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Posted by: Eat Uranium
28.06.2015 18:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we have a couple of renders of Soviet heavy hitters. Stalin referred to artillery as "a god of modern war", and the 122mm Howitzer M1938 (M-30) and the 120mm M1943 mortar (PM-43) are certainly no lightweights.

In the early 1930's, the Red Army was still equipped with two pre First World War 122mm howitzer designs, and though these would be modernised they were still not satisfactory. There were some thoughts of switching to a 105mm piece similar to other nations, but this would have required too much new manufacture and was dropped. In 1938 there were three competing designs, the U-2, the F-25, and the ultimate winner, the M-30.

The M-30 was a very successful design, being manufactured from 1939 through to 1955. It would lend its barrel to the SU-122 self propelled gun and its carriage to the 152mm howitzer M1943. Nearly 17000 were made before the end of the war, and ours was made by Kraetzer.

The 120mm M1938 mortar was a relatively unremarkable design when compared to other mortars. The M1943 modification added only a shock absorber to the bipod mounting to lessen the effect of recoil forces. It was, however, a very successful weapon.

It was easy to move despite its weight, having a wheeled trailer that it could very quickly be attached and detached from. The HE bombs were powerful and the mortar was occasionally used for missions usually assigned to howitzers. The Germans were impressed enough to use captured weapons, and also produced their own direct copy as the 12 cm GrW 42. The M1943 was not replaced in service with the USSR until 1981, and many are still in use today. Ours was made by Fred.


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Posted by: Eat Uranium
14.06.2015 18:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are showing off something that will change on some of our oldest maps. Our Australian soldiers now have a new look.

The Second Australian Imperial Force was an all volunteer formation that was formed to fight overseas. While conscription had been introduced at the start of the war, only those who volunteered could be sent overseas. The 2nd AIF spent the first year of the war understrength and poorly equipped, but the shock provided by the Fall of France saw enough enlistment to form 3 extra divisions.

The 2nd AIF started the desert campaign wearing the woollen Service Dress uniforms, largely the same as those worn during the First World War. These were obviously not suitable for the desert summers, but served well enough during the first winter. Their most distinctive feature was the slouch hats, issued to all ranks but generally not worn in combat.

Our 2nd AIF playermodels are based on our Normandy British models made by Rad and Remdul, and have been retextured by Matt Baker.


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Posted by: Eat Uranium
31.05.2015 21:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are showing off a render of yet another vehicle that you may have seen in our Dev Stream of Pegasus Bridge. It is of course the Renault UE Chenillette.

During the 1920's the French Infantry had decided to fully mechanise their formations, however there was not enough money in the budget to fully achieve this. One things that was decided upon was the need for a small armoured vehicle capable of carrying supplies to units under fire. A number of designs were submitted, and the submission from Renault was chosen in October 1931.

Loosely based on the Carden-Loyd Mark VI, the Renault UE was capable of carrying 350 kg of supplies in its rear basket, with a further 600 kg in the UK trailer. The basket could be tilted to more easily remove supplies. The vehicle was so low that armoured hoods had to be placed on top of the crew compartment to protect their heads. Communication between the commander and the driver was accomplished with a set of coloured lights.

Following the fall of France, the Germans captured about 3000 Renault UE and used many of them unmodified as tractors for smaller artillery pieces. Amongst other modifications, about 40 were modified to carry 4 Wurfrahmen 40 rockets. These were known as Selbstfahrlafette für 28/32 cm Wurfrahmen auf Infanterie-Schlepper UE(f). The frames that held the rockets were either mounted to the sides or on a platform fixed to the basket. Our Renault UE was made by Krätzer.


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Posted by: Eat Uranium
24.05.2015 18:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are showing off some playermodels. Eagle eyed viewers may have seen them already in our recent Dev Stream of Pegasus Bridge, but for those of you who missed it, they are of course the British Airborne.

The first British airborne units were formed in 1940 at the request of Churchill, who was impressed by the success of German airborne operations in the Battle of France. The 1st Airborne Division was formed in 1941 and followed by the 6th in 1943. While the 1st Division fought in Italy and at Arhnem, it was the 6th Division that would land behind the beachheads on D-Day.

Perhaps the most visible difference between the airborne and the normal infantry was the Denison smock. This camouflaged jacket was intended to be worn over a parachutist's equipment to stop it snagging. Our Airborne models were modified from Rad's original African models by Remdul.


Our winners for this week's screenshot competition is Roughbeak. You can view the winning submission here.

We are now accepting entries for the week of May 25th. If you think you have the best FH2 screenshot, post them here.


That's all for this week, but be sure to come back next time for another update. Until then, feel free to visit our IRC channel, our public forums, and/or our Twitter and Facebook pages to discuss this update and other news.


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Posted by: Eat Uranium
16.04.2015 20:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we have some renders of Soviet antitank equipment, as well as announcement by Forgotten Honor.

Soviet engineers had lacked the experience needed to design an anti-tank gun in the late 20s, and had turned to the Germans for assistance. The company Rheinmetall had worked on what would eventually become the PaK 35/36 in secret, and the plans for this were provided to the USSR where it became the 37mm Anti-tank Gun M1930 (1-K).

The first 45mm guns were a result of the desire for weapons that could use a more effective high explosive shell and thus double up as battalion guns. They were made from an updated 37mm carriage fitted with the new larger gun barrel. About equivalent in penetration to the Pak 35/36, the 45mm M1937 (53-K) was thus a rather poor weapon in the face of the larger panzers.

The 45mm M1942 (M-42) was a result of these shortcomings. It had a longer barrel, more powerful cartridges and a new gunshield. Despite these additions, it still struggled with the improved panzers of the period, though it could deal some damage from the side. 37,354 M1937 guns and 10,843 M1942 guns were manufactured, and several hundred of the former were captured and turned against their former owners by Finland. Our guns were made by Toddel, modified from the PaK 35.36 made by K98.

The 57mm Anti-tank Gun M1943 (ZiS-2) began life in 1940, with the demand for a powerful anti-tank weapon issued under the false assumption that the Germans would invade with heavy tanks on a par with the KV-1. It first entered service as the M1942, but was production was quickly stopped since it was overpowered, expensive and had complicated to manufacture ammunition. The production facilities were switch to the production of the 76.2mm Divisional Gun (ZiS-3).

The appearance of the Tiger and Panther soon convinced the Soviets to restart manufacture of the 57mm gun, which re-entered service as the M1943. A limited number of guns were mounted on vehicles, principally the T-20 Komsomolets armoured tractor and as the T-34-57. 9,645 were manufactured, and ours was made by Kraetzer and Toddel.


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