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sediment
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Close assault question

on Thu May 10, 2018 1:59 pm
This came up in a game last week.

An Sdkfz 250/1 with a 4 man MG34 team advanced and disembarked within an inch of a building occupied by a pinned US paratrooper squad. The MG34 squad close assaulted the building, passed their experience test, getting multiple kills, although some were saved, but not wiping out the squad. The paratroopers rolled a 6 for morale and passed the Beyond the Call of Duty test, firing twice at the MG34 squad outside the building and wiping it out. Dashed bad luck for the plucky Jerries and very fortunate for the pesky Amis in my completely unbiased view.

The questions arose regarding a couple of things;
1) did we get the sequence right?
2) was the close assault order the only thing the MG34 squad could do in the turn? As they were already within 5 inches of the building, they didn't need to move into the assault and would have liked to fire first, before close assaulting, although the outcome wouldn't have changed given the paratroopers BtcoD test result.
3) having successfully close assaulted the paratroopers and achieved kills, should the MG34 team have been able to consolidate into the building before or after the defeated paratroopers morale test - bearing in mind they were already pinned before the close assault. This one is important in that they would have benefited from a +4 cover save if in the building, as opposed to a +6 cover save in the open outside.

Cheers, Andy
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Warwick
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Re: Close assault question

on Thu May 10, 2018 3:12 pm
1. Looks like it
2. No, they could do anything, fire, run-off, run-ff+ fire, shoot twice... no requirement to make a close assault. You can;t fire then assault though, with close assaults it's all or nothing.
3. Thee is no rule for consolidating, except in the FotR for urban combat scenarios (nothing stopping you using that though in all buildings). You just got unlucky, but nothing is for grnated in BG, the dice decide! Assaults, especially enemy in good cover, are risky.

sediment
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Re: Close assault question

on Fri May 11, 2018 10:34 am
Thanks Warwick, good to know we did it right, despite all the pain and suffering! In future, should a similar occasion arise, I might be tempted to order the 250 to shoot and then disembark, then move the infantry for their order to close assault.

Cheers, Andy
Marc the plastics fan
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Re: Close assault question

on Wed May 16, 2018 9:48 am
Can you shoot and disembark? I thought the disembark order was attached to a move segment only - did I miss something?  Thanks
Nazrat
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Re: Close assault question

on Wed May 16, 2018 1:07 pm
Yes, the vehicle can shoot and then disembark troops (or vice versa). No Move order is needed.
Marc the plastics fan
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Re: Close assault question

on Wed May 16, 2018 5:24 pm
Went back and re-read that section - you are, of course, right. If the player chooses, the unit can disembark and fire (or vice versa). What it can't do, obviously, is move, fire and disembark.

Thanks

Marc
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Re: Close assault question

on Thu May 17, 2018 4:42 am
No, that's incorrect. The VEHICLE issues the disembark order. IT can Move/Disembark, or Fire/Disembark, in any order. The disembarking unit then can be issued an order to do whatever it wishes (although any shooting would then get the -1 for moving).
Marc the plastics fan
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Re: Close assault question

on Thu May 17, 2018 12:11 pm
It was the vehicle I was talking about. So it cannot move, fire AND disembark - it basically gets two out of three.

The infantry unit can please itself :-)
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