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23.10.2006 20:00 GMT



Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. Today we have a short but nonetheless stunning update for you. Another of the most important vehicles of the North African campaign is ready for mass production. The Panzerkampfwagen IV (PzKpfw IV) SdKfz 161, more commonly referred to as the Panzer IV, was a tank developed by Germany and used extensively in World War II. It was designed as an infantry tank to work in conjuntion with the Panzer III, but later on it proved itself reliable and effective and was it was up-gunned and up-armored, and took over the tank-fighting role while the Panzer III actually slipped into the role the Panzer IV should cover.

The Panzer IV was the most common German tank of World War II with more than 9,000 produced during the war. It was also used as base for many other vehicles like Anti Air Artillery or tank destroyers. The two versions we would like to introduce today are the Panzer IV F1 and F2. While the F1 was equipped with a 75 mm KwK L/24 the F2 got upgraded with a longer barrel, the 75 mm KwK 40 L/43. The Panzer IV's were made by OMNI.

   

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17.10.2006 21:00 GMT



Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. Without using too many words we are going right for the update presenting two more vehicles ingame. First is the most common truck used by British forces: the Bedford 3 ton lorry. More than 70,000 3-ton Bedfords were produced between 1939 and 1945, in a variety of configurations and were used for all conceivable transport roles, including the movement of troops, horses, machine guns and supplies. The Bedford was originally modeled by Mange, updated and tweaked for BF2 by Lobo, skinned by AaronAsh and Jimbob and Lobo, normal mapped by Lobo and given a brand-new set of tires by Rad.

   

   

Next item for today is AEC Mk I Gun Carrier, known as the Deacon. It was a portee made from an AEC Matador/Dorchester mounting a QF 6 pounder anti-tank gun and was employed only during the North African Campaign. The main goal was to provide British troops with a mobile anti-tank weapon. Only 175 were built in total. The Deacon was modelled by ctz and Jimbob, who made also the skin and normal map. Manufacturer of the tires and provider of the tools was Rad. The belonging 6-pounder was created by AaronAsh and TheJackalx2k.

   

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09.10.2006 21:00 GMT



Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. We would like to start the update with a recruitement advertisement for coder applicants. Come and "Help feed the Beast". Anyone being interested and qualified may contact our leader Lobo. For further contact details check out the staff page.

First item for today is the Cruiser Mk VI tank. The Crusader is sometimes referred to as the most important British tank used during the Africa campaign, because of the large numbers fielded. Unfortunately, earlier versions were armed with the 2-pounder cannon, which proved inadequate for dealing with all but the lightest German tanks. The Crusader III, introduced in time for the final El Alamein battles in late 1942, mounted a 6-pounder, the first British tank to carry this gun. The 57mm ROQF (Royal Ordnance Quick-Firing) 6-pounder gave the Crusader III enough power to penetrate the most well-armoured German vehicles then in the field. Like earlier versions of the Crusader, the Mark III was fast, but not well armoured. The Crusader III was modelled by OMNI and skinned by Jimbob.

Next item for today is the M3 Light Tank, referred to as the Stuart by the British Army, after legendary Confederate Civil War cavalry General Jeb Stuart, in keeping with their common practice of naming lend-lease tanks after American generals. The British 7th Armoured Division also supplied their own nickname, calling the vehicle 'Honey' due to its superior reliability and agility. As with the German Panzer II the Stuart proved to be too weakly armed to deal with later enemy medium or heavy tanks and was restricted to a reconnaissance role later on. For the ones we showcase today the change of role came too late.

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