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The Commander (German: Kommandant) is a high-ranking officer of the Nazi military that B. J. Blazkowicz encounters several variants of them throughout his adventures in Wolfenstein: The New Order and The Old Blood.

OverviewEdit

Commanders are easily spotted thanks to their peaked cap, lack of protective gear, the formality of their uniform and the radio chatter emanating from their glowing red headset which they use to summon reinforcements in the event of a shootout. They commonly serve as coordinating officers of other units on the field rather than actual fighters, and as a result tend to hang back and let their subordinates take care of the player instead of actually fighting. Their only line of defense is a handgun.

The presence of Commanders often means a stealth section is right up ahead where their (preferably silent) elimination is key to avoiding a drawn-out firefight. As they don't have a lot of health, a single Throwing Knife or suppressed Handgun shot is usually enough.

Unlike regular Soldiers, if a Commander detects the player, all of the other officers in the area will sound an alarm, though he can be silenced before he can do so if one reacts quick enough. Commanders are usually found working in pairs.

VariantsEdit

Commander 1946

Commander 1946

The Nazi commanders in General Deathshead's regiment are pencil pushers with a sadistic streak. They would rather avoid getting in the line of fire, but are forced into action in order to get a promotion from their general. The radio headset attached to their peaked caps allow them to call for backup. Best way to deal with commanders it to take them out silently, before they sound the alarm.

The 1946 variant is only encountered in The Old Blood and the prologue level of The New Order before being replaced by their 1960 counterparts.

Commander 1960

Commander 1960

Even though their combat skills may be limited, Nazi commanders are essential for coordinating tactical reinforcements. Through their communication headset they can radio for reinforcements and will continue to do so until they're dead.

Commander 1960s are encountered throughout the game after the completion of the prologue.

Air Force Commander

Air Force Commander

Commanders in the Nazi Air Force are often cowardly paper-pushers who got promoted because they had the right connections. They carry hand guns and try to stay behind the other soldiers as much as they can. The radio headset attached to their peaked caps allow them to call for backup. Best way to deal with Air Force commanders is to take them out silently, before they sound the alarm.

Air Force Commanders are rare finds in the campaign. Only four of them are encountered throughout The New Order at the end of the first London Nautica level and the start of the revisit a few minutes before combating the London Monitor.

Captain

Captain

U-boat captains of the Reich are tough as nails war veterans who would rather go down with their ship than surrender to the enemy. U-boat captains, during their training, are sent up to the lunar base to be taught the code for their vessel's nuclear shells, and they memorize this code to prevent hostiles from taking control of those warheads. Only one captain is fought in the game, and despite his headset, he does not use it.

The Captain is encountered at the end of the U-boat level.

This variant of the commander is seen on the Lunar Base, only. They use the unique Lunar handgun, which has a permanently attached silencer.

TriviaEdit

  • There is a Commander positioned in a hidden area during the prologue. After sneaking through a painting you will come upon a room with this Commander talking to Deathshead via phone. If you stay there and listen, the Commander will start talking about his family and his wife's pregnancy. He then suddenly panics after this, and begins to assure Deathshead that everything is under control, and that the attacking Allied troops will be dealt with.
  • The Nazi Chief of Science is presumably another Commander type in a similar vein to the Lunar variant judging by his uniform and headset, however the actual unit is not fought in the game and is only viewable in the Characters section.
    • Despite his massive build, Blazkowicz is somehow able to fit into the normally slim outfit of the Chief of Science.
  • There are no Commander models specific to the Afrika Korps or the Kriegsmarine, though the U-boat Captain can arguably be considered one for the latter. A standard Commander appears at the beginning of the level, though.

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