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Soldiers: Heroes of World War II

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Soldiers: Heroes of World War 2
Release Date: 2004
Developer: Best Way
Publisher: Codemasters
Series: Men of War
Platforms: PC
Genre: Real-Time Strategy

Silent Heroes: Elite Troops of World War II (2006)

Soldiers: Heroes of World War II is a 2004 real-time strategy video game by Ukrainian developer Best Way and is a precursor to the Men of War series, running on an early version of the GEM engine used in that series.

The game has four campaigns for the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, United States, and Germany (the British campaign notably makes use of permadeath, with the player controlling a small squad of British commandos whose inventory and surviving members carry over between missions, something not done in any other campaigns in the series).

The game received three expansions developed by Dark Fox, a Russian developer. One of these came to English-speaking markets as Silent Heroes: Elite Troops of World War II while the rest remained Russian-only. These expansions only feature the Soviet faction as a playable faction, despite the English box art for Silent Heroes depicting US troops. Some weapons also have slightly different names in Silent Heroes, often listing the weapon's real caliber despite still using the generic Pistol/Rifle/Machine Gun ammo system.

Gameplay is mostly similar to its successor, however the inventory system is much more limited and big battles are almost entirely absent, with the player only having control of a small handful of soldiers (who have increased health to compensate but are still cut down quickly if the player has poor tactics). The famous MoW series staple, the editor, must be downloaded separately from the game.

The game also makes an odd arcadey decision with weapon distribution that the first sequel, Faces of War, would continue, where submachine guns are the main weapons of all armies, with machine guns being not too far behind, and the should-be-standard bolt-action rifles being some of the rarer firearms. That said, rifles are generally far more deadly, possessing range and damage more akin to the sniper rifles of Men of War proper.

The following weapons appear in the video game Soldiers: Heroes of World War II:


Colt M1911

The original Colt M1911 appears as the US handgun. It is referred to as the "Col.45" and is one of the few handguns that gets a unique 3D model when used by a unit.

Original Colt M1911 - .45 ACP
A British commando holds a "Col.45".

Walther P38

The Walther P38 appears as the "Valter" and its 3D model is reused for several pistols.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
The "Valter" in-game.

Welrod Mark I

The Welrod Mark I appears in the British campaign as the only suppressed weapon in the game. Likely for balancing reasons, it uses rare rifle ammo instead of pistol ammo, a design choice that would oddly stick around for later Men of War games, despite future installments introducing other suppressed weapons such as the suppressed Nagant that still use pistol ammo. It takes up 1x3 slots in the inventory as opposed to the 1x2 of other handguns.

In Multiplayer, the Welrod is used by the "Scout" unit for all factions due to being the only suppressed firearm.

Welrod Mark I - 9x19mm
The "Welrod".

Nagant M1895

The Nagant M1895 appears as the secondary Russian pistol. In what is likely a mistake, RAF pilot Jeremy Carpenter carries a Nagant M1895 instead of a Smith & Wesson M1917 in the British campaign.

Nagant M1895 - 7.62x38R Nagant
A Russian soldier holds his "Nagan" and wears the cut Japanese officer's cap in his best cosplay of a Japanese officer. The in-game model reuses that of the P38.

Smith & Wesson M1917

A revolver appears as the "Web.45", but is clearly not a Webley revolver. Rather, it appears to be a Smith & Wesson M1917 and is used as the secondary sidearm of the US forces and more often by the British faction. It reuses the P38's 3D model.

Smith & Wesson M1917 (military issue with lanyard ring) - .45 ACP
The "Web.45" in-game.

Tokarev TT-33

The Tokarev TT-33 appears as the main sidearm of the Red Army.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The "TT" in-game.

Submachine Guns

M3A1 "Grease Gun"

The M3A1 "Grease Gun" appears and reuses the MP 40's in-game model. It is used by US and British troops. Oddly in multiplayer, it is only used by the British as an alternative to the Sten for certain classes (an odd choice to say the least, as the British made very limited use of the M3 during WWII) while all American submachine gun troops use the Thompson.

M3A1 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
The "M3A1" in-game. Note the actual unit uses an MP 40 while the inventory depicts an M3A1.

MP 40

As in many media depictions of the Second World War, the MP 40 appears as the most common weapon used by Germany.

MP 40 - 9x19mm
The MP 40 in-game.
German soldiers use their MP 40s in a Silent Heroes cutscene.

MP 41

The MP 41 appears as as the secondary submachine gun of the German faction.

MP41 - 9x19mm
A French Resistance member holds her captured MP41.


The PPSh-41 is the submachine gun of the Soviet faction. It is fed with 71-round drum magazines and is highly effective in hosing down groups of enemies.

PPSh-41 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
The unused Russian Medic holds her PPSh-41.
Soldiers fire their PPSH-41's into the air in a Silent Heroes cutscene as part of a funeral for a fallen comrade.

Sten Mk II

The British submachine gun of choice is the Sten Mk II. It is mistakenly referred to as the "Sten MK-I".

Sten Mk II - 9x19mm
The "Sten MK-I" in-game.

