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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A second preview at some of the units for our next upcoming faction: the WW1 French Army.

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As promised in the previous news update, here is the second part of the French unit preview.


Sapeurs
By 1918 the traditional tasks of the engineer corps had been largely overtaken by infantry pioneers. Instead the "Génie militaire" became specialised units in charge of tasks requiring a high level of expertise, like battlefield demolitions, gas, mine warfare... and Flamethrowers.

WW1 French Army

The organisation of French flamethrower units was a mirror image of their German opponents, down to their first commander being a fireman. To be effective the flamethrower needed good planning and support firepower. This required units that were specially trained for the task and given a good deal of autonomy when planning assaults.


Renault FT
Model by B-Dizl, skin by don_Durandal
While the French arguably designed the worst tank models of WW1, they also came up with the very best. The Renault FT was a revolutionary step in tank design, with a layout that can be seen even in modern tanks. The fully rotating turret made the addition of multiple weapons unnecessary, and the separated engine compartment at the back meant the crew wouldn't be incapacitated by engine fumes like in other WW1 models.
While the FT was a latecomer to the battlefield, only seeing action for the first time in May 1918, by the end of the war more FTs had been built than all other WW1 tank models together.

WW1 French Army

The main variations were a machinegun tank armed with a Hotchkiss model 1914 and a gun tank with a SA18 37mm rapid-fire cannon. The later could fire a variety of shells, including HE, canister and armour-piercing.


Renault FT TSF
The lack of portable radios in WW1 made communications difficult. Wireless sets were available, but these were usually cumbersome and fragile, required a conspicuous antenna, and as such were ill-adapted to the battlefield especially when on the move.
The "signal" or "TSF" (wireless) version of the Renault FT was a solution to that problem. The turret was replaced with a fixed casemate hosting a wireless set, an operator and an observer. While it required the tank to be set up to properly deploy the antenna, this gave French tank units a much-needed means of communications, especially in the mobile conditions of the 1918 battlefield.

WW1 French Army


Tireur d'élite
The French Army was slow in understanding the advantage of properly trained and equipped snipers in trench warfare. It wasn't until 1916 that scoped rifles started being distributed to frontline units, and snipping was left to individual initiative.

WW1 French Army

WW1 was the birth of modern military camouflage, from artillery to tanks, fortifications and individual or groups of soldiers. In the French Army, universal conscription had brought various artists and artisans under the colours. Their skills were quickly put to use and vast army workshops were set up to test and paint camouflage patterns, create dummies for deception and observation, and create new means of avoiding detection such as camouflage nets and clothing.
One of such items was the "frog" suit (named in reference to the spotted skin of the common frog, not for culinary reasons). It covered the whole body, with a masked hood for the head and gloves for the hands. It was distributed to observers and raiders.


Canon de 105 mle 1913 Schneider
Model by Regulator, skin by don_Durandal
The pre-war reliance of the French Army on their excellent 75mm field gun meant that when war broke out it was almost bereft of modern medium and heavy artillery models. The 105 L (for "105mm Long") had been acquired in small numbers back in 1913, and soon a massive order was made for more guns. It had long range, good accuracy and an excellent rate of fire, and more importantly its heavy shell was more suitable for taking out fortified emplacements than the 75mm field gun.

WW1 French Army


Grenadiers d'élite
For all armies, raiding parties became a fixture of trench warfare once the Western Front settled down into stalemate, and the French were no exception. At first these "groupes francs" were organised on an ad-hoc fashion, but it wasn't long before formal regulations were set up for raising and training such units. Commanders also realised that it was more effective to seek volunteers for these tasks; the thrill of action, the promise of special advantages (such as more leaves and no chores) and the lure of loot meant that there was rarely a shortage of such men.

WW1 French Army

A big turning point came in 1917 when General Nivelle was nominated commander-in-chief of the French Army. He envisioned whole battalions of raiders organised along the lines of German stormtroops. The existence of these units of "Grenadiers d'élite", as they were designated, was short-lived however. Nivelle's successor, General Pétain, felt that placing all the best elements in the same units would weaken the rest of the army, and ordered the battalions disbanded and the men sent back to their old units.
Nevertheless the usefulness of such units meant that they remained in existence on a semi-official basis in most infantry regiments of the French Army. When the front become mobile again after the 1918 German Spring offensive their task was widened to assault and reconnaissance.



Models by The_Soldier, Cireva and don_Durandal unless specified otherwise.
Textures by don_Durandal
Special thanks to B-Dizl of the NTW:TGW mod for the Renault FT and Lebel rifle models, and Regulator of Battlefield 1918 for the 105L.



It's hard to preview them through images, but gameplay and sounds are also being worked on. Dzierzan has been creating realistic weapon sounds for the mod. General WVPM has joined the team as a coder.

The TGW1918 development team.

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SantaofDeath
SantaofDeath

This is fantastic news! Models look sharp and the textures are beautiful as usual. Great to see your team growing and benefiting from collaboration. Keep up the great work!

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Kriegtooth
Kriegtooth

Holy crap, yes a update! :D The information sounds really great, and the pictures are awesome! I hope work goes very well onward! :D

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Lastshadow14666
Lastshadow14666

when can we hope to see a V1.3 with french army so ?

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Lastshadow14666
Lastshadow14666

(buried)

and why haven't they been had early ?

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AubeSangante
AubeSangante

Cause it take time.

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TheSoldier
TheSoldier

We come back with a vengeance and reap a bloody harvest of ye who thought us dead! For the Republic!

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Crawker
Crawker

I'm glad to see some news for this mod ! Can't wait to play with French Army !

Unlike a certain company who doesn't want Frenchs and Russians because they are "surrender monkeys" or "evil bad guys" and "Muricans" must be the heroes who bring freedom !

Vive la République !
Vive la France !

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Higgins24
Higgins24

This looks just amazing!

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.Eol.
.Eol.

OOH MY F*CKING GOD THIS IS AWESOME NEWS !!!!

No really I though this was dead and I nearly lost all hope.

You made my day. And probably the next one all at once.

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Dzierzan
Dzierzan

@.Eol
This mod was considered dead too many times. Sometimes even one month without update is enough for people to say it's dead.

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.Eol.
.Eol.

yeah I know I have been following this mod for a long time now. But I'm not speaking about one month of inactivity, which is not enough for me to claim something dead. No, the last article of The Great War (French army part 1) is from December 2014, which is more than one year and a half, and at this point I start becoming a bit sad ;p

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Austro.Sardine
Austro.Sardine

So great to see this! Waited so long!

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alanema
alanema

Keep up the good work!

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Gozac1198
Gozac1198

Finaly ! Perfect !

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Feldspaten
Feldspaten

Good news,everyone!

I am glad we get to see more and more of the french army in all her glory.The amount of detail and care put into everything really makes us endure the long periods of waiting.Keep it up,i will be anticipating the third part of the preview and,at last,the release of the french.

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German_Bacon
German_Bacon

I'm glad you guys are still working on this great mod! Can't wait to see the 1.3 update!

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Exe20
Exe20

OOh men! look a that! is...is...so MARVELOUS!!

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burtondrummerNY
burtondrummerNY

Looks fantastic team, keep up the good work!

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billsubz
billsubz

Keep up the good work!

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bann154-2
bann154-2

This looks absolutely lovely! I cant wait for it to be released!

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AdamE3
AdamE3

Awesome!!! Ever since Battlefield 1 came out, all i play is this mod for coh, cant wait for the french update!

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NicolasBouquin
NicolasBouquin

When the French are going to be on the game?

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