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.


  • Over 650 different vehicles at land, sea and air featuring lots of Secret Weapons of WW2!
  • 130 maps, from tight infantry action over pure tank and plane combat maps to full scale naval battles. Or everything at once!
  • 150 hand weapons with new reload and moving animations for all (AT) rifles, bipods for MGs and (reworked) deployable weapons like mortars and heavy machine guns
  • 12 nations: Australia, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, Soviet Union and USA
  • Completely overhauled, more immersive sounds and effects
  • New techniques: switchable ammo, towable AT guns, altimeter for planes, napalm & cluster bombs, bayonets and much more
  • Heavily modified combat to enhance realism while not being overly complicated
  • Unique gameplay: Control the mysterious 1000-tonne tank "Ratte", use the Me 323 to transport tanks to the front line, fly Kamikaze missions against heavily armed Battleships or ... simply take a horse.

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FHSW Europe

Active: Every weekend at 8 pm CET


Active: Every day at 8 pm JST

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25 comments by eYe.ris on Sep 17th, 2014

FHSW 0.552 released!

After a long wait the FHSW devs have finally released version 0.552. There was also 0.55 and 0.551 but I skipped them because they were very buggy and laggy and the devs said they would release a bugfix very soon.

I'll list all the news since the last release to give you an quick overview of what has been added:

But there are also a lot of things added which haven't been mentioned in any news yet or we didn't cover properly on moddb like the new Panzer II late variants or Japanese tankettes. Also see the pictures below for some examples.


(thanks to MinefieldJoe for the translation)

New level bombing mechanic

One huge gamplay related addition is the new bombing sight which allows proper level bombing for heavy bombers. On the minimap you can see two new icons which show the current position of your plane (reticle) in relation to the horizon (half blue/black circle).

If you go for a bombing run both indicators you have to be aligned which means your plane flies level.

Use then the bombing sight (left mouse click) to aim at your target. The center of the reticle is where the bombs will approximately hit.


Be aware that bombers with this new bomb sight can't be used as dive bomber anymore. Because of a built-in game mechanic you'll always miss the target. Practice and stay over the clouds! Then flak and fighters will have a hard time shooting you down.

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 0.552

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 on specific times.

The European server hosts events regularly with a lot of people participating the next one is right around the corner, see you there! To avoid any timezone confusion use this timer as reference:


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

FHSW 0.55 released
FHSW 0.551 released
FHSW 0.552 released

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Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon 0.552 (Part 1/2)

Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon 0.552 (Part 1/2)

Sep 14, 2014 Full Version 7 comments

This is the installer for Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon 0.552 (Part 1/2). Make sure to install Forgotten Hope + Mappack 6 first.

Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon 0.552 (Part 2/2)

Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon 0.552 (Part 2/2)

Sep 14, 2014 Full Version 12 comments

This is the installer for Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon 0.552 (Part 2/2). Make sure to install Forgotten Hope + Mappack 6 and Part 1 first.

Forgotten Hope Fan Mappack 6

Forgotten Hope Fan Mappack 6

Sep 13, 2014 Full Version 3 comments

A new installer for the Forgotten Hope Fan Mappack 6 which is compatible with the Origin and CD version of Battlefield 1942. This mappack is required...

Forgotten Hope 0.7

Forgotten Hope 0.7

Sep 12, 2014 Full Version 2 comments

A new installer for Forgotten Hope v0.7 which is compatible with the Origin and CD version of Battlefield 1942. Forgotten Hope is required to be able...

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Cpl_recon Jul 6 2012, 8:40pm says:

does anyone know when the release date for .50 is?

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Jul 7 2012, 5:07am replied:

Should be close, about 3 to 4 weeks they said. No guarantee though, could also take longer.

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Gangstaboy Jul 10 2012, 2:21pm replied:

would be awesome!! i check this mod every day for updates etc. on the first day of the release, iam downloading it.

