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[Game] Forgotten Hope 2

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are showing of our second Eastern Front map: Arad. This map has been made by hitm4k3r, and was inspired by the Red Orchestra map of the same name.





On the 14th of September 1944, the 2nd Ukrainian Front under General Malinovsky launched it's own Belgrade Offensive in conjunction with the 3rd Ukrainian Front. Six days later Arad was captured by Romanian and Soviet troops after engagements with Hungarian forces. By the end of September 1944, Malinovsky and General Friessner had received new orders. Malinovsky was now ordered to attack towards Budapest from the salient to the south around Arad, meanwhile Friessner's orders included an attack from Oradea to slice through the Soviet lines and capture the Carpathian passes. With the start of the Battle of Debrecen on the 6th of October 1944, Malinovsky's southern pincer was attacking near Arad slicing through the Hungarian Third Army. The attack by the northern 2nd Ukrainian Front pincer ran into difficulty quickly though, colliding with two panzer divisions of the German III Panzer Corps - the 1st and 23rd Panzer Division.



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Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we have an announcement from the guys over at Forgotten Honor as well as a render and a few screenshots of some equipment that has been provided by allies or stolen from enemies. But before we begin, we have a short message.

We are always looking for more help. At the moment we are particularly in need of people who can do animations or sounds, however if you think you can help us in some other way don't hesitate to apply. More information on the application process can be found here.


Within 3 months of the start of Operation Barbarossa, the first British aid to the Soviet Union had been delivered. The Arctic Convoys carried aircraft, raw materials and tanks. Starting in 1942, the Soviets were provided with 301 Churchill tanks, of which 43 were lost before they arrived. Trials conducted with the newly arrived tanks showed mechanical problems, and the opinion of these new tanks was low.



The Soviets received 2008 Universal Carriers from Britain and Canada. They were primarily issued to scout and reconnaissance units. While they were provided along with Bren guns and Boys rifles, these were often replaced with domestic weapons. About 3300 M3A1E1 Scout Cars were provided to the Soviets. This was a modification of the standard design, fitted with a Soviet made Buda-Lanova diesel engine. They were used as reconnaissance, command and prime mover vehicles.

In most cases the vehicles recieved kept the paint schemes that they arrived wearing, with Soviet identifying markings added on top.


The Germans captured a great number of T-34 tanks during their advances into the Soviet Union. A great many of these were pressed into service, both before and after receiving modifications (most usually fitting cupolas from damaged Pz III or IV). Since using the same shaped tank as the enemy is a risky move, the T-34s were painted with many large visible crosses.

This is just some of the new captured and lend lease equipment in Forgotten Hope 2.
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Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we would like to show you a render featuring the M1938 and M1944 Mosin-Nagant carbines, but before we get to that it's that time of year again...

No, not Christmas. It's voting time for the ModDB Mod of the Year 2014, and FH2 has made it to the Top 100 again. We'd like to say a big thank you to our fans for voting us this far, and we hope that you will vote for us in the Top 100 round as well.


The adoption of the M91/30 rifle gave the Red Army a modern and dependable rifle. However, they were still using the M1907 carbines, which had been out of production since before the revolution and were based on the older M1891 rifle. The design for the new M38 carbine was finally accepted for production in February 1939. It was essentially the same as the M91/30, with a shortened barrel and stock, a rear sight graduated to only 1000 metres and a slightly modified front sight mounting.

The carbines were issued to artillerymen, engineers and other soldiers who while not front line troops may have need of a rifle. In this case, it was not felt that a bayonet was needed, and so the M38 carbine was not issued with one and was designed not to accept the M91/30 bayonet. However, the fierce close quarters combat of urban battles such as Stalingrad demanded a smaller and more convenient weapon. The M44 was born out of the simple brief to make an M38 with a bayonet.

The bayonet of the M44 is a permanently attached folding spike. The M38 stock was modified with a groove to accept the bayonet when folded, but beyond this there were no changes. By 1944, many M38 carbines were fitted with M44 stocks. While the M44 was in production since 1943, it never reached the desired level of issue, and saw most of it's action post-war. These Mosin-Nagant carbines were made by Seth Soldier.
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Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Before we begin, the whole team would like to thank our fans for all their support, and to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year!


This time hiding away under the tree, is a render of a vehicle that brought destruction from the sky. The Junkers Ju 87 G-1, also know as the Kanonenvogel.


The large numbers of Soviet tanks that had shown up on the Eastern Front had lead to the requirement for dedicated antitank aircraft. The first such design was the Henschal Hs 129, but while it proved a potent weapon, it had large and vulnerable fuel tanks and a replacement was requested.

It was decided to further develop the Ju 87, arming it with 30mm cannon and providing more armour. The Stuka ace Hans-Ulrich Rudel had had some success at killing Soviet tanks with 20mm cannon, and suggested using two 37mm Flak 18 guns in external pods as a primary armament. First flown in January 1943 on a converted D-1, the Bordkanone BK 3,7 would prove to be a lethal tank killer in the hands of Rudel and other Stuka aces.

Our Kanonenvogel (cannon bird) was made by K98, AceS and Herc.
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Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we have a couple of renders showcasing some equipment that you will be able to find on our upcoming map Pegasus, as well as an announcement from the guys over at Forgotten Honor. You might perhaps have seen them in the stream, which is available on Youtube. They are of course the Sten Mk.V and the SOMUA S35.


