Be advised: Spoilers for the single player campaign ahead.
Staff Sergeant Matthew Baker
The 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.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: As Mac puts it:"Baker, I pegged you wrong. 'First I thought you were a shy, poetic young man. Turns out you're a shy, poetic young man who kills anyone that gets in his way."
- Big Damn Heroes: Comes charging to the rescue at the Battle of Bloody Gulch which is depicted at the end of Road to Hill 30, 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!"
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Baker's face is fairly messed up over the course of the three games. His most prominent ones are a series of overlapping scars on the left side of his fact that forms a backward "Z."
- The Hero: Of the first and third games.
- Hero of Another Story: In Earned in Blood
- 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. He succeeds despite the Germans and three tanks in the way (though he won't actually take these out himself). 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.
- Rank Up: He is promoted to Staff Sergeant sometime between Earned in Blood and Hell's Highway.
- 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.
- Screw the War Were Partying: After Hartsock is promoted Baker loots a bottle of alcohol from a ruined building and suggests they celebrate.
- 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.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: After spending all of his contemplative pre-mission narrations calmly voicing his thoughts in Road to Hill 30, he yells and swears about how maybe Allen and Garnett could have lived if he was put in charge of their final mission after they are found dead.
- You Are in Command Now: He's given command of 3rd squad just before the D-Day drop, due to the squad's previous leader getting injured in a training accident.
Corporal Samuel Corrion
- The Leader: Of Baker's assault team in Road to Hill 30 and Hell's Highway.
- The Lancer: To Baker in Earned in Blood, following Red's promotion. He shares this role with Zanovich in Hell's Highway.
- Rank Up: He desperately wants to be promoted to Sergeant much like Baker and Hartsock, but this is ultimately averted when Baker, in the wake of Frankie's death, chooses Paddock for promotion instead.
- Took a Level in Cynic: During the first game, he was one of the more idealistic members of Baker's Squad, to the point he was one of the few people who still vouched for Leggett following the ambush that he led with Allen and Garnett going array and killing the two of them. By the third, he's already started to question Baker following his repeated rejections for promotion. It finally comes to a head when he finds out the truth regarding the former event.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: To Baker after the latter tells the truth regarding Allen and Garnett's deaths.
- Tragic Keepsake: Takes Leggett's (apparently broken) radio at the end of Road to Hill 30. Hartsock asks him if he's going to bury it, which Corrion responds that he might.
- Undying Loyalty: To Baker until he finds out the truth regarding Allen and Garnett's deaths.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Despite Baker saving his life after being critically wounded, he instead becomes even more of a jerkass towards him, not helped by the fact that he had just found out the circumstances regarding Allen and Garnett's deaths.
- You Are Not Ready: Baker tells him this as the reason he's passed over for promotion as Second Squad's new leader. It doesn't help that he was partially responsible for Frankie's death, by not keeping him in check.
Corporal Thomas "Zano" Zanovich
- Ascended Extra: Gets far more lines and screentime in Hell's Highway. It helps that he's the new fire team leader replacing the now-promoted Hartsock.
- BFG: He gets to use a Browning Automatic Rifle by the time of Hell's Highway.
- Deadpan Snarker: Especially in Road to Hill 30. By Hell's Highway, he's mellowed out somewhat.
- Demoted to Extra: In Earned in Blood, where his only appearance is a brief cameo during Red's flashback during the D-Day drop.
- The Lancer: He becomes this alongside Corrion to Baker by the time the 3rd game takes place.
- The Leader: Of Baker's fire team in Hell's Highway.
- Rank Up: He is promoted from private to corporal and fire team leader before Operation Market Garden.
- Weapon of Choice: He prefers the M1 Garand in Road to Hill 30. By Hell's Highway, he switches to the BAR.
Private First Class Kevin "Legs" Leggett
- Break the Cutie: He goes from one of the more idealistic soldiers in Baker's squad just prior to the invasion to a guilt-ridden wreck just before getting killed by a tank shell.
- Communications Officer: He serves as the squad radio operator.
