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Steel Division: Normandy 44’s EXCLUSIVE ACES

Two weeks to go before the official release of Steel Division: Normandy 44! Our Pre-Order Beta is still going on and tomorrow on Twitch we will reveal a new map and two new divisions that will be made available next Wednesday. Today we will present every single Ace you can get in our game and, more importantly, remind you how to get them.

Take control of the best of the best

The Aces, the greatest soldiers of each country during WW2, are the first ones on the battlefield in Steel Division: Normandy 44. They replace only the first same type “regular” unit you call during the battle, bringing with them cosmetic changes, with their customized gears and vehicles. Of course, they only appear once during the battle, so they must be protected! Each one of them has a new skin model, but also an in-game description that, in a way, honors them: we used their real name, a unique photography, and laurels in the panel info that make them impossible to miss. You can use the Aces either in skirmish or multiplayer. We didn’t want to make our game unfair for those who do not have access to these elite heroes, so their stats remain the same that their comrades’ stats. However, fighting with an Ace always gives you a special feeling: being part of History and making the difference as they did during their time.

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Pierre Clostermann


With 33 confirmed victories, Pierre Clostermann earned the title of “Premier Chasseur de France” (France’s First Fighter). He was 16 old when he first started flying and was an aeronautical engineer and professional pilot at 20. Studying in the USA when war broke in France, he was back in Europe in late 1940 to enlist with the FAFL (Free French Air Force). He served with both FAFL’s “Alsace” Squadron and RAF’s 602 Squadron. It is as part of the latter one, with which he served on D-Day, that he is depicted here.

Getting Pierre Clostermann in its Spitfire couldn’t be easier: all you have to do is sign up to Paradox’s newsletter on the official Steel Division: Normandy 44 website BEFORE THE RELEASE.

Clostermann's SpitfireClostermann’s Spitfire Mk.IX

Two exclusive Pre-Order Aces

Every player who pre-orders our game gets the chance to participate in our Pre-Order Beta (join it now if you missed it!), but that’s not all, as they will also receive two exclusive aces at release.

Francis S. ‘Gabby’ Gabreski

Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Ace Gabreski P47D Thunderbolt

With 28 confirmed kills against the Luftwaffe, Francis S. ‘Gabby’ Gabreski was the USA’s top ace on the European theater of operation in WW2, even though he was shot down and captured on July 20th, 1944, the very day he was supposed to fly back to the USA to get married. But his legend didn’t stop there: after WW2, ‘Gabby’ flew during the Korean War. Adding 6 more kills, he thus joined the very restricted circle of pilots who became an ace in two different wars.

Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Gabreski AceGabreski’s P-47

Michael Wittmann

Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Ace Wittman

Michael Wittmann is without a doubt the most famous Tiger ace of WW2. A veteran of all the Leibstandarte SS ‘Adolf Hitler’ division’s campaigns, he is best known for his ambush at Villers-Bocage, on June 13th, 1944. Upon arriving in Normandy, while his company was still gathering, he went scouting ahead with his sole Tiger and found that the spearhead of the British 7th Armoured Division was already deploying out of Villers-Bocage. With no time to assemble his men, Wittmann attacked alone at first and went back up the same road used by the 7th AD, blasting every tank and vehicles he passed by. Later joined by the rest of his men, as well as other elements, they inflicted heavy losses on the famous ‘Desert Rats’. Wittmann was to be killed one month later.

Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Wittman Ace Wittmann’s Tiger E

The Deluxe Edition, the most generous!

Finally, the ones who opt for Steel Division: Normandy 44‘s Collector Edition will be rewarded with six unique aces that will enrich their games.

Ernst Barkmann

Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Ace Barkmann Panther A

Ernst Barkmann, a Panzer ace serving with 2. SS-Panzerdivision, is best remembered for his action at what will later be called “Barkmann’s Corner”, in Normandy. It is claimed (yet challenged nowadays) that on July 27th, near Le Lorey, Barkmann’s Panther held a crossroad against an American armored column forcing the Americans to maneuver around it and, in last resort, calling air support on it. Scarred and shot up, with several crew members wounded, Barkmann’s Panther nonetheless managed to escape, not without delaying the Americans for several hours and destroying about 10 vehicles.