Although French military thinking called for a defensive war, they recognised the need to be able to fight on the offensive as well. This job fell to the Cavalry, who in 1931 placed a request for a fast tank. By 1934, the request had been updated to be immune from contemporary anti tank guns. The Soci
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I still really enjoy North African battles, assuming the servers are mostly full. There is a grandeur to maps like Alam Halfa and Supercharger that I really enjoy. In order for infantry to be useful they really depend on tank support -- especially in open ground (and with a lack of AT weapons). But tanks aren't helpful for capturing, so infantry comes back into it.

I had an epic round on Alam Halfa last night. Was playing as the brits and the Germans won (which isn't easy on that map). It was a pretty desperate fight, complete with tank charges, arty barrages, nonstop Stuka attacks, and sticky bomb throwing heroics on the part of Brit engineers.
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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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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.
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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 f
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Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

As many of you will have seen at the start of today's dev stream, we have showed off a particularly spectacular teaser video for the upcoming patch, made by the talented Hawk2k9:


With the release of this teaser, we can confirm that the next patch for Forgotten Hope 2 will be Version 2.50. This will ship with not only the map Pegasus, but also the first 4 Eastern Front maps: Dukla Pass, Arad, Sammatus and the as yet unannounced Seelow.

You can get an nice overview of some of the Eastern Front assets that will come along with these maps, and some answers to some questions you might have in today's dev stream. We hope that you enjoyed watching as much as we enjoyed making it!

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FH2 is so boring and tanks gameplay is ridiculous bad.
It's a good example that graphic it's not everything.
They have tons of content but game is worse than Red Orchestra 1.
It's oldschool and new maps,weapons,marketing don't so much help to gain new players (I only looked at servers statistic)
Look at Heroes and Generals, Call of Duty, BF4 multiplayer. Every modern game growing with gameplay mechanism or die with few of players.
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The Road to Forgotten Hope 2.5 - Part 1

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

It has been quite a while since we have had the pleasure to write a Road to... news update, and we'd like to thank all of our fans for continuing to support us over the last year and a half. We think that version 2.5 is the most polished release we've made to date. There have been uncountable numbers of small bugs squashed and there is barely any vehicle, weapon or map that hasn't seen some improvements.

We'd like to extend a big thank you to all our fans for their continued support and of course for playing our mod, to our betatesters for their dedication to improving our work, to our developers for the time and effort they put in to make things happen, and to Fluestertuete for providing the web hosting that makes this all possible.

We'd also like to extend a special thank you to Archimonday and Harmonikator for their work on new animations, Hybrid and Kubador for their work on new sounds, Matt Baker for his work on new textures, Gavrant for his single handed mission to squash every last imperfection, and Jan Kurator for his single handed mission to give Gavrant more work. Finally, we'd like to thank the teams at WAW, Forgotten Honor and [762] for keeping our community together.

Now, perhaps the most important change in 2.5 considering recent events is we will be changing over to a new master server. This change is in fact the trigger for this release - we had originally intended to polish out the last few rough imperfections - but we decided that getting everyone playing again outweighed the benefits of this final work.

Because of this rather unusual situation we have found ourselves in we cannot give you an exact time for the release, but we are aiming to get everything ready for Monday (8th) evening. Just as soon as we know when the exact time is we'll let you know as well.


The KV-1 heavy tank had suffered from low mobility, greater cost and yet the same armament as the T-34 medium tanks. While the KV-1S solved some of these issues, it got rid of the thick armour that was the KV-1's main advantage. The introduction of the Tiger spurred the design of a new heavy tank, to be armed with the 85mm gun from the SU-85 tank destroyer.

With first the stopgap KV-85 and then the production IS-1, the Red Army found itself with a capable heavy tank that could take on the German Tigers on a more even footing. With the switch to the T-34-85 the situation again returned to a heavy and medium tank with the same armament. The decision was taken to up-gun the IS to either the D-10 100mm or the A-19 122m. While the D-10 had the better armour penetration ability, the A-19 won the competition with its larger high explosive shell and ready availability.

The IS-2 started production in November 1943, and would feature prominently in the Soviet offensives of 1944 and 45. It had the armour to stand toe to toe with most German tanks, and the gun to match. It wasn't perfect though: the two part ammunition led to long reload times and a low capacity of 28 rounds, while the engine guzzled fuel and mechanical reliability was low. There was an improvement made to the hull armour in mid 1944 along with an improved gun. Our IS-2 was made by Rad for the original Forgotten Hope, with Toddel and Matt Baker providing the update to FH2 standards.


The Red Army had been formed following the 1917 revolution, and was almost immediately called into fighting both the Polish-Soviet War and the Russian Civil War. Any lessons learned from these conflicts were brushed aside in the 1937-39 Great Purge, which saw great numbers of competent officers removed from their posts. The poor leadership in the wake of this lead to the crushing losses suffered in the Winter War and Operation Barbarossa.

Lessons were soon learned, and the Red Army was soon an effective fighting force again. Over 34 million men would serve in the Red Army during the Great Patriotic War, and over 11 million of those were killed or captured. Our Soviet playermodels were made by Pointblank86, and are seen in the render armed with the Mosin Nagant, PPSh and DP made by Seth Soldier.
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