2. Panzer is an Axis Panzer division in Back to Hell. 2. Panzer is the « old breed » of the Panzerwaffe, one of the oldest and longest serving German armored division, having taken part in every campaign in Europe since 1939. One of Germany's most experienced division, it was regarded by Allied planners as one of the most dangerous single unit on the Western front.
A pompous cavalry officer always wearing his monocle, von Lüttwitz is a harsh trainer of men, shaping his command as a perfect weapon.
An excellent scholar and competitive horseman, young baron von Lüttwitz enlisted as a mere private in the Army in 1914, aged 17. By the end of the war, he was a lieutenant in the elite 1. Ulhan cavalry regiment and during the interwar, despite his fondness for horses, became a pionnier and advocate of full motorization. A well-recognized trainer of men, he was placed in charge of the 1936 Olympics' German riding team, but his failure to win the gold medal earned him several years of disgrace.
In 1941 he was posted with the 20. Panzer with which he was finally able to show his worth, quickly rising through the ranks and finally taking command of the division in late 1942. On February 1, 1944, he was appointed as commander of 2. Panzerdivision, which he relentlessly trained as he used too, while the division was refitting from its losses in Russia. Five months later, when sent to Normandy in response to the Allied invasion, the 2. Panzer was the fittest and best-trained division on the Western Front, and one of the most feared by Allied planners.
A detachment from the division, Panzeraufklärungs-Abteilung 2, appears in Caumont's Gap.
The division itself is called the "Wiener Division" due to its posting in Austria for recruitment.
2. Panzer is organized as a regular Panzer division and is foremost characterized by its large number of experienced troops. Yet it also gets a few toys of its own. For the campaign, it received as attachement a company of Borgward IV remote-controlled explosive delivery vehicles, with its accompanying StuGs, and appears to have been among the first units on the Western to be equipped with some brand new Stg44 assault rifles.
Borgward IV are remote-controlled vehicles, meaning without pilot. Ingame, they do not suffer from suppression, do not surrender, but self-destruct with their explosive loadout. Hence they are one-shot vehicle.
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