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Brothers in Arms DS

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Brothers in Arms DS
Release Date: 2006 (N-Gage)
2007 (DS)
Developer: Gameloft
Publisher: Ubisoft
Series: Brothers in Arms
Platforms: Nokia N-Gage
Genre: Third-person shooter

Brothers in Arms DS is a portable spin-off in the Brothers in Arms series, taking more of an arcade-y regenerating health cover shooter approach to gameplay.

The game was originally released for the Nokia N-Gage as Brothers in Arms: Earned in Blood 3D, it was then ported to the DS and then to IOS as Brothers in Arms: Hour of Heroes, each version receiving improvements, with the DS version adding new levels and a slightly improved graphics, with Hour of Heroes not adding any new levels but improving the graphics further.

This article is based on the DS version since it added new content as well as to avoid confusion with the main console entry Earned in Blood.

Unlike the rest of the series, all firearms have infinite ammunition, only explosive weaponry has limited ammunition.

The following weapons appear in the video game Brothers in Arms DS:

Colt M1911A1

The Colt M1911A1 makes it's single appearance in a piece of art for one of the Ardennes missions made for the DS version, appearing in an edited Road to Hill 30 promotional render.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The original Hill 30 Promotional render.
The in-game edit of that render.

M1A1 Thompson

The M1A1 Thompson appears with an inaccurate 32 round magazine as the player's starting weapon, the player starts every mission with it as opposed to other weapons, which are only given to the player on a per-mission basis or after beating the game.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Taking cover with the M1A1 Thompson.
The M1A1 Thompson's weapon icon.

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand can be obtained by the player in one of two versions:

The sniper version is inaccurately called "M1903 Sniper" and holds only 5 bullets.

A version with Rifle Grenades is unlocked after beating the game, it oddly uses an M1 Garand Ping sound effect for it's firing sound (the player doesn't hear the rifle be fired, just the actual ping) despite the fact the sniper version doesn't ping at all.

Both player-versions of the Garand use the same model as NPCs, with no visible scope or rifle grenades.

Most friendly US troops use this weapon and it also appears as a stand-in for the Karabiner 98k being used by German Troops, some German Troops are also equipped with M1 Garands that fire in automatic bursts, these are presumably stand-ins for the Sturmgewehr 44 or FG 42 from the mainline Brothers in Arms games.

M1 Garand - .30-06
A US soldier holds his M1 Garand.
The M1 Garand's scope.
The weapon icons for both M1 Garands.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

The M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle appears in menu art and can be used by the player after beating the game once, no NPCs use it and it somehow holds 45 bullets in a magazine.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
The BAR in-game.
The BAR in mission art.


Like in the console games, the MG42 is a relatively common sight though with much reduced damage dealt to the player. It appears the barrel is reused from the Browning M1919A4.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The MG42 in-game.
The MG42 on mission art.

Browning M1919

The Browning M1919 appears mounted on US Army Jeeps and it's weapon icon is also used for the MG42. It cannot be used directly by the player, as their gunner will automatically fire at enemies in-range when driving a Jeep/Sherman and the M10 Tank Destroyer unlocked as an alternative tank after beating the game. It being present on the M10 Tank Destroyer is inaccurate.

Browning M1919 - .30-06
Browning M1919 on a jeep.
Browning M1919 icon.

M1 Bazooka

The M1 Bazooka appears as the anti-tank weapon of the game, it is also used by Germans as a stand-in for the Panzerschreck as NPCs often refer to German troops as using Panzerschrecks. It is inaccurately called the M9A1 "Bazooka" when picked up mid-mission.

M1 Bazooka - 2.36 inch
A US soldier holds his bazooka.
The Bazooka's weapon icon.

M9A1 Bazooka

The M9A1 "Bazooka" appears on the artwork for one of the missions.

M9A1 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
The Bazooka in mission artwork.

M26 grenade

The M26 hand grenade appears as the grenade of the game, used by both US and German troops, like in the console games, the player can climb ontop of a tank and throw a grenade down the hatch to destroy it unlike the console games, NPCs will do this as well. (With this depleting a solid chunk of the player tank's health if an enemy soldier manages to climb ontop of their tank.) While likely intended to be an Mk 2 hand grenade, the icon resembles the M26

M26 HE Frag hand grenade
Throwing a grenade in-game.

8.8 cm Flak 37

The Flak 37 appears in several missions as an enemy emplacement, it can be destroyed with explosives.

A British Staff Sergeant posing with an 8.8 cm FlaK 37 with FlaK 36-style two-piece barrel in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, approx. July 1945. Note the pointer dials, the rectangular boxes on the side of the gun cradle with two circles - 88x571mm R
A Flak in-game.

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