23.07.2008 21:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. This week we have more toys for the Germans, but before we show those we would like to welcome two new devs to the team. First we have Bender64, a very skilled modeler and skinner, who made this week's FW190. Second we have Bob Sacamano, a talented movie maker, who made the trailers for 2.0 and 2.1. Welcome!
Today we'd like to show you the German Focke-Wulf 190 and the Gewehr 43. The Focke-Wulf was modeled and skinned by our new dev Bender64 and the Gewehr 43 was modeled and skinned by Seth Soldier.
The development of the Focke-Wulf FW190 started in 1937, when the need for a more advanced airplane to fight alongside the Messerschmitt 109 was anticipated. The first prototype flew in 1939 and by the autumn of 1941 the first of the new fighters were delivered to the front lines. The FW190 quickly proved to be superior to the Spitfire model of that time and it was generally considered to be a good plane by its pilots. Later in the war other models of the FW190 allowed it to be used as a fighter-bomber and ground attack aircraft. In total 20,000 FW190s were made during the war.
In 1940, the need for a semi-automatic rifle arose in the German army and both the Walther and Mauser companies were instructed to start working on a design. This led to the G41(W) and G41(M) and although both rifles performed very poorly, the Walther Gewehr41 was clearly superior and the Mauser and this model was canceled. In 1943, Walther developed an improved version, the Gewehr 43, which proved to be much more reliable. In 1944, the rifle was renamed the Karabiner 43 (K43). Over 400,000 of these new rifles were manufactured in the war.