ARCHIVES >>> 7/2009
15.07.2009 21:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. This week we are showing off the new map 'Falaise Pocket', but before we go to the screenshots we would like to welcome a few new developers. We have added as many as 3 new mappers to our team in the past few weeks; Fuchswiesel, who made today's map, Sorken and Spaetzle. Welcome to the development team guys!
After the German lines in Normandy were broken, during Operation Cobra, Hitler felt that the situation could be turned around, by attacking the flank of the allied advance and cutting the advance off. Most German generals however, saw the looming threat of encirclement and only a month later they were proved right. The offensive at Mortain had failed and the allies were now on all sides of the German army. As the situation became clear, the German army had to make increasingly desperate attempts to break out of the pocket. This map focuses on the small town of St. Lambert-sur-Dives, in the middle of the 'Falaise Gap' (the hole in the pocket through which the Germans could escape). The map was made, as mentioned earlier, by Fuchswiesel.
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"August 18th, 1944. For the past month the Allies have exploited the American breakthrough at St. Lo and have nearly encircled the whole of the German seventh army. Until yesterday, a small gap remained, centered around the town of St. Lambert-sur-Dives, but with elements of the Canadian 4th Armoured Division having secured this small town, the Falaise Pocket is now a fact. The German high command however, isn't willing to write off the 50,000 men inside the pocket just yet. As the 1st Polish Division is holding off attempts to re-open the gap from the east, the Canadians must hold out against the increasingly desperate attacks from the west..."
As usual, you can find the minimap in our maps section.
04.07.2009 21:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. Today is the fourth of July and that means it's Independence Day in the United States of America. To celebrate, we are showing the renders of our American player models today.
These player model bodies were all made by Remdul. The heads were done by Zero.
The United States of America played an important role in the Battle of Normandy. It contributed more men and equipment than any other allied country, starting on June 6th with 5 infantry divisions and ending on August 30th with 6 armoured divisions and 16 infantry divisions. In total, this amounted to more than a million US soldiers. This degree of commitment to the liberation of Europe did come at a heavy cost; In Normandy alone, the US army suffered 20,838 killed, 94,881 wounded and 10,128 missing.
01.07.2009 18:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. Today we have two new renders of anti-tank equipment; the British 6-pounder MkIV and the German Marder I SdKfz 135.
The original 6-pounder MkI was made by TheJackalx2k, AaronAsh and Rad and it was upgraded to the MkIV by Toddel.
The 6-pounder MkIV is not just a reskin from the MkII used in North Africa. This gun has an L/50 barrel (meaning the barrel length is 50 times greater than the barrel diameter (57mm), as opposed to the L/43 barrel on the MkII. The 6-pounder was kept in service with the British Army until some 20 years after the end of the war.
Next up we have the Marder I, SdKfz 135, which was made by Toddel.
The German army had captured more than 300 French Lorraine 37Ls in 1940 and, in May of 1942, it was decided to put these artillery tractors to use, by converting 170 of them to tank-destroyers. The new vehicle, called the Marder I, was armed with a 75mm PaK40/1. Although most Marder Is were used on the eastern front, some were also used in Normandy, most notably, by the 21st Panzer Division.