23.04.2007 20:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope 2. Some introducing words before the update - the Forgotten Hope Developer Team is always looking for talented, dedicated personell in all areas of modding. At the moment we are especially interested in people able to do rigging, UVW unwrapping, vegetation modeling and sourcing and engineering sounds. Points of contact can be found on our stafflist.
But let us jump back into the year 1942. The map we want to put on display today is Mersa Matruh made by Lobo. Mersa Matruh was the last obstacle eastwards before El Alamein for Rommel's troops, right after his Afrika Korps had recaptured Gazala and overwhelmed Tobruk only days before. The Wehrmacht captured 32.000 prisoners, 2.000 tons of fuel, 5.000 tons of food and 2.000 vehicles on the 21st of June.
Heavily defeated, the British continued retreating and set up in Mersa Matruh. General Auchinleck took over command personally to hold off the now resupplied German troops. On the 26th of June, 3 days after Rommel asked for permission to advance into Egypt, the Afrika Korps was on the move again - with Rommel made a Field Marshal the same day.
Unluckily for the British troops they saw themselves surrounded and cut off only a few hours later. On the 27th of June 1942 there was only one chance left for the beseiged Allied Troops as the Germans try to outflank their positions: Breakout!
Mersa Matruh fell on the 29th of June after heavy fighting. The Afrika Korps captured 6.000 prisoners along with large quantities of supplies and continued on its way to El Alamein.