The Great War 1918

The Great War 1918 is a WW1 modification for Company of Heroes, focusing on the last year of the First World War. Currently it features the British Expeditionary Force and the German Empire as opposing factions; however new nations will be brought over time, such as France and Austria-Hungary. The mod focuses on a realistic and accurate representation of warfare in 1918 while keeping a balanced and enjoyable gameplay.

Experience the great operations of the last year of the Great War as Germany breaks through the Western Front in the Spring Offensive; as the Entente, liberate France and Belgium in the Hundred Days offensive. Look forward to heavy 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.

- a WW1 total conversion of Company of Heroes
- two factions: the German Imperial Army and the British Expeditionary Force
- a balanced gameplay focused on the particularities of the Great War, with trenches, poison gas and melee
- new models and textures, including tanks, planes, buildings, weapons and soldiers
- new units, abilities and commander trees that faithfully reflect the tactics adopted in 1918
- new maps featuring the elaborate trench systems of the Great War
- skirmish mode both in single and multiplayer
- a no pop-cap skirmish mode called "Grand Offensive"
- a fully integrated Cheat Mode (not available in multiplayer).
- full translations in German, Spanish, Polish, Russian, French, Italian and Chinese

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17 comments by don_durandal on Apr 20th, 2014

While the team works on the French Army faction, here’s a much needed version 1.2 to fix some of the balance and graphic issues of previous versions. In addition it also introduces a new 3vs3 map.

Bellenglise (6p)
A map by MonolithicBacon

When the Entente and their allies began the Hundred Days offensive to liberate the terrain captured by the Germans in 1914 and the 1918 Spring Offensive their main obstacle was the Hindenburg Line. Built and reinforced since 1916, it consisted in five fortified positions covering the whole western front, the principal one being the Siegfriedstellung. Using concrete emplacements, terrain features and defence in depth it presented a formidable defensive line which the German Army was resolved to hold at any cost.


The St. Quentin canal was one such geographical feature upon which the Siegfriedstellung rested. On 29 September 1918 it was there, near the township of Bellenglise, that the Hindenburg Line was first breached by Australian, British and American units with the decisive support of tanks.


Bellenglise is a large 3 versus 3 player map. It mostly consists of fields, with a small hamlet in the middle. The whole map is cut in two by the St. Quentin canal which can be crossed at the bridge in the hamlet and at four separate fords. The canal’s banks are covered by wire entanglements however, and numerous lines of trenches mark the fields beyond.


Balance changes

++ shared ++

- territory sectors in the Flanders Fields map have been redrawn to emphasis gameplay on trench warfare
- cost of ladders has been lowered to 5 mp
- a fuel cost has been added to trenches to force players to choose between entrenching or vehicles
- officers can no longer use targeted abilities while garrisoned
- the range of the machine guns of the starting bunkers has been lowered to vanilla levels
- lowered the range at which basic infantry can detect mines
- the maximum number of soldiers required to capture field guns has been lowered to 3
- mustard gas (yellow cross) will keep causing health degeneration even after soldiers have left the contaminated area

++ British Expeditionary Force ++

- BEF players will start the game with 0 munitions
- the Vickers MG crew will now properly benefit from the command section's aura
- the emplaced Vickers now has the same arc of fire as the MG08 from upgraded strongpoints
- only a single rifle grenade will be shot when the no.44 AT rifle grenade ability is used
- cost of the no.44 AT rifle grenade ability has been lowered to 25 munitions
- lowered the damage and penetration of no.44 AT rifle grenades against armoured cars
- the trench raiders' vet assault ability will no longer replace the mills bomb ability
- decreased the bangalore's damage against emplacements
- the bangalore ability can be activated while the squad is crawling
- lowered the accuracy of melee weapons against trench raiders
- increased the accuracy and damage of the trench raiders' melee weapon
- the HQ building and howitzer emplacement can now be wired with demolition charges
- recharge time of the strafing run commander ability has been raised to 55 seconds
- recharge time of the observation plane commander ability has been raised to 40 seconds
- recharge time of the bombing run commander ability has been raised to 55 seconds
- lowered the cost of the Mark IV tanks to 400 manpower and 100 fuel
- increased the damage and penetration of female tanks' sponson MGs against emplacements
- the cost of the female Mk V tank call-in ability has been raised to 600 manpower
- lowered the reinforce cost of sappers to 30mp
- the RE Field Company commander upgrade lowers the reinforce cost of sappers to 27mp
- the experience bonus from the Battle Briefing commander upgrade has been replaced with a capture rate bonus
- lowered the damage of assault Mills bombs
- offensive boosts provided to sections of the same platoon by the Command Section's aura now require a "Fire and movement" research in the Scout Command Post

