 Mar 13 2013, 3:57pm says:

Looking good all round, cant wait! :P

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blackbishop
blackbishop Mar 13 2013, 4:25pm replied:

@horny97
And once we announce our Foreign reward faction(like RMC but for Ostheer) you will be more happy :).

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blu_magic101
blu_magic101 Mar 13 2013, 7:25pm says:

loving the updates guys

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blackbishop
blackbishop Mar 13 2013, 7:40pm replied:

@blu_magic101
Thanks :D

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TheSoldier
TheSoldier Mar 13 2013, 9:16pm says:

How will the panzernest perform? I'm always interested in new defenses. :)

And yes! Friday is a half-day in school. :D

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Reborn:X
Reborn:X Mar 14 2013, 12:49pm replied:

I think it will be more-or-less like a vCoh Wehrmacht bunker sans to ablity to garrison troops there.

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Walki
Walki Mar 15 2013, 3:19am replied:

@Reborn Yes, you are correct. However there's that small difference that the Panzernest got a MG by default and doesn't require an upgrade like the Wehrmacht bunker.

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PanzerJuice
PanzerJuice Mar 13 2013, 10:15pm says:

YESSS, 38(t)s will tear and crush anything to bits with their 37mm guns and tracks of DOOOOOOM!
Also, looking foward to using the Foreign Support units!:D
Excellent job blackbishop!

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ubermensche
ubermensche Mar 13 2013, 11:29pm says:

AWESOME! With this stuff, you'll definitely win Mod of the Year!

And do you know how long is it gonna be between the beta and the full release? And is it too late to get access to the closed beta if we donate like...before friday?

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hola1997
hola1997 Mar 13 2013, 11:51pm says:

Awesome!!!!! Can't wait!

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LethalDosage
LethalDosage Mar 14 2013, 4:39am says:

Why does the Support Group's banner have a Soviet infantryman on it?

I'm also not a fan of Leibermuster camo on the guy in the banner of Fortress Army group. Sources conflict as to whether it was ever issued at all during the war. While it's ok, it's certainly not an "iconic" camo, and not one that people automatically identify with the germans. Would it be too late to recolour him in Sumpfmuster or Splittermuster?

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hunk22
hunk22 Mar 14 2013, 6:50am replied:

Brandenburgers are specialized in undercover operations, and they use SOVIETS UNIFORMS.

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willychong8921
willychong8921 Mar 14 2013, 9:30am replied:

Can't full Yankees and Tommies if they show up without a Soviet Faction!

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52x
52x Mar 21 2013, 10:52am says:

This surely gonna win mod of the year 2013

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blackbishop
blackbishop Mar 21 2013, 12:24pm replied:

@52x
Let's hope so :D! We need to make sure Ostheer is in good shape before releasing otherwise we would be out of business before the contest even starts XD.

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52x
52x Mar 23 2013, 12:38pm replied:

Don't worry blackbishop. You will. Don't think that Eastern front is only your effort. We all gamers have a pray for it. It will. Just believe it will be the mod of the year 2013 and Develop it with your all ability. We all Have faith in you. We all will make it. Developers+Gamers makes a game fulfilled makes it win

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blackbishop
blackbishop Apr 1 2013, 12:21pm replied:

@Guest
When it is done ;).

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midgetdiver22
midgetdiver22 Apr 1 2013, 5:23am says:

When is the beta going to be out it says this friday but that was 3 weeks ago coh2 is out in june time i do hope it will be out before then otherwise you will probobly loose a lot of people from your mod

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blackbishop
blackbishop Apr 1 2013, 12:22pm replied:

@midgetdiver22
Beta for Ostheer already started nearly three weeks ago.

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midgetdiver22
midgetdiver22 Apr 1 2013, 1:38pm replied:

Is the download on a different website because its not on mod db

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blackbishop
blackbishop Apr 1 2013, 7:20pm replied:

@midgetdiver22
There is no reason to have a download link anywhere, the Beta is closed.

When we were asked we always confirmed it would be like that, either in the forums, in facebook or in moddb. Also, we never said that Ostheer would have an open beta.

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midgetdiver22
midgetdiver22 Apr 2 2013, 1:44am replied:

So is ostheer going to be released or opened to everyone to download ever

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BurroDiablo
BurroDiablo Apr 2 2013, 5:30am replied:

Of course, once the Ostheer is bug free and balanced to an acceptable standard, then it'll be released to the public.

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fenrir1201
fenrir1201 Apr 1 2013, 9:01am says:

Heilige Schei├če!

I see you guys have been busy!
this looks fantastic great work as always.

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blackbishop
blackbishop Apr 1 2013, 12:23pm replied:

@fenrir1201
Thanks for the support :D!

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wackydude101
wackydude101 Apr 5 2013, 10:44am says:

Is the beta open to anyone or did you have to apply?

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BurroDiablo
BurroDiablo Apr 5 2013, 11:09am replied:

It was open to those who donated $15 up till the 11th of March and dedicated community members. Now it's only open to those who are lucky enough to get a beta key, there's no real way to obtain one, we can give them away randomly or if you know somebody in the beta you can always ask them to request you a key.

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konigstiger1945
konigstiger1945 Jun 10 2013, 12:20am says:

Does any know when the ostheer mod will be released?

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