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.
M2A1 + M2A4 + M5A1 + M8 HMC "Scott" + M8A1 GMC + various MG deploy kits + improved bipod technique + mortar sight
Posted by eYe.ris on Mar 29th, 2012
In this update we present you a great variety of American light tanks from before and after the famous M3 "Stuart". Also check out the video that shows revolutionary MG deploy kits and an all around renewed bipod technique. All credits go to the Japanese devs who always create something new that wasn't there before! We also invite every player to our "Berlin Event" on the upcoming Sunday.
There are still more news to come, so stay tuned!
The main armament of the M2A1 is a cal .50 machine gun which is strong enough to deal with light armored vehicles. Tank combat should obviously be avoided. The armor is only 15 mm thick but the low weight also allows this tank to go over 70 km/h! 10 units of this type were produced but were used for training only.
This improved variant of the M2 is equipped with the 37 mm gun and thicker armor for the cost of speed. The overall combat value is comparable with the M3 Stuart, the armor is a bit thinner though.
The M5 was the successor of the M3 and featured a redesigned hull with sloped glacis plate and driver's hatches moved to the top. Although the main criticism from the units using it was that the Stuarts lacked firepower, the improved M5 series kept the same 37 mm gun.
M8 HMC "Scott"
The M8 Scott was a self-propelled howitzer vehicle and saw action in the Italian Campaign, the Western Front, and in the Pacific. It was largely replaced by the adaption of the M4 Sherman to use the 105 mm howitzer.
The turret isn’t enclosed so you better watch your back while driving through enemy territory. You can also load HEAT shells to fight tanks although the "Scott" is not really made for this.
This variant of the M8 is simply a rearmed M5 with the M3 75 mm gun which gives him a lot more firepower. Because of the open turret and the thin armor it’s recommended to use this tank mainly for ambushes.
New and improved MG deploy kits
One problem with the current deployable machine guns is that they’re only useful in very few situations. You couldn’t place them behind an obstacle because the gun would be too low and it always glitched through the ground when placed on top of statics. In the upcoming release these bugs are fixed and you'll also have the choice between different types of tripods to adjust the height. This gives you the opportunity to place a machine gun behind walls or sandbags and even inside of houses!
Another notable change is that you can now take cover behind almost every mounted machine gun. You do so by simply holding the "S" key.
Improved bipod system
The bipod feature for machine guns and anti-tank rifles was implemented with FHSW 0.42. There was one engine related problem though, where you could abuse the fact that in Battlefield 1942 each weapon slot has its own crosshair accuracy. You could quickly switch to the bipod and have a very accurate crosshair right away.
With the new system the weapon‘s crosshair will always be imprecisely for a few seconds when you switch to the bipod. This feature is shown in the video above @0:39 seconds.
New sight for the 81 mm mortars
Until now it was almost impsossible to calculate the range on mortars if no one spotted a target for you. With the new sight things will become a lot easier as you now can estimate and possibly recalculate the distance to your designated target a lot better.
Source: FHSW dev blog
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Everything you need to play is described in the following link: Moddb.com
Next event: "Berlin Event"
Date & time: April, 1st (upcoming Sunday) @7 pm CEST/GMT+2
Site and technical support: Fhsw-europ.ucoz.de