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In mid-1944 it looked as if the war in Europe was coming to an end.
The Axis Army was on the run, the Allies had triumphantly regained Paris, as well as Casablanca, Naples, and Rome.

After five hard years of war, Allied soldiers were breathing easier.

However, the Axis forces had one final card to play. In December 1944, they struck back with a brutal counterattack known as the:


Battle of the Bulge


After months of mapping and development we are proud to offer another great FH2 campaign.

Experience the Allied final push towards the German border as part of the American 101st Airborne Division, or counter-attack as the German 21st Panzer-Division in 10 intense battles on great custom maps, a few of them unknown and being exclusively made and edited for this campaign.

Get your gaming gear ready for a community-led co-operative campaign on maps including as

Hatten-Rittershoffen, Gleize, Verdenne, Foy, Hardt, Nordwind and other beautifully designed maps.

What are you waiting for?
Click the join now button, choose your regiment and  join this amazing campaign!





In this FH2 Campaign you will experience:

FH2 non-stop action to its limits, close rounds, sneaky/massive attacks, efficient organized defenses and the exhilaration of being victorious.
10 battles in the Belgium and the border regions of Germany, with custom content and maps you won't see anywhere else.
Train and prepare yourself for every battle with your regiment on our training server.
Fight battles with up to 100 players.
Earn promotions and brand new medals for your achievements.
Communicate directly with your squad using Teamspeak and apply well planned? strategy and tactics not seen on any public servers.
Form new friendships with like-minded people from all over the world.

Taking part is completely free and everybody is welcome!

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Re: The Last Winter - A New CMP Campaign is Now Open - Sign Up
« Reply #1 on: 04-04-2024, 14:04:33 »


FRIDAY , April 5th, 18hUTC , the map WACHT AM RHEIN will be played in the Forgotten Hope 2 Campaign

History

"The Battle of the Bulge (16 December 1944 – 25 January 1945), also known as Unternehmen: Wacht am Rhein, was a major German offensive campaign launched through the densely forested Ardennes region of Wallonia in Belgium, France, and Luxembourg on the Western Front toward the end of World War II in Europe.

The surprise attack caught the Allied forces completely off guard. United States forces bore the brunt of the attack and incurred their highest casualties for any operation during the war. The battle also severely depleted Germany’s armored forces on the western front which Germany was largely unable to replace. German personnel and Luftwaffe aircraft also sustained heavy losses.

The Germans’ initial attack included 200,000 men, 340 tanks and 280 other tracked vehicles. Between 67,200 and 100,000 of their men were killed, missing or wounded. For the Americans, 610,000 men were involved in the battle, of whom 89,000 were casualties, including up to 19,000 killed. It was the largest and bloodiest battle fought by the United States in World War II."






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« Reply #2 on: 09-04-2024, 16:04:01 »


FRIDAY , April 12th, 18hUTC , the map ELSENBORN RIDGE will be played in the Forgotten Hope 2 Campaign The Last Winter

History

"The main drive against Elsenborn Ridge was launched in the forests east of Rocherath-Krinkelt on the early morning of 17 December. This attack was begun by tank and panzergrenadier units of 12th SS Panzer Division. 989th Infantry Regiment of 277th succeeded, after heavy and costly combat in the woods, in overrunning the forward American positions guarding the trails to the villages, capturing a large number of prisoners and leaving many small units isolated. By 11:00, this attack had driven units of 99th Infantry Division back into the area of Rocherath-Krinkelt. These units were joined by forces of 2nd Infantry Division moving into the villages from the north. The German attack swiftly bogged down against the heavy small arms and machine gun fire from the prepared positions of 99th Infantry Division on their flanks. The German infantry struggled to make their way through the dense woods and heavy brush in their path.

The German forces also drew a rapid response from American artillery, who had registered the forward positions of their infantry. The artillery fired on the exposed advancing Germans while the American troops remained in their covered foxholes. The troops around the villages were assisted by tanks from 741st Tank Battalion, assisted by a company of 644th Tank Destroyer Battalion equipped with M10 tank destroyers, a company of 612th Tank Destroyer Battalion, and a few towed 3-inch guns from the 801st Tank Destroyer Battalion. They were instrumental in helping hold back the German advance in the fighting in and around Rocherath-Krinkelt.

