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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Attention we got Maus over here! -Now in Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon

Posted by D*Maier on Feb 10th, 2012

Best example for a secet weapon in ww2 is the Maus tank.
Despite it's rare appearance (only 2 were build, none entered combat) it's pretty famous.
And with 188t the heaviest tank build ever. Perfect fits in FH-Secret Weapon

arnament:              1x 128mm KwK44 L/50 (same gun in the Jagdtiger)
                            1x 75mm KwK44 L/36.5
                            1x 7.92mm MG34
                            1x close defense (heat launcher)
                            3x pistol port (for Mp40)

armor:                   200mm front, 180mm sides and rear, 100mm (60mm on turret) top

ingame tactics:       + prenetration of the hull with artillery less than 100mm is impossible
                            + anti-tank weapons for infantry are useless against the hull
                            + infantry can not climb on tank, cause of the high profile
                           
                            - weakpoint under the front hull (at-infantry can hide and attack here)
                            - the towers top is weakpoint, perfect target for planes
                            - it is so slow that attacks are rather senseless (it's a rolling bunker)

historical info:       Porsche became order on 21.March 1942 to design a 100t-tank.
                           While the armor got even stronger and heavier during development, motorisation 
                           remained a big problem. Results were a maximum speed of 20 km/h on streets and
                           13 km/h on terrain, as well as a consumption rate of 2525 liter per 100 kilometer.
                           Despite being named as Pzkpfw. VIII, it never got over the prototype phase.
                           The original name was VK7001/ Porsche Type 205. 160 Maus were planned,
                           Type 205/1 without turret and 205/2 with turret were build,
                           5 more were under construction. Type 205/2 was blown up in the testfield,
                           before soviet troops found it. The red army put the tower of 205/2 on the 
                           mantlet of 205/1 and tested it in kubinka 1945/46. It's exposed in the museum.

In conclusion the Maus was a wrong way in tank development. Much like the american T-28.
Super-heavy tanks are useless in modern mobile war. To slow for attacks, retreats and an easy target for planes.

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IGAI9933
IGAI9933 Feb 12 2012, 3:02am says:

Strong tank

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eYe.ris
eYe.ris Feb 12 2012, 5:18am says:

Thanks for the news, Maier. Good job! :)

Sorry that I was a bit impatient.

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Vilespring
Vilespring Oct 22 2013, 10:44pm says:

I have to do this, even though it is so old, The turret of the 205/2 was put on the HULL of 205/1. the mantlet is the gun mount!

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