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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Sgt_Prof Oct 8 2011, 6:14am says:

were MAUS tank ?!

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Oct 11 2011, 6:02am replied:

It hasn't been added yet. If you mean the 'Ratte' you can find it on the map Operation Rattrap, it's an objective map.

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Aug 19 2011, 2:16pm says:

Some points I have to make after reading through the comments here:

1. The creator of this site is not the creator of the mod. So it's useless if you make suggestions to him like 'add singleplayer-support' because he can't do it. The mod-creators are Japanese and their English is not the best, so I don't think that they are aware of this site.

2. The mod-makers stopped adding singleplayer-support for this mod at version 0.4 because they have a full (64 players) server almost every day. They simply don't need it. Also it's way more fun in multiplayer. Sadly the server is located in Japan, which gives you a very bad ping if you live outside of Asia. I have some epic gameplay footage on my yt-account to give you an idea how awesome a full server can be:



(can't put in direct links because I'm a new member)

3. I don't know the technical details but it's impossible to lower the loading time for the maps because this mod uses also data from the Forgotten Hope mod folder.

4. This mod has been downloaded over 9000 times now. That should be enough people to get at least one full server for Europe or North-America. But unfortunately there are only 10-15 people online on good days (30+ on events). So I encourage everyone to join the FHSW Europ Server because this mod is so awesome and simply deserves it. Most people are online on Sunday evening (Central European time).

Regards, eYe

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Berkolok Aug 13 2011, 3:52am says:

man in the coral sea map american have NO aircraft carrier can you fix it
and this mod have a lot of map buıt no bot support man nobody plaing this mod online make bot support and reduce loading time then you done all this thing this mod will be best battlefield 1942 mod!!!!!

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NorthKoreanWehrmacht Aug 6 2011, 9:45pm says:

Why does your mod take so long to load I find that a serious problem it takes an hour to load a map I don't want to wait that long.

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NorthKoreanWehrmacht Aug 4 2011, 11:04pm says:

Can you make operation rattrap single player I tried to make it single player but it makes FHSW CTD and I don't care if the bots don't work with just make It single player and make single player map with the haunbu.

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KAO99 Jul 14 2011, 3:48pm says:

I'm convinced that the mod has enough tanks, I just wish you guys would make a jet pack

a third of the code is already there for you guys (in the Secret Weapons expansion), and it was a real life concept that the Germans cooked up

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Sgt_Prof Jul 13 2011, 2:19pm says:

My suggestion: make FHSW for Battlefield 2 as FH2: secret weapons or FHSW2

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Sgt_Prof Jul 12 2011, 11:10am says:

my PC load all maps about 20 seconds.....
8GB ram
GeForce GTX550TI
Intel Core I5

I recomended don't donwnload Historical pack, it make slower loading

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D.D.R. Jul 13 2011, 6:26pm replied:

I have 8GB of RAM too, but some maps don't load and a another player of this mod have the same problem.

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D.D.R. Jul 7 2011, 5:03pm says:

Map loading is very slow, taking more than 10 minutes, sometimes getting the full loading bar, but don't start. How to fix this?
I have a GTX 460, a i5 processor and Windows 7.

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Highest Rated (11 agree) 10/10

Perhaps the best mod ever created.

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No proper bot support, if included its worth playing.

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