The oldest vehicle in Forgotten Hope Secret Weapon is the Renault FT! Rodolphe Ernst-Metzmaier designed the Renault FT-17, also know as the Mosquito. It was the most succesful tank during the First World War. It was the first tank operated by a small number of crew (2 crew members) and the lightest tank in the war. This was the forefather of all light tanks. More then 3000 were built and five variants were designed. The tank was adopted in the mod from Battlefield 1918.
Renault FT-17 MgEdit
The first variant was the machinegun design. In FHSW, this vehicle was given the name Renault FT-17 MG but in real life it was given the name Renault FT or Char mitrailleuse. It was a 6 ton tank with 22mm armor. The main gun was an 8mm Hotchkiss mle 1914 machinegun installed in a cast turret, the Berliet tourelle. The turret was able to rotate 360° which meant that the FT-17 was the first operational tank design with a 360-degree traverse turret. Further more, the tank was very small. Not much bigger then a car.
The Renault FT was a light armored and very slow vehicle. It is 100% sure the slowest vehicle in the mod! With its machinegun, it can only destroy light non-armored vehicles and personnal. If you are crazy, then use this tank. If you want have some medals and kills, then ignore this tank.
Renault FT-17 37mmEdit
|Renault FT-17 37mm|
|General Historical Information|
|Place of origin||France|
|Main armament||37mm Puteaux SA-18|
|General Ingame Information|
|Used by|| France|
From 1918, this variant of the FT (called ingame the Renault FT-17 37mm) was produced as the Char à canon 37. It was the FT-17 that was given the newly designed 37mm Puteaux SA-18 gun placed in a new designed turret, the Omnibus tourelle. The Omnibus tourelle was riveted, and was used for mounting on FT-17 designs. Neither vehicle had a secondary armament.
The Renault FT was a light armored and very slow vehicle. It is 100% sure the slowest vehicle in the mod! With its small gun, it can only destroy light armored vehicles and personnal, because the gun only shoots 18mm High Explosive shells! If you are crazy, then use this tank. If you want to get some medals and kills, then ignore this tank.
Renault FT-17 Pill BoxEdit
The FT was often used in mass attacks. 480 were used in the counterattack near Soissons in July 1918 alone. This tank remained in service right up to 1944 when the Germans used them in the street fighting in Paris. It was used by the Germans under the designations "Panzerkampfwagen 17R 730(f)" and "Panzerkampfwagen 18R 730(f)". The turrets from damaged vehicles were recycled as coastal defence guns and other fortifications. The turret was placed on bunkers and used as pillbox machineguns or anti-personnel cannons. One map that uses these pillbox turrets is Alpenfestung on the first and second defence lines. The Finnish also use these turrets.