- Famous Last Words: "You want me? Fucking take me! TAKE ME!"
- 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.
- Pride: His pride is ultimately what causes Allen's and Garnett's deaths.
- Smart People Wear Glasses: He is one of the smartest people in the squad and the only one to wear glasses.
- Suicide by Cop: He is unable to deal with the guilt caused by Allen and Garnett's deaths and so stands out of trench to shoot at a German tank with a pistol to make it kill him.
- Survivor's 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.
- Tempting Fate: Just minutes before Allen and Garnett are killed, he screams loudly for the Germans to come kill them. While he survives unscathed, Allen and Garnett aren't so lucky.
- Too Dumb to Live: Yeah, Kevin. Calling out the Germans to come kill you, Allen, and Garnett in the middle of an open field is a brilliant idea .
Private First Class Jack Courtland
- Ascended Extra: Gets more lines and screentime in Hell's Highway. It probably helps that he's attached to Baker's squad from the start, rather than joining up with the rest of them late into the story.
- Demoted to Extra: In Earned in Blood, where his only appearance is a brief cameo during Red's narration of the D-Day drop.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: He's the last member of Baker's squad to join up with the rest of his unit.
- Flat Character: Suffers this in Road to Hill 30, mostly due to appearing late in the story, and having no dialogue outside of combat.
- The Generic Guy: In Road to Hill 30, where he's the last squad member to appear, and has the least characterization.
- The Quiet One: Had almost no dialogue outside of combat in Road To Hill 30. Averted in Hell's Highway, where he gets a ton of speaking roles.
- Satellite Character: He's mostly there just to provide additional manpower in Corrion's assault team late in Road to Hill 30. This extends somewhat to Hell's Highway, where he mostly serves as one for Jasper, despite receiving more focus and characterization.
Private First Class Stephan "Obi" ObrieskiA Polish immigrant in Baker's squad and a good friend of Zanovich. "Obi", as his friends call him, joined the paratroopers to prove he was American. He has family back in Poland and hopes to rescue them from the Nazi occupation.
- Boom, Headshot!: See Killed Off for Real below.
- Immigrant Patriotism: His primary motivation for volunteering in the Paratroopers.
- Killed Off for Real: Shot in the head by a German sniper in Carentan.
- My Girl Back Home: He has a girlfriend back in the states who he tells the squad about. This leads into Fatal Family Photo territory as he is killed only a day after she is first mentioned.
- Screw the War Were Partying: His first suggestion after the squad takes Carentan is to break out the champagne and start partying.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: One second he is joking with his friends about how he plans to celebrate liberating Carentan, then next second he is shot dead by a sniper.
Private First Class Dale "Kid" McCrearyA young loud-mouth from Pennsylvania, Dale McCreary irritates the majority of the squad with his somewhat arrogant attitude and talkative manner.
- Ascended Extra: Gets far more speaking roles and screentime in Hell's Highway.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Noted to be one of the most talkative members of the squad, while at the same time still taking down a lot of Germans.
- The Cameo: Has one in Earned in Blood, looking after a wounded Mac.
- The Friend Nobody Likes: Most of the squad find him real annoying, but that doesn't seem to bother him that much.
- Younger Than They Look: Is around the same age as the rest of the squad (apparently in his early 20s), but looks like a 15-year old.
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.
- Anti-Armor: He carries around a bazooka as one of his primary weapons for this purpose, though in practice he only does this once, against two Panzer IV tanks while assaulting a town. Most of the time, he's confined to destroying enemy positions, vehicles, and artillery pieces.
- Anti-Infantry: On other occasions, he carries around the Browning M1919 machine gun, capable of killing German infantry in one or two hits.
- BFG: His bazooka and M1919 Browning machine gun. Compared to the other weapons that the Paratroopers carry, these two by are are the heavies, largest, and the ones that can deal the most damage.
- 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.
- Demolitions Expert: Aside from handling machine guns, he's also the squad's go-to guy for destroying fortifications and tanks with a bazooka.
- I Call It "Vera": He labels his bazooka as "Stella".
