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The Axis or the Axis Powers is a playable faction in Company of Heroes and fought during World War II.

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In Company of Heroes, the Axis include military elements of Nazi Germany, such as the Wehrmacht, Wehrmacht Ostheer and Panzer Elite. The Axis faction, as a general rule, is much more expensive to maintain than the Allied faction, and often field far fewer units. However, they make up for it with superior firepower, technology and the best armor units in the game. Wehrmacht forces are essentially quality-oriented, focusing on smaller, more efficient squads to get the job done, such as Grenadiers. The Axis Pioneer Squads function as multipurpose engineers, capable of constructing base defenses and production buildings, as well as the all-important Kampfkraft Center. Axis armored assault vehicles (or Panzers) are slower and less mobile than their Allied counterparts, but employ superior firepower and heavier armor to hold their own in battle. Axis commanders can gain the upper hand in battle through the use of three doctrines, which can allow them to deploy superior units, such as Stormtroopers, Tiger tanks, and the superheavy King Tiger tanks. These three doctrines are the Defensive Doctrine, Blitzkrieg Doctrine and Terror Doctrine.

The Company of Heroes update Opposing Fronts saw the addition of the Panzer Elite faction to the Axis. Unlike the Wehrmacht, the Panzer Elite are a highly-mobile, naturally "blitz" force, emphasizing speed, mobility and vicious assaults to overwhelm the enemy. Panzer Elite utilizes vehicles such as open-top half-tracks to carry infantry and reinforce the front, which fight along their fast-moving Panzers, which are designed to hit hard and at speed. Their Panzer units are similar to that of the Wehrmacht, but they are more mobile, have better speed, and are able to lock down to increase the accuracy and firing rate of their main guns. The Panzer Elite have three "tactics," similar to the Wehrmacht's doctrines, and they are: Scorched Earth Tactics, Luftwaffe Tactics and Tank Destroyer Tactics.


The Axis Powers or the Axis alliance, Axis nations, Axis countries or Axis were those countries opposed to the Allies during World War II. The three major Axis powers, Nazi Germany, Italy, and Japan were part of a military alliance on the signing of the Tripartite Pact on September 1940, which officially founded the Axis powers. At their zenith, the Axis powers ruled empires that dominated large parts of Europe, Africa, East and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean, but World War II ended with their total defeat. Like the Allies, membership of the Axis was fluid, and some nations entered and later left the Axis during the course of the war.