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Ersatz Equestrianism

Posted by: Eat Uranium
01.08.2021 18:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are showing off renders of a tank that you might have seen the turret of before: the Hotchkiss Mle 35 M39, more commonly known as the H39.

In 1926, the French Army identified a need for a cheap light tank capable of supporting the infantry in the attack. This was supposed to be filled by the D1, but that vehicle was neither light or cheap. In 1933, the manufacturer Hotchkiss approached the Army with an idea for a tank to fill this requirement that would take advantage of advances in armour casting. A set of formal requirements were issued to Hotchkiss, and also to other manufactures. Hotchkiss returned to the Army with its first prototype in March 1935, not only finding that they had been beaten by Renault but also meeting with rejection as the requirements for armour had increased from 30 to 40mm.

By August Hotchkiss had managed to submit a revised design and this was adopted as the H35 with 200 ordered. However the first vehicles delivered in 1936 showed poor manoeuvrability in cross country driving and the Infantry rejected them. Fortunately, the Cavalry were suffering from slow deliveries of their SOMUA S35 tanks, and became a useful if somewhat unwilling place to send the tanks. Having been designed for infantry support, the H35 had a rather slow speed of 28 kph, and the need for a better engine was seen rather quickly.

First prototyped in 1937, the main change in what would become the H35 modifié 39 was a new 120hp engine. This increased the speed to 36.5 kph, but required a redesign to the engine deck. Production switched over from the older design with chassis number 401. At the same time, the shortcomings of the venerable 37mm SA18 gun were recognised. Originally designed for the FT, it was completely inadequate as an anti-tank gun. Its replacement was to be the high velocity 37mm SA38, though production of this new weapon never quite managed to meet the demand to retrofit existing vehicles.

The H39 served widely in both Infantry and Cavalry units in France during May and June 1940. The armour protection was very good but the single man turret and lack of radios left the type vulnerable to the more tactically aware Panzer divisions. Many would be captured by the Germans and used both as is and in a multitude of modified roles for the rest of the war. Our H39 was made by Seth Soldier.


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Tout avec lui dit Boum

Posted by: Eat Uranium
04.07.2021 18:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are bringing our own fireworks to the party in the form of a series of French hand grenades that you will be able to use.

The F1 was the first modern French hand grenade, taking the classic grenade shape of a knurled cast iron ovoid. A defensive grenade, it would typically throw about 10 dangerous fragments up to 200 metres. Originally fitted with the Mle 1915 fuse, this was soon replaced with the Brilliant automatic igniter. This grenade would be copied by both the Russians and the Americans.

The OF1 was designed as an offensive hand grenade, more useful in the assault than the F1. The casing was thin sheet metal pressed together in two halves that did not throw off dangerous fragments very far. Grenades were delivered without fuses, and the soldier would have to poke a hole for the fuse in the filling with a rod before assembly. Fuses were the same as the F1.

The Mle 1937 grenades were modifications of an earlier design in 1930. Both featured a flat base, and now had an internal tube to make inserting the newer Polish designed Mle 1935 fuse easier. In function they were identical to their older cousins. The yellow and yellow/red paints indicated the type of explosives used as filler. Our grenades were made by Seth Soldier.


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The Other Sidekick

Posted by: Eat Uranium
13.06.2021 18:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are showing off a render of our second French pistol, the Mle 1892 revolver.

In the late 1880s the French had just revolutionised the world of military rifles with the 1886 Lebel and its new smokeless powder cartridge. Inevitably, some thought would come around to similarly improving on the model 1873 Chamelot-Delvigne blackpowder revolvers. Taking a lot of features from the Schmidt M1882, a new design was approved for production in 1887. Introducing a new 8mm cartridge, and using a gate loading action with trigger disconnect, it was a functional upgrade to the older model. However only a small number could be produced as the state arsenals were at capacity producing the Lebel rifles.

This delay in production allowed for a major addition to be made - a swing out cylinder with simultaneous ejector copied from the Colt 1889. This model was the 1892. Unusually, the cylinder swings out to the right. This was chosen to allow a cavalryman to hold the revolver in his left hand with the reins while loading with his free right hand. The model 1892 would be produced up until 1924, with most produced before 1903. They served widely through both World Wars. Ours was made by Seth Soldier.


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Digging In

Posted by: Eat Uranium
31.05.2021 18:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are featuring two entrenching tools that will be equipping our French soldiers. While you won't be able to dig with them, I'm sure you'll be able to find something to hit with them.

Originally invented in 1869 by the Danish officer Mads Linnemann, this small entrenching shovel would go on to see widespread use across Europe, being adopted in some form or other by the Danes, Austrians, Germans, Romanians as well as the two nations of interest to us: the French as the Pelle-bêche modèle 1879 and the Russians as the MPL-50. Ours was made by Ashton.

However, a small entrenching shovel struggles in harder ground and the French had taken note that the larger sapper tools did not always end up in the same place as infantry needing to dig in. The solution to this was to provide a mix of different small tools between various members of an infantry squad, and the Pelle-pioche Mle 1909 fulfilled this purpose. Ours was made by Cpt Bocquier.


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