- More Dakka: His role as the squad's heavy weapons guy also grants him access to light machine guns, specifically the M1919A6 Browning.
Private First Class Mike DawsonA veteran paratrooper who gets reassigned to Baker's squad some time before Operation Market Garden, serving as part of Baker's assault team. A self described "English bastard of a rich father and a poor mother," his resentment of being the result of his upper-class father slumming it with his not-so-rich mother led him to move to America and enlist in the US Army. 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.
- Berserk Button: A few days after Franky's death, Mike catches a British soldier wearing his Airborne jacket. Infuriated, Dawson has to be restrained from picking a fight with a half-dozen Brits.Baker: Daws, take it easy! It's just some random Brit!Dawson: [Pointing to Franky's name on the jacket] Does this look fucking random to you?
- Blackmail: He threatens Baker with spilling the true circumstances of Allen's, Garnett's, and Leggett's deaths himself, and is only holding back on the reason that it's the Sergeant's job to reveal it and not him.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: One thing that makes him stand out on the battlefield is his refusal to wear a helmet. He says it throws off his aim.
- Jerkass: Like Paige, he's a tad bit insubordinate, brash, and aloof. Down to blackmailing Baker with regards to the true circumstances of Allen's and Garnett's deaths.
- Jerkass Has a Point: That said, his blackmailing towards Baker has some merit in that not revealing what really happened to Allen and Garnett would break the trust between him (Baker), and the rest of his squad. His point is proven later when Corrion is utterly disgusted at his actions, and as a result takes a level in jerkass towards Baker.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He may come off as an asshole towards Baker by figuratively rubbing salt in a wound the latter didn't have a good experience with, but his intentions are clearly for trust between Baker and the rest of his squad.
- Secret Keeper: He's one of the few people to know about the true circumstances regarding Allen's, Garnett's, and Leggett's deaths. He refuses to spill the beans himself and would rather have Baker reveal it to the rest of the squad, feeling that it's his job to tell the others.
- Token Minority: He's a Brit serving as a paratrooper in the US Army, and his accent stands out.
- You Can't Fight Fate: A firm believer of this, down to lecturing the others soldiers in Baker's squad about fate.
Private Larry Allen
- Blood from the Mouth: A result of receiving a German rifle bullet to the stomach, and a clear sign he's bleeding to death.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the biggest in the squad alongside Garnett.
- Gallows Humour: He and Garnett love to indulge in this.Garnett: [while observing a dead body] What do you suppose killed him?Allen: Wasn't old age, I know that.
- Hypothetical Fight Debate: He and Garnett are seen arguing with Leggett over who would win between Superman and Batman.
- Killed Offscreen: In Road to Hill 30, where we only hear the brief firefight where he and Garnett die, and Baker only finds his and Garnett's bodies not long afterward. Subverted in Hell's Highway, where we finally get treated to how both he and Garnett were killed.
- 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Him and Garnett have this kind of friendship.
Private Michael Garnett
- Boom headshot: His fate when his patrol is ambushed by German Paratroopers.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of the biggest in the squad alongside Allen.
- Gallows humour: He and Allen love to indulge in this.Garnett: [while observing a dead body] What do you suppose killed him?Allen: Wasn't old age, I know that.
- 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-"
- Killed Offscreen: In Road to Hill 30, where his and Allen's bodies are only shown after the firefight that killed both of them. Subverted in Hell's Highway, where we see how he was shot in the head by a German patrol.
- Pretty Little Headshots: Notable in that he's the only character whose skull is still intact after being shot in the head, while Obrieski and Marsh, as well as German soldiers, have theirs shattered to bits.
- Sad Clown: Downplayed example - he snarks plenty, but he always has a glum look on his face. He's not overly negative either, but some grimness does color some of his statements.
- 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.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Allen.
Private Michael DesolaOne of the Assault team members under Corrion during the assault on Normandy.
- The Cameo: Gets a brief non-speaking one in Hell's Highway during the flashback where Allen and Garnett are killed. He's the soldier holding the M1 Garand alongside Corrion and Red.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Killed by shrapnel from a German bomb in an attempt to cross the bridge at Purple Heart Lane.
