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 Mar 29 2012, 4:45am says:

when will FHSW 0.5 come out?? please reply!! and will the P1000 ratte come back to 0.5 and all other verhicles,weapons, planes ext.?? please reply very much thanks!!

greetings a great fan

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Mar 29 2012, 8:23am replied:

Hi, the P-1000 Ratte has always been in the mod and I'm sure it won't be dropped in the next release. It is planned to release FHSW 0.5 in April, but I can't promise that. There are still many news to come so stay tuned! :)

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buschhans Mar 27 2012, 10:46pm says:

Yes its request the 1.61b, like all active mods.
Download the Forgotten Hope 0.7 / 3 Parts Load Mod and patch it with FHSW 0.42 / 2 Parts Load, and last but not least the FHSW 0.421111 Tweak Pack for can join the server!
Here you can download it:

Server Name: 0.42 + Patch

Server IP:

Letz go and to have fun soldier!

In 2012 we try to focus the community on
Two FHSW-Fightnights per week!
each Friday 7:00pm and Sunday 7:00pm

Our Gameserver runs FHSW 0.42 + Maptweakpack (Patch)
You find all necessary downloads in left sidebar!

<-------- Downloads


The "Berlin" Event

Sunday, April 1st 2012, 19:00 CET

Map list:
1. Spring awakening
2. Seelow Heights
3. Berlin Outskirts
4. Berlin Streets
5. Berlin 1945*

*be aware that few of PFC maps interfere with no. 5. You need to disable them temporarily in order to play FHSW Berlin 1945.

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grayo03 Mar 27 2012, 10:58pm replied:

So i install the FHSW into the FH directly? ( or just copy and paste FHSW comleted install files into the FH mod folder and relpace all files)

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Mar 28 2012, 4:08am replied:

Did you download the installer? It should automatically pick the right path. If you downloaded the files, simply put the FHSW folder into your Bf1942 mods folder: ..\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\
Don't overwrite or replace FH files!

Is the bayonet question still relevant? It's usually the first weapon slot and you use it by right clicking.

Both servers (Japanese&Europe) use the same version, which means that 1.61b, FH Fanmappack 6 and the map tweak packs are needed! Full installation guide here:

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grayo03 Mar 28 2012, 6:57pm replied:

one more thing, does the secret weapon server need to have the 0.7 FH installed, or just FHSW?

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grayo03 Mar 28 2012, 6:49pm replied:

Where can i get the Fanmappack 6?

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Mar 29 2012, 2:46am replied:

Everything you need including dl links is in the link I posted above.

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grayo03 Mar 27 2012, 10:39pm says:

What version of bf1942 must i have to play on the japanese server? is it 1.61b or before that?

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grayo03 Mar 27 2012, 8:36pm says:

how can you use the bayonet on the shotgun or other rifles like the arisaka? or is it just for show?

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grayo03 Mar 27 2012, 10:38pm replied:

never mind that, post on wrong page....

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