Steel Division: Normandy 44 Barkmann AceBarkmann’s Panther A

Joseph ‘Pips’ Priller

Steel Division: Normandy 44 Ace Priller Fw 190 A8

Joseph ‘Pips’ Priller was a Luftwaffe fighter ace credited with 101 victories for all WW2. But what sets him apart from the other flying aces in an air force which counted so many is that ‘Pips’ was one of the very few German fighter pilots to fly over the landing beaches on D-Day and attack the allied assault troops. He was made famous by the book & movie “The Longest Day”, which depicts this episode.

Steel Division: Normandy 44 Priller AcePriller’s FW 190 A8

Richard D. ‘Dick’ Winters

Steel Division: Normandy 44- Ace Winters

Richard D. ‘Dick’ Winters started the war as a young lieutenant and ended it as a decorated major. All through the war, he held more or less direct command of the famous 101st Airborne Division’s 506th PIR’s Easy Company, made famous be the TV show “Band of Brothers”. With it, he made the division’s two combat jumps (Normandy & Netherlands), survived through the siege of Bastogne and went on invading Germany, ending the war in Hitler’s own Berchtesgaden house.

Steel Division: Normandy 44 Winters AceWinter’s AB Leader Squad

Wilfred Harris

Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Ace Harris Firefly

A sergeant in the British 4th/7th Royal Dragoon Guards, Wilfred Harris was at war since 1939 and a survivor of Dunkirk in 1940. Commander of a Sherman Firefly during the campaign in Normandy, Harris made History on June 14th, 1944, by destroying four Panthers and disabling another one in a single day, with only five shots.

Steel Division: Normandy 44 Harris AceHarris’ Firefly

Leo Major

Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Ace Leo Major

One-eyed Canadian sniper-scout Leo Major is the stuff of legend, a one-man-army. In the course of a single year, from D-Day to the end of the war, he single-handedly captured command vehicles with radio codes, wiped out SS ambush and even a tank, made a hundred prisoners in one patrol, … If that wasn’t enough, he liberated the Dutch city of Zwolle in one night, wreaking such havoc all by himself that the garrison commander thought he was under attack by a much larger force and evacuated the city!

Steel Division: Normandy 44 Leo Major AceLeo Major’s Sniper Scouts team

Kurt Knispel

Steel Division: Normandy 44 - Ace Knispel

Kurt Knispel, although much less famous than Michael Wittmann or other nazi propaganda darlings, is probably the greatest Panzer ace in History. With 168 confirmed kills, which could rise up to 195 with unconfirmed ones or which he willingly left comrades to take credit for, he was a quite unusual German tank commander. Sporting long hairs, a goatee and a custom-made retrimmed uniform, and known to have assaulted an officer for mistreating Russian POWs, he was definitively not the nazi poster boy.

Steel Division: Normandy 44 Knispel AceKnispel’s Königstiger (P)

Now, you know what to do to fight with the very best. Which one is your favorite? Beside which Ace will you stand when the D-Day will come? Your call!



  • Sam
    May 10, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    It’s a shame you can’t upgrade from normal pre-order to the deluxe 🙁 I’d love to get those other aces.

    • Richard
      May 10, 2017 at 7:37 pm

      You could refund the game and purchase the deluxe edition.

      • Sam
        May 11, 2017 at 7:53 pm

        No you can’t. Only with 2 hours or less game play. Which I have over haha

        • Specter
          May 12, 2017 at 1:00 am

          Actually you can as it hasnt be released yet. Any preorder you can cancel at any time.

          • Sam
            May 16, 2017 at 5:51 pm

            You are correct, my apologies. Steam were actually very helpful and I got my money refunded within about 30mins of putting in the request. Also yes Rob, stats stay on profile.

      • robB
        May 12, 2017 at 4:17 pm

        stats etc. stay in profile?

  • Superwutz
    May 10, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    No Rudel? Sad

    • [EUG]MadMat
      May 10, 2017 at 6:41 pm

      He didn’t serve in Normandy.
      We have only selected aces whom had fought in this campaign.

      • Superwutz
        May 10, 2017 at 7:17 pm

        Well that actually makes sense.
        We will probably see him in the next part then?
        Steel Division : Kursk 1943..?

