TGW 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.
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Release Date: Mar 13, 2013

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September 2

French Army faction preview - part 2

As promised in the previous news update, here is the second part of the French unit preview.

By 1918 the traditional tasks of the engineer corps had been largely overtaken by infantry pioneers. Instead the "Génie militaire" became specialised units in charge of tasks requiring a high level of expertise, like battlefield demolitions, gas, mine warfare... and Flamethrowers.

The organisation of French flamethrower units was a mirror image of their German opponents, down to their first commander being a fireman. To be effective the flamethrower needed good planning and support firepower. This required units that were specially trained for the task and given a good deal of autonomy when planning assaults.

Renault FT
Model by B-Dizl, skin by don_Durandal
While the French arguably designed the worst tank models of WW1, they also came up with the very best. The Renault FT was a revolutionary step in tank design, with a layout that can be seen even in modern tanks. The fully rotating turret made the addition of multiple weapons unnecessary, and the separated engine compartment at the back meant the crew wouldn't be incapacitated by engine fumes like in other WW1 models.
While the FT was a latecomer to the battlefield, only seeing action for the first time in May 1918, by the end of the war more FTs had been built than all other WW1 tank models together.

The main variations were a machinegun tank armed with a Hotchkiss model 1914 and a gun tank with a SA18 37mm rapid-fire cannon. The later could fire a variety of shells, including HE, canister and armour-piercing.

Renault FT TSF
The lack of portable radios in WW1 made communications difficult. Wireless sets were available, but these were usually cumbersome and fragile, required a conspicuous antenna, and as such were ill-adapted to the battlefield especially when on the move.
The "signal" or "TSF" (wireless) version of the Renault FT was a solution to that problem. The turret was replaced with a fixed casemate hosting a wireless set, an operator and an observer. While it required the tank to be set up to properly deploy the antenna, this gave French tank units a much-needed means of communications, especially in the mobile conditions of the 1918 battlefield.

Tireur d'élite
The French Army was slow in understanding the advantage of properly trained and equipped snipers in trench warfare. It wasn't until 1916 that scoped rifles started being distributed to frontline units, and snipping was left to individual initiative.

WW1 was the birth of modern military camouflage, from artillery to tanks, fortifications and individual or groups of soldiers. In the French Army, universal conscription had brought various artists and artisans under the colours. Their skills were quickly put to use and vast army workshops were set up to test and paint camouflage patterns, create dummies for deception and observation, and create new means of avoiding detection such as camouflage nets and clothing.
One of such items was the "frog" suit (named in reference to the spotted skin of the common frog, not for culinary reasons). It covered the whole body, with a masked hood for the head and mittens for the hands. It was distributed to observers and raiders.

Canon de 105 mle 1913 Schneider
Model by Regulator, skin by don_Durandal
The pre-war reliance of the French Army on their excellent 75mm field gun meant that when war broke out it was almost bereft of modern medium and heavy artillery models. The 105 L (for "105mm Long") had been acquired in small numbers back in 1913, and soon a massive order was made for more guns. It had long range, good accuracy and an excellent rate of fire, and more importantly its heavy shell was more suitable for taking out fortified emplacements than the 75mm field gun.

Grenadiers d'élite
For all armies, raiding parties became a fixture of trench warfare once the Western Front settled down into stalemate, and the French were no exception. At first these "groupes francs" were organised on an ad-hoc fashion, but it wasn't long before formal regulations were set up for raising and training such units. Commanders also realised that it was more effective to seek volunteers for these tasks; the thrill of action, the promise of special advantages (such as more leaves and no chores) and the lure of loot meant that there was rarely a shortage of such men.

A big turning point came in 1917 when General Nivelle was nominated commander-in-chief of the French Army. He envisioned whole battalions of raiders organised along the lines of German stormtroops. The existence of these units of "Grenadiers d'élite", as they were designated, was short-lived however. Nivelle's successor, Général Pétain, felt that placing all the best elements in the same units would weaken the rest of the army, and ordered the battalions disbanded and the men sent back to their old units.
Nevertheless the usefulness of such units meant that they remained in existence on a semi-official basis in most infantry regiments of the French Army. When the front become mobile again after the 1918 German Spring offensive their task was widened to assault and reconnaissance.


Models by The_Soldier , Cireva and don_Durandal unless specified otherwise.
Textures by don_Durandal
Special thanks to B-Dizl of the NTW:TGW mod for the Renault FT and Lebel rifle models, and Regulator of Battlefield 1918 for the 105L.


It's hard to preview them through images, but gameplay and sounds are also being worked on. Dzierzan has been creating realistic weapon sounds for the mod. General WVPM has joined the team as a coder.

The TGW1918 development team.

