The Wehrmacht is a force of battle hardened veterans. Though they are not elite by the standards of Germany, their mainline troops are more than capable of handling at least twice their number in combat. However, it is expensive to requisition them, and to maintain them. In fact, many of the Wehrmacht's weapons can take a lot of resources to get a hold of, due to high demand from numerous commanders preparing for the fulfillment of operation Sealion. Therefore, some commanders might fare better by requesting less trained troops and older equipment held in reserve.
This is done by purchasing seperate "upgrade" packages from the Kampfkraft center for each of the Wehrmacht's buildings. These packages aren't very expensive, and generally don't take very long to process. Reservist units may take the place of another unit in the buildings from which they come, though I haven't decided yet. I'd welcome any opinions on that idea, by the way.
It is in this manner that commanders will be able to receive phased out weapons like the Pak 38, Tiger I, and the reservist Volk troops. Volk troops are troops who either were conscripted or volunteered to fight during the slight lull in the war on most German fronts that took place between 1944-1949. They are armed with a newer, cheaper breed of weapon called the Volksgewehr Series. These weapons are similar to the real life Volkssturmgewehrs, except that they aren't quite as cheap, though the main reason they exist is that they are easy to manufacture in large numbers. There are two main version that are in use by the German army. The first of these is the semi-automatic VG-2.
This weapon is given to the Volksschutzen, which are units filled with men that were picked from green units for having the potential to become marksmen. This unit is available from the reserve for the Wehrmacht, and as a support unit for the Panzer Elite.
Volksschutzen are weak in the open, but are fast enough to get to cover, which is their true strongpoint. Once standing still in cover, these men can be deadly against hostile units. As they gain veterancy through combat, they become as good of soldiers as Grenadiers. However, they have the advantage of more troops per unit, which one could say makes them even better than Grenadiers.
To complement them, Wehrmacht commanders can also recruit Volksgrenadiers. The unit in this that was previously called by that name will be known as Sturm Grenadiers. That said, Volksgrenadiers are assault troops who utilize the VG-5.
These men serve as a good unit to defend Volksschutzen from close encounters, or as assault troops. Like Volksschutzen, they gain veterancy through combat and can become some of the Wehrmacht's deadliest troops.
With all that said, it's time for me to go back to work. I want to make sure a vehicle you've all been waiting for arrives here soon, which means I'm going to have to do my best at texturing. I hope my best is enough, but we'll see.