Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon (FHSW) is an unofficial continuation of the famous Forgotten Hope (FH), a Battlefield 1942 modification. We say unofficial since FHSW is developed by FH fans, not the original FH creators. In 2007 it started as a small addon but since then it has grown to be one of the biggest mods of all time! What makes this mod special is that it adds lots of - but not only - Secret Weapons which saw limited or no action at all during WW2 like jet fighters and super heavy tanks. Some of the maps feature "what-if" battles like a landing operation on the Japanese mainland or attacking a secret German base in the African desert.

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FHSW has been released and there's a lot of new stuff which the devs haven't shown us in previous news. Warning: A lot of pictures.

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FHSW 0.6 released!


FHSW has been released and there's a lot of new stuff which the devs haven't shown us in previous news. Sorry when I skip over a lot of the new things but I don't want to break moddb with a one million characters article. ;)


How to install?

Please follow the instructions of this guide.

In short, you need:

  • Battlefield 1942 1.61b (CD) or 1.62 (Origin)
  • Forgotten Hope 0.7
  • Forgotten Hope Fan Mappack 6
  • Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon 0.6

Change log

I only included the big changes, if you want to see all changes please visit the official dev blog entry linked at the bottom.

General

  • Bug fixed which made it possible to spawn multiple mobile AT guns.
  • Added a new Horse kit to Japan, Germany, Soviet Union and France. Upon dismount the horse is “stored” in your inventory similarly to the existing mortar/mg kits.
  • Since new pistols were added there are more random pistol kits for US and Great Britain.
  • Increased gun movement (rotation, elevation) on horses.
  • Added Horse minimap icon.
  • Heavily reduced the amount of destructible objects on maps to increase overall stability.
  • Increased anti-tank damage of explosives.
  • Added a range drum to mortars similar to Sturmtiger’s. It’s now possible to calculate shots with more precision.
  • 81 mm mortar: ammo, power and rate of fire enhanced. As a new feature you can adjust the mortar’s horizontal orientation in seat 1 which is really helpful when the mortar is placed on a slope.
  • Invisible barriers added to some maps to avoid mainbase artillery shelling.
  • New effects on naval maps.
  • Amount of randomized equipment on tanks reduced to increase stability.
  • Increased visible distance for signal pistols.
  • Fixed some hand weapon animation bugs.
  • Bug fixed which caused bombs to hit your own aircraft when level bombing.
  • Changed some sniper rifle scopes.

United States


  • M1917 revolver


  • .30 cal. Carbine revolver




  • FM-2 Wildcat (fighter): F4F variant optimized for small-carrier operations
  • CVE-73 Gambier Bay (escort carrier): related news




  • CL-55 Cleveland (light cruiser)


  • CVL-22 Independence (aircraft carrier)


  • M36B1 (tank destroyer): Sherman chassis with the M36 Jackson turret.


  • Added roof to M36 Jackson’s turret, armour is pretty thin however
  • P-51H Mustang (fighter): flight performance adjusted, new texture added


Germany

  • PT 16 (armoured train): first armoured train in FHSW, good protection with up to 100 mm armour


  • E-25 (tank destroyer): proposed design to replace Panzer III/IV tank hunters, armed with Panther’s 75 mm gun, secondary armament is a 30 mm MK 108


  • E-25 PAW 1000 (tank destroyer): main gun replaced with the 10 cm PAW 1000 which utilized a high-low pressure system to fire hollow charge warheads, low muzzle velocity which makes it hard to aim


  • E-10 (tank destroyer): proposed design to replace "Hetzer", you can lower the suspension with the up/down keys to create a smaller profile


  • Maus with flamethrower as secondary armament


  • Panzer III Ausf. E (medium tank): initial production model with 37 mm gun and two coaxial machine guns, has more horsepower than later versions which makes it faster


  • Panzer III Ausf. G (medium tank): improved variant with 50 mm gun


  • StuG III Ausf. A (assault gun): initial production model
  • Flettner (helicopter): added two extra seats with fixed hand weapons.
  • VK1602 (MAN): gun changed from 75 mm KwK 41 to 50 mm KwK 39

