Hello and welcome back to another Forgotten Hope 2 update.
It has now been just over a month since we released 2.6, and we feel that it is time to give an update on what we are planning to next. While we waited for the last bits to be polished up for the last update, some of us had already moved on to other projects, and it is this work that has driven our direction in the immediate future. There are already several maps in development that are in a good state along the road to completion, and we have given you a brief teaser of them here:
Please bear in mind that these are all work in progress, but we think you'll have a bit of guessing to do from the clues provided! Some of these maps are taking our French faction to other times and places beyond May 1940, while the others are focusing on two of the other factions fighting at the conclusion of the Phoney War: Belgium and Norway. As a little taster for these upcoming factions we have the following render:
In his role as director of the Kongsberg Arsenal, Ole Krag had already been involved with a number of weapon designs for magazine fed rifles, culminating in the tube fed black powder Krag-Petersson and Jarmann rifles. The latter of these was adopted in 1884, and with production just getting started was made obsolete overnight by the new French small bore smokeless powder cartridge.
While Norway and Sweden would go back to the drawing board to agree on a new joint cartridge and rifle, Ole Krag would partner with Erik Jørgensen to develop a new capsule magazine, which when paired with a new action would be adopted by the Danish Army in 1889. Examples of this rifle would make their way into the joint trials, both as the original Danish design and as the updated 1892 model that was sold to the United States. Ultimately the trials would end with Sweden and Norway adopting the 6.5×55mm ammunition, but they would disagree on the rifle - Sweden preferring the m/94 Mauser while Norway would adopt the M/1894 Krag-Jørgensen.
The most notable feature of the Krag-Jørgensen design is the half capsule magazine system, that is filled by opening a door on the side of the rifle and dumping in loose cartridges. The rifles were fitted with a magazine cut-off to allow single loading, but were never successfully adapted to a quick loading system in military use. The Model 1894 rifle would be produced until 1922, with 215000 being made at Kongsberg and a further 29000 at Steyr.
In 1910, 1000 of these rifles were fitted with a 4x telescopic sight made by the company Voigtländer. This early attempt at a dedicated sniping rifle was not particularly successful. This did not stop the scoped rifles from being used in training leading up to 1940 - with some of them also seeing combat in the hands of Norwegian marksmen during the campaign. Our Krag-Jørgensen M/1894 was made by Ashton.
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