- Killed Offscreen: We only find out that he was killed by a German bomb in the same level that Baker wakes up in.
- Gory Discretion Shot: While at first played straight when you don't actually see him die, the trope is horribly averted in the next scene when you get to see the unfortunate aftermath of what happens when a bomb lands right next to you.not for the faint of heart
Private Timothy ConnorA replacement in Baker's squad who serves as Jasper's assistant in the squad's heavy weapons team.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Despite being The Quiet One outside of battle, he's pretty chatty during the heat of battle, particularly if he's helping Jasper operate his machine gun or bazooka.
- The Quiet One: He has one line of dialogue in the game. Besides that one line the closest we get to more dialogue is him screaming if he is wounded during gameplay.
- Satellite Character: His role is Hell's Highway is simply to provide assistance to Jasper by either helping load his bazooka and/or Browning, or covering him.
Technician 5th Grade Nathan Holden3rd Squad's replacement radio operator following Leggett's death.
- Communications Officer: His role in the squad aside from being a fire team member is to radio friendly units.
- Deadpan Snarker: Has his moments, particularly with regards to being stuck in traffic in the middle of a war.
- The Smart Guy: Acts as this in Baker's squad during Hell's Highway, where he often makes philosophical remarks outside of battle.
Private David MuzzaA member of the squad's scout team. Muzza is the first member of the squad to die, being killed before he can even set foot off the plane on D-day.
- Red Shirt: Serves no other purpose than to be one of Baker's men with a name and die.
- 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.
- Red Shirt: For the same reasons as Muzza, except he dies a little later into the story.
- 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.
- All There in the Manual: The only way you can find out his full name is by checking Hell's Highway's game manual, as the game itself never drops it.
- Child Soldiers: He is believed to have lied about his age to join the army.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Beans", though it only comes up once.
- First Kiss: Has his with a local girl he meets in Eindhoven.
- Foregone Conclusion: He's the one who dies in Eindhoven in midway into Hell's Highway's story.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: He can shoot a Quarter at fifty yards.
- New Meat: He's the only real replacement that Baker's squad receive, as Dawson, Jasper, Connor, and Holden all fought in Normandy, albeit in different units from Baker's own.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He's only called Franky by the other squad members.
- Senseless Sacrifice: He abandons the squad to save a Dutch girl he met earlier that day only for him to die along with her.
Staff Sergeant Joseph "Red" Hartsock
- Career-Ending Injury: He gets paralyzed from the waist down late in Hell's Highway.
- A Father to His Men: No doubt. It's telling when Friar immediately makes it a point to help patch his wounded hand at first instinct instead of either keeping the Germans busy or taking cover.
- Fingore: He gets his ring finger blown off in Bapute.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: He has a scar running from the bridge of his nose across his right cheek.
- Hero of Another Story: He serves as this in "Hell's Highway".
- Promoted to Playable: In "Earned in Blood"
- 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.
- Rousing Speech: He gives one to the squad before the battle of Hill 30
- Tragic Keepsake: He wears Doyle's 82nd Airborne patch on his helmet after Doyle is killed.
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.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Is quite a bit out there compared to the rest of Baker's and Hartsock's men.
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: Despite his...erm...weird thinking pattern, he does prove to have some merit when he's proves himself right that the Germans would set up 88mm guns outside of St. Sauveur, when the maps that Red gave to Doyle mentioned none.
- Comically Missing the Point: He misunderstands Cole asking what unit he is from and believes that Cole is asking where he grew up.Cole: Where are you paratroopers from?Paddock: Kansas, sir!Doyle: He means what unit.Paddock: Oh, uh, 101st, F Company.
- Dynamic Entry: He is introduced when he single-handedly destroys a German Anti-Aircraft gun blocking Hartsock and Doyle's path.
- The Lancer: To Hartsock for most of Earned in Blood, and twice, to Baker in Hell's Highway.
