Historically accurate equipment displays the benefits and failings of their real counterparts. Features such as multi-role APCs and improved infantry classes promote team play by making it easier and more beneficial for players to work together. A comprehensively revised damage system allows for a much greater depth of feel without being draconian, one-hit kills are the exception not the rule.

We have gone to great lengths to produce game play that is both balanced and enjoyable. Attention to detail has also become a key aspect of the mod with high quality textures, sounds and models all carefully researched and developed. The result is a mod with approximately 150 tanks, trucks and cars; more than 80 aircraft, over 80 small-arms and over 190 unique maps. These are increasing with each release and represent 13 nations: Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy (+ post armistice Italy (1943-45), Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, France (1940), Vichy France and Free French (1940-45), The United Kingdom and The United States.

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Among the new additions in RC2 are two maps. The first of which is 3912-kunlun_pass. It was inspired by a battle that happened from December 1939 up to January 1940 in Southern China. The Japanese were aiming to disrupt the Chinese supply line along the Vietnam route, something the Chinese had to prevent at all costs. They gathered the majority of their tank units and were able to inflict a devastating defeat upon the Japanese. The base for this scenario was the community map "Operation Rolling Barrage", which itself was based upon the Battlefield Vietnam map "Fall of Lang Vei".



The second new map, 4407-battle_of_ihantala, is about the Soviet summer offensive in Karelia in July of 1944. Despite being numerically superior in every aspect, the Soviets were unable to gain any significant amount of ground against the fierce and lossy Finnish resistance. They eventually broke off the attack and redeployed their troops to the Baltic front. The defenders were supported by Swedish volunteers and a German assault gun unit, which made it possible to realize this map using our German troops. The map is based on the community map "Ihantala" by zara5ustra.



And while we're at it, we're still not finished with our model presentation - some of the models we're showing you today were already in RC1 but didn't get a mention in the news yet. We'd like to make up for that with part five of our big model presentation, as well as some infos for those of you that haven't downloaded a RC yet.

Let's begin with a medium level and torpedo bomber of the Soviet airforce, the Ilyushin Il-4. Used from 1941 to 1945 it distinguished itself with its long range and payload capabilities. But these were bought with a relatively weak defensive armament, resulting in drastic losses especially when operating on low altitude operations without fighter escorts. Nevertheless they successfully fulfilled their duties and were an important part in the Soviet air war strategy. The model, created by ShaneT, was coded for BattleGroup42 by Sarge31FR. It's armed with bombs and features one machine gun in a fully traversable dorsal turret, one machine gun in a ventral holder as well as one in the nose.



Virtually a legend is our next addition - the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt is one of the largest and heaviest single engine fighter plane ever built, and also one of the most capable and rugged too. First designed as a long range escort fighter, it eventually found its role as a feared fighter-bomber: deep behind enemy lines the Thunderbolt squadrons attacked everything that moved with their eight .50cal machine guns, bombs and rockets. Their main targets were trains, army columns and ships, but also train stations, bridges and other infrastructure buildings. Our new, wonderfully detailed model represents a "D" version with "razorback" configuration. It was modeled and textured by RuppDee and replaces our old "bubble canopy" P-47.



With the next presentation for today we're returning to land: A Soviet armored scout car, modeled and textured by Gauranga, expands the Red Army's arsenal. It's the FAI-M, which had been in production since 1935 and was armed with a single 7,62mm machine gun in a traversable turret. The armored car was used on fronts in Europe and the Far East until 1942, some of them even during the Soviet advance in Manchuria in 1945. Its all-terrain capabilities were very poor, and the extremely thin armor only provided protection against shell fragments and small arms fire, but it was popular among the reconnaissance units because of its reliability. In BattleGroup42 the FAI-M can be found on some early maps, were it'll fight Japanese and German counterparts.



Our last presentation for today comes from our naval expert Cabrio - the Ehrenfels! It's a big German cargo ship that was commissioned in 1936. At the beginning of the war the Ehrenfels traveled to the harbor of Goa and stayed there until 1943. Since the British suspected that its crew was sending radio messages about Allied ship traffic back home, a British Commando unit tried to capture the ship. But the Ehrenfels' crew managed to repel the attack and sink the ship themselves. The Ehrenfels had eight sister ships which were used as cargo ships, supply ships and armed merchantmans. All of them but two were sunk. In BattleGroup42 the Ehrenfels will be available in two versions: As cargo ship she replaces the freighter for the German forces. Heavily armed with cannons and torpedoes is the armed merchantman version, which can be found on the objective map 4210-wolfpack for example. In order to use the weapons you'll have to open the hatches first.



That's it for today's news - our next news will probably be about the release of the final BattleGroup42 version. For this we can already promise you a few surprises. So don't miss anything and regularly visit our website at battlegroup42.de!

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CmdrDeck
CmdrDeck

What File contains maps such gella beach and operation citidel? When trying to install i get the error that the source file has been corrupted and i do not want to re download all of the files.

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al13326
al13326

I can't tell what .bin file/s contain those maps, but you might check the file integrity of 1x .exe and 4x .bin files with these:
Battlegroup42.de
Then use "hash my files" from Nirsoft to verify each files:
Nirsoft.net

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modmakin
modmakin

There are so many Finals, that I don't think the mod will make the 'final move' anyway.

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al13326
al13326

I don't think so. Despite the lack of beta-testers and handicap in terms of number of mod development members (only two of them active AFAIK), they're trying their best to release the third and final version.

But without the help from the community in general, there can be no progress. So if you already have BG42 FINAL RC2 installed, help them by finding bugs and report it to RC2 bug report thread here:
Battlegroup42.de

Regards.

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modmakin
modmakin

Oh, now I get it. I have downloaded and installed BG42 FINAL RC2, but it seems like the mod (and probably other BF1942 mods) actually requires processor power to run smoothly. As the laptop I have now which has better RAM and Graphic Card can't run BG42 smoother than my previous 'office PC', which has a better processor instead.

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Guest
Guest

Where Polish Army 1939-1945 ?? Defensive War in Poland ?? Polish Armed Forces in the West , East... Battle 1939 and Tobruk, Narvik ,Falaise, Driel , UK 1940 , Lenino , Warsaw , Kolobrzeg and many more ...

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osterizer8
osterizer8

They've already got a huge amount of the war covered. Poland would require a massive amout of work to add in (they'd have to make an entirely new faction with vehicles, and make maps for it as well.) Tobruk is covered, they modified the original map. You can find Tobruk along with the other original maps such as the Battle of Britain at the bottom of the map list. Narvik is also covered, it's like the 5th map on the list. (One way to find certain battles- the numbers before each map correspond to the date of the battle. 0639 would mean the battle was fought in June 1939.)

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Pettyen93
Pettyen93

Happy New Year!

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LordMaus
LordMaus

please always continue develop this mod^^ my vote is yours^^ gj guys , continue your good work always^^. Bring all WW2 and all other things to your mod, thank you.

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haemorrhage1
haemorrhage1

AI really low and stupid.

but maps and models amazing.

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al13326
al13326

Well, not really. You'd just forgot to slide up the AI skills to 100%. :D

On the serious note, BattleGroup42's AI are better and well refined (yet only next to Experience WWII mod as old-timers said) compared to vanilla's and other mod's AI. But hell, what can you expect from the old (yet reliable) Refractor engine? XD

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My second favorite WWII bf1942 mod. This one has much more content then my favorite though. The graphics are AWESOME!! It's historically accurate (always a plus in my book) there are MANY maps with bot support. Huge diversity of content (vehicles that appear in one map) etc. One of my favorite mods!

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