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Posted by: Lightning
06.05.2009 23:45 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. This week we've got 2 renders for you. One of the American M3 Binoculars and one of the American M5A1 Light Tank. We have also added last week's Purple Heart Lane to the maps section on our website, together with a picture of the much requested minimap.

First up today then, are the M3 Binoculars. They were the standard binoculars of the US Army in the Second World War. These were modeled and skinned by Seth Soldier.

Up next is the M5A1 Light Tank, nicknamed the 'Stuart' by the British. This model was made by Toddel and Ilya and it was skinned by Alina. Although Ilya and Alina are not officially part of our development team, we do hope they can make future contributions to Forgotten Hope.

The M5 Light Tank was the successor of the M3 Light Tank. It was originally called the M4, but the name was later changed to M5 to prevent confusion with the M4 Medium Tank, better known as the Sherman. As with all American tanks, the M5A1 Light Tank is better known by its British nickname; the Stuart. The M5 started replacing the M3 in 1942 and although its hull armour was much improved it still had the same weak 37mm gun as in the M3. Many M5s served in Normandy, but mostly in secondary roles, because it was completely outclassed by German tanks. In the Pacific it was used in much more active roles. It was not until late 1944 that its successor, the M24 'Chaffee' appeared on the battlefield.

Last week many people asked for a minimap image to go with the pictures of Purple Heart Lane. We've prepared one and you can now find it in the maps section.

That's all for now, but be sure to come back next week for another update. Until then, feel free to visit our IRC channel and our public forums to discuss this update and other news.

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