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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Second part of the Ostheer layout! Hope you enjoy it.

Posted by blackbishop on Oct 28th, 2012

Hello Eastern Front fans,

Now it is time to bring the second part of the normal tech tree, hope you enjoy it:



Schutzen War Camp or Tier 3


Units available:


Halftrack

  • Description: Neutral unit of this building, it can transport one squad and allows up to four soldiers to fire from inside, plus provides reinforcements to weakened troops in the field. It doesn't have an MG initially but one can be purchased via upgrading. It starts as an Sdkfz. 251/1 ausf. B but can be upgraded to Sdkfz. 251/21 ausf. D. It's also planned to have an antenna upgrade that enables it to call-in airstrikes.
  • Abilities: Air-Strike(requires Radio Operator upgrade).
  • Upgrades: Pintle Gunner, Radio Operator, Flak equipment.

Assault Pool: Panzerfusiliers

  • Description:An elite infantry squad consisting of four soldiers armed with MP40s. They're intended as mechanized infantry, so they are good versus other infantry and have the ability to fire a Faustpatrone (early Panzerfaust) at enemy vehicles.
  • Abilities: Grenade Shower(requires Mechanised Modernisation), Fire Faustpatrone.
  • Upgrades: None.

Assault Pool: Panzer II "Luchs"

  • Description: Light anti-infantry tank impervious to small arms fire, armed with the 2cm KwK 38 autocannon. Requires Mechanised Modernisation to be unlocked.
  • Abilities: Mark Target.
  • Upgrades: None.

Support Pool: Panzerjägers

  • Description: Light anti-tank team. They carry an early variant of the Rpzb 43(aka Panzerschreck 43) which lacked a blastshield, so each operator must wear a gas mask to be protected from their own fire. The other squad members carry pistols, however the munitions on the rack of the loader can sometimes explode if they receive a critical hit. Panzerj√§gers can obtain a second Panzerschreck.
  • Abilities: Focus Fire(requires Mechanised Modernisation)
  • Upgrades: Additional Panzerschreck.

Support Pool: Marder II

  • Description: A tank Hunter equipped with the Soviet 7.62cm F-22 M1936 AT gun, it excels taking out enemy vehicles from a safe distance. These anti-tank guns, now in German hands, are fitted to the chassis a Panzer II, firing and destroying their former owners. Requires Mechanised Modernisation to be unlocked.
  • Abilities: None.
  • Upgrades: None.


Upgrades available:

  • Assault Pool: Unlocks Panzerfusiliers and Panzer II 'Luchs'. Disables Panzerjagers and Marder II.
  • Support Pool: Unlocks Panzerjagers and Marder II. Disables Panzerfusiliers and Panzer II 'Luchs'.
  • Mechanised Modernisation: Unlocks Grenade Shower ability for Panzerfusiliers, Focus fire ability for Panzerjagers, the Luchs and the Marder II.

Panzer Kampf Kommand or Tier 4


Units available:


Panzer III

  • Description: Medium tank of Ostheer and neutral unit of this building. Quite versatile, it starts with the KwK 38 50mm but it can be granted with better equipment. Their projectiles are only effective at short distances against armoured units, so beware of this when engaging.
  • Abilities: Tank Zeal(passive, grants penetration bonus to other Panzer IIIs, requires Commander).
  • Upgrades: Long Barrel, Flamethrower tank.

Assault Pool: StuG III

  • Description: This assault gun is suitable for providing armoured assistance to your infantry units. It's good vs tanks since it carries the same 75mm gun as the Panzer IV, although everyone should keep in mind the main drawback of StuG's; they have no turret, so avoid using it on exposed flanks.
  • Abilities: None.
  • Upgrades: Pintle Gunner.

Assault Pool(A): Panzer V "Panther"

  • Description: Available for Support Army Group only. Requires Armoured Modernisation.
  • Abilities: None.
  • Upgrades: Cupola Gunner, Armoured Skirts.

Assault Pool(B): Panzer VI "Tiger"

  • Description: Available for Elite Army Group only. Requires Armoured Modernisation.
  • Abilities: None.
  • Upgrades: Cupola Gunner.