Soviet Union

  • IS-4 (heavy tank): successor of IS-2, better armoured, faster reload because of the bigger turret


  • Object 701-1: IS-4 prototype with 122 mm gun S-34-II, higher penetration than regular IS-4
  • Object 701-2: IS-4 prototype with 100 mm gun S-34-I


  • IS-4 with coaxial flamethrower


  • T-44 (medium tank): successor of T-34 with a lot of improvements, armour protection is almost as good as Panther’s


  • SU-A-19 (tank destroyer): Kirov factory proposed to arm half of the SU-152 with 122 mm A-19 guns to increase its anti-tank capabilities especially at long ranges, but never went into production


  • SU-152: texture changed, added additional pistol ports

Great Britain


  • FN Browning Hi-Power


  • A41 Centurion Mk 1 (main battle tank): initial design, well armoured, powerful 17 pdr gun, 20 mm coaxial gun: excellent tank


  • Centurion Mk. IV: proposed variant of the Centurion with 95 mm howitzer




  • Crusader I (medium tank): added smoke grenade launcher
  • Crusader I CS: equipped with 3 inch howitzer for infantry support
  • Crusader I with Meteor engine: prototype with a very powerful engine, up to 80 km/h


  • Crusader II: removed MG turret, slightly better armoured front hull
  • Crusader III: remodelled, now clearly distinguishable from Crusader I and II


  • Crusader AA: armed with twin 20 mm Oerlikon, good mobility and firepower against aircraft and soft targets




  • Cromwell: added variant with 75 mm gun

Canada

  • 6 pdr “Canuck gun”: standard 6 pdr with extended caliber.

Italy

  • P26/40 (medium tank): often called the best Italian tank of WW2, overall performance similar to M4 Sherman


  • 75 mm EPS: armour-piercing projectile, added to P26/40 and Semovente
  • L3/33 (tankette): armed with machine guns
  • L3 Lf: flamethrower variant
  • L3 cc: equipped with 20 mm anti-tank rifle


  • SPA38R (truck): replaces the Opel Blitz on Italian maps, a special version is available which lets you carry a L3 tankette in the back


  • Added new tank sights

Japan


  • Yokosuka D4Y Suisei (dive bomber): can carry one 500 kg bomb




  • Junyo (aircraft carrier): planned as fast luxury passenger liner then redesigned to light aircraft carrier, low armour but decent AA capabilities


  • Yubari (light cruiser): experimental cruiser to test various new designs and technologies, was later also used in the war


  • Type 26 revolver
  • Type 10 signal pistol

New maps

  • Battle of Leyte Gulf Day 2: related news
  • Eagles Nest 1946: from the official add-on “Secret Weapons of WWII”
  • FHT Operation Dracula: GB vs Japan in 1945, in reality Japan evacuated before the British reached the city. What if they stood their ground?
  • Midway-1942: major overhaul
  • Monte Cassino: from the official add-on “Road to Rome”
  • Salerno: from the official add-on “Road to Rome”
  • The Merville Battery: readded
  • Operation Varsity: Allies want to secure bridges over the Rhine, can you stop them?
  • Way to Paris 1946: What if Soviet Union did not stop in Berlin but went further westwards?
  • Westminster: Germany has landed on the British mainland and is now attacking London.
  • Westwall 1945: Allied troops have to break through this deep defensive line to reach Germany.

Gamespy shutdown?

As you've probably heard Gamespy shut down the online support for BF1942 which means either your game locks up or it doesn't show any servers when updating the in-game server browser. But as always the community puts EA to shame and within days a solution was available, huge thanks to the creator s[sk]. I included the fix into the FHSW installer so no additional steps are required to play online. Go to here if you want some information about the changes he did.


Where to play?

As you might or might not know FHSW is a pure multiplayer mod, the game crashes if you try to play singleplayer. There are two servers but you'll only see players on them at specific times.