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About This Game

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.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® XP or Vista
    • Processor: 2.0 Ghz Intel Pentium IV or equivalent or AMD Athlon XP or equivalent
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 64MB video card with Pixel Shader 1.1 support or equivalent and latest manufacturer drivers
    • Storage: 402 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX® 9.0c compatible 16-bit sound card
    • Additional Notes: You need the Company of Heroes (New Steam Version) Downloaded and installed in order to use this Mod.
    • OS: Windows® XP or Vista
    • Processor: 3.0 Ghz Intel Pentium IV or equivalent
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series or better
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92 of 108 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2014
Great Mod to Company of Heroes playing WW1
Love it thanks so much
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66 of 72 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
45.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
I tested the game. Really good mod, high production standards, good looking, plays well. Its larger in some ways of scale than the original - a good base for a WWI setting
Awesome job
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57 of 65 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
what can i say about this mod turned free expansion??? ITS AMAZING. this mod incoporates everything ww1. including shell shock, gas warfare and effects, trench warfare, and so on. expect battlefield to be sodden and muddy by the end of a match. great for multiplayer and single player! also dont expect to use normal COH tactics here. charging an enemy base in no longer an option, as it means almost certain death from getting mown down by trench riflemen and machine guns.

yes! you will find yourself having to resort to WW1 tactics to actually make ground, such as shelling enemy positions with your howitzers and mortars before sending your men over the top to make ground.

the games will be long, craters will be everywhere and trenches will mark the position of a hard fought battle for only small amounts of ground.

what are you waiting for? jump over the top of standard COH and enter the age of barbed wire trenches and shell shock!
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38 of 38 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2015

but it need more ww1 maps and add french army
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28 of 29 people (97%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 15, 2015
Broke my base game, GG 9/11

Other than it breaking my CoH and resulting in it not being able to play Blitzkrieg it is a very well made mod.
Trench warfare is a serious thing and TGW1918 emulates it well. Tanks come late game and if you don't have the resources to counter them with AT guns and your own tanks then you are screwed.

Don't give your troops body armor.
Give them all AT rifles and MG's.
Don't bother with Stormtroopers.
Give Engineers Demolitions.
Amass an assault force of at least 6 rifle squads and an officer to boost morale on the assault. (PIPER OPTIONAL)
Take what you can then dig in because the enemy will come at you hard with early rushes and raiding party pokes.
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24, 2014
-Highly Recommended Title-

Fantastic mod - really enjoy the visuals and gameplay. Nice addition to COH - well done!

Mod Score: 9/10
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41 of 53 people (77%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 25, 2014
Great mod, wish the germans had pointed hats though.
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21 of 21 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 7, 2015
Brilliant mod which feels like a completely different game to Company of heroes. The trench based defense and historical unit options mean that tactics must revolve around breaking strong trenches and fortifications with artillary bombardment and tank attacks. I often found the game degenerates into a bitter struggle between two trenchlines across a no-mans-land, exciting and tense in a different way to the blitzkrieg of the base-game. AI works relatively well considering, but teams could use some re-balancing in my opinion. But hey, free mod, who could complain?
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 22, 2015
a well created mod
10/10 would gas large groups of soldiers again
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16 of 16 people (100%) found this review helpful
83.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 22, 2015
You gotta love it. If you love Company of Heroes, this game is for you. It puts you right in the trenches f the Western Front of the First World War. Its Company of Heroes on steroids. Just a quick question for the creators: When will the French and Austrian-Hungarian army be released?
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23.3 hrs
Posted: October 25
If you ever read John Keegan’s “The First World War” or Heinz Guderian’s “Achtung Panzer”, this mod encapsulates the horror and tragedy of industrial age warfare that was World War 1.

What's great about this mod:

+Top-notch attention to detail. Everything is meticulously modelled and historically accurate from machineguns to field guns. Camo patterns of the tanks are correct, too.
+ Infantry combat shines. As anything mechanized only appears late game,small unit tactics takes center stage during the early phases of the game. Infantry combat is more compelling than CoH 1 or 2, in my opinion.
+ Positional warfare. This is the beauty of the game. It forces the player to fight and win battles using inadequate means. Tanks are slow and cumbersome. Infantry are cut to ribbons by automatic weapons, gas and shell easily.
+ Combined arms. This was the era where the prototypical combined arms battle was developed. You may find inspiration from the battles of Cambrai, Soissons and Amiens. But, do not expect to recreate the deep battle theory or blitzkrieg as espoused by Tukhachevsky and Guderian, respectively.

Some criticisms:

-As mentioned, this is just a mod. So, the weaknesses of CoH 1 are present here as well like less than optimal unit pathing and poor AI
-Some bugs like units getting stuck.
-Some balancing issues. Doctrinal tank call-ins(Buetepanzer/MarkV/Whippets) should have fuel cost or caps. Field guns should have better bombardment range than mortars.
-This game could use more units like the LK II and Medium B tanks.
-Absence of the foremost Entente nation: the French
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1.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
i came here for bf1 c:
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3.9 hrs
Posted: October 7
It is honestly one of the best mods for this game, I always wanted a game like this and it is truly amazing.
But the sad part is, its a dead game, the devs arent updating it anymore, they planned to add France a year or 2 back and from what I can tell, they're aren't any updates soon. If you want a good ww1 rts game pick this one, but dont expect any updates soon.
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6.3 hrs
Posted: October 5
sick mod
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Commander Heavy
2.2 hrs
Posted: September 17
Cmd promt?
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14.0 hrs
Posted: September 16
Deserves more players.
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13.2 hrs
Posted: August 28
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrea
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5.6 hrs
Posted: August 26
Absoulutely amazing! For 1 dev this mod is astounding Still waiting for the french :p other then that the mod is great, good maps, nice models etc
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March "Coffee Bean" Gustysnows
4.6 hrs
Posted: August 24
Awesome Mod. Only wish that it wasn't "Dead". Still Fun to play Though. 10/10 Would Most Certainly Recommend.
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32.7 hrs
Posted: August 22
nice mod for company of heroes game the great war is very god war :)
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