20.03.2006 20:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. One week has passed and it's time again to show off some (eye) candy again. As you may already have guessed we have more information on the upcoming Forgotten Hope Fan Mappack for Battlefield 1942™ for you. But we would like to kick off the update with a bit of news on the development process of Forgotten Hope 2.
Starting off the update is a tank you have surely waited for since we announced Forgotten Hope 2. We are talking about the good old Sherman medium tank. No other tank was built in such great numbers by US factories. The production count of all M4 variants is more than 50,000 tanks! As most of the American tanks offerred for lend lease the M4 was given its name by the British for a famous American General from the American Civil War--Union General William Tecumseh Sherman.
The variant we would like to introduce now is the M4A1, designated as the Sherman II by British forces. It could reach a maximum speed of 37 km/h and with its 75mm M3 gun it posed a serious thread to any Axis tank, when it entered service in 1942. Over 6,000 M4A1s were produced. The Sherman II was modelled and skinned by OMNI.
As you can see we do not only have a render of the Sherman II for you. Lobo took the time to create a wallpaper. You can download the pack containing the wallpaper with different screensizes here.
Next item for today's news is the upcoming Forgotten Hope Fan Mappack for Battlefield 1942™. We would like to present 3 more fan maps, and for the first one we have Cretan Village that you may remember from the last release of the Fan Mappack. The fighting takes place in the summer of 1941. Northern Crete has fallen to an airborne assault by German Fallschirmjäger and Gebirgsjäger. Only pockets of British and Commonwealth resistance remain in the coastal villages on the south of the island. Fallschirmjäger are being parachuted in to mop up this Allied resistance, they must clear the island village by village. This map was created by Mr_Cheese.
The second map we would like to preview today, The Attack on Carentan, has never before been released in an official Mappack. American paratroopers of the 101st Airborne Division got orders to take this town, as it was the place where the main roads from Omaha and Utah beach coverged. The town was defended by the German 6th Fallschirmjäger regiment under command of Colonel von der Heydte. Besides having tough defenders, the town was also protected by the waters of the Douve River. The Germans opened the locks at a bridge in La Barquette making the river flood the already wet fields around the river. Causeway N13 and a few other places through shallow marsh were the only possible ways into the town for the 101st. This map was made by Pvt. Allen.
The last map for today is Fall Gelb and it is new to the official Mappack as well. General Erich von Manstein was the initiator of the Fall Gelb plan (Case Yellow). His aggressive plan was to break through the Allied center with the advantage of surprise, and speed, trap the forces to the north in a pocket, and head on to Paris. To ensure this, the German Army Group B got the order to attack through the Ardennes, to the south of the main Allied strength and close the trap. Fall Gelb features infantry armored and air combat, and was made by Jam and tweaked by Real-BadSeed.
We hope you enjoyed the information and we are grateful that you decided to stop by the site and check on our progress, be sure to stop by our public forums and discuss this news update.