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Gangstaboy Jul 4 2012, 3:58pm says:

oke thank you!! but was there in v0.42 sp support? or not? i will take a look. but the bugs and the AI fails, dont care for me. i play always with bots i dont play many on multiplayer because you constantly die and that sucks. if there will be no sp support in the next release, my rating is a 5. i will be so dissapointed is there,s gonna be no singleplayer. it is so awesome


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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Jul 5 2012, 1:20pm replied:

Yes, some maps work with bots to some extend and I’m pretty sure these will also work in v0.5. But you won’t find any vehicles on them that were added with v0.4 or later, only the old ones.

Of course you die more often in multiplayer, but if you have the will to learn from your teammates you’ll eventually become better. FHSW is such a heavily vehicle based game it’s very easy to get killed but also to kill someone else. New players always receive a warm welcome on our forum or server and can ask as many questions as they want.

What I also would like to mention is that these "awesome" things which you see in the trailers is mostly not possible with the Bf1942 AI, you _need_ human players for that. Sadly, the only thing the bots can do is running from point A to point B in a straight line and plane circling over a certain point. That’s an engine related problem and can’t be fixed in any mod, Bf1942 is simply a multiplayer game, the bots are just a nice to have addtion. That’s okay for a quick round but gets dull after a while and you miss many of the amazing features that FHSW has when you only play singleplayer.

You can rate whatever you want, but it’s pretty lame if you haven’t even played it. Maybe it’s the wrong game for you?

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Gangstaboy Jul 5 2012, 3:43pm replied:

alright and oke. i have played the game but my cd key of bf1942 didnt work anymore so i could not install the game right now. i have some positive and negative reactions about multiplayer and singleplayer:

multiplayer positive
+ play with friends
+ play more realistic
+ they dont stuck on certain points

multiplayer negative
- you die very often
- they take all the vehicles they can get
- they are mostly not nice if you say or ask a certain question
- the servers are not full every day or every evening ( i live in holland)
- you can be kickt and you MUST follow the rules

singleplayer positive
+ bots are easy to defeat
+ you can take all the vehicles even if there are bots in it
+ you can choose any level you want( mission)
+ you can choose the dificulty of the mission
+ you can change the number of bots
+ they are very fun

singleplayer negative
- they stuck very often
- they run through walls ore something else sometimes
- they are not so releastic to play with
- if you ran in there crossfire, they just shoot you and you die
- if you are in a vehicle with a bot, he crashes sometimes or drives into the water

that are my negative and positive points about singleplayer and multiplayer. now i will stop complainting. or i will see.


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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Jul 7 2012, 5:19am replied:

Okay I understand your points and they make sense, I agree on some but not all of them.

I think you must have made a bad experience when you played online. However if you want to give it a try online, server link is on top of this page, we play Sunday ~8 pm CET (=Holland time).

But here are some Bf1942 mods for you that have decent singleplayer support:
- Battlefield 1918 (WWI mod):
- Battlegroup42:
- Eve of Destruction (Vietnam mod):
- Forgotten Hope Revisited:

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Gangstaboy Jul 8 2012, 11:43am replied:

oke many thanks!! i would well know which point you disagree with. because i like to hear someones opinion.

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Gangstaboy Jul 3 2012, 2:00pm says:

i HOPE they will ad sp support

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Jul 4 2012, 11:19am replied:

Not gonna happen or highly unlikely at least. See page 3 or 4 for a more detailed answer.

I don't think there's an offical forum, at least not an English one. But we have a thread in our forum where we propose ideas, some devs read there:

Look through the thread before you post, because there isn't much left that hasn't been suggested yet. ;)

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Gangstaboy Jul 3 2012, 1:19pm says:

where can i post some ideas for the next release?? because i cannot find a moddb forum from this mod. i have some ideas

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mr_j Jul 4 2012, 11:20am replied: +1 vote     reply to comment
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Highest Rated (11 agree) 10/10

Perhaps the best mod ever created.

Dec 27 2010, 11:38am by Panzert

Lowest Rated (9 agree) 1/10

No proper bot support, if included its worth playing.

Jan 19 2011, 9:19am by UkrainaGuy1111

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