Moggy asked me to make a utility that loaded frontlines so that he could test a collection that he has for Dunkirk.
In all forms of EAW the frontlines are stored in the "frntline.dat" file, and this file contains 20 individual ones numbered 0-19.
Only four are used for single missions.
In the default EAW ETO theatre
1940 uses #0
1943 uses #0 (no invasion yet)
1944 uses #8
1945 uses #12
Some time ago we got the 1.28 series of exes to read and use a "frontline.mpf" file, if one is present in the theatre or root folder.
It has the four numbers in it, so the default is:
This opens up several possibilities. I have one which is:
In #19 much of eastern Europe is in allied hands, reflecting the effect of the Russians in 1945.
You can make a static frontline using:
All years use frontline #10
To do the job I had done something similar when I wrote the FAWManager for Per's Finnish Air War, so I was able to produce just what Moggy needed
This one is running in my FAW150 folder, and I can load any of Per's original frontline to use in single mission or multiplayer games
However, the utility is really adaptable, and is not just limited to frontlines.
In my "SPAW2019FinalCut" folder I have the option of using the default version, or two different multiplayer versions without the need for separate theatre folders.