New Units Preview
May 16, 2017
The upcoming Aussie Update features more units than just the Australians. Four new units are being added to the game, two for the Commonwealth faction, one American and one German. Check out what the character models look like in our Sketchfab preview above!
These units will be able to be unlocked through the ranking system. Alternatively, they will be available for purchase on Steam or you will be able to trade or buy them through the Steam Marketplace which now supports Day of Infamy.
761st Tank Battalion
Known as the “Black Panthers”, the 761st Tank Battalion was a segregated unit in World War II. They first saw combat in November 1944 and a month later were deployed to reinforce the Allies during the Battle of the Bulge. Notably, they moved into Bastogne to help relieve the 101st Airborne Division. The unit received nearly 300 Purple Hearts, 11 Silver Stars, and 1 Medal of Honor. The Black Panthers also belatedly received a Presidential Unit Citation in 1978. The in-game unit features a tanker’s helmet and goggles, the voice of James, and is playable on the following maps: Bastogne, Foy, Reichswald and Rhineland.
The Black Watch
Six battalions of The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) fought on many fronts during the Second World War. The 1st Battalion was captured at St Valery-en-Caux during the Battle of France in 1940, while the 6th Battalion was evacuated at Dunkirk. Several of their battalions fought during the second battle of El Alamein and saw action in Tunisia. They landed at Sicily, fought in Italy including Monte Cassino and then again were at the tip of the spear during the Normandy landings of D-Day. The Black Watch fought at Breville, Caen and the Falaise Pocket in France. They later fought during the Battle of the Bulge and the Battle of the Reichswald forest. The in-game unit features a black glengarry with cap badge and red hackle for the Officer while all other classes receive a balmoral with red hackle. The unit also features the voice of Donald and is playable in every map in the game.
Raised in April 1940 as part of the 2nd Australian Imperial Force. The battalion first deployed to Palestine and later to Africa. For seven months they held the strategic port town of Tobruk against a heavy German siege. Corporal John Edmondson was awarded the Victoria Cross for valour during the battle, and marked the first VC for the Australians in the war. Following Tobruk, the battalion was sent back to Palestine and Syria on garrison duty, then deployed back to Africa for the second battle of El Alamein. By early 1943, the Japanese offensive in the Pacific threatened Australian shores and the 2nd AIF was withdrawn back home. The battalion saw action in New Guinea in 1943 – 1944 and ended the war in Borneo. The in-game unit features the Slouch Hat for all classes and the voice of Bruce. They are playable on Crete, Sicily, Salerno, and Comacchio.
272nd Volks-Grenadier Division
Composed of veterans who survived the retreat from France following the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944, the 272nd Volks-Grenadier Division was formed in September 1944 and sent back to the Western Front to fight in the battle for the Hürtgen Forest. The division had many former Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine personnel who were sent to the front. The term Volks-Grenadier is from “das Volk” – the people – meant to represent the German people’s fight to the end. However for the Allies, they saw Volks-Grenadiers as the bottom of the barrel. Despite this reputation, the division benefited from veteran leaders, a smaller more efficient organization and the newly equipped Stg-44 rifle. The in-game unit features a brown and yellow Platanenmuster camouflage. They are playable on Dog Red, Saint Lo, Bastogne, Foy, Reichswald and Rhineland.