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 4 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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Gangstaboy Apr 3 2012, 10:09am says:

how long did you/did they work on FHSW v0.5? or don't you know?

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Apr 3 2012, 10:58am replied:

Uh, I don't know but I guess they started when they were done with 0.42 (October 2010).

If you have more small questions, I suggest you register at the FHSW Europe Forum: There you can also discuss the latest news or propose new vehicles.

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mihaita_tero Apr 3 2012, 9:34am says:

I have a problem!
=> when I load a map it gives me error
=> My bad english SORRY

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Apr 3 2012, 10:54am replied:

Did you follow these steps?

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Gangstaboy Apr 3 2012, 9:27am says:

oke thanks for all your answers! i hope it will arrive soon! and iam gonna delete the sound&texture pack and the maptweakpack. and ofcourse, the old FHSW 0.42

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Saladofstones Apr 3 2012, 8:30am says:

How is the SP support for this mod? Also is there anyway to see what servers are up? I hear that the in-game browse isn't very accurate.

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Apr 3 2012, 10:53am replied:

It doesn't offer proper SP support. The in-game browser is accurate as far as I can tell but there are only two "active" servers anyway, links on top of this page:

Japan: 64 players every day @Japan evening time
Europe: 15-30 players on weekends @Central Europe evening/night time

If you really want to play this mod online and your ping is too high to play on the Japanese server, the best way is to register at the FHSW Europe forum with a legit e-mail and you'll get a newsletter every time when there is a "gaming day".

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Gangstaboy Apr 2 2012, 2:30pm says:

and the sound&texture pack working with v0.5?

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Apr 2 2012, 3:01pm replied:

You have to delete FHSW and the Sound & Texture pack completely before you install the new version.

But I'm sure the guy who made the Sound & Texture pack will update it as soon as possible. 0.5 contains all the old stuff + map tweak packs + the new stuff.

As I said the release is planned for this month but I can't promise that.

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Gangstaboy Apr 2 2012, 2:11pm says:

i play with windows vista 32 bit and all the bugs that are maybe in it be others? and does that maptweaketpatch works with v0.5?? are will there in v0.5 only be new stuff en things? and it will be released somewhere this month? (sorry for my bad english iam dutch)

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Gangstaboy Apr 2 2012, 1:04pm says:

1 more question: will all the bugs/crashes etc. be fixed in the newest version of forgotten hope secret weapon v0.5?? please answer thanks!

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Apr 2 2012, 1:26pm replied:

Hmm, what bugs/crashes do you mean? If you play with Win7 there can always be crashes, Bf1942 is oviously not programmed for it and I'm not sure that there can be much done to change that. But I play with Win7 64bit and it's extremely rare that it crashes, maybe 1 out of 50 times.

The Ratte is only available in MP and the Bf1942 engine is defintely not able to make it really working in SP. Sure you could just add bots to the map but they wouldn't be able to destroy or even properly drive the Ratte nor walk inside or ontop of it. But it's a fun map in MP.

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