        • Furman
          May 10, 2017 at 7:48 pm

          I honestly would like to see a further expansion upon other operations conducted in the west either as a DLC or a part of broader new game (like Wargame which evolved from basic units to more and more in depth game through the trilogy)

  • Spawnfarkal
    May 10, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    “so their stats remain the same that their comrades’ ”

    That’s a little less for additional 20 Bucks… *disappointed*

    Even though I like the point of not p2w! 🙂

  • steelers708
    May 10, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    What’s your source for Knispel being in Turret Number 101 in Normandy?

    • Rot 6
      May 15, 2017 at 12:18 am

      Sooo Knispel seemed like a decent human being and the blog made me read up on his wiki. He was only on the Ostfront and died in a KT. Having him as the ace for KT’s is understandable in terms of him being decent and historical significant with his kills. But either they just confirmed plans for Steel Division 45 Ostfront expansion, the blogpost forgot to mention that aces from all fronts were considered “as-if-present” in normandy, or they straight up dont care for historical accuracy when it comes to skins/marketing value.

      • [EUG]MadMat
        May 15, 2017 at 9:57 am

        He was with s.Panzer-Abteilung 503 which fought near Caen in Normandy.

  • Hauggy
    May 10, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Will those who got the pre-order without deluxe will be able to upgrade post release?
    I feel like I did a mistake not taking the deluxe :/

  • Mal
    May 11, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Pretty much all your information on Michael Wittmann is incorrect. He was not alone he was with four other Tigers and a PnzIV and it was the 4th Army he fought, not the 7th.

    • [EUG]MadMat
      May 11, 2017 at 9:17 am

      It is explicitly said that he was joined up by his other tanks. As for his opponents, they were (as correctly written) from 7TH ARMOURED DIVISION, nowhere are we referring to 7TH ARMY in our text.

      • Mal
        May 11, 2017 at 1:16 pm

        Sorry that was a typo, I of course meant the 4th Armoured Brigade not the 4th army, which didn’t exist.
        Actually you know what no, I’m getting my whiteboard out you people have had this coming for a long time.

        Though Wikipedia claims elements of the 7th Armoured were at Villers-Bocage, this is half true.
        It has been suggested they were in fact the 4th armoured, which has a similar Logo but they were no-one near at the time. But other elements of different British units were attached to the 7th.
        Evidence for this theory is that the 7th Armoured was intensely proud of their logo, so much so that when the Division was to be joined up under the 1st Armoured they supposedly “beat up” the man who was sent to re-paint the logo’s on the tanks.
        In any of the photographs taken by the German Propaganda reels post-battle none of the tanks show the infamous “desert rat” logo.
        There is one exception to this which is a Sherman, we’ll get to that in a moment.
        Three Cromwells are Photographed.
        None of which bear the 7th Logo, in fact a jacket seems to have been placed over one tank, covering the place where the division logo would have been.
        Only one Tank is shown bearing the 7th’s logo, this Sherman.
        This is supposedly Lockwoods Firefly which ,as the story goes, hit Wittmann twice but had both rounds bounce, unable to see because of the smoke generated by the gun he rolled forward but the mighty 8,8mm gun of the Tiger roared once as the Sherman was no-more.
        This is in fact a Sherman OP, it has a wooden dummy gun to make room for extra radio’s.
        In fact the first German propaganda reels claim it to be a command tank with a dummy gun, but a second shot shown from Wittmanns supposed location later claims it to have been a Firefly.
        You can very clearly tell this is the same tank.
        A Firefly shot from that distance would have split Wittmann’s Tiger in half regardless of where it hit.

        Out of the 21 kills claimed by Wittmann, those photographed that were part of the 7th had already left the town, they were engaged further ahead by emplaced AT guns and other unspecified German “units”.
        These Cromwells bare the logo of the 7th, it is very clearly shown in stark contrast to the others destroyed in town.
        These tanks were never destroyed or engaged by Wittmann but he was given credit for a very special reason.

        The Germans took every opportunity to promote the idea their tanks were superior the Myth of Wittman was in truth an answer to the growing number of Tank Aces emerging from the Wehrmacht.
        The SS was supposed to represent the very elite of the German fighting machine, the idea that the regular German Army outperformed them was too embarrassing so it became common to artificially create “Tank Aces” by attributing the kills of the entire squad to one individual or by inflating kill scores by counting Trucks and AT guns as ‘Tank’ kills.

