1C’s latest entry in the Men of War series,
Penal battalions were formed from Russian soldiers and officers who had been charged with military crimes (from legitimate incompetence to “didn’t fancy charging into certain death”). The penal battalion represented one last chance to redeem themselves, and the possibility of dodging the death penalty. However, such squads were often used on suicide missions.
Quite what effect this will have on Men of War’s already steep difficulty will be interesting to see. The launch trailer (and a couple of screenshots) can be seen, below.