ARCHIVES >>> 4/2009
29.04.2009 23:34 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. This week we have a bunch of screenshots from the map 'Purple Heart Lane', by Natty Wallo. This map is based on the 0.7 map pack map 'The Road to Carentan - 1944', which was made by Pvt. Allen. The map portrays the advance of the US 101st Airborne Division over the Carentan Causeway. This causeway was nicknamed the 'purple heart lane', because so many men were shot on it. (The purple heart is a medal awarded to US soldiers who are wounded or killed by the enemy.)
Rommel realised the danger to the Axis defenses should Carentan fall, for it was the link between Utah and Omaha Beach and also the key to an American drive west to cut the base of the Cotentin Peninsula. The defense of the city was in the hands of the Fallschirmjaeger-Regiment 6. Allied High Command's decision to send the 101st paratroopers in on their own, with little armor or air support, was based on expectations only to encounter scattered resistance along the causeway to Carentan. On the evening of June 10th however, all attempts to drive the Germans back with artillery had failed. Colonel Cole and his men of the 502nd PiR advanced cautiously down the Causeway to seize the hub of German resistance and eventually clear the entrance to Carentan itself...
22.04.2009 23:30 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. Today we have a small announcement regarding our old forums, renders of the American machinegun and the German Panzer IV H, some screenshots taking during the betatesting of Lebisey and an advertisement from the German Forgotten Hope 2 community History is War. Before we carry on to any of this though, we would like to welcome our new modeller and skinner Herc!
It turned out after all that FileFront would stay online. Having already moved our forums and our website we decided that we will continue our 'official' forum at our current host Warumdarum.de. We have asked FileFront not to get rid of our forums though, but to keep it as an 'unofficial' forum. This simply means that you cannot count of developers visiting it and helping you with questions. We would, again, like to thank FileFront for the 5 years of hosting us and we are glad to see that it could be rescued.
Now then, on to the update. Our first item today is the American M1919A4 .30 caliber Machinegun, more commonly known as 'the 30-cal'. This one was made by Seth Soldier.
The M1919 .30 cal machinegun was the air-cooled counterpart of the M1917 water-cooled .30 cal machinegun. The original idea was to have a light machinegun that could quickly be repositioned if needed. Once in use it was found that the gun was too heavy for this and that it was too light for sustained fire. Since sustained fire was considered more important at the time, the gun was fitted with a heavier barrel and tripod. This setup is the same as used in our M1919A4. (Much later, in 1944, the need arose for a machinegun that could be easily repositioned and the 30 cal was given a lighter barrel and a bipod, resulting in the M1919A6. This gun however entered service after the Battle of Normandy, so it won't be in our next release.)
Up next is the Panzer IV Ausf. H. This tank was modeled and skinned by Toddel.
The Panzer IV Ausf. H was the most numerous of the Panzer IV versions, with as many as 3774 tanks produced. It entered production in April 1943 and continued to be made until replaced by the (nearly identical) Ausf. J. This Panzer IV Ausf. H is fitted with the side-skirts. Originally they were designed to stop the bullets from Soviet anti-tank rifles, but in Normandy they work against HEAT weapons with great effect. Any Bazooka or PIAT round will have to hit your tank in the front or in the rear, because your sides are fully protected.
Finally, we have some action screenshots of Mr Cheese's map Lebisey, taken during beta testing.
And at the end of today's update we have a short advertisement from the German Forgotten Hope 2 community 'History is War', who started their second campaign some days ago:
This is a German Forgotten Hope 2 community, which features an extremely detailed ranking system which is modeled on the real Royal Army and Wehrmacht. We try to re-enact the great battles of WW2 as interesting as possible with the aid of variable and challenging tasks in which the effort of every single soldier is significant. You even can create and play your own custom-kit and you will be able to gain lots of medals for different services. We already hold three FH2-servers, including our own TS-server. So, you are a ambitious FH2-player, interested in most possible realistic warfare, without getting a bullet in your chest? Then you are right here!
01.04.2009 10:00 GMT
Here at Forgotten Hope we're always looking for ways to improve the reality and gameplay of the mod. That's why, as of the 2.2 release, we will be removing color from the mod to better portray 1944 Normandy as it would have been experienced by the Commonwealth, American and German forces fighting in the area.
News-reel footage from the era proves beyond reasonable doubt that World War 2 pre-dates the invention of color. Therefore, Forgotten Hope will become the world's first historically accurate portrayal of the war's monochromacity.
As you will appreciate this change requires re-texturing all our weapons, vehicles, statics and maps which will delay the release of 2.2. However we're sure you'll agree that the delay is well worth it to improve the historically accuracy of the mod!
For those of you who hadn't realised; this was of course our yearly April fools joke. Please stop posting sending us angry e-mails!