- Rank Up: He is promoted from corporal to sergeant near the end of "Hell's Highway".
- Southern fried private: He's from Kansas, speaks in a strong southern accent, and is one of the most gung-ho and brash members of Hartsock's squad.
- "Open!" Says Me: He attempts this on the front door of a church in Eindhoven.
- You Are in Command Now: He is promoted to sergeant after Hartsock is wounded.
Corporal Jacob CampbellA corporal originally from 1st Squad, who is later folded into 2nd due to suffering heavy losses during the D-Day landing. He becomes Hartsock's fire team leader later in the story.
- Demoted to Extra: Unlike Paddock, he gets less screentime and focus in Hell's Highway.
- The Leader: Of Hartsock's fire team once he and the rest of 1st squad get absorbed into.
- The Voiceless: Literally, after the same artillery shell that killed Friar and wounded Baker and Hartsock also damages his throat.
Private First Class James MarshA member of second squad, and the only one to have prior combat experience, in this case seeing action in the Tunisia campaign.
- Back for the Dead: His first and only appearance in Hell's Highway, no less.
- Demoted to Extra: Goes from being a supporting character in Earned in Blood to having no lines and dying in Hell's Highway.
- Killed Off for Real: Killed by a sniper hiding in a burning building.
- Killed Offscreen: We only see him after he dies.
Private First Class Dean "Friar" Winchell
A second squad member, notable for receiving his nickname due to an incident during basic training.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Is forced to act as one for Paddock.
- Demoted to Extra: He goes from being a main character and squad member in Earned in Blood to a supporting character only appearing in cutscenes and background events in Hell's Highway.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Helps Baker regain his composure following Pieter's death during the bombing of Eindhoven.
- Killed Off for Real: By an artillery shell when the café he, Campbell, Red, and Baker are in is hit.
- Noodle Incident: How he got his nickname, which according to Paddock happened during their time in basic.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: He's only ever called "Friar" by everyone else in both Baker's and Hartsock's squad.
- The Medic: He's forced to act as an impromptu medic when he has to patch up Red after he's hit in the hand.
Private First Class William Paige
One of the 1st squad members folded into 2nd alongside Campbell and McConnell.
- Aloof Ally: Compared to the rest of the 1st squad members, Paige is the one who spends the least amount of time with Red. Down to accompanying Doyle instead of sticking with the rest of 2nd squad during the assault on St. Sauveur.
- Blood from the Mouth: A result of him getting shrapnel embedded in his chest from a tank shell, and a sign that he's dying.
- Deadpan Snarker: Of 2nd squad.
- Famous Last Words: "I'm...pretty fucked up here, Sarge...I used...everything...I had to get us here..."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Drags Red to safety despite being mortally wounded from the same tank shell that killed Doyle.
- Jerkass: He's pretty much of an asshole towards the Germans that he and the rest of his squad had captured, and is pretty aloof compared to the rest of 1st.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: That said, he is also shown to still be loyal to the rest of his squad, down to helping a dazed Red move to safety when a Panzer attack leaves him mortally wounded and Doyle in bits and pieces.
- Those Two Guys: With Mcconnell. Doesn't last.
Private Derrick McConnellHailing from Florida, McConnell is one of the original 1st squad members folded into 2nd following Red's promotion.
- Demoted to Extra: In Hell's Highway, where he is only mentioned a few times but is never seen in person.
- The Generic Guy: Of 2nd squad. Compared to Campbell and Paige, he gets the least characterization and acts mostly as a Satellite Character to Paige in the few lines he has.
- Only Friend: He's the only member of the squad who gets along with Paige.
- The Quiet One: He rarely ever speaks in cutscenes, and only does when it's about Paige. When Paige bites it, he stops speaking altogether.
Private James RoselliA new member of Second squad who joined just before Operation Market Garden.
- 11th-Hour Ranger: He doesn't come under Baker's command until the final level.
- The Generic Guy: Among Red's squad in Hell's Highway, he receives the least focus and characterization.
- New Meat: Notable in that he's the only replacement to join Second Squad.