SIG Bergmann

The SIG Bergmann appears and is incorrectly named the "Type 100". It is only available in the editor and this same mistake would be repeated for Men of War, this is one of three unused Japanese weapons in the editor (and two hats) indicating a Japanese faction was cut.

SIG Bergmann - 7.63x25mm Mauser
A Russian soldier holds his Not-Type 100.

M1A1 Thompson

The M1A1 Thompson appears as the "Thom Gun" and is mainly used by the American faction, with the British making light use of it it in the campaign. While the British made use of Thompsons throughout the war, the M1928 Thompson was by far the more commonly used model.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A soldier holds his "Thom Gun".


Arisaka Type 99

A leftover from the cut Japanese faction and accessible in the original game's editor, the Arisaka Type 99 bizarrely appears used rarely by German soldiers in Silent Heroes, at least in the first mission.

Arisaka Type 99 short rifle with monopod - 7.7x58mm
Masha holds her captured, very out-of-place Arisaka Type 99.

Gewehr 43

The Gewehr 43 incorrectly appears as the "G-41" German sniper rifle.

Gewehr 43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A US soldier holds a G43 provided by an enemy sniper.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk. I

Called "EM-2" scoped and "EM-3" unscoped, the Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I is used by British riflemen. The naming convention is rather odd, considering the "EM-2" is a very different rifle from the Lee-Enfield.

Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mark I - .303 British
A British soldier holds his "EM-2", but the close-up available by disabling camera clipping in the editor shows that the model used by the unit is actually a Mosin.
A British soldier holds his "EM-3".

M1A1 Carbine

The M1A1 Carbine is used in the campaign by both British and American troops; it doesn't appear in multiplayer. It is incorrectly referred to as the "M1 carbine" in-game.

M1A1 Carbine with original L style rear sights, and side-folding stock, often referred to as the 'Paratrooper' carbine - .30 Carbine
The M1A1 Carbine in-game.

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is the main rifle of the US Faction.

M1 Garand with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
The "M1 Garand" in game. Unusually for the game, it is referred to by its full, proper name.

Mosin Nagant M1938

The Mosin Nagant M1938 is used by Soviet soldiers and its model is used for all sniper rifles and most rifles held by units. It is referred to as simply "Mosin". In the British campaign, it oddly appears used by German machine gun tower guards in Dunkirk.

Mosin Nagant M38 Carbine - 7.62x54mm R
The "Mosin" in-game

Mosin-Nagant M1891/30

A Mosin Nagant M1891/30 with an PU sniper scope is used in the introduction cutscene to Silent Heroes; it is replaced by an SVT-40 during gameplay.

Mosin Nagant 91/30 rifle with PU scope - 7.62x54mmR
The Mosin in the cutscene.

M1903A4 Springfield

The M1903A4 Sniper Rifle appears as the US Sniper Rifle.

Springfield M1903A4 Sniper Rifle - .30-06

Sturmgewehr 44

The Sturmgewehr 44 appears as the "MP-44". It oddly uses pistol ammo instead of rifle or machine gun ammo and is often used by what the editor calls "Elite SS" German units, who carry the StG-44 alongside body armor.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm


Accessible via the editor is the "Supergun", a rifle that holds 10 bullets in a magazine and fires fully automatic, it re-uses the Mosin's inventory icon but actually has a unique 3D model.

The "Supergun".


The SVT-40 appears as the Soviet sniper rifle.

Tokarev SVT-40 - 7.62x54mmR
The SVT-40 in Silent Heroes.

Machine Guns

Bren Mk. I

The Bren gun is used by the British faction as their machine gun of choice for both infantry and vehicles.

Bren Mark I - .303 caliber
A British soldier holds his Bren gun in the British campaign menu.
Robert McDouglas from the British campaign holds his Bren gun.

Degtyaryov DS-39

The Degtyaryov DS-39 appears as a mounted Russian machine gun.

Degtyaryov DS-39 - 7.62x54mm R
A "DS-39" in-game.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

The M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle appears as the main machine gun of American machine gunners, though a few under the player's command in the campaign carry the Bren instead.

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06.
The B.A.R In-game.

Browning M1919A4

The Browning M1919 appears mounted on US armored vehicles and can be detached and used by infantry.

Browning M1919A4 on an M31C pedestal mount - .30-06 Springfield
A soldier holds a M1919A4.

MG 34

The MG 34 appears mostly mounted on German vehicles but it can be detached and carried on foot.

Maschinengewehr 34 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

MG 42

The MG 42 appears as the main German infantry machine gun.

Maschinengewehr 42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser

Degtyaryov DP-27

The DP-27 appears as the Soviet machine gun. It is referred to as "DT-29", with the inventory icon depicting a Degtyaryov DT and being mounted on vehicles like the DT. The DP-27 does have a "proper" weapon entity in the editor with the correct icon and capacity, however this is never actually used, every single Soviet machine gunner carries the "DT-29" instead (even in the Silent Heroes expansion where the DP-27 is clearly featured in the opening cutscene, it turns into the "DT" as it is called once gameplay starts).

