Characters: Brothers in Arms
Be advised: Spoilers for the single player campaign ahead.
Third Squad/1st Recon Squad
Staff Sergeant Matthew BakerThe protagonist and player character in Road to Hill 30 and Hell's Highway. Promoted to Squad Leader just before the D-Day jump and put in charge of a Recon Squad just before Operation Market Garden. He struggles with leading his squad and guilt from losing men due to his actions, and coming down with PTSD which starts to adversely affect him in Holland.
- A Father to His Men: Especially to Franky "Beans" Laroche.
- Badass: Loves to be in the thick of it and has the scars to prove it.
- Big Damn Heroes: Comes charging to the rescue at Bloody Gulch, courtesy of a pair of M4 Sherman tanks.
- Contemplate Our Navels: Big time in Road to Hill 30. Lampshaded in Earned in Blood, as paraphrased below:
- "Back in England, we'd be playing baseball or something, not Baker! He'd always be off staring at the sky or some shit!"
- The Hero
- In Harm's Way: According to Hartsock in Earned in Blood.
- One-Man Army: In the the penultimate mission of Road to Hill 30, he is sent by Mac on his lonesome to find The Cavalry. In the second mission of Hell's Highway, he searches a Dutch mansion for German machine gunners. And when searching the hospital for Franky, at least until Red comes to the rescue.
- Rousing Speech: That someone else but him makes these is often lampshaded. After Red gives one of these in the penultimate mission of Road to Hill 30:
- Corrion: "I think he stole your line there, Baker."
- Played Straight however in Hell's Highway when he gives a rousing speech to his men at the end of the game when his squad began to doubt his command.
- Sanity Slippage: Hell's Highway.
- Scars Are Forever: Sports a doozie as a result of being knocked on his ass by a German tank shell in Road to Hill 30.
- He gains an additional scar in "Hell's Highway" when the cafe he and Hartsock are in is destroyed by a mortar.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: Heading this way in Hell's Highway.
- Silent Protagonist: In Road to Hill 30, outside of cutscenes and the pre-mission monologue, he only speaks when barking orders. Averted in Earned in Blood, where he helps and gives orders to Hartsock in cutscenes before the latter is promoted to command of his own squad. In Hell's Highway, he appears in many more cutscenes, which replace the monologues of Road to Hill 30.
Corporal Samuel CorrionThe commander of Baker's assault team and a friend of his since boot camp he fights under Baker through Normandy and Operation Market Garden but their friendship is tested as the war continues, with Corrion believing he is ready to command his own squad but Baker feels he is not ready.He is wounded in Holland and after learning that Baker hid the truth of Allen and Garnett's deaths from the squad he vows to never fight alongside Baker again.
- The Lancer: To Baker in Earned in Blood and Hell's Highway.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: To Baker after the latter tells the truth regarding Allen and Garnett's deaths.
Corporal Thomas "Zano" ZanovichA veteran of the French Foreign Legion and the oldest member of the squad. He is promoted to corporal and fire team leader after Hartsock's promotion to second squad leader. Despite all the combat he has seen he still keeps his strong sense of humour.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Rank Up: He is promoted from private to corporal and fire team leader before Operation Market Garden.
Private First Class Kevin "Legs" LeggettThe radio operator for Baker's squad. Leggett is naive and idealistic thinking that all stories have happy endings, Through the series he learns that in war this is rarely the case. He strikes up a rivalry with Allen and Garnett which reaches its climax during an assault on an enemy held farm house when he starts a fight with Allen which leads to Allen and Garnett being killed. He is unable to live with the guilt of what he has done and eventually throws himself in front of an enemy tank during the battle of Hill 30, killing himself.
- Communications Officer: He serves as the squad radio operator.
- Foregone Conclusion: His death at Hill 30 is the opening of the game.
- Heroic BSOD: He suffers one after he gets Allen and Garnett killed.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He is one of the smartest people in the squad and the only one to wear glasses.
- Suicideby Cop: He is unable to deal with the guilt caused by Allen and Garnett's deaths and so attacks a German tank to make it kill him.
- Survivors Guilt: He holds a large amount of guilt for the role he played in Allen and Garnett's deaths and this, coupled with Baker making him keep his role a secret and thus suppress the emotions leads him to commit the Suicide by Cop mentioned above.
Private First Class Jack Courtland
Private First Class Stephan "Obi" Obrieski
Private First Class Dale "Kid" McCreary
Private First Class Gary "Jas" JasperA new addition to Baker's squad who joins before Operation Market Garden, He is brought in to replace those lost in Normandy. He serves as a member of the squads special weapons team, operation the bazooka or machine gun.
- BFG: His bazooka.
- The Big Guy: In Baker's Squad in Hell's Highway, due to the fact that he's responsible for handling machine guns and anti-tank weapons.
- I Call It "Vera": He labels his bazooka as "Stella".
Private First Class Mike DawsonA new member of Baker's squad who joins during Operation Market Garden, serving as part of Baker's assault team. He is an English soldier fighting for the American military who claims to be the child of "A rich father and a poor mother". He is a strong believer in fate and his superstitions have made him a loner in the group.It is revealed that he met Leggett before he joined the squad and was told the truth of Allen and Garnett's deaths. He spends much of the third game trying to get Baker to confess the truth to the squad.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: One thing that makes him stand out on the battlefield is his refusal to wear a helmet.