- Out of Focus: For most of the game, due to being part of Second Squad and doing missions alongside Red.
- Satellite Character: He's mostly just there to assist Paddock, as well as Connor and Jasper on occasion. As such, he is never seen without any of them.
- Token Minority: The only Italian-American member of Hartsock's squad.
First Sergeant Greg "Mac" Hassay
A 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.
- Demoted to Extra: He has only three major appearances in Earned in Blood and around four in Hell's Highway, compared to his appearance in every other level of Road to Hill 30.
- "Open!" Says Me: He kicks open the side gate of a house that he, Baker and Leggett have to sneak around.
- Rank Up: He's promoted to First Sergeant just before Operation Market-Garden.
- Secret Keeper: He serves as this to Baker when it comes to the reasons for Allen and Garnett's deaths.
- Sergeant Rock: He's the type who leads in a no-nonsense sort of way. Demonstrated when he tells Allen and Garnett to stop arguing with Leggett over superheroes.
- So Proud of You: He tells 3rd squad this as part of a Rousing Speech during Red's promotion ceremony.
A Medic from the 502nd, responsible for tending wounded paratroopers from Baker's squad.
- Bearer of Bad News: He's the one who tells Baker about Red's Career-Ending Injury, but asks Baker to tell it to him in his stead, so that the recipient doesn't have a breakdown.
- Chekhov's Gunman: He's shown in a background role in "The First Bad News" sitting next to Lt. Col. Cole's body, and it isn't until much later in the game that he becomes important again when Baker comes to him because of Red and Corrion getting badly wounded just a day apart.
- The Medic: His role, though unlike most examples in similar works he stays behind friendly lines rather than journey with Baker's squad.
- Mildly Military: Compared to the other Paratroopers shown, he doesn't wear the jacket that other Paratroopers of the 101st wear.
- Non-Action Guy: Despite being a medic, he treats his patients behind the frontlines, rather than in the heat of combat.
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.
- Back for the Dead: In Hell's Highway.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he is killed by a German sniper.
- Colonel Badass: He leads a bayonet charge against a well defended enemy position and succeeds.
- Demoted to Extra: Goes from a supporting role in Road to Hill 30 to a brief cameo in Earned in Blood, to appearing in one level of Hell's Highway.
- Historical-Domain Character: One of the real-life members of the 101st depicted in all three games.
- Killed Offscreen: We only see his body. Subverted when a flashback immediately follows said scene showing the exact circumstances of his death.
- Shoot Everything That Moves: His advice to his men is if something moves shoot it and if it screams in German shoot it again.
Lieutenant Colonel Patrick CassidyAnother real life paratrooper, who serves as one of the 502nd's battalion commanders. On occasion, he assigns Hartsock and his squad missions, usually patrols deep behind enemy lines.
- Big Damn Heroes: He and a squad of Paratroopers save Red and his own squad from a German armored attack late in "Hedgerow Hell".
- Non-Action Guy: Unlike Cole, he prefers to lead from the rear, and prefers directing his troops from his command post. He does, however, fight directly when necessary, such as providing relief for Red's squad.
- Historical-Domain Character: Like Cole, he's one of several real-life 101st members to be depicted. However, he's only depicted in Earned in Blood.
Colonel Howard JohnsonYet another real life paratrooper, and commander of the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment. Hartsock, along with the combined might of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd squads, are assigned to help reinforce his beleaguered position.
- Colonel Badass: He leads from the front, and at one point helps Hartsock fend off a German attack.
- Historical-Domain Character: Like Cole and Cassidy, he's one of several real-life 101st members depicted. Like Cassidy, however, he only appears in Earned in Blood.
Colonel Robert Sink
Sergeant George Risner
- Big Damn Heroes: Saves Baker and 3rd squad from a German ambush in his introductory level.
- The Cameo: Has a brief one in Hell's Highway during one of Baker's flashbacks.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Rather than bail out of his tank and run for cover when it's knocked out, he covers Baker from a German infantry assault and dies in the process.