Degtyarev DP-27 - 7.62x54mm R
The editor-only Skeleton character holds his DP-27. Note the icon of a DT in the inventory, as opposed to the in-game model depicting a DP-27.
The unused proper DP-27 weapon in the editor.
Vasily fires his DP-27 in the Silent Heroes' introduction cutscene.

Nambu Type 96

The Type 96 light machine gun is the final firearm intended to be used by the cut Japanese faction and is mistakenly called the "Type 99" which later games that bring it back would repeat. It re-uses the Bren's model.

Nambu Type 96 without magazine - 6.5x50mmSR Arisaka
A Russian soldier holds a "Type 99" machine gun and wears the unused Japanese helmet.

Anti-Materiel Rifles


The PTRD-41 appears as the Soviet anti-tank rifle and their main anti-armor weapon.

PTRD-41 - 14.5x114mm
A Russian Soldier holds his PTRD-41.


The PTRS-41 is used by the Soviets. It re-uses the 3D model for the PTRD-41.

PTRS-41 - 14.5x114mm
A Russian Soldier holds his PTRS-41.

Mounted Weapons

"MTB D3" mounted weapons

The "MTB D3", as the editor calls it, torpedo boat appears oddly being used by German troops guarding Dunkirk (as the D3 is a Russian class of motor torpedo boats). It appears only in the first mission of the British campaign and one of the few vehicles to not be carried over into future games.

Condor Squad can hijack it and use its torpedoes to destroy an enemy barge as part of the first objective as well as use its two mounted guns, "twin-12mm" machine guns and a 2cm FlaK 38 gun.

The "MTB D3" boat.
A close-up of the "twin-12mm" guns. The "12mm" name may refer to the DShK machine guns the D3 carries. The model here, however, appears to be loosely based on the Browning M2 Aircraft.
2 cm FlaK 38 in single mounting - 20x138mm B
The Flak 38 mounted on the "MTB D3".


M1A1 "Bazooka"

The M1A1 "Bazooka" is used by the US and sometimes Germany in the single player (why the Germans use it when the Panzerschreck is already in the game is a mystery) and all Allied factions in multiplayer.

M1A1 Bazooka - 2.36 inch
The M1A1 "Bazooka" in-game.


The Panzerfaust is the rarer secondary German anti-tank launcher. It is held upside down.

Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
The "Panzerfaust" in-game.


The Panzerschreck is carried by German anti-tank troops.

RPzB 54 "Panzerschreck" rocket launcher - 88mm
The "Panzerschreck" in-game.


AN/M8 HC smoke grenade

What appears to be an AN/M8 HC smoke grenade appears as the "Smoke Grenade".

AN/M8 HC smoke grenade
"Smoke Grenade" in-game.

F1 hand grenade

The French F1 hand grenade appears as the Red Army grenade. It seems it was mistaken for the Russian F-1 that was actually used by the Red Army.

F1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade with Mle1935 fuse.
The "F1" in-game. The 3D Model for "small" grenades appears to be an MK 2 Grenade.
What appear to be higher detail hybrids of the French F1 Grenade (black body) and Russian F-1 Grenade (fuse) appear on the chests of US soldiers in the campaign menu for training.

M18 Smoke Grenade

The M18 smoke grenade appears as the second Smoke Grenade and wrongly creates white smoke.

M18 smoke grenade.
M18 Smoke Grenade in-game.

M61 Hand Grenade

The anachronistic M61 hand grenade (an improvement of the M26 hand grenade) appears as the grenade of the US faction. Oddly, it is used by German snipers in Silent Heroes.

M61 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
Vasily holds a M61.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate

The Model 24 Stielhandgranate appears as the main German grenade with the "M24X5 AT" Bundled Charge appearing as the main German anti-tank grenade.

Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Masher" high-explosive fragmentation hand grenade
The regular "M24".
Model 24 "Geballte Ladung" ("Bundled Charge")
The "M24X5 AT" Bundled Charge variant.

Mills Bomb

The Mills Bomb appears being used by the British faction in Multiplayer and also the American faction in single player.

No. 36M Mk. I "Mills Bomb"
The "Mk1" in-game.

Model 39 Eihandgranate

The Model 39 Eihandgranate appears as the secondary German Grenade. It is more common in the British campaign.

Model 39 Eihandgranate
The "M39" in-game.

No. 73 Mk. I hand grenade

The No. 73 Mk. I hand grenade appears as the American/British anti-tank grenade.

No. 73 MK. 1 Anti-Tank hand grenade "Thermos/Flask".
The "N74 AT" grenade in-game.


The Panzerwurfmine appears as the secondary German anti-tank grenade. An odd feature of anti-tank grenades exclusive to Soldiers is that they'll detonate automatically upon the user's death if equipped.

Panzerwurfmine Lang
The "PWM-1" in-game.


The RPG-40 anti-tank grenade appears as the main Soviet anti-armor grenade. The 3D Model for most anti-tank grenades appears to be an RPG-40.

RPG-40 anti-tank grenade
The "RPG-40" in-game.

RPG-43 Anti-tank Grenade

The RPG-43 Anti-tank Grenade appears as the secondary Soviet anti-armor grenade.

RPG-43 Anti-tank Grenade

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