Assault Pool(C): Panzer IV

  • Description: Available for Fortress Army Group only. Requires Armoured Modernisation.
  • Abilities: None.
  • Upgrades: Cupola Gunner, Armoured Skirts.

Support Pool: Panzerwerfer 42

  • Description: Mobile artillery unit for Ostheer, capable of firing a salvo of ten projectiles to a selected area. After modernisation it can switch to a different type of ammo.
  • Abilities: Barrage, Switch Ammo Type(Requires Armoured Modernisation).
  • Upgrades: None.

Support Pool: Flakpanzer IV 'Kugelblitz'

  • Description: Anti-air self-propelled vehicle, the most advanced Germany built during the war, yet uncommon and barely tested. With its twin automatic 30mm cannons the Kugelblitz can shred infantry and aircraft with ease and, due to it being based on the Panzer IV chassis, is quite resilient. Requires Armoured Modernisation.
  • Abilities: None.
  • Upgrades: None.


Upgrades available:

  • Assault Pool: Unlocks StuG III and the doctrinal tanks. Disables Panzerwerfer 42 and Kugelblitz.
  • Support Pool: Unlocks Panzerwerfer 42 and Kugelblitz. Disables StuG III and the doctrinal tanks.
  • Improvisation: All Panzer III and StuG III units are now equipped with armoured skirts.
  • Armoured Modernisation: Unlocks the second tank of the Assault Pool, Commander for Panzer III, Kugelblitz.

For now we are keeping the Panzer IV in Ostheer, but it might get removed later, this unit is not set in stone.

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Shwepps
Shwepps Oct 29 2012, 5:26am says:

Great!

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josh_e
josh_e Oct 29 2012, 5:37am says:

cant wait please hurry

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Velancious
Velancious Oct 29 2012, 6:49am says:

It all sounds good except Tier 3 seems to me like it's going to force the player to have to pick Support Pool due to a huge lack of AT in the other choice (not to mention it disables the other apparently). The Pak 36 just won't cut it around Tier 3 and after (being a light AT gun, I don't expect much penetration capability or damage).

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ubermensche
ubermensche Oct 29 2012, 7:06am replied:

I have to agree. Maybe make Panzerjager and half-track switch places?

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CadianConscript
CadianConscript Oct 29 2012, 7:37am replied:

Well, as far as my understanding goes, the role of the Pak 36 would be similar to the role of the PE's Light AT Halftrack - keeping ACs at distance and crippling heavier targets. The actual AT would come from doctrine choices/reward units.

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Dragon93
Dragon93 Oct 29 2012, 7:39am replied:

PaK 36, as a light AT gun, is actually quite useful/powerful. As a light AT gun, it's cheaper, and damned fast to move about.

Simply put, when i found myself lacking AT and being overwhelmed by Soviet Armour, i chucked out a trio of PaK36s and used them to push back until the Marder II became available; switching directions quick and easy. Yes, they are weaker vs T-34s, but by that time you can get Marders; plus you can still hold them back with numbers; not too many PaKs needed to make armour think twice.

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Velancious
Velancious Oct 29 2012, 8:07am replied:

Ah, that makes sense. I just didn't expect the Pak 36 to perform very well, especially if the enemy starts rolling in KV's. X_X

I just still think it forces players to HAVE to choose Support Pool to be safe. Assault Pool seems to be for more aggressive players (with light anti-tank backup for defensive measures).

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Dragon93
Dragon93 Oct 29 2012, 8:21am replied:

Entirely depends on your preferred form of play.

If your an offensive player, you're more likely to choose the Assault Pool; BUT, if your the sort of person that is more likely to use this pool, you're also more likely to be half way across the map, and up on resources and generally hogging down the enemies fuel long before they begin to get armour AKA assaulting all the time; and generally reaching armour sooner than your enemy.
Point being, you're not forced to choose Defence to stop enemy armour; if you use assault you can stop them from getting hands on enough fuel to out tank you.

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firefish
firefish Oct 29 2012, 11:03am says:

Ostfront without PaK 40? A joke?

