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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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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NorthKoreanWehrmacht Feb 20 2012, 7:59pm says:

Can you figure out how to reduce the loading time I don't like to wait an hour or two for a game to load? Also can make a what if Senior if the Germans invaded American in 1950s or 60s with their very advanced Wunderwaffe like in Turning point fall of liberty that would be a cool mod for BF1942?

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mr_j Feb 21 2012, 3:46pm replied:

Try to disable Lightmaps in your Graphic settings, it doesn't affect image quality so much but can help to cut loading time back.
Nevertheless it has been confirmed that next FHSW release will bring shorter loading times.

About second part of your comment: I doubt if it fits FHSW scheme which is World War 2 period of time. However you may go to forum in and write your suggestion in dedicated thread.

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PFCDaddyCool Feb 15 2012, 5:22pm says:

It's just so awesome that they are still updating this "old" mod, though Forgotten hope, and Forgotten hope Secret Weapons NEVER gets old.

Is there any telling about when they will be releasing this update?

Extremely looking forward to this sweet update!!!

Much appreciations to the guys that still work on this awesome game and mod!

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Feb 16 2012, 5:27am replied:

The release of 0.5 is planned for April.

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Bthefox Feb 14 2012, 6:24pm says:

o man the maus cant wait for the next update :)

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Sgt_Prof Feb 14 2012, 3:38pm says:

Finaly ! Maus tank !

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Serathis Feb 13 2012, 8:07am says:

Gold on we've got a badass over here!

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IOZy Feb 12 2012, 6:43pm says:

indeed WOT :X love that game

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Kommunizm Feb 12 2012, 10:27am says:

S-51? Hello, WoT! ;-)

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warrio5 Feb 11 2012, 12:15am says:

For some reasons, I just can't use gamefront to download mods anymore, so can u guys upload the patch 0.42.1111 directly into moddb server? It will be a great help if u do.

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mr_j Feb 11 2012, 11:23am replied:

this is another mirror of 0.42.1111 patch:
However you need to install it manually. Just move and replace all .rfa files to ...\EA GAMES\Battlefield 1942\Mods\FHSW\Archives\bf1942\levels

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warrio5 Feb 11 2012, 11:26am replied:

Thanks a lot, this really help me greatly :)

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