Low ping Australian servers I'll be keeping up as often as I can! COOP until modding is polished and we have stable player numbers.
Both games press on, supported by Team Simple (1942) and Hello Clan (Vietnam), check them out if you need help getting back in the action.
You can find serverlists for the games on Gametracker: Vietnam, 1942
Otherwise use Openspy for a replacement masterlist and get the full functionality of the ingame server browser like back in the Gamespy (pre 2013) days.
Are there free versions of these games available yet?
These are your best bet for downloading the games themselves:
Post by luccaWolf - All in one installer - Vietnam, WW2mod, patched to 1.21
(if stuck when prompted for disk 4 on the installer, check in the replies by lucca. He explains which folder to mount)
Post by Arkos - 3 part install - 1942, Road to Rome, Secret Weapons, patched to 1.61
You'll need the below updated executables for proper widescreen support and to redirect the ingame master server from the dead gamespy server to a functional openspy one for updating your ingame server list.
Highly recommended custom content to install:
Official WW2 Mod by Dice/EA - Included in Lucca's Installer (mod required for WW2 Mod eXtended)
otherwise, standalone install: https://www.moddb.com/mods/bfv-world-war-2
WW2 Mod eXtended (Requires Official WW2 Mod)
Mission Possible, Co-opable Custom Maps Collection
Desert Combat 0.7 (required for all later builds of DC - Final, Extended, Final Extended)
Desert Combat Final (requires Desert Combat 0.7)
Team Simple New Maps Pack: