The Great War is a modification for Company of Heroes meant to bring the war two decades earlier. This mod focuses on the later years of the First World War. Currently the two teams will be the British Expeditionary Force against the German Empire, however with time the team will try and bring some more nations in, such as France and Austria-Hungary. This mod will focus or realism but keep the game balanced enough to make it enjoyable. Things to look for in the mod are the famous artillery strikes and the infamous gas attacks. Trenches will provide vital cover for infantry while tanks will roll over the battlefield and instil fear into the enemy troops.

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Today we bring you a small update to remind people that we’re very much still alive! As we don’t have many interesting things to show right now (most of the things we’re working on right now are very unglamorous bug fixes), we’ll talk about an aspect unmentioned so far: skin variations. We also wanted to talk about how we implemented gas warfare, but to avoid cluttering we’ll do a full update on the subject later.

Posted by Rataconfusca on Sep 16th, 2011

Today we bring you a small update to remind people that we’re very much still alive!
As we don’t have many interesting things to show right now (most of the things we’re working on right now are very unglamorous bug fixes), we’ll talk about an aspect unmentioned so far: skin variations. We also wanted to talk about how we implemented gas warfare, but to avoid cluttering we’ll do a full update on the subject later.

B.E.F. Infantry skin variations:
When we started planning this faction two years ago we decided to go for a nation-neutral design. The historical BEF had a number of non-British contingents in its ranks and to avoid alienating any of those we kept away from referencing specific nations. If you want your army to portray Welsh, Canadians or South Africans, you’re free to imagine so.

Unfortunately while most contingents had adopted the standard British Service Dress by 1918, a few didn’t. So we had to go through the efforts of making specific skins for them.

Highlanders


Scottish and Canadian highlander units wore their traditional uniform in combat, although the kilt was covered with a tan apron to comply with camouflage requirements.

Australian Imperial Force


In November 1917 the ANZAC was disbanded and the five Australian divisions grouped in their own national corps on the Western Front.
The Diggers’ stubborn choice of keeping their national uniform in Europe wasn’t just motivated by pride: The loose jacket was more comfortable, and up to eight grenades could be stuffed in its wide pockets!

Portuguese Expeditionary Corps


The soldiers of the two Portuguese divisions sent to the Western front were fully reequipped and organised in the British Army fashion. The sole exception was their distinctive blue-grey uniform.

The variations are purely cosmetic. We did not want petty stat exploitation to get in the way of players' selection of skin. The skins are activated through the reward list. Only one skin choice will work at a time. If multiple choices are selected, the game will use the default skins instead.

Note: we will not do any additional skins. If a particular nation isn’t in the list, it’s because they wore British SD and as such are already portrayed by the default models.

Original soldier models by Relic
Models by Rataconfusca
Textures by don_Durandal

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henrikja94
henrikja94 Sep 17 2011, 1:15am says:

Beautiful models! Keep up the good work :D

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MarsOz
MarsOz Sep 17 2011, 1:44am says:

ANZACS! Nice! Keep up the good work

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willychong8921
willychong8921 Sep 17 2011, 2:00am says:

Why the British all look like Cowboys with their steel plated helmet down to their eyes, way too badass for World War I soldiers, man XO

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stukatankkiller
stukatankkiller Sep 17 2011, 3:56am replied:

in my opinion the german ww1 and ww2 helmets look the meanest

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troels4
troels4 Sep 18 2011, 1:48am replied:

(bad company 2 upriver mission) sweets "uhr who the hell go in war with cowboy hats?" hags "urh cowboys" sweets "but cowboys havent been in war for over a 100 years" hags "dallas cowboys go in war every sunday sometimes monday" so funny try try and search youtube bad company 2 mission 4 upriver then just before they see the tripwire they say this

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pmayne66
pmayne66 Sep 17 2011, 2:16am says:

looks great guys

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Panzert
Panzert Sep 17 2011, 3:30am says:

WOO!

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PumkinKing
PumkinKing Sep 17 2011, 4:56am says:

looks great!

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elMengu
elMengu Sep 17 2011, 5:25am says:

Amazing.

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GriffinZ
GriffinZ Sep 17 2011, 6:20am says:

would it feel strange with just highlanders on the common wealth side on the whole map? Where they deployed in such a fashion? I mean did they have Highlander squads or whole companies?

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don_durandal
don_durandal Sep 17 2011, 7:02am replied:

The smallest highlander unit would be battalions. Usually they were grouped in brigades or divisions though. That’s why we’re including full reskin options, because single squads of highlanders or Australians (or anything else) in a British infantry company makes absolutely no sense.

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aidas2
aidas2 Sep 17 2011, 6:47am says:

Grea to finaly see an update. Look top quality, good work team.

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General_Frenky
General_Frenky Sep 17 2011, 9:00am says:

It would be nice to include Serbian Army in this mod.Serbian Army took large efforts in WW1,it take a first victories for us in war.

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SK8ERatWAR
SK8ERatWAR Sep 18 2011, 5:33pm says:

great! was starting to think this mod was dead..
those uniforms look really good.
in that last pic, with the c.e.p. is that a new map? 'cause it looks like a ww1 map should look like. Or is is point du hoc?

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SSDasReich44
SSDasReich44 Oct 19 2011, 2:48am says:

Wait what, ANZAC's?!?! Dude thank you so much! i can't believe youse added them! Feels great to know someone acknoledged the ANZAC's and added them into the mod! Can't wait for it, keep it up and i hope to find that the ANZAC's are an elite infantry unit because they were important for the western front.

Thank you
from Australia!

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don_durandal
don_durandal Oct 19 2011, 5:04am replied:

They are not ANZACs, but specifically AIF. The ANZAC was disbanded in 1917, with Australian forces forming their own corps while the New Zealanders were assigned to a British corps. Furthermore, New Zealanders wore the British service dress, so this model is specifically Australian.

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SSDasReich44
SSDasReich44 Oct 19 2011, 11:07pm replied:

Woo! Doesn't matter, aslong as they're noticeand are voiced properly, not slammed with the british accent, it's awesome! Keep up the work.
Also the ANZACs did come back around about ww2,korea and the Vietnam war.

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Woozle
Woozle Feb 23 2012, 1:19am replied:

Yes, the Anzacs came back in WWII, and I think they might still be around.

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OttoMoForCe
OttoMoForCe Mar 17 2012, 8:03am says:

good jobs man.

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