|Men per Squad||6|
|Upkeep per Minute||-13|
|Produced By||Special Rifle Command|
|Cost to Reinforce||
|Health per Man||80|
|Basic Weapon||SVT-40 Semi-Automatic Rifles|
Penal Battalions are improved rifle infantry squadrons composed of criminals, armed with SVT-40 automatic rifles and thrown into the face of the enemy.
Penal Battalions are somewhat expensive for what they are, so despite comments made by the Soviet Commissar they are not to be used in a suicidal manner. They are excellent Infantry killers at longer ranges, due partly to their rifles being Semi-Automatic and also because of their low armor. However, when armed with a flamethrower, they are good at mid to short range too. They are particularly effective when riding a M3A1 Scout Car or M5 Halftrack.
Their primary function is Anti Infantry and Capturing & holding points early on. However, they are expensive for how early you get them. They are capable of going toe to toe with Grenadiers, able to do more damage per second and also more able to take damage (because there are more of them).
Their satchel does a lot of damage and has a long timer to balance its destructive power. It can destroy most anything it explodes near. If an enemy Vehicle is holding still, it is a prime target for their satchel charge. If you need to destroy a bridge, satchel. If infantry are holding still, they are to have satchel charge tossed immediately. If Infantry are in a building, they can be easily killed by a quick satchel. Actually, anything and everything holding still is a target for the satchel.
Penal Battalions can purchase Anti-Tank rifle upgrade, which replaces two SVT-40 rifles with 2 PTRS rifles. These rifles are cheaper than most other anti-armor infantry upgrades and are good at destroying light vehicles and certain structures at a distance but do very limited damage to medium tanks or heavier vehicles, even when flanking.
In the campaign, they instead have the flamethrower upgrade.
Satchel Charge Edit
The Penal Squad throws a bag of explosives at an area, causing massive damage to anything foolish or unlucky enough to be near. The charge is capable of completely destroying light and medium vehicles, support weapons, bridges, buildings, and wiping out entire squads of infantry. It cripples heavy vehicles. It costs 45.
Trip Wire Flare Edit
ROKS-3 Flamethrower Edit
Upgrade the squad with a flamethrower. Improves Anti-Infantry and Anti-structure capability. Campaign only.
PTRS Anti Tank Rifles Edit
Upgrade the squad with two Anti-tank rifles. Improves Anti-Vehicle and Anti-structure capability.
At each Veterancy level, the Penal Batalion gains a specific set of bonuses as listed below.
|Level 1 Veterancy:
|Level 2 Veterancy:
|Level 3 Veterancy:
Penal troops are most effective in close-range combat, especially when upgraded with the ROKS-3 flamethrower. This means, that in order to be most effective, Penal troops must close the distance between them and the enemy; this is why the Oorah! ability is effective. This means that they are vulnerable at range-- the opposite of most Wehrmacht units. They are also vulnerable when charging the enemy.
"You need a suicide squad?"
"If you are not dying, you are not trying"