Private Larry AllenA young Private in Baker's squad who serves as part of Baker's assault team in Normandy. He is best friends with Private Garnett and shares a rivalry with Leggett He is killed along with Garnett three days after D-Day while trying to flank a farm house held by the enemy. He and Leggett get in a fight that alerts nearby Germans to their presence and the Germans take them by surprise. He bleeds to death after he kills the Germans who attacked them, his final words being an apology to Leggett.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Hypothetical Fight Debate: He and Garnett are seen arguing with Leggett over who would win between Superman and Batman.
- Those Two Guys: Along with Garnett. The two are always seen together and even landed right next to each other on D-Day while other squad members took days to find one another. They even die togther.
Private Michael GarnettA young Private in Baker's squad who serves as part of Baker's team in Normandy. He is best friends with Private Allen and shares a rivalry with Leggett. He is killed along with Allen three days after D-Day while trying to flank a farm house held by the enemy. Allen and Leggett get in an argument and Garnett is shot in the head while yelling at the two to be quiet.
- Boom headshot: His fate when his patrol is ambushed by Germans
- Deadpan Snarker
- Hypothetical Fight Debate: He and Allen are seen arguing with Leggett over who would win between Superman and Batman.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: "Leggett, Allen get the fu-"
- Those Two Guys: Along with Allen. The two are always seen together and even landed right next to each other on D-Day while other squad members took days to find one another. They even die together
Private Michael Desola
Private Timothy Connor
Technician 5th Grade Nathan Holden
Private David MuzzaA member of the squad's scout team. Muzza if the first member of die, being killed before he can even set foot of the plane on D-day
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is killed at the beginning of the series, before anything can be learned about him.
Private Johnny RivasA member of the squad's scout team. Rivas is killed as soon as he meets up with the squad four days after D-day by being shot in the throat by a sniper.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: He is first seen sitting on the plane on D-day and his only other appearance is his death.
Private Franky "Beans" LarocheThe youngest member of Baker's squad, Franky is joins the squad in Holland as a replacement for those lost in France. He is the only member of the squad without combat experience but he excels in training and is eager to prove himself. During the bombing of Eindhoven he disobeys orders to try to save a local girl he met earlier. He fails and both of them die. He is the only member of Baker's squad to not survive Operation Market Garden.
- Child Soldiers: He is believed to have lied about his age to join the army.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Beans"
- First Kiss: Has his with a local girl he meets in Eindhoven.
Staff Sergeant Joseph "Red" HartsockBest friend of Baker and the protagonist of "Earned in Blood". He was originally part of Baker's squad as the fire team leader. He was promoted to leader of second squad after the battle of Hill 30 and leads his squad through the remainder of Normandy and Operation Market Garden in Holland. Red is the only married man in the squad and his wife gave birth while he was in the army, he wants to win the war so he can go home and meet his daughter for the first time. He is wounded in an artillery attack in Holland and left paralysed from the waist down, finally being allowed to return home to meet his daughter.
- A Father to His Men
- Fingore: He gets his ring finger blown off in Bapute.
- Hero of Another Story: He serves as this in "Hell's Highway".
- The Lancer: To Baker in Road to Hill 30.
- Rank Up: He is promoted from corporal to sergeant after the battle of Hill 30. He is then promoted a second time to staff sergeant before Operation Market Garden.
- Red-Headed Hero
- Rousing Speech: He gives one to the squad before the battle of Hill 30
Corporal /Sergeant Franklin PaddockA loud mouthed corporal from Kansas who serves as leader of Hartsock's assault team.He is made leader of second squad after Hartsock is wounded.
- Rank Up: He is promoted from corporal to sergeant near the end of "Hell's Highway".
- Southern fried private: He speaks in a strong southern accent
- You Are in Command Now: He is promoted to sergeant after Hartsock is wounded.
Corporal Jacob Campbell
Private First Class James Marsh
Private First Class Dean "Friar" Winchell
Private First Class William Paige
Private Derrick Mcconnell
Private James Roselli
First Sergeant Greg "Mac" HassayA platoon sergeant who served alongside Baker's father. He serves as Baker's superior officer in Normandy and is eventually promoted to First Sergeant. It is revealed in Hell's Highway that he is the only person Baker told the truth about Allen and Garnett's deaths.
- Secret Keeper: He serves as this to Baker when it comes to the reasons for Allen and Garnett's deaths.
- Sergeant Rock
Sergeant George RisnerThe childhood best friend of Baker, Risner is the commander of an M5 Stuart light tank fighting in France. He originally trained to be a paratrooper but was injured in training and transferred in the regular army. He reunites with Baker in France the day after D-day and offers to use his tank to support the squad. He is killed the same day when his tank is disabled by a German anti tank squad and he is forced to fight them with his pistol before he is shot dead.
Corporal/Sergeant Seamus DoyleAn Irish paratrooper from the 82nd Airborne Division who Hartsock meets on D-day after Doyle saves him from a German. The two quickly become friends and fight alongside each other throughout Normandy. He is eventually promoted to sergeant and given his own squad. He is killed during the battle of St. Sauveur after taking a direct hit from a tank shell.
- Hero of Another Story: He serves as this in "Earned in Blood".
- Ludicrous Gibs: This happens after he is shot by a tank.
- Not Enough to Bury:
Lieutenant Colonel Robert ColeA real life paratrooper who serves as Baker's battalion commander in Normandy. He is awarded the Medal of Honour for leading a bayonet charge on a German held farm, an event that is depicted in the game. He goes on to lead Baker's battalion during Operation Market Garden. He is shot dead by a German sniper during the second day of Operation Market Garden.
- Badass: He leads a bayonet charge against a well defended enemy position and succeeds.
- Boom, Headshot: How he is killed by a German sniper.
- Historical-Domain Character
- Killed Offscreen: We only see his body.