Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 is a modification for Red Orchestra. It focuses on the western European front during WWII from Operation Overlord to the end of combat operations on May 9, 1945. Darkest Hour covers a multitude of combined arms and mechanized infantry engagements ranging through Normandy, Belgium, Holland, and Germany.

Darkest Hour can be downloaded from Steam here, and our active community forum is welcome to all players for their respected input and suggestions.


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The Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 team is proud to announce that we will officially begin a full-scale public beta test of update 6.0 starting on June 20th! This is to be one of the largest updates to the game we have ever done, so we need to make sure it's rock solid!

The purpose of the public test will be to gauge community feedback on the myriad changes and new features, and to make the game as bug-free as possible before the update is finally released via Steam later this year.

The public test is likely to run for several weeks. In this time, we will be hosting a 24/7 server that will cycle in new maps, content and bug fixes as they happen, so you will be able to play the latest builds at any time! We will also be holding large weekly events that will be announced here!

We will be releasing the tentative change log, as well as instructions on how to join the public test on June 15th, so mark your calendars!

To stay up to date with all the latest and to take part in the discussion, join the Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 Test Team Steam Group.

See you on the battlefield,
Darklight Games

Improving Mortars

Improving Mortars

1 year ago News 4 comments

To me, nothing in our game more terrifying than being pinned down by machine-gun fire while the whistle and thundering explosions of incoming mortars...

Vehicle Passengers & Update FAQ

Vehicle Passengers & Update FAQ

1 year ago News 2 comments

We are adding passenger positions to all vehicles! Passenger positions have existed on many vehicles in the game for a long time, but nearly half of the...

Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 Returns!

Darkest Hour: Europe '44-'45 Returns!

1 year ago News 5 comments

After 3 year hiatus, former developers return to breathe new life into award winning mod.

Darkest Hour Update 5.1 is RELEASED [16DEC2011]

Darkest Hour Update 5.1 is RELEASED [16DEC2011]

3 years ago News 3 comments

Well folks, the time has come at last. The actual release of this update has taken a bit longer than all of us anticipated, but we hope that you will...

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Darkest Hour June 6th 2008 Trailer

Darkest Hour June 6th 2008 Trailer

7 years ago Trailers 1 comment

A trailer showing off many of the new features, units and weapons of the upcoming Darkest Hour Beta 1.0

Darkest Hour Beta 1.0 Manual

Darkest Hour Beta 1.0 Manual

7 years ago Guides 2 comments

The Darkest Hour Beta 1.0 Manual explains installing DH, how to set up the sdk, server and several new gameplay features.

Darkest Hour Feature Trailer

Darkest Hour Feature Trailer

7 years ago Trailers 2 comments

The DH feature trailer....look here to learn more about our parachute and portable radio man systems. Release in May 2008

Christmas 2007 Teaser Trailer

Christmas 2007 Teaser Trailer

8 years ago Trailers 1 comment

The Christmas 2007 Teaser Trailer for Darkest Hour.

Dog Green Teaser Trailer

Dog Green Teaser Trailer

8 years ago Trailers 1 comment

The Darkest Hour Dog Green Trailer. Enjoy 5 minutes of action packed footage (which only shows 50% of the entire map) as well as numerous other features...enjoy...

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Sergeant_Farmer Jan 21 2012 says:

Hey Guys!

I have a Problem. I have instaled Red Orchestra and now i will play/download Darkest Hour but i cant download these mod! The Download button in the Steam Store doesn´t work! It does nothing after the klick!

Help me please!

Greetz Farmer

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Frost_Tale Jan 23 2012 replied:

Me to i have the same problem you have everytime i click it doesent do anyting.

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koschi104 Jan 20 2012 says:

I wish DH would come out for RO 2.... i love this mod so much

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Hiatus May 2 2013 replied:

check out festung europa :)

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Hokipoki Jan 19 2012 says:

is there any other servers alive than 29th and jolly rodgers tank server ? i dont feel like playing in those servers because some admins seem to be way too strict.

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dunadan101 Dec 12 2011 says:

I'm so disapointed by RO2, Tripwire really ****** up this time ...

I wish so much you guys could port this mod on RO2, so much win. :')

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BabylonDemolitionist Jan 23 2012 replied:

"so much win" ? -_-

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cpt.franz Nov 25 2011 says:

is there a way to play this mod without steam?

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Shurek Creator
Shurek Nov 28 2011 replied:

No. You must have Steam with Red Orchestra: Ostfront 41-45 installed in order to play Darkest Hour.

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destroy22980 Nov 24 2011 says:

Theres a bug i found. The driver controls don't work. I was in a king tiger and the WASD keys did'nt do anything.

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Shurek Creator
Shurek Nov 28 2011 replied:

It's not a bug. Press the the primary fire button on your mouse (usually the left mouse button). That will start the tank's engine :)

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