The European server is generally populated on weekend evenings CET. Most players are online during "Events" which take place each Sunday at 7 pm CET:

Site: Fhsw-europ.ucoz.de

Alternatively there's the Japanese server which is always full at about 8 pm JST. Be aware that you'll get kicked with a high ping which you usually have when connecting from Europe or the America East.


Source:
FHSW 0.6 released!

Comments
Rapied
Rapied

We need damn singleplayer

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OhNoesBunnies!
OhNoesBunnies!

Yep. Not enough players anywhere to even try this.

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HangPhyr
HangPhyr

That's be enough to get my LAN group to re-install BF1942 after quite a few years of retiring from it.

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MEGAPLAYER33
MEGAPLAYER33

Please Creator I love your mod. But it has a lot wrong in it the lack of singleplayer. Multiplayer is rather a good more multiplayer has at most 3 to 4 players online my god. It is unplayable your mod is perfect most lack the singleplayer. please do the singleplayer.
By:LucasEduardo
Up.Up.Up.Up

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KaelaMenshaKhaine
KaelaMenshaKhaine

Theres 30 to 40 players on weekends and atleast 15 in the evening everyday, enough to have more fun than stomping bots. Creating AI for maps takes a lot of coding and testing time and I hope they will rather use it on providing more content. You can always get some older fhsw version.

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lolfr
lolfr

and if people would visit multiplayer often we would have more people in the server so people would not need to worry about single player anymore........

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Ragnak2
Ragnak2

If I'm using the origin version which doesn't include the expansions do I need the expansions to play the maps from them? Such as Monte Casino and Salerno. I ask because I seem to be crashing when I try to load Monte Casino but I was playing other maps fine earlier in the day.

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

No you don't need them. What could cause problems maybe is if you have one of these maps in the Forgotten Hope folder.

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Ragnak2
Ragnak2

I had a look in the Forgotten Hope folder and there are map inside the levels folder including Monte Casino should I remove them or move them to Secret Weapons?

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

Don't (re)move those that come with Forgotten Hope or FH Fan Mappack 6. Sort by date and everything older than (including) May 19th 2006 has to stay.

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Ragnak2
Ragnak2

All of the maps inside the Forgotten Hope folder are older than and including May 19th 2006. I've noticed it's happened on other maps as well. Anything I can do? I've also noticed that some maps load quickly up to 100% then sit at 100% forever, I waited 10 minutes for it to load and nothing happened, I don't know if this is related.

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

Ignore the loading screen, it's bugged. Does it crash when you try to join a server or when you create a local game? What are your PC specs?

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Ragnak2
Ragnak2

It doesn't seem to crash until I try to exit. It just sits on the loading screen. I just tried it in local on the Battle for the River Don which I tried to join a server on earlier and it was the same. It's odd because on Sunday I was able to play fine then the day after it started crashing about 5 minutes into a game and now I can't get in at all. My specs should be more than fine they're: Win7 64, i5-4670k, 8gb ram, and two GTX 660 Ti's. Should I just try to reinstall the mod?

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

Hmm tricky, do Vanilla BF1942 and Forgotten Hope work? If yes then I'd try to run the game with Win98/Me compatibility as test. It increases the loading time a lot but this mode has never crashed for me. Still not loading? Yes, try a re-install.

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Ragnak2
Ragnak2

Could it be that the widescreen fix didn't install correctly? I haven't played 1942 in such a long time, I don't know what it's supposed to do. Are you supposed to be able to select widescreen resolutions ingame? because I couldn't I had to manually input them into the configs. I'll just do a reinstall and see what happens.

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Ragnak2
Ragnak2

I think I've found the cause of the problem. I believe either my resolution or the XP compatibility. If I play on 98 compatibility there are no issues, however I can't play at my full resolution. Any suggestions?

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

So if you play on Win98 it works, but on everything else it crashes? Win98 mode doesn't allow a higher resolution sadly.

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Ragnak2
Ragnak2

That seems to be the case yeh, only 98 works. I still experience crashing on one or two maps, like Leyte gulf day 2 but I think thats just the map itself.

