Spearhead 1944 Normandy

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Normandy is an Arma 3 terrain, released in 26 July 2023 as a part of the Spearhead 1944 CDLC.

This new unique terrain is a detailed representation of the actual terrain in Normandy at 1:2 scale where Operation Cobra took place.

Normandy features numerous faithfully recreated real world locations that were involved in the Overlord campaign, covering from St Lo down to Roncey and Lengronne. Complete with labyrinthine hedgerows and branching rivers, quiet farmsteads, dug in positions, ancient orchards and countryside towns lying in ruins, featuring new custom created era specific and highly detailed buildings, rivers, environmental foliage and fortifications bringing the World War II setting to life.

Normandy promises intense close-quarter firefights and thrilling combined-arms gameplay that will keep you coming back for more.

Random Facts

  • The hedgerow country of France doesn't have formal borders, but it basically stretches inland, encompassing most of the Cotentin Peninsula, and then moving inland toward Falaise, Argentan, and Alençon.
  • The total length of Bocage on Normandy equates to approximately 2,113,163 meters, or 5.27 % of the Earth's circumference.
  • There are nine rivers located across Normandy, many with smaller streams and tributaries that flow into them.
  • The combined length of rivers and streams in Normandy spans just over 72 kilometers.
  • There are over 40 fortified farmsteads found throughout the Normandy terrain.
  • The coordinates for the Normandy terrain are 49°02'32.1""N 1°10'46.7""W.
  • There are over 50 settlements on the Normandy map ranging from Cities down to small hamlets and villages.
  • A total of 98 bridges across Normandy allow the crossing of its rivers and streams safely.
  • A network of 331 navigational signs help motorists reach their destinations safely when traveling through Normandy.
  • A combined total of 3,530 traffic signs help keep the roads of Normandy safe for all motorists.
  • The agricultural fields across Normandy are valiantly guarded by 375 scarecrows.
  • There are a total of 6 chateaus scattered around the map.
  • Nine rivers are present around the map, the biggest of which is named La Vire and runs through Saint Lo.
  • Viking leader Rollo and the French king Charles the Simple signed the Treaty of Saint-Clair-sur-Epte, which granted Rollo control of the region and birthed the name Normandy after the Norse people that came to live there.
  • Normandy's biggest industry is agriculture, though much of it has been affected by the war.


Size 12.28 km x 12.28 km
Area 150 km2
Coordinates 49°02'32.1" North

1°10'46.7" West

Object Count 1.718.743
  • BUILDING: 2918
  • BUNKER: 1703
  • BUSH: 608441
  • CHURCH: 45
  • CROSS: 16
  • FENCE: 288630
  • FORTRESS: 196
  • FOUNTAIN: 1286
  • HIDE: 330656
  • HOUSE: 12837
  • MAIN ROAD: 1981
  • RAILWAY: 776
  • ROAD: 20237
  • ROCK: 837
  • RUIN: 1
  • SMALL TREE: 20
  • TRACK: 29761
  • TRAIL: 6365
  • TREE: 581549
  • VIEW-TOWER: 95
  • WALL: 60793


High Resolution Map

A high resolution .svg, .jpg and . png can be downloaded here (OneDrive).

Substitute Files

In order to create a custom terrain using Spearhead 1944 assets you will need the origami representations of the objects for your P drive. Due to being distributed in EBO format which cannot be unpacked; like the regular "vanilla" PBO's, substitute files are required to act as a representation of the real models for both Terrain Builder use and for the binarization process of a terrains WRP.

The substitute files, also known as origami files, are an untextured approximation of both the visual and geometry lods of the model. Instructions for how to use these files are contained in a readme file within the download.


The substitue files contains the following folders:

  • SPE_Structures\Civilian
  • SPE_Structures\Commercial
  • SPE_Structures\Data
  • SPE_Structures\Industrial
  • SPE_Structures\Infrastructure
  • SPE_Structures\Items
  • SPE_Structures\Military
  • SPE_Structures\Ruins
  • SPE_Structures\SPE_A3_Agriculture
  • SPE_Structures\SPE_A3_Camps
  • SPE_Structures\SPE_A3_Cultural
  • SPE_Structures\SPE_A3_Props_exp
  • SPE_Structures\SPE_A3_Walls
  • SPE_Structures\Walls
  • SPE_Vegetation\Bocage
  • SPE_Vegetation\Trees
  • SPE_Water\Pond
  • SPE_Water\RiverDetails

Additionally these supporting files are also provided:

Terrain Builder template libraries for all the included models.

At this time we are not including substitute files for the models used to construct the rivers found on Normandy, this is due to them being placed via a custom setup outside of the "normal" terrain making workflow which if you are missing makes using the objects a practical impossibility.

Understanding the Bocage Objects

The bocage models used in Spearhead 1944 can be broken into two categories: High bocage, and low bocage. The low bocage is simple. It is functionally a wall with slope behaviour rather than full land conform.

The high bocage however is a two part solution. The dirt mounds are one set of models and the bush elements above them are a separate model. The high bocage is designed to be placed as matching sets. This means that when you place down SPE_bocage_long_mound_LC it is designed to match up with corresponding SPE_Bocage_Long_LC above it. Mixing and matching bush elements and mound elements is a bad idea for multiple reasons:

Firstly, in the case of the tree versions that have gaps in them to allow infantry to cross through, the gaps will not align up causing AI to walk through solid bushes.

Secondly the high bocage has a destruction system built into it, which involved models being swapped out under certain conditions and this can lead to bush elements changing positions, which might not work as intended if elements are being used in the wrong combinations.

The naming scheme for the high bocage models is as follows (where TYPE describes the particular piece, E.G Long, Short, etc):

  • SPE_Bocage_TYPE_LC - Bush element
  • SPE_Bocage_TYPE_mound_LC - In tact mound element
  • SPE_Bocage_TYPE_mound_exp_LC - Mound element in its explosive damage state
  • SPE_Bocage_TYPE_mound_rn_LC - Mound element in its Rhino damage state

Note that some elements have both an LC and non LC versions.

The exp and rn models are part of the destruction system, and can be placed directly into a terrain if you chose, but is not really advisable. They do not have a matching bush model because the bush element is contained within the same model for technical reasons.


In terms of how to place the high bocage efficiently this is a recommended way to proceed:

  1. Place all of your mound elements via your preferred object placement tools. I.E Buldozer, Eden Editor, Plopper, etc.
  2. Import the mounds to Terrain builder if applicable.
  3. Export the mounds out of Terrain builder into a text file.
  4. Open the text file in your text editor of choice.
  5. Mass edit the file to remove the "mound" from each line. E.G SPE_Bocage_Short_Mound_LC >>> SPE_Bocage_Short_LC
  6. Import the edited file back into Terrain builder.

You will now have matching bush elements sitting perfectly on top of your mound elements.

You do not need to artificially adjust the height of bush elements, this is already a part of the model.

As a final note, the high bocage was originally designed to make use of end caps: SPE_Mound_End_01_LC and/or SPE_Mound_End_02_LC. Originally this was because the mounds had open faces on their ends that needed to be covered, during development of the destruction system this changed. However aesthetically it does usually look better with end caps, so you may chose to employ those with the help of snap points in Terrain Builder.