17.04.2006 20:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope 2. In today's news update we have more information about the development process of Forgotten Hope 2. We have a brand new model, fresh from the prototype facility and an improved version that has just arrived at the front lines, ingame. In addition, we are very happy to announce the return of yet another prodigal dev to the FH team. Join us in giving AaronAsh a warm welcome back!
The first item could be considered the backbone of the German "Panzerwaffe" in the first two years of the war. The vehicle we speak of is the Sonderkraftfahrzeug 121, better known as Panzerkampfwagen II. Although it was actually no more than a stopgap tank, because of delays in the design and production of the Panzer III and Panzer IV, it became the main battle tank of the panzer divisions beginning with the invasion of France (displacing the earlier stopgap Panzerkampfwagen I, in that role).
The SdKfz 121 was based on the chassis of the PzKpfw I and its 20mm KwK 30 L/55 main gun in combination with an MG34 was far more effective than the dual 7.92mm MG34 with which the PzKpfw I was equipped. Maximum speed and armor were slightly increased as well. But, as a stopgap tank design, it was largely removed from the frontline as soon as sufficient numbers of PzKpfw IIIs and PzKpfw IVs were available. Afterwards, it served at secondary fronts for patrolling and reconnaissance, in which roles it was used to great effect. Over a thousand Ausf C versions of the PzKpfw II were produced from 1938 through 1940, making it the most numerous of all PzKpfw II variants. The PzKpfw II Ausf C was modeled by Lude and skinned by AaronAsh.
Our second tank for today is the Crusader Mk III medium tank, that debuted just two weeks ago. Fresh from the supply freighters, here are the first reconnaissance photographs of this new British tank in action. Now equipped with the 57mm ROQF (Royal Ordnance Quick-Firing) 6-pounder the Allied forces will stand a much better chance against the German armoured forces. The Crusader Mk III was modeled by OMNI, skinned by Jimbob and coded by ctz.
That's all for today, but be sure to come back next week for another Forgotten Hope update. Until then, feel free to visit our public forums to discuss this update or other news.