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Jacques in a Box

Posted by: Eat Uranium
28.02.2021 19:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are following on from the Lorraine 37L supply vehicle with the armoured personnel carrier variant.

The Lorraine 37L would see a couple of developments by the French, but the most significant of these would be the 38L. This was to be an armoured personnel carrier able to fit a squad of 10 chasseurs to support tanks with mopping up after a breakthrough. The tractors were modified with an armoured box bolted to the cargo bin to protect 4 riders, with the remaining 6 carried in a similarly constructed trailer.

Access to these compartments was by a rather crude hatch on the rear, and there was very limited visibility from within. Mobility over rough terrain with the trailer fitted was poor and while it was intended to be able to tow a 25mm antitank gun, most of these guns could only stand up to horse towing. Overall, only about 150 were delivered before the armistice, where they armed the 5th and 17th BCP. Ours was made by Seth Soldier, adapted from our Marder I made by Toddel.


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La Reine des Quiches

Posted by: Eat Uranium
14.02.2021 19:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are showing off the Lorraine 37L, the principle armoured supply vehicle for the French armoured units in 1940.

In the early 1930s, the French had adopted the Renault UE armoured tractor to provide mobile supply to the infantry in the field. However, it was considered to be too lightly armoured and not have the range to be able to keep up with tanks, and so a new vehicle was needed. In 1936, the formal request was put out, and the next year Lorraine-Dietrich returned with a prototype. In initial trials that year it was rejected for being underpowered and was returned to the factory.

The old engine would be swapped out for a 6 cylinder Delahaye 135, a powerful engine that was seeing success in racing cars at the time. Mated to a new stronger transmission, the armoured tractor now had the speed to pass the trials and was accepted for service just before the end of 1937.

Orders for the 37L would slowly trickle in, with production picking up at the start of 1939. 212 had been delivered by the outbreak of the war out of 556 ordered, and in the sudden rush to arm new armoured units a further 1012 were ordered. By the time of the German invasion, only 432 had been delivered. They were prioritised to Char B1 battalions, but were never available in sufficient numbers. Over 300 were captured by the Germans, who took a liking to the rugged suspension and used them not only in the supply role but also as mounts for various self propelled artillery pieces.

Production would continue in Vichy France as unarmoured agricultural tractors, with armour plates made clandestinely and stockpiled. Many of these vehicles were shorter than the original, and would be used by the Free French in 1945. Our Lorraine 37L was made by Seth Soldier, adapted from our Marder I made by Toddel.


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Valencian Oranges

Posted by: Eat Uranium
24.01.2021 19:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today for the first time in a while we have a render of something that isn't French. It is of course the venerable MP28,II submachinegun.

In 1915, the German Army recognised the need for a new weapon that would help with the newly emerged trench warfare. Automatic fire and portability at the cost of range were the main goals. Attempts to make fully automatic versions of handguns like the Luger failed, and a completely new design was started upon. Several companies worked on designs, but the winners were Bergmann Waffenfabrik with what became the MP18,I. Hugo Schmeisser had originally designed it to use a 20 round box magazine, but this was changed to the more readily available Luger Trommel magazine.

Despite only about 3000 MP18,Is making it to the front before the Armistice, they were extremely successful and established the submachinegun as a new class of weapon. In the years following Schmeisser would continue to work on the design. The MP28,II differed from the original design in three main ways: a new more reliable box magazine, a larger diameter recoil spring and finally the addition of a fire selector switch. Though the German Army never formally adopted this new design it would be widely used in the Second World War, especially in the first years when there were not enough MP38s to go around.

The MP28,II would be adopted or copied by a number of other nations, principally Spain, Portugal, Belgium and the UK. Almost all other submachineguns in use during the Second World War could trace their roots back to Schmeisser's designs. Our MP28,II was made by Ashton and RedRogueXIII.


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First to Moscow

Posted by: Eat Uranium
10.01.2021 19:00 GMT

Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.

Today we are kicking off the new year by showing off a render of the Panhard AMD 35 armoured car, a favourite of both the French and then the Germans.

In 1931 the French Cavalry issued a specification for a fast reconnaissance vehicle with long range. In 1933, four companies had submitted plans for consideration, and in October that year, Panhard was the first to have a working prototype for testing, known internally as the Type 178. It would be accepted early the next year with the provision that some changes be made, despite being considerably overweight and oversized compared to the original specifications.

The AMD 35 had heavy armour for an armoured car at the time, and the 25mm SA 35 gun was easily capable of going toe to toe with German tanks. Powered by a powerful V4 engine mounted low in the rear it could manage 72 km/h on road, though its coilspring suspension and long wheelbase limited it offroad to 42 km/h. Like many armoured cars, it had a position at the back of the fighting compartment with driving controls to allow for speedy retreats.

Production of the AMD 35 started in 1938, and by the time of the armistice 429 had been delivered, with 124 hulls awaiting turrets. Production by the Germans would bring the total to 729. The AMD 35 was an extremely well made armoured car, and would see use into the 1960s. Ours was made by Seth Soldier.


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