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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26 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 10 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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warrio5 Feb 10 2012 says:

By some chances that u are Japanese or living in Japan right now? Cause i saw Japanese written below the BF1942 box that appear in the video.

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Feb 10 2012 replied:

The devs of this mod are Japanese but the creator(s) of this moddb site are just fans of the mod from Europe.

€: Nice timing, maier. :D

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D*Maier Creator
D*Maier Feb 10 2012 replied:

fhsw is made by a japanese modteam (secret ordnance factory)
I'm just member of the european fhsw community (official partner)
and write news on this site, using stuff from japan :)

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warrio5 Feb 10 2012 replied:

Lol and there I thought that there aren't many people playing PC games in Japan, much less of a mod team such as fhsw cause I'm currently living in Japan myself XD. So they also the 1 who did the Forgotten hope for BF2 right?

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Feb 10 2012 replied:

No, that's a completely different mod team.

But consider yourself lucky, you can join the Japanese server without lagging like hell. The server is full (64 players) every day @evening time in Japan, link at top of this page (PrinceUmeboshi).

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Spyr0x Jan 6 2012 says:

i think u need to show em the rattrap tank :D, and compare it =p

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Sgt_Prof Dec 31 2011 says:

bot support for operation rattrap map ?

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Jan 1 2012 replied:

No, there won't be bot support for any maps in future releases. I explained the reason for this on the sites before.

But there are news about the Maus: I have to take my earlier statement back, there's a high chance that the Maus will be added in the next version!

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Sgt_Prof Dec 17 2011 says:

when Maus tank will be added ? It's done, but when it be released ?

Meybe is possible port Maus tank to FH2 (in personal mod) ?

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Dec 21 2011 replied:

There are no signs from the Japanese devs that it will ever be added.

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andrej_111 Dec 11 2011 says:

A very interesting mod. Thank you for it.

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csalezlopez Dec 11 2011 says:

hello i hawe 1 problem i download the mod and install when i try to play the software drop me out from a game bekaz hi found 1 problem and the program shoting down...meiby i not install 1 parts .which part need install first? sorry for my bad languange.

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eYe.ris Creator
eYe.ris Dec 12 2011 replied:
Follow this link and you will find a step by step guide on how to install this mod. Point 5 and 6 are now obsolete, because there exists an installer for that (you can find it under the download section here: Patch 0.42.1111).

It would be nice to have something similar on the moddb page (maybe under tutorials?) because it can be tricky to install FHSW.

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D*Maier Creator
D*Maier Dec 8 2011 says:

FHSW Europe and Princeumeboshi.jpn are playing with additional Maptweakpacks. Im uploading a installer for the latest pack right now.
Stay patient ;)

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