Called automatons by the allies or AWPs (Automated Weapons Platforms) as their original German titles are names given to the combat walker type units of the Empire of the 4th Reich. They come in various sizes and shapes and can be regarded as a completely different branch of organization, separate from the German army, navy or its air force. These machines are very complex and difficult to construct, and some of them are even regarded as war relics, going back to the beginning years of this long war. They are quite mysterious machines and are high on the list of priorities to seize after the battle because of their high technological value.
They are bulky and big. Some of the smallest of them are less than 6 meters tall. Their various classes support different types of modular weaponry, from light auto cannons to the heaviest anti tank and siege weapons. They are living sentient weapons of war and are not piloted by any other bots. Having a great deal of the emotional parts of their electronic brain removed makes them fearless killing machines that have no knowledge of remorse or retreat. They cannot speak our language but have their own type of machine language, enabling them to communicate among themselves even in the thick of battle. Their language consists of a lot of mechanical noises and general racket that would be incomprehensible to our ears. Although they can understand our language, Kragen’s troops usually use special radio devices to communicate with them over long distances. They know no emotion, might that be fear, regret, pity, happiness or sadness. They are extremely persistent and once given an order they, will stop at nothing and rather die trying, if the task is impossible, than retreat. They have no sense of self-preservation and, if told, they will blindly charge into battle even under the heaviest of enemy fire. They will do anything they are told if commanded by a general or commander. Other of Kragen’s troops dislike these gigantic metal husks as they have no free will, just blind obedience in killing the enemy. That gives them a frightening appearance even to their own troops.
The only factory able to produce them, and does so at a very slow pace, is believed to be located in the suburbs of Berlin, in an underground complex, but that is not proven.