++ Imperial German Army ++

- increased the damage of stick grenades
- Veteran Landsers can no longer use camouflage
- pioniers can no longer throw light mines
- light mines thrown by assault pioniers will now last for five minutes
- increased the throwing range of light AT mines
- the platoon leader will no longer cloak
- increased the vulnerability of the platoon leader vs. rifle fire
- Platoon leaders start with a smaller and weaker command aura
- added a "Mission command" research at the HQ which boosts the platoon leaders’ aura range and bonus, and increases their cap to 3
- the "Battalion Assets" research makes the Platoon Leader more resistant to damage
- decreased by 50% the penetration rate of the MP18 against emplacements
- stormtroopers can now be upgraded with two MP18
- increased the accuracy and damage of the stormtroopers' melee weapon
- the damage vs. Platoon Outposts and MG Nests of the stormtrooper's "Concentrated charge" ability has been lowered
- the light Minenwerfer can now fire smoke shells
- the HQ's healing aura has been slightly increased
- reduced the delay of the officer's observed artillery ability
- increased the reload time of the Disruptive Fire commander ability
- the Disruptive Fire commander ability can only be used in enemy territory
- improved the Big Bertha's shell collision
- cost of the Yellow Cross commander ability has been lowered to 125 munitions
- raised the cost of the flying circus commander ability to 175 munitions
- lowered the cost of the Supply Chain commander ability to 150 munitions
- the munitions boost and manpower decrease modifiers of the supply chain ability now only last 80 seconds
- the following units can now also be fielded at forward HQs: lmg group, stormtroopers, MG Sharpshooters, Assault Pioniers
- ambient buildings can now be converted into field hospitals that heal surrounding infantry
- the Hindenburg Line upgrade no longer allows strongpoints upgraded as aid posts to heal surrounding units
- off-map artillery will fire both green and blue cross shells when the " Buntschiessen " commander upgrade has been unlocked
- the "Buntschiessen" doctrine upgrade no longer unlocks green cross shells for howitzers
- the doctrinal 7.7cm FK16 field gun emplacement now additionally requires tier 3
- the howitzer emplacements and doctrinal field gun emplacement can now be wired with demolition charges
- removed the cost of the "second line rush" commander ability. Recharge time has been raised to 120 seconds
- raised the fuel cost of the A7V to 150
- the cost of the Beutepanzer call-in abilities has been set at 520 manpower
- captured Stokes mortar squads can now properly retreat to the rally point.

Other changes

- both walls of trenches will now be shown when placing new buildings
- the Big Bertha's 42cm shell now has its own model
- fixed and improved the QF 4.5inch howitzer's model and animations
- fixed the Stokes mortar's bomb
- fixed the animation of the Vickers MG (except in the Pillbox)
- minimap range of artillery abilities should now be displayed correctly
- the localisation has been updated to better reflect what all entries do (thanks to Vuther!)

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An installation guide can be found here:

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The Great War 1918 v1.2

The Great War 1918 v1.2

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Varyag19 Sep 12 2014, 5:27am says:

Will the Russian? Russian who saved ******** "expensive" allies.

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koolkid1233 Sep 11 2014, 4:53pm says:

I guess as just a quick note tomorrows the 100th anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Marne. So Thats cool

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Gen.Walther_Oster Sep 10 2014, 4:50pm says:

looking at the pictures of the french soldiers i noticed one thing. No red? French soldiers had blue and red mostly red trousers.

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don_durandal Creator
don_durandal Sep 11 2014, 4:01am replied:

Wrong year. The French started the war with outdated uniforms, but changed them during the winter of 1914-15 for a new light blue ("horizon blue") one. The red trousers were the first items to disappear, being temporarily replaced by blue overalls or corduroy trousers as early as October 1914. Since, as its name implies, the mod takes place in 1918, the old uniform has long disappeared from frontline service and will not be portrayed.

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Seriously, I go to great lengths to insure historical accuracy, down to the seams and buttons of the soldier's uniforms (which I skin myself). If you've got only vague notions of the subject matter you shouldn't even bother trying to correct things.

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Guest Sep 11 2014, 7:22am replied:

Sorry, the uniforms look great and don't worry historical accuracy is perfect I just didn't know about the change in French uniforms as much as I researched ww1 I never saw the late war uniform for French soldiers. I knew the helmet changed but not the colors. Sorry if I may have seemed ignorant or may have offeneded your work in anyway it wasn't my intention. I really do like this mod and I really would like to see what things will be added in the future.

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Gen.Walther_Oster Sep 11 2014, 8:07pm replied:

Wasn't logged in on my phone so yea that's why i was a guest

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CPdampify Sep 6 2014, 4:12am says:

Maybe i've missed it. But when the French army is done will you release it? or will you wait until Austria is done aswell and release them both at the same time?

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don_durandal Creator
don_durandal Sep 7 2014, 7:59am replied:

France will be released when they're done. Unless there's a serious balance problem, we won't wait to have Austria-Hungary finished first.

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glassnerd Sep 26 2014, 4:23pm replied:

ok. thanks for replying anyway.

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This mod is an excellent rendition of both the weapons of WWI and the men who fought there. The men are modeled and portrayed well on both sides of No-Man's-Land. The weapons, like the famous Lee-Enfield and the MG-08, are historically accurate. The gameplay is a whole another world! It adds a totally different feel to the compared to the base Company of Heroes. Trenches are among the biggest additions, along with Chemical Warfare. The trenches have been completely redone, infantry can freely move…

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