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Walking Fire

Posted by: Eat Uranium
29.11.2020 19:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are showing off a render of the most important weapon for the French Infantry, the FM 24/29 light machinegun.

In the immediate aftermath of the First World War, the French began a re-armament program to finally replace the large quantities of obsolete and substandard arms they had accrued before and during the war. Of prime importance was the light machinegun. The Chauchat had been recognised as an incredibly important weapon, but was clearly a design of war necessity. In 1922, the French evaluated a number of existing designs and selected the BAR as their preferred choice. In the end, it was decided to instead go with a domestic design.

Taking a heavy influence from the weapons just evaluated, Lieutenant Colonel Reibel developed what would be finally adopted in 1924 while working for the Châtellerault arsenal. The FM 24 would begin production in 1925, and was soon in the hands of the army. It was well liked by those who used it, but a significant flaw would require all the guns to be recalled. The new 7.5×57mm ammunition was very easy to mix up with German 8mm Mauser, and chambering and firing the latter in the FM 24 would lead to a destroyed barrel at best.

The solution to the ammunition problem was to shorten the case to 7.5×54mm and re-chamber the guns. This would become the FM 24 M29. It would become the primary automatic fire-power for all French infantry and cavalry squads by the start of the Second World War, and served on afterwards into the 1960s. There was a fortress mount modification, and the design formed the basis of the M1931 Reibel that armed French tanks and armoured cars. Our FM 24/29 was made by Seth Soldier.


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An Explosive Cocktail

Posted by: Eat Uranium
11.11.2020 19:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today for Armistice Day, we are showing off a render of perhaps the most important of the French artillery pieces in the first half of the 20th century, the famous Canon de 75.

In 1891, the patent for a hydro-pneumatic recoil system was sold by its German inventor Konrad Haussner to a commercial firm. Krupp was known to the French to be working on a design using this patent, and the opportunity to buy rights for themselves was appealing. Upon reviewing the blueprints, it was decided instead to work around the patent. Such was the secrecy surrounding this development, that the leaking of documents to the Germans sparked off the Dreyfus Affair, that split public opinion when evidence that the original conviction for treason might have been made on false evidence emerged.

In 1894, the final experimental 75mm artillery gun was ready. It initially showed promise, but further testing showed that it suffered the same oil leakage problems that had stalled the German attempt. This would be solved by a redesign of the piston that separated the oil from the compressed air. Fitted with an automatic fuse setter for shrapnel shells, the gun would finally be accepted into service in 1897.

The French 75 would prove itself in the First World War, with its ability to fire up to 30 aimed rounds a minute proving deadly in the battles of the Marne and Verdun. The French started the war with 4100 guns, and would build another 17500 in the following 4 years. By the Second World War, many of these guns were still in French service essentially unaltered, with thousands more in the hands of the Polish and Americans.

The modifié 1938 exchanged the solid wheels for tyres, allowing the gun to be towed by motorised vehicles instead of horses. Ours was made by Seth Soldier, who also made the ammunition statics. CptBocquier and Luacha 2000 made the ER 22 radio.


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Fancy Dress

Posted by: Eat Uranium
31.10.2020 19:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we have a little bit of a special update for Halloween. To start with, we have some familiar models here showing off their fancy new textures for May 1940:

In 1937 orders were issued to the German military that a new camouflage pattern in dunkelgrau (grey) and dunkelbraun (brown) colours was being introduced; the primary colour was to be dunkelgrau on 2/3 of the surface while the other 1/3 was dunkelbraun. This camouflage scheme would be retained up until the end of July 1940, when the dark brown was removed in an effort to save on paint. The two colours are very similar in shade and are usually impossible to distinguish in almost all contemporary (and modern) photographs.

Also visible on the engine deck of these particular panzers is a white rectangle used by the leading units of the advance as an aerial identifier to the Luftwaffe. Characteristic of 7th Panzer Division, these tanks display their turret markings in large red numbers with a white outline to identify the company, platoon and number of the tank in the unit. Other units carried their own marking systems that will be evident on other maps in our French release. These new paint schemes were made by Matt Baker.

Finally today, we have a render showing off some of the little extra detail statics that help to bring our French maps to life, made by CptBocquier, Luacha 2000 and Seth Soldier.


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Vast Variety of Violence - Part 6

Posted by: Eat Uranium
25.10.2020 19:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are showing off a new sniper rifle that will be arming the Germans, as well as a more general update to our Karabiner 98k.

The first custom designed mounting for a telescope for the K98k was a late 1939 system from Mauser. Known as the ZF 39, it consisted of a socket at the front and block at the back of the receiver that the mounts on the telescope could be quickly detached from without affecting the zeroing. Numerous telescopes were adapted to this system. Ours was made by Seth Soldier.

Also by Seth Soldier, you can see that our K98k model has received a new look. This covers the ZF 41 and the Long Side Rail sniper variants as well. Expect to see the ZF 39 take over from the LSR on most of our maps, the latter not appearing in large numbers until the second half of 1944.


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