- Sacrificial Lion: The first major character to die in the story when he is killed in an ambush near St. Come Du Mont, along with the rest of his crew.
- Tank Goodness: He commands an M5 Stuart tank.
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.
- Chunky Salsa Rule: Invoked dramatically when he dies. The point-blank shot from the tank reduces him to a pink mist in the air and a red smear on the ground.
- Famous Last Words: "We really should stop meeting like this, Red![...]Alright! Well who's going left this time?"
- 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: He gets hit directly by a tank shell, which causes his body to disintegrate instantly (see Chunky Salsa Rule above). The only thing left of him aside from his Thompson is his unit patch.
- Rank Up: Like Red, he gets promoted from Corporal to Sergeant in-between "Three Patrol Action" and "Baupte".
Col. S.L.A. MarshallA US Army combat historian, and one of the few Real Life characters depicted.
- Colonel Badass: Averted. Unlike the other Colonels in the series, he's the only one in a decidedly non-action role.
- Historical-Domain Character: Like Cole, Johnson, Cassidy, and Sink, he's a real individual. Unlike them, he only appears in missions set behind the front.
- Mr. Exposition: His role in Earned in Blood is to help Hartsock recall his combat experiences from D-Day to St. Sauveur.
- Non-Action Guy: He is never shown wielding a weapon, much less seen in the thick of the action.
Tank Commander Redwood
Tank Commander Dickenson
Conscripts composed of prisoners captured on the Eastern Front by the German Army. They are distinguished by their grey caps.
- Anti-Air: One of two types of German troops to use them. In Road to Hill 30 and Earned in Blood, they're shown to be using 20mm Flakvierling guns on American planes.
- Cannon Fodder: Their purpose, aside from being auxiliaries. As stated in the Concept Art Gallery, their quality was so bad, that their commanders were ordered to shoot them if they tried to run away from battle.
- Schizo Tech: They may have access to automatic weapons like the MG-42 and the MP-40, but they're also the only German troops to still rely on horse-drawn carriages for transport, as shown in Earned in Blood. In contrast, the Infanterie have motorized half-tracks to back them up.
- Weapon of Choice: The vast majority of their troops use the standard Kar 98 rifle, while their sergeants seldom use the MP 40.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: They're completely absent in Hell's Highway. Historically, the original Infantry Divisions composed of these troops were wiped out during the Battle of Cherbourg later in the Normandy campaign.
Regular German infantry, and the mainstay of the German Army. The most commonly encountered German units in the game. They are distinguished by their grey helmets, a sign that they're far better trained and equipped than the Osttruppen.
- Anti-Air: One of two German troop types to use the 20mm Flakvierling. In Hell's Highway, they also add the 88mm in the anti-aircraft role to their list.
- Anti-Armor: They're the first German infantry units shown to be using the Panzerfaust, as well as anti-tank guns of different calibers. In Hell's Highway, they're also the first German infantry shown using the Panzerschreck, which they deploy in teams of three.
- Anti-Infantry: They make heavy use of the MG-42 machine gun in all three games. In addition, they also use the 88mm gun in this role for most of Earned in Blood and Hell's Highway.
- Awesome Personnel Carrier: Their mechanized units use the Sdkfz 251 half-track, which, in addition to helping deploy troops quickly, can also double as a mobile machine gun platform.
- Elite Mooks: Their mechanized units in Earned in Blood definitely count, as they access to STG-44 assault rifles and Half-tracks.
- Mook Mobile: Their half-tracks in Earned in Blood, which double as armored mooks.
- Rare Guns: A mechanized unit of them carry STG 44s late in Earned in Blood.
- Weapon of Choice: Of the German infantry units featured in all 3 games, theirs varies the most, depending on what unit they're assigned to.
- Regular squads are armed mostly with Kar 98 rifles, with only their sergeants using MP 40s.
- Anti-tank squads are distinguished by having a far larger number of MP 40s, as well as access to the Panzerfaust anti-tank rocket. In Hell's Highway they instead use the Panzerschreck in teams of three, with one using the launcher and the other two armed with MP 40s.