To the northeast of the 99th Division, the 1st Infantry Division had been recuperating near Liege, from nearly constant combat since it took part in the Normandy landings on 6 June. When the German counterattack broke the division hastily relocated to the unguarded southern end of the 99th's line near Bütgenbach. Troops from the 1st and 9th Infantry Divisions, moved into position to fortify Elsenborn Ridge and complete the defense. The 9th Division held positions on the northern portion of the ridge, in the vicinity of Kalterherberg." 






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« Reply #3 on: 16-04-2024, 12:04:50 »


FRIDAY , April 19th, 18hUTC , the map BUTGENBACH will be played in the Forgotten Hope 2 Campaign The Last Winter

History

"Early on the morning of December 21, SS Panzergrenadiers, now supported by Nebelwerfers and heavy German artillery, slammed against the 26th’s defenses in and around Dom Butgenbach. The battle raged all day long and into the night, with the SS penetrating American lines repeatedly, only to be pushed back by American infantry, tank destroyers and artillery.

At the end of the day, the veterans of the 26th Infantry still held their ground, and looked out on a battlefield strewn with destroyed German armor and scores of enemy dead. The dead SS Panzergrenadiers, many of them as young as 15 and 16 years old, were described by American patrols to be “as common as grass.” American graves registration counted some 782 German dead in front of the 26th’s positions alone. The burnt-out hulks of 47 German tanks lay scattered about the landscape, some of the vehicles burned for days after the fight was over.

The following day, the 12th SS attacked the 26th Infantry again, this time with much less strength but in the same ferocious manner. Several German tanks made their way into the town, only to be knocked out by roving bazooka teams or American artillery. Many American survivors of the attacks made against Dom Butgenbach owed their lives to the divisional artillery of the “Big Red One.” The artillerymen supporting the riflemen on the line fired an astounding 10,000 rounds against the German attacks on the December 22 alone. Such was the ferocity of the artillery fire, that while several German tanks broke the lines, not a single Panzergrenadier managed to make his way close to the American defensive foxholes."





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« Reply #4 on: 24-04-2024, 18:04:04 »


FRIDAY , April 26th, 18hUTC , the map FOY will be played in the Forgotten Hope 2 Campaign The Last Winter

History

"In 20 December 1944, during the German Ardennes offensive, the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich took the town of Foy from 1st Battalion, US 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, US 101st Airborne Division, suffering heavy losses in the process; 500-1,000 German troops and 30 tanks were lost, while 199 US soldiers and 13 officers were lost. The American paratroopers, including Easy Company, counterattacked on 9 January 1945 with assistance from artillery, and they repelled a counterattack at 4:15 AM on 14 January 1945.
The Germans later sent in 14 tanks and a whole battalion to retake the town, and they succeeded. However, the Americans counterattacked at 9:30 AM, and they suffered significant losses due to a lack of cover in the open and snowy fields and during the house-to-house fighting. The Americans were eventually able to retake the town with the help of the US 11th Armored Division, and the Germans were forced back one last time, leaving the town in American hands. 






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« Reply #5 on: 02-05-2024, 18:05:17 »


FRIDAY , May 3rd, 18hUTC , the map LA GLEIZE will be played in the Forgotten Hope 2 Campaign The Last Winter

History

"The plan of 22 December included the continuation of the drive to take La Gleize and Stoumont plus an attack to mop up the 1st SS Panzer Division relief detachment which had dug in north of the Amblève between Stavelot and Ster. This latter group was established on the nose of a ridge, from which its fire swept north, west, and south, and in surrounding woods. Two rifle companies of the 3d Battalion, 117th Infantry, working from the north, and the rifle company of the 120th Infantry attached to Task Force Lovelady, attacking from the west, found every move checked by mortars, Werfers, and bullet fire. Finally a rifle company was sent from Stavelot to hit the Germans in the rear. Thereafter the Americans were able to converge on the ridge, but as day ended pockets of the enemy still remained in the woods. During the day other enemy troops had crossed the Amblève and for a time isolated one of Lovelady's roadblocks north of Trois Ponts.1 But at no time on the 22d did organized units of the relieving force of the 1st SS Panzer Division succeed in breaking through to Peiper in La Gleize.