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CadianConscript
CadianConscript Oct 29 2012, 12:23pm replied:

I've been wondering for quite some time now.... why you guys keep pushing about this Pak 40? What's so special about it? You have ton of new units and abilities.. but no, you want PAK 40! Explain to me why does this mod has to have Pak 40? And explain it in great technical and scientific details, so that there will be no room for misunderstanding. Thank you in advance =)

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blackbishop
blackbishop Oct 29 2012, 2:10pm replied:

@CadianConscript
I'd like to know as well, what makes this PaK 40 special that we need to change everything to make a place for it.

Ostheer is not a defensive faction, so why they would need a slow AT gun in their ranks? It might fit Wehr but not Ostheer, which is why the PaK 40 was replaced by the Marder II.

I know PaK 40 was the standard AT gun from it's time, but it has no place in Ostheer.

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firefish
firefish Oct 29 2012, 8:32pm says:

CadianConscript: ..."Explain to me why does this mod has to have Pak 40? And explain it in great technical and scientific details, so that there will be no room for misunderstanding."...

You're kidding me, right?

It was one of the important if not THE important AT tool within the whole war (23.303 units produced - 11.728 units in late war 1944 - more pieces used than of PaK 36 + PaK 38 + PaK 43 together). It's relatively low price of 12.000 Reichsmark, the short production time, it's excellent armor piecing abilities - short: it's great bang for the buck made it a very important if not vital tool against those never ending waves of russian tanks. It's only down was it's weight of 1,4t and the fact it wasn't easy to being moved around by it's crew.

For that reason all those self-propelled versions with it were developed, but it's no secret that there never weren't enough "spare" chassis available to make all those badly needed PaKs movable.

In my opinion the PaK 40 was as much workhorse within the german army as the Panzer IV was... So I really can't think of any eastern front scenario without one of the both of them...

Of course these are just my $0.02 and in the end it's no problem at all cause on my pc they will get what originally had during the war...

But don't get me wrong... The work of the eastern front team is much appreciated and I really hope that this mod is released soon - with or without PaK 40...

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blackbishop
blackbishop Oct 30 2012, 2:28am replied:

@firefish
You have to understand we cannot have every unit that it is symbolic to the Eastern Front in Ostheer because we would end with too many units.

If you want realism about the units used in the Eastern Front, I suggest to give a try to Normandy 44 as well(although they don't have Relic's dmg system).

It is undoubtely than the PaK 40 doesn't have a place on the chart above, but it might be reward unit of something, what do you think it might replace?

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CadianConscript
CadianConscript Oct 30 2012, 2:36am replied:

'You're kidding me, right?'

No, I was simply trolling you =) I can see your point, but seriously guys so much talk about a single piece of equipment? Also, it is only fitting that should Pak40 ever get the in-game, it should be stationary defense structure. Just imagine how you and 5 other people push a car in 60-70cm of snow and mud. It just doesn't seem like a viable option to me =) Plus, EF is not all about historical accuracy - it's about game balance as well, so having the Pak40 removed is the lesser evil.

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blackbishop
blackbishop Oct 30 2012, 2:52am replied:

@CadianConscript
Indeed, PaK 40 would be slower and stronger than PaK 38 and this is not a good option for an offensive faction. Heck even the Panzer IV is not even guaranteed to survive for the beta.

IMO the PaK 40 might fit as reward unit for the Marder II, although I'm not sure if would be a viable option. Balancers might have others plans for it though.

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Lt_Veron
Lt_Veron Nov 1 2012, 1:03pm replied:

reward units were nice thing , we need more of these:D

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CadianConscript
CadianConscript Nov 14 2012, 3:24am says:

Something I noticed yesterday while watching Riggs' alpha gameplay for the 37th time =) - Legionnaires. They are trained from the HQ, what is their role? Will they be in final Ostheer release?

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blackbishop
blackbishop Nov 15 2012, 12:25pm replied:

@CadianConscript
Right now they aren't in Ostheer. But their role were to be support troops just like engineers. They could build defensive stuff like trank traps, barbed wire, sandbags and normal mines.

Sturmovie didn't had anything of that because Legionnaires existed. But as most of the Dev team thinks this unit is no needed and also it only splits the job of the stormpionier, we removed it, so we can test if it works without it but so far it seems to be fine without it.

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orin08
orin08 Dec 7 2012, 5:01pm says:

this looks really, really cool guys. can't wait for it to be released!

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