- Assault teams, similar to anti-tank squads, have MP 40s, but now use them exclusively rather than with the Kar 98.
- Their motorized units, as mentioned above, prefer the STG-44 assault rifle.
German Paratroopers, who are better equipped than the regular Heer units. Like American Paratroopers, they are all volunteers, and are equipped with specialized weapons. They are distinguished by their unique helmets, as well as their camouflaged uniforms.
- Cold Sniper: A number of them carry Kar 98 sniper rifles in both Road to Hill 30 and Earned in Blood.
- Demoted to Extra: Compared to their numerous appearances in the first two games, they only appear in the final level of Hell's Highway.
- Elite Mooks: One of two. Compared to the Heer Infantry, they're armed with more automatic weapons, have snipers amongst their cadre, and have overall better access to anti-tank weapons and better tank support.
- Evil Counterpart: To the American Paratroopers.
- More Dakka: Like the Panzergrenadiers, they carry a large number of automatic weapons, in this case, the FG-42 automatic rifle.
- Rare Guns: They're the first German unit in Road to Hill 30 to use the STG 44 assault rifle, and are the only troops to use the FG-42 rifle in Earned in Blood.
- Weapon of Choice: Like the Infanterie, they make use of a huge variety of weapons. However, the most unique and exclusive of these weapons in the FG-42 automatic rifle, which the vast majority of their troops field by Earned in Blood.
Elite mechanized soldiers of the Waffen-SS. They are often seen accompanying tanks and other armored vehicles, and are notorious for carrying extra firepower with them. In Road to Hill 30 and Earned in Blood, they come from the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division, while in Hell's Highway, the ones encountered are from the 10th SS Panzer Division.
- Cold Sniper: Their snipers in Hell's Highway, which carry Gewehr 43 sniper rifles in place of the Kar 98 used by the Fallschirmjager.
- Elite Mooks: One of two, alongside the Fallschirmjager. Like the German Paratroopers, they carry a far larger number of automatic weapons than the regular German Infantry. This time, however, they also have the luxury of being accompanied by tanks far more often.
- Informed Ability: The Concept Art Gallery of Road to Hill 30 mentions that they're usually assigned to attack alongside German half-tracks. Not only do they not exhibit this in that game, but when Earned in Blood does introduce the German half-tracks, they're seen used instead by the Infanterie, with nary a Panzergrenadier seen working alongside a half-track.
- More Dakka: They prefer wielding STG 44 assault rifles and MP 40 Submachine-guns. And unlike the other German units here, they can equip all of their soldiers with either of these weapons. This even applies to their snipers, who use the semi-automatic Gewehr 43 sniper rifle instead of the Kar 98.
- Rare Guns: The're the soldiers that rely the most on the STG-44 assault rifles, as well as the Gewehr 43 sniper rifle in Hell's Highway. Justified, since the weapon was often handed out to mechanized and/or elite units like them.
- Tank Goodness: When these troops are the ones you fight against, almost always expect a Panzer or two to accompany them into battle.
- Weapon of Choice: As stated above, they prefer automatic weapons like the STG-44 and MP 40. In terms of rifles, they prefer the semi-automatic Gewehr 43.
A German artillery officer at Son, whose guns Col. Sink orders to be taken out in order to capture the town's vital bridge.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Subverted. When confronted by Baker or his squad, he goes down as easily as his subordinates in one or two hits.
- Killed Off for Real: He dies when either Baker or one of his squad members riddle him with bullets during his and his men's Last Stand.
- Last Stand: He, his 88mm artillery crew, and a few machine-gun teams do this during the final part of "Five-Oh Sink", defending the other side of Son from the combined assault of Red's and Baker's squads.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Unlike all other German soldiers that appear throughout Hell's Highway, he's the only high-ranking officer shown, and the only one shown wearing a Commissar Cap and goggles.
- Silent Antagonist: He never utters a line in his two appearances, which serves to establish his status as a cold and amoral soldier.
- Weapon of Choice: He uses an MP 40 during his and his men's Last Stand.