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

You could try one of the available different BF1942.exe's: Team-simple.org

I.imgur.com

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KaelaMenshaKhaine
KaelaMenshaKhaine

I was quite suprised when I saw 32 updates in my box :D Thanks for that great mod, its great that it is finally getting bigger player base than pfc. Cant wait For S&T pack update. Keep up the great work and I hope that we will get some more game mechanic improvements, better effects and maybe ironsights and other goodies that are left forgotten in our community in future.

PS: Also I was wondering if some of those light effects from the Youtube.com could be implemented. Also some nice weather effects there.

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Vionix
Vionix

Very nice update. Will the devs eventually add the rest of the E-Series vehicles and their different variants such as the tank destroyers or the SPAAGs? I believe the Kriegsmarine is also in need of an update with their Plan Z armada, especially in comparison to the navies of other nations. I hope we get to see more "alternate history" type maps going beyond 1945. They can be secret battles like the Alaska 1948 map, Forgotten Jungle 1946, or something new like an assault on a New Swabia military base in Antarctica like the one found in Battlegroup 42. On the other hand, maps taking place in a timeline where World War II continued on would be something unique. Not only would these scenarios be interesting, but the possibilities for the weaponry and vehicles would be awesome.

Overall, props to the FHSW devs for their continued development and kudos to the FHSW European Community for promoting this magnificent mod.

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

Thank you.

For ships they have usually tried to stay historically accurate for the most part but I would also like to see some more German or even Italian naval stuff.

There is a new alternate history map included in 0.6 called "Way to Paris" where the Soviets are attacking Paris in 1946.

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KaelaMenshaKhaine
KaelaMenshaKhaine

And this map is crazy O_O

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Vionix
Vionix

Yeah, I noticed that there are now quite a handful of maps like the ones I'm asking for including the silly but fun Moon 1969 map, and I hope we get more of these in the future. Do you know if the devs will add the other Entwicklung Series? I know that there isn't much on them and that most, if not all, variants are just made up, but seeing them would be great.

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

No idea about further plans for E-Series. We're not really in contact with the devs, sometimes you see a WIP pic of a modell on twitter but that's about it.

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patron2
patron2

massive

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Sgt.Brot
Sgt.Brot

I love this mod

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[FR]-Arkansas-[FR]
[FR]-Arkansas-[FR]

Hm very interesting... but I have two questions :

First, how to have BF1942 on Origin ? (EA, did you delete it ?!)

Second : did the bots know how to use these weapons and vehicles ?

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Born-1942
Born-1942

're awesome too eager to play

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Blue_Fyre
Blue_Fyre

awesome how an old game like this still got community support. awesome! keep going!

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Stoc911
Stoc911

awesome update, but I have a issue :C

clean install of bf, fh and then fwsh and gamespy patch. I try to play on the EU server but once in game, 90% of the objects lack of texture, they're simply grey (grey tank with colored tracks,...), the map and icons are messed up...
I tried to play alone on a local server and everything was ok...

so.... what the hell have i f****d up? c: thx in advance :D

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

Was that only on one map or multiple? I had that problem, too once. Just had to restart and it worked again.

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Stoc911
Stoc911

Three different multiplayer match with three different maps... all three times same issue
once I tried to start a local match to load a map, all fine, and then join a multiplayer match, but same issue...

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

Maybe a file got corrupted, try a re-download of Part 1. Alternatively you can download the zip archive of the mod: Drive.google.com

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Stoc911
Stoc911

yuppy c:
thx I'll try XD

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BFK_Public_Relations
BFK_Public_Relations

What map has the IS-4?

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eYe.ris Author
eYe.ris

Way to Paris 1946

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Guest
Guest

Just a question, does this still work with windows 10? Cause I used to play it a lot (with windows 8), then later 'upgraded' to windows 10, and it doesn't start up at all anymore. No matter how many times I click on it, it just doesn't respond.

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Wulfburk12
Wulfburk12

Freaking awesome Comet!!!

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