Continuing from our previous post, we now need to come up with the commanders to add excitement in the new expansion. These commanders need to logically fit historically and show off new features.
Already containing an Ostruppen support force, the Italian forces can bring its light infantry mobility instead of just cheap troops. One of the new units, the Motociclisti, fit perfectly into this role. This is also a portee infantry weapon with the ability to mount and dismount their motorcycles. Other call-ins include the light Brixia Model 35 45mm mortar. To continue with the theme, a light AT gun can be added, like the Cannone da 47/32 M35. Now that we have some core units for the army, we can model some support call-ins around their WW2 role of a blocking unit. On the Soviet Front, when not used as cannon fodder by German generals, blocking units were used to cover flanks for German assaults. This means the call-ins could include defensive artillery and some fortifications.
There are fewer commanders for Oberkommando West, so we have more options. Instead of starting with the units, we can start with the history. Italians were defending their homeland at this point of the war. What that in mind, we can give this commander some slower units to show they are a fortification company. The baseline Italian infantry, Bersaglieri, will fit this role. It may also be interesting to give them the heavy mg, Mod 37 HMG. Now we need at least one portee weapon. The 20/65 Autocannon AA guns fills the role of AA and light AT. For the rest of the commander abilities, we can have some defensive abilities like S-Minefields and tank traps.
This is a more difficult group to build a commander for. The only idea I could come up with is the British lend lease program. They gave the Soviets Valentine tanks, which were used in the defense of Moscow. Also for a towed item, they could be able to build the 25 ponder howitzer. While this contains less units than the previous factions, we could look at a Hurricane strafe run. We could also include a some 75 ponder off board artillery and a supply drop.
The Americans and British shared armories. This make the choices really flexible. You also have Canadian Armed forces, which even sound similar to American forces. This commander could have the Bofos 40mm towed gun and the Cromwell heavy tank. Support call-ins would be different air attacks, like strafes, AT attacks, and bombing.