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Hello and welcome back to another update of Forgotten Hope. More renders for you this week, as we show off the Churchill Mk IV and the guns of Pointe du Hoc.

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The Churchill Mk IV and its variants were modeled and skinned by Toddel. For the first two variants we have the Churchill Mk IV (armed with a 6-pounder) on the left and the Churchill Mk IV (75mm) (armed with a 75mm gun) on the right.


The Churchill tank had already been specified before the outbreak of the Second World War, so it was still designed in accordance with the old British tank doctrine of cruiser tanks and infantry tanks. Being an infantry tank, the Churchill was designed to cross trenches, barbed wire and craters, while its speed and armament were secondary issues.

The Churchill Mk I's poor performance during the Dieppe Raid almost caused it to be scrapped in favour of the Cromwell, but the great performance of the improved Mk III during the second battle of El Alamein showed the British command that the Churchill could be a great asset to the army. And indeed it proved itself again in Tunisia (even taking out a Tiger Tank) and again in Italy.

Our Churchill, the Mk IV, was the most numerous variant of the Churchill, with over 1600 made, including various types. One such type is the 75mm Mk IV, armed with the same gun as the Sherman tank. Interestingly, this type started out with a field modification, where the original 6-pounder was replaced with the gun of a disabled Sherman tank. Although the 6-pounder was a better anti-tank weapon, the 75mm gun was better all-round.

Another type of Mk IV Churchill is the AVRE, which we shall look at next.


The Churchill Mk IV AVRE (AVRE standing for Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers), was armed with a 290mm Petard Spigot mortar, which fired an 18 kg projectile, nicknamed the 'flying dustbin'. Although it was so big that it had to be loaded from the outside of the tank and only had a range of 140 metres, the AVRE could knock out enemy bunkers and roadblocks with ease.

Finally, we have a render of the guns that were the focal point of the US Ranger attack on Pointe du Hoc. These guns were known to the Germans as the '15.5 cm K 418(f)', the (f) denoting that its previous owner was the French army. The French called these guns 'Canon de 155 Grande Puissance Filloux mle.1917', translating roughly into 'Filloux's very powerful 155mm gun, 1917 model'. (Filloux being the French army lieutenant who designed the gun.) This gun was also modeled and skinned by Toddel.


These French guns were captured in 1940 and used by the Germans to strengthen the defences of the Atlantik Wall. The 6 guns that were to be positioned on Pointe du Hoc were in an especially dangerous position for the allied invasion. With a range of nearly 20 kilometres, these guns could strike anywhere on both Utah and Omaha beach.

To deal with these guns, the US 2nd Ranger battalion was sent in. They landed at Pointe du Hoc, behind schedule, at about the same time the other American troops landed at the main invasion beaches. Using special rocket-propelled grappling hooks, they were able to scale the cliffs, in spite of German grenades coming down on top of them. When they had finally made their way to the top and defeated the German garrison they discovered that the guns weren't there. As it turns out, the Germans had decided to relocate the guns to a different position on June 4th, just two days earlier. Lucky for the Rangers, the guns were found, only 600 metres to the south of their original position, when they sent out patrols. Having destroyed the guns with their thermite grenades, their mission was accomplished.

That's all for now, but be sure to come back next week for another update. Until then, feel free to visit our IRC channel and our public forums to discuss this update and other news.

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RogerRamjet
RogerRamjet

A WW2 classic. With it's many variations, the Churchill was loved by their crews as being fairly safe compared to other allied tanks of the time, including the Sherman. Nice models and textures and looking forward to seeing the Crocodile and flail if you are going to have them in the mod.

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L0K
L0K

Awesome work, guys :D

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Apostel_Lukas
Apostel_Lukas

Ahhh, lovely.
"Drive them out, boys" ^^
So, will be the also Churchills in El Alamein? The Mk2?
And how does the Churchill AVRE reload? do you need a second gunner or something?
Keep it up^^

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Fenring Author
Fenring

The churchills at alamein where a different version so probably not.
There will not be a second gunner possibly a slow reload time.

Thanks for your comments.

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Taranov
Taranov

On the El Alemain used Churchill III, with welded turret. Same version used on the Dieppe raid.
Maybe later.

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petemyster
petemyster

I really like these updates, I learn so much :)
keep em coming

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DedMustDie
DedMustDie

have you been inspired by Company of Heroes:Opposing Fronts?^^ Those Churchills look almost like CoH's ;)

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Nat562
Nat562

Well believe it or not, but Churchill tanks actually look like that! regardless of CoH

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Shadowmetroid
Shadowmetroid

Beautiful models and skins. Looking forward to seeing them ingame.

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Taranov
Taranov

We are inspired by WWII history :)
Initial plan been Churchill VII, but only 69 tanks of this type used in Normandy. Most typical version - Churchill IV with 6-pdr, 75-mm (most numerous version for 1944-45), and AVRE type.

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