        Second to your text.
        At no point did Wittmann scout “alone”. That would involve him having to return to Villers-Bocage which he never did.
        He made one trip and it was not alone, he attacked with four other Tigers from his unit and one PnzIV, which was there presumably for the lol’s.
        The simple account of what happened proves this. Wittmann supposedly hurtles down the road and attacks a convoy of at least 4 Sherman tanks, one of which is a firefly.
        Though this account changes depending on which source you look at, we’re going to assume it was Two Cromwells, a Stuart and a Firefly, since this is what the Photographs show.

        Now Wittmann’s crew were good, but at best an experienced 88mm crew could fire 7-8 rounds per minute.
        Inside the confines of a Tank, moving the heavy shells reduces this to around 4-6 rounds per minute.
        There is no physical way that Wittmann could have taken out all four Tanks without any of them firing back or the convoy they were escorting from scattering and seeking cover.
        There were all neatly in a line with the turrets aimed in opposing directions, suggesting they were under attack from multiple targets at multiple angles.
        In fact when it comes to the Firefly one photograph:
        Shows the gun facing towards town while the second Photograph
        Shows it further up the road and facing to the right.
        It has been suggested that the fire “firefly” is in fact a Captured Sherman dressed up to look like a Firefly, rumour has been that Propaganda Company had their own small Division of captured Allied tanks that they would position and take photographs of with lots of smiling German soldiers around them.
        It’s probably more likely a different tank.

        The “second attack” story was supported by Eric Lefèvre in his book Panzers in Normandy Then and Now, which provided a detailed – if erroneous – overview of Wittmann’s attempted assault against Bill Cotton’s “B” Squadron 4CLY. With little additional evidence to back up this claim, Lefèvre also describes one of Möbius’s 1. Kompanie Tigers left disabled in the centre of town as Wittmann’s

        Wittmann of course never did make a second charge into the town, having escaped on foot after his first assault and leaving his disabled vehicle outside the Huet-Godefroy store.

        The suggesting being that all other Tigers shown in the Photographs where part of Mobius 1.
        This would make sense but identifying these tanks is largely impossible since the identifying marks would have been on the left side of the Turret.
        It has been suggested that the Tiger outside the Huet-Godefroy store was not Wittmann’s Tiger as it’s position and facing makes no sense.
        Another Tiger further up at the Junction has damage on the left side, making a positive identification impossible, it is however most defiantly not part of Mobius 1.

        This Tiger was taken out by Rockwoods Firefly. It has been suggested that when Wittmann was interviewed he changed his story to suggest hit tank was taken out by the 6 pounder at super close range and not the Firefly as the existence of the Firefly was causing something of a panic in the German lines.

        Mobius attacked the British position not long after Wittmann but the British were now prepared and the attack failed.
        The British then left, since their sneak flank attack was now pointless. The next day more Germans arrived, unopposed.
        Two days Later Wittmann walked into town and made his broadcast claiming he had personally destroyed 21 armoured vehicles.
        Add to that 60 years of badly written books with questionable sources, books taking those books as sources, Wikipedia taking those books as sources and the unholy god of Historical Bull that is the History channel, give or take some Wehraboo nonsense and the Myth of this creation of propaganda still exists, still persists and probably will long after I am dead.

        • Mal
          May 13, 2017 at 8:11 pm

          Sorry about the Text-wall, I have finally become one of them, one of the neck-beards.
          There is no hiding my shame.

        • pz
          May 23, 2017 at 9:30 pm

          “the mighty 8,8mm gun of the Tiger” ? You mean 8,8cm (88mm) gun.

  • General P.I.T.A
    May 11, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Just refund and purchase the deluxe edition, no need to download and reinstall. Beta has the same version for basic and deluxe, so do it before release. Took me five minutes.

  • Snitchtongue
    May 11, 2017 at 9:27 am

    No Abrams and his thunderbolt? Shame….

  • jurriaan nitters
    May 12, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    you can buy the aces as a dlc i bet ya later

  • Flyingnederlander
    May 17, 2017 at 9:32 am

    Will Steel Division also be out for mac? I love WG:RD, and I hope this’ll be out for mac.

  • ThraceTW
    May 19, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Heinrich Severloh

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