At the west end of the Peiper pocket the night of 21 December had witnessed the final reduction of the sanatorium, opening the way for a direct attack on Stoumont by Task Force Harrison. Early that evening an officer of the 740th Tank Battalion had crawled into the enemy lines, scouting for a way to bring tanks around to the northwest of the building. Returning to his own lines he called for volunteers to build a ramp over the fill, or embankment, which had barred direct assault earlier in the fight. The ramp, constructed from shell castings, worked, and by midnight four Shermans were firing into the sanatorium. Shortly thereafter the Germans left the place. When the Americans entered the basement, they found that none of the civilian inhabitants had been killed or injured.

General Harrison felt that it would be possible to bring in his attached armor and the 3d Battalion, 119th Infantry, from the north, now that the enemy flanking position on the high ground was gone. He set up this attack to precede the final assault from the west. Patrols, groping their way through the morning snowstorm, found Stoumont strangely quiet, but Harrison was well aware that the 119th had been seriously weakened and went ahead with plans for pounding the town with artillery"






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« Reply #6 on: 07-05-2024, 23:05:53 »


FRIDAY , May 10th, 18hUTC , the map VERDENNE will be played in the Forgotten Hope 2 Campaign The Last Winter

History

"On the night of 4 December the 84th Infantry Division was deployed along an arc of some twelve miles reaching from Hogne, northwest of Marche, through Waha, south of Marche, thence bowing back to the northeast in front of the Marche-Hotton road. On the right, the 4th Cavalry Group formed a screen masking the infantry line. The center at the moment was quiet, but on the left the 116th Panzer Division had broken through the outpost line and despite the successful American counterattack made late in the afternoon still held an entrant position at Verdenne.

The 116th Panzer faced a lone battle as it prepared to carry out the Fifth Panzer Army orders for attack westward. Thus far the fighting on its right in the sector east of the Ourthe River had not gone too well; neither the 2d SS Panzer nor the 560th Volks Grenadier Division managing to gain ground on the 24th. To the left the attention of the 2d Panzer was centered on Foy-Notre Dame and Celles far to the west. Nonetheless so long as Luettwitz' armor had any chance of breaking through to the Meuse the 116th had to continue its attack to breach the American defenses north of Marche and press forward as a covering shell for the drive to Dinant.

General Bolling knew that some Germans still were around Verdenne on the night of 24 December, but the 84th Division was unaware that the enemy had slipped on into the woods between Verdenne and Bourdon until a lucky fluke revealed the new threat. About midnight Companies A and K of the 334th Infantry and Company L, 333d Infantry, started along the woods trails and byroads to converge in a night assault against Verdenne. Moving in from the west, Company K took a wrong turn and suddenly bumped into a column of six or eight tanks. Sgt. Donald Phelps, marching at the point, went forward to check the lead tank. Suddenly a figure leaning out of the tank shouted, "Halt!" Phelps, recognizing the German accent, took a snap shot at the figure who screamed as the bullet struck. The German tanks opened fire with not only their machine guns but their main armament, and the American infantry file hit the dirt. Severely lacerated before it could break away, the remaining forty men of Company K joined the main assault against Verdenne an hour later."






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« Reply #7 on: 13-05-2024, 12:05:41 »


FRIDAY , May 17th, 18hUTC , the map LA HARDT will be played in the Forgotten Hope 2 Campaign The Last Winter

History

"In September 1944 the campaign for the liberation of Alsace began. The 1st French and the VIIth US Army encountered stiff resistance in the Vosges Mountains against an enemy determined to defend a land that was attached to the Reich in 1940. In November, the French finally broke through the Belfort Gap, rolling down the plain from the south towards Colmar and liberating Mulhouse on the 21st.
With the Germans managing to reorganize an effective line of defense north of the city, flanking operations were launched in the La Hardt forest in order to take the Chalampé bridge on the Rhine. This would threaten the supply lines of the 19th German Army encircled in the Colmar pocket. From November 28 to December 3, bloody fighting raged in the woods to repel the French forces behind the Huningue canal, until the Jagdpanthers of the Schwere Panzerjäger-Abteilung 654 gathered for the final assault..."






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