27.01.2009 00:00 GMT
Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. This week we have a couple of old World War 1 Enfield rifles both for Africa and Normandy and some in game screenshots of the Hawker Typhoon.
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For our news today then we have first 2 old Enfield rifles; the Pattern 14 Rifle (or Enfield No3) and the M1917 Enfield. Both these rifles were modeled and skinned by Seth Soldier.
Early in the 20th century, the British army began to have doubts about its main service rifle, the Enfield No1. Believing the rounds to be too weak, the Pattern 13 rifle was developed with a .276 calibre cartridge. This proved to be a generally bad idea, as the recoil and wear on the barrel were too heavy. As the First World War began, the need for more rifles forced the British Army to change the calibre of the rifle back to the standard .303, resulting in the Pattern 14 Rifle. Nearly all these rifles were produced by commercial manufacturers in the United States, as the British industry was already running at full capacity. Although most of the Pattern 14 rifles were used to equip the British Home Guard in the Second World War, many were used as sniper rifles before being replaced by the Enfield No4.
As the United States entered the war in 1917, it too was in serious need of more rifles. Rather than forcing all factories to change production, the Pattern 14 design was simply altered to use the .30-06 Springfield cartridge and the M1917 Enfield rifle was born. Over 2 million of these rifles were produced and many continued to serve with US troops well into the Second World War. This rifle was common among US artillerymen and Free French Soldiers in North Africa, but even in Normandy, these rifles were used by supply and artillery troops.
Up next is the Hawker Typhoon. We've already shown the render of this mighty plane in a previous update, so without a long and boring historical background, enjoy the view from the cockpit and the screenshots of the rocketphoon on a French airfield on a dark and cloudy day. The Typhoon was of course made by Agus.